Hi everyone! This is my first post - I've been trawling through netrider for the last week trying to absorb all the knowledge here I'm *just about* to start learning to ride - I just need to hand over the money and fill out the paperwork for my Zeal. Understandably, I'm going to be keen to start as soon as possible! Thing is, I've never ridden before, only have one mate who's ridden (but doesn't currently), and I'm trying to figure a whole lot out on my own. I'm pretty confident about my own (future) ability to ride a bike - I expect to know my limits and ride sensibly within them. Things I'm in control of myself, I don't worry about. What scares me at the moment is the thought of these "cagers" (I've gotta learn the lingo ) and the "SMIDSY" (Sorry mate I didn't see you) syndrome. I am worried about this aspect of riding that I can't control. It seems the only thing I can do to combat cagers is ride defensively (I'll try to attend a course or something on this if I can find one) and try to increase my visibility/presence on the road. Since I'm completely new to riding, I have no gear and I'll need to buy some soon. I wondered if choice of gear would be a good opportunity to increase my visibility. What do you reckon? Do you think the gear you wear make much difference, in various different scenarios? (for instance, approaching an intersection where the cager about to pull out in front of you can only see you from head on - and what other hazardous scenarios do you come across?) Now, as cool as black leather looks, I'm willing to sacrifice some style for safety. That said, I don't want to look like a fool either. I am seriously considering one of those bright reflective 'L' vests for when I'm learning - I'm happy to put up with that for a few weeks - but I'd also like the gear underneath to be practical for when the vest comes off. So basically... what are your thoughts on visibility?