I have been thinking a lot about what we as riders can do to make ourelves more visible to cages.
Here is my premise: Once someone starts to ride you see bikes everywhere on the road, until you ride bikes are invisible. Since most cages don't ride the theory of "I didn't see the motorcyle is sadly valid"
So what can we do about it:
Well there are some things that we all know:
White helmets stand out best
Wear bright clothing, but ....
I think the number one reason that we are invisible is that the physical setup of our headlight arrangement ( lower, usually single beam, the fact that most bike head lights are shite) is a huge problem for us.
Now of course the fact that I ride a argument for illumination on my LD bike is not the point. THe wing stands out because it has car headlights in all reality...but I have been thinking about the Missus and her bike.
Susan rides a BMW 1150R ( which probably has the worst headlight ever but on a bike my BMW in the last decade). She is invisable on the highway. I took a trick from the LD riding community a few years ago and mounted a set of PIAA 1100 on the lower front forks
On her lower forks, she rides with these bad boys on whenever she rides and she is easily seen a mile away. The lights are low so not blinding but she is noticed everywhere.
I set the lights up so they are in a"non conventional" lighting arrangement
X (head light)
x x (Piaa 110's)
She looks like a train not a bike. I have run a similar set of low lights on all of my bikes and as soon as I started to do this the number of cars pulling "bonehead moves - left turns in front of me has dropped to almost nothing. I rode about 55,000 kn last year and can only rememebr one left turner making a run at me. Before this lighting change I was seeing them trying to kill me weekly.
Now on to the SHITE head light - riding to Pemberton last weekend I was by chance leading ( this almost never happens ) I could see her about 25 meters back with three lights on. I called her on the cb and asked her to drop back about 50 meteres and then to tun off the PIAA's - she simply disasspered into the road clutter. When she put PIAAs back on she seemed closer and was actually visable.
Thinking this through I realized that the better lights, the unusual mounting of them all made her visable to me and therefore to others.
We have had truckers on long trips comment to each other ( they never think we monitor CB )that they can see us a mile away.
We passed a bunch of sport bikes on our way up and back and I am sure that anyone from the list that saw us would remember how we stood out on
Onne company Motolights makes lights for this purpose.
They are good for daytime visability but not the best for night riding.