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    Quote Originally Posted by ragtoplvr View Post
    It's the traffic lights that do not want to seem to switch for a bike.


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    Try mounting a magnet underneath the engine, works wonders on the traffic sensors. They are available on the net specifically for that purpose or I scooped a good one out of the magnetron of an old microwave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    This past week, I rode the GSA1200 to Big Bend NP.,Texas, N.Mexico and Arizona. In Tucson as I type, heading home to N.California soon. 2400 miles of High Viz jacket, breakin riding. Its been great and COLD out there in the SW. The "teens" were common overnight and early mornings, everyday. Mid morning brought better temps, however into the 40s and 50,s for highs. The Olympia High Viz Jacket has performed very well, without issues and I have worn my electric vest a lot too, but never cold, riding these winter days in the south Horn of Texas, etc...Its been a really good choice for a new jacket. Many comments from all folks out there on the road, including cage drivers. I've seen a few other BMW riders on this trip with the High Viz jacket on, but only a few as winter keeps many home, I suspect.
    My summary of my new jacket, which I have found exceptional; AST Jacket PROS: Color equals "great" in High Viz yellow, zippers are all watertight, rubber type closures over them, vents are very well placed, but not used on this winter trip, fit is perfect at 2X for me(6' and 240lbs.). Liner is first rate and a fashion wear, without overcoat. I wear the liner separate from the overcoat and do not attach the two when worn together. I like this a lot. The jacket still slips easily over the inner liner, without the attachment points used. The jacket/liner is good for me to the mid 40's coolness and then the electric vest goes on. The fit is right on, even with wearing the heated vest. An adjustable waist belt, built in the outer jacket. SOME CONS; Two immediately pop up in mind. The neck area is never a closure thing for me(all m/c coats), as the necks are too tightly designed. I wear a wind triangle from Aerostitch and it does nicely. The cuffs on the jacket have pull tabs over the velcro, that get in the way of gloves going on. I wear the gauntlet types for winter riding and the tabs hang up on the gauntlets. Very minor issue, but there. Summer gloves and the tabs are no problem. The jacket tabs over the wrists are for pulling the velcro apart(useful indeed), when taking the jacket off. Such minor things for a great jacket I like a lot.
    Anyhow, a 3000+ winter trip concluded, with the new "Olympia AST"/GSA1200 and a huge plus added to my gear closet. My previous Kilimanjaro by First Gear was exceptional and I rode it a very long ways. It still hangs with my other gear and a very well earned retirement for it. The new AST has the same, even better qualities....Randy
    My experience with this jacket tracks your pros and cons exactly.

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    I wear Hi Viz

    Darien Hi Viz when I can and an Olympia Hi Viz in the summer. I also have the Darien Hi Viz pants and when I wear both, my buddy and I always keep track of the "Are you a Fireman?" questions.
    Interestingly in Europe the only Hi Viz we saw were mine and a couple on the two week trip with us. Not caught on there yet.
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    I went for a ride yesterday wearing my new Darian Hi-viz. I definitely believe I saw a difference in how four-wheelers behaved around me. They did seem to give more room. I tried to think that it was my imagination, but I swear cars did not ride as close to me or stop as close to me at stop lights as they have in the past without the hi-viz jacket. I will keep an eye on this thought as I still want to believe it was my imagination. I definitely had many more drivers stare at me as they went by. But then again, I think I was the only rider out around central Illinois yesterday. Did not see one other bike.

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    Made it home:)

    3325 mile trip to Big Bend, Texas and the jacket was a fine addition. The high viz yellow attracts a lot of dirt and I have to clean it now. The vents work really well, as 80 degrees in Bakersfield,CA coming home. The high temp mark on the trip. Low temp riding was 18 in the morning, leaving Artesia, N.Mexico. Electric vest ON. Texas and N.Mexico hit the teens every night, with 50's in mid days. No Rain, not even clouds the entire trip. I got cut off ONE time on the Interstate 10, coming through downtown Tucson, AZ. I was alert. A lane changer at speed on the freeway. I blipped the GSA thottle and became noticed, as I got along side the offender and I was nice, as they jerked their car back into their lane. Always remember "blind spots" in mirrors and LESS than attentive drivers will always be there in force. My High Viz wonderful jacket is a really nice deterent and I would buy it again, but the fact that we are small targets out there has to be always remembered. Happy Trails, Randy

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    I went to the bike show at the Maryland state fairgrounds yesterday and wore my Hi Viz Darien as I walked around inside. Lots of looks from the Harley types (most of what the show was), but I made instant friends at the Bob's BMW display!

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    Polar Bear hi Viz

    Don't you know you can't wash a Hi Viz? You lose your street cred?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mypetersahn View Post
    I went to the bike show at the Maryland state fairgrounds yesterday and wore my Hi Viz Darien as I walked around inside. Lots of looks from the Harley types (most of what the show was), but I made instant friends at the Bob's BMW display!

    JEP
    Hmmmmm - what's more goofy looking? An old guy (hey -you're on the BMW forum. We're all old! ) wearing safe Hi-viz or an old guy trying to look like a Hell's Angel?

    I know there are safe HD riders out there, but from my perspective (Milwaukee native) the overwhelming majority are fashionistas with new bikes and clothes and bandanas and attitude - all store bought and smelling of the plastic wrapper from which they recently emerged. Not the kind of people I care to impress.

    Good for you on your smart, adult choice.

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    Care?

    I don't anymore. My riding apparel is my choice and few, if any have ever suggested I was a fool by my choices. Many look, however and so be it. I'm 56 now and "care what others think has left me", for the most part. I like being noticed in traffic and my new bright yellow Olympia Jacket has that appeal for sure. Many have mentioned the Aerostitch equivalent in their "Darien's" and its another great choice, I'm sure. I've never treid their apparel, but I do shop "Aerostitch" several times a year, via this medium. A cool store in Diluth. HD Riders are quick to acknowledge my choice of wheels quite often, in my GSA1200. I think its recognized by them, as a "hard riders" choice of bike! All BMW's. Randy....PS; I HAVE noticed the teenagers and younger school kids give the biggest response and LOOK at the bright wear, as I smile.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by nevada72 View Post
    Hmmmmm - what's more goofy looking? An old guy (hey -you're on the BMW forum. We're all old! )


    HEY.... Watchit........ I'm only 60.
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    I got a ride in today, 2/8/9, in the inseasonably warm Wis. weather - 60F. Lots of bikes on the road today - mostly Harleys. I guess everyone was just happy to be out on the bikes because I exchanged big ole waves with all the helmetless black leather crowd. Guess they were able to overlook my HI-Viz and just have a great ride. Very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfifer View Post
    I just got a TourMaster Transition 2 in Hi Viz Yellow and I love it with my TM heated jacket liner in it. It is real warm (at least down to 20 so far) and I can get onto the military base without an additional vest. I also like that a medium is a true medium (for me anyway).
    It is a nice fit and well done plus cost effective jacket.

    Mike
    I got one just like yours except in silver. great jacket!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgadley01 View Post
    I got one just like yours except in silver. great jacket!!!
    I love mine and goes to show you need not spend 2 to 3 times the cash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfifer View Post
    I love mine and goes to show you need not spend 2 to 3 times the cash.
    Mike
    I got mine on sale at the Motorcycle Super Store last spring (April) for $ 152.00

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    Hey Las Cruces:)

    Rode through there just last 2 weeks, coming down the hill from White Sands and other points east, heading towards CA..I don't think I saw any ridiers coming through that city, but got to see a lot of it as I rode through trying to get on Interstate 10 to Deming and beyond. Made Tucson that night for SuperBowl Sunday watching at my daughters place. Good clear, cold weather, as I traveled through the south and I hear its changed this week. Randy

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