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post #1 of 24 Old 03-11-2012, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Inexpensive life saving device

The infamous Larry Grodski, the founder of the STAYIN SAFE on road courses may still be alive after a deer strike in Texas at night. The deer collision just knocked him off his bike--the vehicle that then ran him over caused enough blunt force trauma to kill him. His best friend, Eric Trow, told me if he had just had reflective tape on under-surfaces of his bike.....anyway, lay my bikes over on their sides at night-get a good flashlight on em and you sure can see them! I put that stuff anywhere I could that would stick and not get cooked off by engine heat. I know, Walkers' getting too crazy about this safety stuff....

BUT IT COULD HELP--

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post #2 of 24 Old 03-11-2012, 04:27 PM
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Sorry did his bike run him over? Or a car behind him?
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I have reflective black tape all over my bike, but I never thought about the bottom. Good call.




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Hi, sorry for the lack of clarity. My understanding of the accident is based on a person to small group chat with the current "owner" of the STAYIN SAFE programs. He said that info. Gleaned from the person that hit him,phone calls made,police investigations, Larry was riding home from a training,he made a habit of getting off the road by sundown, but had stopped at one hotel,maybe more,? That had no vacancy. He continued on a rural road. Indications were the the deer collision was not fatal-and that Larry was found to have all the gear on....the best conclusion is that several minutes later he was struck by a vehicle(I do not know if car or truck). Clearly one can surmise that he was either not physically(mechanically or cognitively)able to move himself off the roadway. I,like most of the folks on the forum dislike assuming,rumors,in-accurate story telling. To the best of my knowledge, that is what happened,,and is why I have reflective tape stuck all over the bottom of my bikes and all over any riding gear that might be visible if I'm ever lying in the middle or side of a road somewhere.interestingly we met a lot of folks who swear by those deer/moose/elk whistles when we were up in the Yukon.??
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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.

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Similar thing happened to a coworker's husband. They exited the highway and a deer ran right into them, knocking them both off of their Harley. He was getting up off of the concrete only to be run down by a drunk driver. Killed instantly. Not sure if the reflective tape would have helped against a drunk, guess we'll never know.

Adding some reflective to the bottom of my bike is now on the list. Thanks for sharing.

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I have reflective black tape all over my bike, but I never thought about the bottom. Good call.
Nor have I. Good call Mark and thank you for the thought. I've gone done and had a car pass right behind me as I was scrambling to the white line. Was always taught "if you go down, keep moving until you feel dirt or pass the line" by my father. I've always been lucky enough to be able to move though...
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Interesting. I didn't even know they made black reflective tape. I've been meaning to put some on mine but really didn't want to plaster that white/silverish tape all over it.

I always wear one of those lime green reflective highway/construction worker vests when I ride at night but have been wanting some reflective material on the bike itself.

I'm ordering some of the black stuff tonight and will remember the underside but am trying to figure out where to put it. Bottom of the skid plate is an idea.

Thanks, Mark, for bringing this up and getting me off my a** about doing it.

You guys that use it: what's the black stuff look like when lights hit it?



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post #9 of 24 Old 03-12-2012, 12:09 AM
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The 3M black reflective tape is awesome. Black or shades or grey in sunlight. BRIGHT white at night. Black magic.




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The 3M black reflective tape is awesome. Black or shades or grey in sunlight. BRIGHT white at night. Black magic.
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.




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