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03-27-2012 10:52 AM
Spec My state California has a stipulation in the law about only red being visable from the rear (turn signals can flash amber). They actually require a red reflector of a minimum size.

I've seen bikes with a lot of silver reflecting on the back and it does stand out but I would be concerned about confusing allready confused drivers!
03-27-2012 10:26 AM
planalp
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Originally Posted by bienhoabob View Post
Looks like the bigger pieces of tape will be seen a lot better than a lot of little ones.
I put the tape on in the daylight, but after seeing it in action under the camera flash, I agree with you. I'll be adding more in larger pieces where I can.



03-27-2012 10:05 AM
thetable If you want more than just tape or little sheets, hit up your local sign shop, they can get it in huge rolls, just be sure to tell them what you are using it for because there are a number of different grades and some have NO stretch, some aren't rated for outdoor UV exposure. I'm still looking for a good online source for rolls, but haven't found it yet.
03-27-2012 06:54 AM
bienhoabob Looks like the bigger pieces of tape will be seen a lot better than a lot of little ones.
03-26-2012 09:58 PM
Lockjaw Yep. I want to be VISIBLE and alive. No worries, just looking out for the brothers.

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Originally Posted by planalp View Post
Right on, man. Looks good. You've done us a great service letting us know about the tape and paint. When riding at night, we need every little advantage we can get and these are big plusses in the Night Riding Book. First Commandment is "Make Yourself Seen!" Would point out, as, as LJ noted, when you put something like this on your bike, you can kind of tell if it's going to last. I take his word for it because my insticts tell me it will last quite awhile. I think the Scotch/3M tape is good stuff.


03-26-2012 09:31 PM
PeoriaMac It does come in 12 inch wide sheets -- not rolls. I bought some
from Aerostitch, as I recall. I've still got some in the garage,...I'll see if it's got a vendor name on it. Mac
03-26-2012 09:25 PM
planalp Right on, man. Looks good. You've done us a great service letting us know about the tape and paint. When riding at night, we need every little advantage we can get and these are big plusses in the Night Riding Book. First Commandment is "Make Yourself Seen!" Would point out, as, as LJ noted, when you put something like this on your bike, you can kind of tell if it's going to last. I take his word for it because my insticts tell me it will last quite awhile. I think the Scotch/3M tape is good stuff.



03-26-2012 09:04 PM
Lockjaw 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.



03-26-2012 08:56 PM
Scrapper skid plate, frame, swingarm all seem like good places.
03-26-2012 08:56 PM
planalp
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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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