Last night, about 10pm while driving on the Westgate freeway, a dark red Across (250cc) with a dark geared motorcyclist ambled past me. Nothing unusual about this. The rider got ahead then changed into my lane. Nothing unusual about this either. I immediately noticed though, that the motorbike/rider silhouette wasn't all that clear in the head lights and then become indistinguishable just out of head light range (despite the freeway overhead lights). A single red tail light was all that pretty much defined the bike. It reminded me about a similar night time freeway incident I wrote about a while back: https://netrider.net.au/forums/showthread.php?t=116988 A single red tail light is not a lot to define a motorcycle at night. Then it dawned on me, the rider was holding strictly to the right wheel track and if I didn't know that that red dot ahead of me was a motorbike, I would swear that it was a car with a tail light out. I can't decide whether it's a good or bad thing for a dopey half conscious driver to consider that the red dot ahead is a car. At least a dopey driver has the paralax and perspective change of a car's rear reflectors to warn them that they are bearing down on a vehicle... but this is not so with a motorbike. So I'm mulling this experience over - especially since my bike is a darkish colour so would have similar silhouette issues. I'm pondering what I could do as a rider to communicate to the vehicles behind me that I am there. Just thinking out aloud, this is what's come to mind: = Ride with a greater awareness of traffic and headlights behind me. Puts it firmly in my hands - this sits well with me, but if I'm off my game or tired I hand all responsibility to the drivers around me... and we know how good they can be. So perhaps not the most robust method. = Ride in the middle of the lane. A single red dot in the middle of the lane can't be a car. It's an unusual position for a tail light so hopefully that will elevate a driver's awareness. = Move around in the lane. Probably not slalom style, but a tail light that moves around in a lane is either a drunk driver with a tail light out so is to be avoided, or will be thought to be a motorcycle. Either way, it should elevate the driver's awareness. = Flash brake light randomly. Driver's instinctively respond to brake lights - it might wake up the following driver and cause them to back off. = Put a light reflective strip on the bike, ventura bag or jacket. I'll probably do this to my bag as it is almost always on the bike. The right kind of 3M strip strongly reflects light at night. It might be less cool to do this to my jacket or on the bike. Cyclists have a range of reflective sashs, arm bands, ankle bands and other reflective tags to fit to bikes & gear... some of that might be useful... or even the dreaded hi-viz vest - one of those with reflective strips. Something else? The risk of a rear ender in light flowing traffic at night on a freeway is probably fairly low - so weigh up the risks as you see them. Just thought it was worth posting up to start a discussion... especially if you've never once considered applying a different set of rider thinking at night time. .