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Old 12-07-2014, 06:22 AM   #1
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What's the best reflective sticker and sticker arrangement?

Unfortunately, the insurance company decided my 2013 Rallye was a total loss. The good news is I picked up a 2015 GSA 2 weeks later. I'm setting it up now - armor, lights, panniers ... And reflective stickers.

So, what's the best reflective sticker and sticker arrangement?

On past bikes I've done vertical on the outer edges or horizontal on top and bottom of panniers. I've used all white and red/white diagonal striped.

So, thoughts from the asylum? The panniers are the BMW aluminum ones.
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Old 12-07-2014, 06:25 AM   #2
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SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) is probably the best reflective tape made. Here's one source: http://www.aerostich.com/adhesive-3m...eflective.html
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Old 12-07-2014, 06:38 AM   #3
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This is what works for me! And my little one really likes her new house on my bike!
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Old 12-07-2014, 07:42 AM   #4
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When I'm riding with VARIOS:
http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/u...outFlash-1.jpg

Grainger sells 11"RED/7" WHITE individual strips in pkg of 25 for about $30...enough to do all of your friends bikes...as well.
Also available at HF: http://www.harborfreight.com/2-inch-...pes-66068.html

Yet another good source that provides SOLAS adhesive backed tape...AND...sewn on SOLAS for your JACKET back. Oh, Betsy Ross...where are you?
http://www.identi-tape.com/solas.html

When I'm riding with BMW OEM Panniers/Pelican 1600 Top Case:
http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/u...s/DSC01977.jpg

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Old 12-07-2014, 07:50 AM   #5
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Good thread on 3M tape that's black when light isn't shining on it but bright white when it is.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1015802

That SOLAS stuff does look awesome though.
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:43 AM   #6
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:57 AM   #7
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I like the retroflective stuff that black like Mosey mentioned. This way your panniers look normal during the day.
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Old 12-07-2014, 09:01 AM   #8
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Had something along the lines of this on my old top case.



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Old 12-07-2014, 09:42 AM   #9
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Had something along the lines of this on my old top case.








That's great.
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Old 12-07-2014, 10:08 AM   #10
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I've got a combination of 3M reflective decals and Solas tape on my FJR. The regular 3M stuff seems bright until you see the Solas. Amazing. I even put some of it behind the clear lenses on my Givi. No night pictures, but you can still get a rough idea from this one - the yellowish looking areas are 3M decals, and the Solas is obvious:
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Old 12-07-2014, 10:15 AM   #11
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Reflexite is the most reflective but is not for curved surfaces. http://www.mahonkin.com/~milktree/hawk/reflector-pics/
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Reflexite is the most reflective but is not for curved surfaces. http://www.mahonkin.com/~milktree/hawk/reflector-pics/

That's interesting. That article indicates that Solas is somewhat stretchable. The rolls I have are definitely not. Must be different thicknesses available...? Even the slight camber on the back of my bags in the pic above required two separate pieces to form the stripe on each bag.
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If one were to put reflective tape behind the red lens of a givi top case would it be best to use white or red?

Whats the legality of using blue reflective? I would think people would automatically assume you're a leo and slow down behind you.
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Old 12-07-2014, 11:52 AM   #14
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If one were to put reflective tape behind the red lens of a givi top case would it be best to use white or red?



Whats the legality of using blue reflective? I would think people would automatically assume you're a leo and slow down behind you.

Both good questions. The red reflectors on the B33 I have aren't meant to be removed, so I just used white Solas behind the clear lenses. I would think white behind the red lenses would give you great effect.

Blue lights are typically illegal for non-LEO vehicles, so I don't think I'd want to live in a gray area with blue reflectors, even if they are legal.
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Unfortunately, the insurance company decided my 2013 Rallye was a total loss. The good news is I picked up a 2015 GSA 2 weeks later. I'm setting it up now - armor, lights, panniers ... And reflective stickers.

So, what's the best reflective sticker and sticker arrangement?

On past bikes I've done vertical on the outer edges or horizontal on top and bottom of panniers. I've used all white and red/white diagonal striped.

So, thoughts from the asylum? The panniers are the BMW aluminum ones.
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Congratulations on surviving whatever happened to the GS Ralley Edition.

Please note the following resources:

1. Ambulance Visibility Blog: https://ambulancevisibilityblog.wordpress.com/
What I learned from reading this excellent resource a few years ago is that (wide) chevrons of contrasting color are a good idea -at least that's the case for ambulances!

2. Reflectively Yours: http://reflectivelyyours.com/
This company sells all kinds of reflective tape. The owner is very helpful, and I learned the following:
-3M has a product called 'diamond grade tape' which reflects the most brilliantly if a light is shown head own, but whose reflective properties diminish rapidly if the light source is at an angle. Also, this product is very rigid and does not wrap around curves well (you have to cut it up to pieces for that).
-3M makes a SOLAS tape which reflects well, and is effective over a much larger range of angles than the diamond grade and as pointed out above, is good in conditions like fog, etc.]. This product is suitable for applying to curves surfaces, clothing, etc.

In the end, I bought the diamond grade in the 'school sign green' and red and made chevrons for the rear of the luggage cases. I also used the remaining scraps (and some free samples sent by Reflectively Yours) to apply to my helmet.
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