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    Why not flat black for the driver and save the hi-viz for the passenger helmet only?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sailorlite View Post
    Why not flat black for the driver and save the hi-viz for the passenger helmet only?
    Most of your risk is from the front, rather than from behind. Safety studies prove that you are not doing yourself any favors wearing a black, especially a flat-black helmet. People don't just have to look your way, they have to perceive your existence, and black simply does not help with that. Way too many Mr. Magoo types out there...And yes, I know, there are more black helmets sold in the US than any other color, but that does not make it right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sailorlite View Post
    Why not flat black for the driver and save the hi-viz for the passenger helmet only?
    I don't always carry a passenger?

    Last helmet was silver, which, with a gray bike and gray riding gear, made me a pretty good match with empty asphalt. So shopping for a new helmet last year included a visibility requirement. White seemed blah, but the solid Hi-Viz yellow was bit much. I ended up with this:
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    This yellow is bright, but not truly Hi-Viz, which would actually fluoresce in UV light. AFAIK, all flourescent colors fade over time as they convert UV light to the visible spectrum and increase perceived brightness.

    No complaints from my passengers so far. No windscreen reflection, it's below my line of sight. GPS screen is angled to prevent reflection of my helmet and Helite Hi-Viz vest. Reflections from other vehicles and shop windows tell me that if I am not seen it's because the other drivers are not looking.
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    I wear a bright yellow Shoei Mutitec. My daughter complained of getting headaches after staring at the back of it for hours on end. I bought her the darkest tinted shield I could find for her helmet, and that worked. No more headaches.

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