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post #1 of 17 Old 03-26-2012, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to Lockjaw for making me aware of this product. I was out today slapping it all over the KLR.

This is where I bought mine and just an example of some of the colors available:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Black-Reflec...64833331948140

I'd been wanting to get some more reflective surfaces on the KLR for night riding, but didn't want to put that ugly silvery-white reflective tape all over it.

A duct-tape sized roll of this stuff is $100, so I bought a partial 15-foot roll for around $15.

This first photo shows the KLR with the black reflective tape on it. If you look closely you can see it, but if you didn't know it was there, you'd probably never notice it. It blends in nicely.

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I found it adhered well to all clean surfaces, even that weird slick stuff the Action Packer is made from. It's a little hard to work with in large pieces as it's very flimsy once you take the backing off. I chose to use a random application of small squares and rectangles placed in areas I knew wouldn't be obscured when I was sitting on the bike on the rear and sides.

I shut the shed door and these pictures show the tape in action with only the illumination of a small digital camera flash and it wasn't even really dark in the shed. I would imagine when it's really dark out and the stuff is hit by a pair of car headlights, it would be extremely bright and stand out like the proverbial sore thumb.

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Note that the outside surfaces of the OEM handguards are a really good place to put this stuff.

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The flash reveals my placement of the tape isn't all that precise, but I figure it doesn't make much difference.

Who knows? Might be the one thing at night somebody in a car notices and gets them to see me whereas otherwise they might not have seen me with the black bike and no tape. I think I'm going to put some on my helmet, too. I would note that when I ride at night, I always wear one of those lime green reflective vests. I should be even more visible at night now.

There's plenty of the 15-foot roll left for future applications if it starts coming off, but it seems like it's going to stay on for awhile.

Thought maybe some of you guys might want to see this stuff in action. I didn't even know it existed until Lockjaw mentioned it in another thread.




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post #2 of 17 Old 03-26-2012, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Here's a shot in the dark with only my digital camera flash for illumination.

Not bad, but I think I might have to add some more.....

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Maybe some on the forks and the sides of fenders; swingarm, maybe.



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there was a post last week or so about putting some on the bottom of the bike too. in case you go down at night and cant get off the road.

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I wonder if it comes in a wider roll. I could do the whole side faring In The stuff. or maybe someone makes reflective spray paint. I went flourescent blue and the color faded almost immediately in the sun. Depressing. It looked great that first day.


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Good report, I think I better get me some of that.
Again good job, thanks
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there was a post last week or so about putting some on the bottom of the bike too. in case you go down at night and cant get off the road.
That thread is where I got the idea to buy the stuff. I think you would be hard-presed to find areas on the underside of the bike to apply it. Maybe the undersides of the fenders and the swingarm?

I like Lockjaw's idea of spray-painting the bottom of the skid plate with reflective paint. I think I'll do that next. I mean, what "bottom" surface areas are available for reflective paint/ material? I think the skid plate is a prime target for reflective stuff.



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Good stuff. I have the entire side panels covered. Strips on the shroud. Handguards for sure. My bike LIGHTS up. And it's been on there for years now and never an edge lifted. And during the day it looks black or sometimes a cool luminescent silvery black.

Once my foot heals up, I'll be spraying reflective paint on the skid plate, too. I dig being reflective.











You can see the black tape here. Most of the side panel and the little triangle:







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I wonder if it comes in a wider roll. I could do the whole side faring In The stuff. or maybe someone makes reflective spray paint. I went flourescent blue and the color faded almost immediately in the sun. Depressing. It looked great that first day.
I think Lockjaw found some reflective spray paint at a local hardware store.
I've never seen the reflective tape in a wider roll, but you could just overlap it to fill up a larger area.

I noted that it was hard to apply it over large surfaces, but as long as you get them covered, that's all that matters. If you have wrinkles/bubbles in it, it might not look all that great in the daylight, but it still works at night.



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skid plate, frame, swingarm all seem like good places.

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ACE sells reflective Rustoleum. And they do sell the 3M black in sheets. Look at the comparison side shots of my bike. It really just makes good sense. Good stuff. Washed the bike with hose and stream many times. Tape doesn't budge. If you get a bubble, little slit with a razor blade will flatten it out. I spent hours and hours putting grip tape on skateboards. The razor blade is your friend. But yeah, this says it all.





Same tape. Two years later in the first shot.




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