Actually, electric vests have been around a long time (the guy who developed them was a bomber pilot in WWII), nevertheless most riders don't know about them. <P>My motorcycle safety instructor quoth:"Dress for the crash, not the ride." I usually wear adequate safety gear when I ride, and I always wear a helmet. To me it's a motorcycle ride, not a fashion show or time to project an "image"(Donna can attest that I don't fit the stereotype). In the past 15 years I've ridden about 450,000 miles, and it's my sole transportation, as well as being an entertainment vehicle (I do like to have fun on the back roads!). I've had a few crashes(not proud of that), and due to the riding gear I wear I have walked away virtually unscathed every time. <P>BTW, I ride a BMW, once again not quite fitting into the mold.