Harley-Davidson Illumination 360° Mesh Jacket
01. This night shot shows the reflectivity of the applied 3M Scotchlight material.
We’ve all heard the freedom biker mantra that loud pipes save lives. It’s likely more riders have been killed being loud than died due to being seen, but it’s an awfully big gamble if loud pipes are your only safety net. I’ll take the stand that being seen is far more likely to save you from becoming a statistic. Our ears pick up sound from every direction and sound is often hard to locate, especially in urban or traffic conditions; that’s not even taking into account how well insulated cars are, loud stereos, cell phones, yadda, yadda. I’ve never heard someone that rear-ended a 125dB straight piped bike at a stop light say, “I never even heard him.”
Many motorcycles have little rear illumination, none on the side, and the headlight(s) is not as attention grabbing as two wide ones on a car. In traffic or in bad weather it’s not always easy to spot a motorcycle. Most of us wear black clothes and helmets (by law or choice) making it harder to be noticed.
Harley-Davidson’s new Illumination 360° Mesh Jacket ($275-295) enhances night visibility from every direction due to highly reflective stripes, piping, and graphics throughout the jacket. The lightweight mesh jacket allows air to pass through it and is best for warmer temperatures. A removable, waterproof liner is included. See your local H-D dealer or harley-davidson.com for more information.
02. A slight camera flash shows off the visibility. The liner adds some warmth and keeps
03. The same night scene using less flash. No matter what angle it’s viewed from, the Ill
Risk Racing Magnetic Light Mine
01. The Light Mine (left: $6.99) features a bright, wide-angle LED light surrounded by 12
When working in the dark or dimly lit situations, there isn’t always an extra hand or a way to aim a flashlight exactly where you want it. We’ve all been frustrated with rolling flashlights, trying to hold it in our mouth, or finding just the right prop to get the light where you want it.
Risk Racing (riskracing.com) has an inexpensive, completely useful solution with the two models of its Light Mine that use magnets placed around the light that “stick” on steel surfaces to put the light exactly where you need it. No more compromises.
02. The Light Mine makes it easy to check the oil in the dark. The LED can be pointed in
03. The Light Mine Professional uses strong rare-earth magnets to attach to steel surface
04. On the opposite side of the white LEDs are four red LEDs that can be used as red nigh