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post #11 of 24 Old 03-13-2012, 12:39 AM
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I have it on all the panels. Can't see it but at night.

Going to ace tomm to get some reflective spray paint. Gonna paint the whole skid plate.




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post #12 of 24 Old 03-13-2012, 07:42 AM
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I have it on all the panels. Can't see it but at night.

Going to ace tomm to get some reflective spray paint. Gonna paint the whole skid plate.
The small roll I got should cover a lot of area with plenty left over for replacement later if needed.

Paint on the skid plate is a good idea and, I think, the way to go. I don't' see any kind of tape lasting long under there. Might have to clean and re-paint the skid plate from time to time but that's no big deal. Good thinking.



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sorry about your friend, im glad something good can come out of it though. even in death he is teaching us about safety. hell of a guy.

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This is a good thought about the 'under' side of the bike. I had some black 3m on my old helmet, and was thinking of not using it again. this post made me do a double take.
I also found some tactical Military reflective flags (subdued) on Ebay a while ago. They are about 1x2.5 or something and show up at night. I usually wear one on the back of my helmet.... and need to find some more. Scotch Lite comes in various colors too. ... just have to look around some.

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post #15 of 24 Old 05-13-2012, 04:54 PM
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i think this 3m black tape idea is great, considering the normal white tape would look horrible on a black klr, i wish i had some talent to do a design in the black reflective tape. good thread, sry to hear about the loss of a friend and fellow klr rider
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Link to where it can be purchased? Still consider incorporating red/silver/ orange etc. for daylight riding.

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post #17 of 24 Old 05-20-2013, 10:41 PM
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i think this 3m black tape idea is great, considering the normal white tape would look horrible on a black klr, i wish i had some talent to do a design in the black reflective tape. good thread, sry to hear about the loss of a friend and fellow klr rider
I have the 3m black reflective tape on my bike at certain times when the sun hits it, it will look silver. Reflects great no complaints so far.
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post #18 of 24 Old 05-21-2013, 07:35 AM
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As far as the deer whistles are concerned, I don't know if they really do anything or not, but the public school system here makes all the school busses equip 'em.
You have to ask a deer.

Myself I've figure it a conspiracy started by the deer and they have a factory in China churning these things out so they can buy oats.
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Every study I've read by animal bioacoustics and behavior experts have come to the conclusion that those ram-air deer whistles don't do anything and, even if the deer could hear them, they would just add more to the deer's confusion/erratic behavior than impel them to run away from the road and your car.

I would say anybody that "swears by them" probably saw a deer on the side of the road that moved away from the road as they approached and they attribute that to the deer whistle when the deer would have done the same thing sans deer whistle. Deer are like women, you never know what the hell they're going to do next.

Also consider the fact that the internals of probably 99% of deer whistles are clogged up with dead bugs. They do lend a certain air of white-trashiness to vehicles, though, especially larger old sedans when the double-sided tape they're attached with gets all soft and they turn at a 45-degree angle one way or another or one's completely gone and the other's still there, the "chrome" finish worn down to gray plastic.

The mention of deer whistles on schoolbuses led me to the question, "Okay, deer whistles but no seat belts?" It seems both sides on the school bus seat belt debate have valid points, so I'm undecided on that argument, but some research led me to this quote, which best sums up the state of some of our schools today:

"There is concern that seat belts could be used as weapons to strike or choke other passengers."

On a side note (or a more relevant note, I should say) I stated earlier that I didn't think the 3M reflective tape would hold up on a skidplate. Unless you skip across rocks and trees on your skidplate, it won't go anywhere. Once that stuff's on, it's on.

I've had to reposition some of mine when adding new stickers, etc. I found the best way to get it off is to slowly slice under it with one of those single-edge razor blades with a thick metal guard on the other side, you know, the kind nobody actually uses to shave with anymore.

If you put a heat gun on the tape like you do some decals and stickers, it will just make things worse by creating a gummy mess.



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I ordered some and will start applying it when it arrives. I had no idea the stuff existed. I'm glad it does. Got a 2"x10' roll for $15. That should be plenty and money well spent, in my opinion.
You'll be amazed. It's magic.

My skid plate is reflective now, too.




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