Night safety. Lets see your reflective tape.

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by stin987, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. stin987

    stin987 R1200GSA

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    229
    Location:
    Greenville SC
    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.
    #1
  2. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2008
    Oddometer:
    3,014
    Location:
    Fairbanks, AK
    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.

    [​IMG]
    #2
  3. vnridervn

    vnridervn n00b

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    8
    #3
  4. redredred

    redredred Experienced n00b

    Joined:
    May 25, 2010
    Oddometer:
    330
    Location:
    Motorcycle Heaven
    [​IMG]

    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:

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    #4
  5. duck

    duck Banned

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2004
    Oddometer:
    10,403
    Location:
    Seattle (Berkeley with rain)
    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.

    [​IMG]

    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.
    #5
  6. piratetreasure

    piratetreasure Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2004
    Oddometer:
    582
    Location:
    SW Florida, FMB
    [​IMG]
    #6
  7. Medic09

    Medic09 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2008
    Oddometer:
    303
    Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    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.
    #7
  8. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2003
    Oddometer:
    2,593
    Location:
    Fairfield County, CT
    Hope you don't have to ride though deer country :eek1 ... esp at this time of year
    #8
  9. TheSweep

    TheSweep Adventurer

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2010
    Oddometer:
    98
    Location:
    WV

    Dude, that bike is in stealth mode.
    #9
  10. duck

    duck Banned

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2004
    Oddometer:
    10,403
    Location:
    Seattle (Berkeley with rain)
    Point and shoot camera with flash turned off.
    #10
  11. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2005
    Oddometer:
    61,820
    Location:
    Alexandria, VA
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Jim :brow
    #11
  12. Anticyclone

    Anticyclone Ride more worry less

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2007
    Oddometer:
    6,140
    Location:
    Norton, VA
    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 :baldy. If I remember I'll post 'em up later.

    EDIT:
    Smugmug is back up. Here ya go:

    [​IMG]
    #12
  13. High Side

    High Side Squidventurer

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2008
    Oddometer:
    179
    Location:
    Squidventureville (heart of Nova Scotia)

    This day shot in Labrador shows off the tape
    <a href="http://s441.photobucket.com/albums/qq139/HighSide05/Goosebay%20Day/?action=view&current=P8270024.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i441.photobucket.com/albums/qq139/HighSide05/Goosebay%20Day/P8270024.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
    #13
  14. davidji

    davidji bike curious

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,260
    Location:
    california
    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.


    [​IMG]
    #14
  15. piratetreasure

    piratetreasure Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2004
    Oddometer:
    582
    Location:
    SW Florida, FMB
    +1 on the SOLAS tape- the majority of mine (post #6 above) is SOLAS and really stands out- got it at West Marine/Boat U.S. for not too bad a price.
    #15
  16. stin987

    stin987 R1200GSA

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    229
    Location:
    Greenville SC
    Before the reflective tape
    [​IMG]

    After reflective tape
    [​IMG]

    I think I will add some more to the crash bars. This is a good start to safety.
    #16
  17. fishkens

    fishkens Long timer

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2009
    Oddometer:
    5,360
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Oh yes, reflective tape is gaudy but ORANGE lights and LEDified side reflectors and FLASHY BLINKY LEDs are so...tasteful.

    WTF? This isn't a frickin' gay Pair-ee fasion show. It's about visibilty.

    Congratulations on avoiding safety like the plague. Plague, meet invisible motorcyclist.
    #17
  18. MillCreek

    MillCreek ADV Risk Manager

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,254
    Location:
    Snohomish county, Washington USA
    I like my reflective tape to stand out during the day as well. I have gotten away from the gray SOLAS tape and now use the 3M engineer-grade Reflexite in fluorescent neon green.
    #18
  19. duck

    duck Banned

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2004
    Oddometer:
    10,403
    Location:
    Seattle (Berkeley with rain)
    My bikes are VERY visible at night even without reflective tape. And they're even visible if headlights aren't shining on them. I prefer that.

    I have nothing against other's using reflective tape, it's just not for me.

    Thanks for the kind words though. :lol3
    #19
  20. V-Tom

    V-Tom Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2006
    Oddometer:
    931
    Location:
    Port Perry, Ontario, Canada
    The diagonals tell vehicles to move to the right. That's okay on the right side of the bike but could be an issue on the left..

    ..Tom
    #20