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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 29th November 2005, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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What is the most visible color?

I am planning to buy a new helmet. I have decided that function is more important than than outright fashion. Since the head is the highest point most visible on the motorcycle, my question is, what is the most visible color for a helmet. I read that Shoei used to make a helmet in that safety orange color. I have been eyeing a Vivid Yellow Shoei RF-1000.

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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old 29th November 2005, 06:25 PM
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my opinion would be either yellow or orange. with reflective material for night time riding.
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They actually make a reflective halo/sticker that goes around the bottom of the helmet and makes it very visable


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there is no absolute safest colour, as colours appear differently to the eye under different environmental conditions [light level, presence of fog/rain/snow, and surroundings]. i would say that for a motorcycle helmet, white or a bright lime/yellow are the safest colours. i was originally taught that white was the safest colour, but i think the answer isn't quite that black/white [no pun intended]. it is also a good idea to have some reflective points on your helmet that will help with nightime visibility for those times you may be on the side of the road with a zonked battery.





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I think Aerostitch makes a suit in a sick yellow for the very reason of being visible.

I went with red 12 billion years ago because at that time I thought it was extra visable and not too ugly. But I have not data to support that. And I have been rear-ended at a stoplight while wearing the Santa suit.

Reflecto is good. I have done goofy reflecto tape patterns on helmets before.

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The human eye is most sensative to yellow, then orange, then red, blue and green are pretty far down. The yellow/green that Aerostitch uses was found to be one of the most visible hues to the average human and most likely to induce spontaneous vomit from bystanders.

Oddly enough, brightly colored helmets with lots of different colors/patterns are less visible than a single color like yellow. Apparenly the varied colors act as a kind of camoflauge.

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I think Aerostitch makes a suit in a sick yellow for the very reason of being visible.

I went with red 12 billion years ago because at that time I thought it was extra visable and not too ugly. But I have not data to support that. And I have been rear-ended at a stoplight while wearing the Santa suit.

Reflecto is good. I have done goofy reflecto tape patterns on helmets before.
You mean The glowing banana . XX Marv wears one...you can see him a mile away!!
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It's a proven fact that Yellow is the most visable color. That's the reason that ALL of the Hertz rental cars used to be yellow!

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I love yellow bikes (and airplanes). I wish my SV was yellow and black.
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I love yellow bikes (and airplanes). I wish my SV was yellow and black.
Provided you didn't mind looking like a giant wasp

Did you see the Honda Hornets (CB919/599 over here)in Hornet colours ?

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Oddly enough, brightly colored helmets with lots of different colors/patterns are less visible than a single color like yellow. Apparenly the varied colors act as a kind of camoflauge.
You know, even when I look at them on line alot of them look almost like camoflauge. I read that the military used a technique of painting ships multiple bright colors during one of the early wars and had great success with it for sone reason or another.

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You know, even when I look at them on line alot of them look almost like camoflauge. I read that the military used a technique of painting ships multiple bright colors during one of the early wars and had great success with it for sone reason or another.

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I remember the ships with big geometric shapes painted on them, which worked not so much as camouflage, but that it was difficult to discern the shape of the thing and to judge exactly which direction it was travelling in and at what speed.

Pretty sure they gave up on that when radar and sonar got better as there was very little point in decieving the human eye.

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there is no absolute safest colour, as colours appear differently to the eye under different environmental conditions [light level, presence of fog/rain/snow, and surroundings].
IT IS ALSO good idea to have some reflective points on your helmet that will help with nightime visibility for those times you may be on the side of the road with a zonked battery.
I find during the daylight hours color does not seem to matter. Waving or some motion or Flash High beams work best for me. But always beware of the Sun and what direction your heading ie (into or away from the Sun and what the cager(codger) is looking into also).
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fuhgedabout color....what you need are some nice and fooking loud pipes! everybody know that loud pipes save lives!
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