I've seen some links on reflective tape that people on here gave me, and I've been checking it out.
I actually had pulled the trigger on some iron-on reflective tape for my jacket, and when it arrived it was totally disappointing... not bright at all, hardly reflective. So I'm not going to waste a perfectly good, brand new jacket with some sub-par reflective tape that doesn't accomplish anything. The white stripes on the jacket are more visible...
...but it got me thinking.
Reflective tape makes you dependent on the other vehicle's light, some external light source you HOPE is there. What if it isn't?
There's products out there like Electroluminescent (EL) tape and wire that are much more active than passive. Wouldn't these be smart to use for visibility? They light up, they do more than reflect.
Here's a random example from Google:
I ended up buying some EL wire, $20 for 10 feet of white and the transformer, I'm going to basically install it circling the intake vents on my side panels, and down the inside edge where the plastic panel doesn't quite meet the gas tank, and figure that's going to light up at night - should be more visible than reflector.
They also make EL tape, and sheets, that you can cut and the whole thing glows. I had thought about lining the flat surfaces of the vent intake on those same side panels, but the EL wire was cheap and I know I can hide it so it's only visible at night.
They also make LEDs that are small, which similar to EL wire uses hardly any power - I see guys on Harleys with these all the time - not for visibility but for show:
Our motors aren't chrome so that might not be entirely effective, but it's a thought too.
I have a set of tiny (and cheap) car foglights I've had sitting around for probably 15 years in the box still - I thought about mounting them somewhere firing down, to light up the road beneath me, but it seems like alternator (generator?) amperage is a concern on these bikes, and mounting something that size so it's somewhat hidden might be tricky too..
Anyone use any active lighting for visibility rather than passive reflectors?