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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-12-2016, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Want to be seen at night?

So the original posting is long gone from the original site, posted in 2009.
So I have been asked by several inmates how to do this.
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-10-2016, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Want to be seen at night?

My modifications recently, the V56 and the mini light bar, you be the judge, depending if Daytime or Nighttime riding, I think the mini stands out and is the best bang for the buck, you be the judge.These are old pictures as Weljo2001 pointed out that the brake light was obscured by the mini light bar, I moved the light bar just above the recessed handle of the V56, now even truckers can see it.







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Want to be seen at night?

Has anyone tried out this reflective spray? Looks pretty cool!

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UFO in a can!
Looks good. I assume it is not a permanent thing, washes off? What a brilliant idea if it was a black paint that stuck and glowed at night! You could rattle can your rear fender, side cases, plastic trim bits...awesome.

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UFO in a can!
Looks good. I assume it is not a permanent thing, washes off? What a brilliant idea if it was a black paint that stuck and glowed at night! You could rattle can your rear fender, side cases, plastic trim bits...awesome.
Didn't watch the video, but the thumbnail of the video shows two cans, one permanent and one non-permanent.


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And here's a link to their website: Albedo100us.com ? Be Safe, Be Seen


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Last summer, I've used the permanent version of that reflective spray on my Shad SH50 top case.

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I rarely ride at night but wanted to make sure that I added this option just in case. Distracted cagers need all the help they can get!

I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.

Note: I have no time to waste because Iím older at this moment than Iíve ever been before,
Ö and itís the youngest Iím ever going to get.
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Is the permanent version really invisible? Could you paint other surfaces on the bike without damage to plastic surfaces, etc? Like on the LT hard bags, fairing or side covers.
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Is the permanent version really invisible? Could you paint other surfaces on the bike without damage to plastic surfaces, etc? Like on the LT hard bags, fairing or side covers.
From what I remember (long time ago ... last summer LOL), it's similar to miniature silver glass beads. I used it on a silver portion of the top case.... but did not try it on another color. I'm therefore not sure if it's invisible or not.

I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.

Note: I have no time to waste because Iím older at this moment than Iíve ever been before,
Ö and itís the youngest Iím ever going to get.

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Great idea!

I put a band of 3M reflective tape around the bottom edge of my helmet. It really aids nighttime visibility.
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You can also buy black reflective vinyl to add to the back of the bike. Looks black during the day and when lights hit it you see reflective gray.

I like to ad skenedesign LED lights on the sides of the license plate. They serve two purposes. The provide better visibility and they are bright which helps cut down on tailgaters. Especially since they flash with just a tap of the brakes.

The one think I like about the GIVI V35 saddlebags over the new Kawasaki bags is the ability to add LEDs to the outer edge of the bags that are run/turn/brake lights. I couldn't quickly find pics with the Versys, but here are the skenedesign lights and Admorelighting lights in the saddlebags when I moved everything over to the FZ-07
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You can also buy black reflective vinyl to add to the back of the bike. Looks black during the day and when lights hit it you see reflective gray.

I like to ad skenedesign LED lights on the sides of the license plate. They serve two purposes. The provide better visibility and they are bright which helps cut down on tailgaters. Especially since they flash with just a tap of the brakes.

The one think I like about the GIVI V35 saddlebags over the new Kawasaki bags is the ability to add LEDs to the outer edge of the bags that are run/turn/brake lights. I couldn't quickly find pics with the Versys, but here are the skenedesign lights and Admorelighting lights in the saddlebags when I moved everything over to the FZ-07
Modifying the non-reflective paper behind the red lenses present on any luggage is a good idea, since they are not reflective by themselves (which, in my opinion, is borderline criminal). In the picture below, the lens on the left sidecase is stock. The others have been modified by adding white 3M reflective tape behind the lens.



I tend to use black reflective tape on my luggage racks and cases as well, but I also have some reflective clear spray paint made by Rustoleum (http://www.rustoleum.ca/product-cata...e-finish-spray) here somewhere that I bought a few years ago...I just haven't tried it yet because the tape works fine.
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My modifications recently, the V56 and the mini light bar, you be the judge, depending if Daytime or Nighttime riding, I think the mini stands out and is the best bang for the buck, you be the judge.These are old pictures as Weljo2001 pointed out that the brake light was obscured by the mini light bar, I moved the light bar just above the recessed handle of the V56, now even truckers can see it.



https://youtu.be/9rOxQKV3d5M



https://youtu.be/5V_KCgrURL4
I added 3M reflective tape to all my cases on top of lighting up the top case and installing the mini light bar. For the best bang for the buck, the mini lightbar stands out in my mind, if you want to be really visible get the full size light bar like Weljo2001

I also intend to light up my Barkbusters with both white running LEDS and yellow signal LEDS, whenever they get here from China.
You will notice reflective tape on the rear of the cases and on the side, the side also has green reflective tape. What I did was put reflective tape on the rear inside only of each Trekker case according to the side it was mounted on, as the cases are universal, this way I know which case has my compressor and prop stand in it and where my heated jacket is in. The top case has tape all along the front,sides and back, so from any right angle of my travel my bike is seen. What I found was sometimes drivers are stopped and don't see the headlight, pull out and you get T boned.
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I wanted to be seen at night... my solution ... RGB LED's
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I wanted to be seen at night... my solution ... RGB LED's
I would be concerned about distracted drivers, not really, could you post a front shot of your bike.
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Here's a "shot" of how reflective BIG RED is.... (NO lights were on!)


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I would be concerned about distracted drivers, not really, could you post a front shot of your bike.
It's the distracted drivers that lead me to install the LED! Rather they stare at me than stare at their phones

The photo may not do it justice however, even though the LEDs are quite strong, they don't in anyway over-power the projection of headlights and indicator.
I'm sure the manufacturers of this product thought this through before release.
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Wow , what stands out is the blue glow off to the sides, even from the front angle , someone would know it is you coming down the road.
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Last summer, I've used the permanent version of that reflective spray on my Shad SH50 top case.

After painting it:



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I rarely ride at night but wanted to make sure that I added this option just in case. Distracted cagers need all the help they can get!


I ride to and from work at night.....this is exactly what I need. Appreciate the post, wasn't aware of this product until now.
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I didn't really like the way my top mount case kinda blocked the tail light so I hid a second on under the fender.
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