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Old 11-10-2010, 06:21 PM   #1
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Night safety. Lets see your reflective tape.

It is now daylight savings time is now over and I now have to do lots of night riding. I've got an f800gs with the 36 liter black pelican side cases attached. I want to add something like 3M black scotchlite reflective tape.

Lets see what colors and design people are using. Please post asap b/c I need some ideas for my bike to be safer.

I will post a pics of my bike tommorow with the current setup after the sun rises.
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:06 PM   #2
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I was looking at this recently myself, though more for color choices for a new vest for over my black jacket that I like and how to shiny up my helmet.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=440030

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=615400

Here's what I ended up doing to my helmet, I was never happy with how dark the black and orange scheme was compared to my previous all white helmet, but I also didn't think the extra $150 for a solid white Hornet vs the Sonora color scheme was worth it when I could get reflective tape for a lot less.

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Old 11-10-2010, 07:09 PM   #3
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:13 PM   #4
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that is an orange R1200GS with 1" High Intensity Retro-Reflective Tape from Indenti-Tape.com (http://www.identi-tape.com/hi-intensity.htm), colors orange and white. the bike is on the driveway and the photo is from the balcony above--i'm too fucking lazy to go downstairs. there is tape up and down the forks, a custom light-rack under the beak, on the crash bars and and on the panniers. and yes, the pic is with the flash on.

edit: almost forgot--helmet pics:



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Old 11-11-2010, 05:03 AM   #5
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I think it's gaudy and avoid that shit like the plague. There's also the issue that some light has to be shining on it to reflect so if you're coming from the side it won't do you much good until you're about to get run down.

I have bright ORANGE aux lights up front that stick out well in the daytime, moreso at night. (See avatar.)

For side visibility at night, I LEDified my side reflectors which double as both running lights and turn signals.



In the rear I've got some good bright flashy blinky LEDs and I always watch my six/tap my bakes to stay noticed.

Even though I don't like that stuff I think the rear is the most effective place to put it to keep from getting run down from behind.
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:53 AM   #6
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:02 AM   #7
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I haven't got pics handy, but I strongly recommend you look at 3M SOLAS tape. This is the stuff used to mark marine gear and survival items. There are different brands offering SOLAS tape, but I've found the 3M to be the most durable.

I have it on my helmet, and on my last bike I had it on the hard bags, top box, and small bits on the sides in a few places.

Also, give some thought to marking yourself. I use SOLAS tape on my helmet, and my jacket, pants, and boots all have some reflective stuff on them from the manufacturer. NOTE: while riding behind my wife the other night (wearing her Roadcrafter jacket, Tourmaster pants, and BMW boots) I noticed the reflective stuff on her gear worked well, but NOT AT EYE LEVEL! Light has to hit this stuff to illuminate it and cause it to reflect; and my headlamp (and that of most cages) is dipped below the height of the big reflective strip running across her back from shoulder to shoulder. The pants lit up nicely, btw. The solution is simple, cheap, and very effective. A really high quality reflective vest, such as from Vision Vest http://www.visionvests.com/. Somehow, this item works way better than much of the stuff sewn on riding gear. I've been told that it was so obvious on dark nights on the highway that drivers noticeably moved over a bit in their lane; and that I could be seen from great distances. It does a great job of reflecting small bits of light effectively.
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:36 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stin987
It is now daylight savings time is now over and I now have to do lots of night riding..
Hope you don't have to ride though deer country ... esp at this time of year
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:18 PM   #9
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I think it's gaudy and avoid that shit like the plague. There's also the issue that some light has to be shining on it to reflect so if you're coming from the side it won't do you much good until you're about to get run down.

I have bright ORANGE aux lights up front that stick out well in the daytime, moreso at night. (See avatar.)

For side visibility at night, I LEDified my side reflectors which double as both running lights and turn signals.



In the rear I've got some good bright flashy blinky LEDs and I always watch my six/tap my bakes to stay noticed.

Even though I don't like that stuff I think the rear is the most effective place to put it to keep from getting run down from behind.

Dude, that bike is in stealth mode.
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:27 PM   #10
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don't drunk people drive towards shiny stuff?
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:40 PM   #11
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Dude, that bike is in stealth mode.
Point and shoot camera with flash turned off.
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:43 PM   #12
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:51 PM   #13
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I just took some pictures of my reflective tape. It's the cheap stuff from Autozone/NAPA/Advance/whatever. Smugmug is down at the moment . If I remember I'll post 'em up later.

EDIT:
Smugmug is back up. Here ya go:

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Old 11-11-2010, 04:36 PM   #14
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This day shot in Labrador shows off the tape
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Old 11-11-2010, 10:53 PM   #15
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I put reflective tape under the red trim of the Givi top box. Not the brightest stuff, but bright enough. Engineer grade tape I think.


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