In my experience as a rider, paying attention, and riding defensively is what saves your butt. Not what color you're wearing. The person driving down the interstate with their nose in their cell phone can't see you regardless if you're wearing an orange vest or riding in the nude.
I just don't feel as though wearing more is going to save you. I have ridden for many years, and my motorcycle is my primary means of transportation, even in the winter. As I am seeing more and more younger riders, I see them wear much less actual safety gear. I think it may be due to the amount of "other" gear that commands are requiring personnel to wear. It's almost as if they feel stifled, so they get by on the bare minimum of actual protective clothing, to wear all the other required "ppe".
I am beginning to think that I may just be biased, being a rider myself. Yet the more POM accidents I read about, the more I am seeing that it doesn't matter what you wear, but how you operate your motorcycle. Looking for some thoughts on this.
Very enlightening statements SSG, and many that I agree with, but if you have been around long enough you also know most of the command directives are more CYA on their part than it is sometimes the reality of safety for seasoned and knowledgeable riders.
You are correct on many levels in everything you stated, good luck, take care and stay safe.