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Fluorescent foil

I believe in being seen on my bike and everyone that rides in traffic knows what I mean.People in cars can look right at you and then pull out in front of you.I ride bicycle as well,even less respect there.Since I have a black Versys this is even more profound.I found some black reflective foil from 3M,the stuff you see on emergency vehicles.You can cut it in any shape you want with a sharp razor knife any design on a flat panel.In the day it looks almost seamless with the black paint,It comes in different colours,I guess with other color bikes it would be a visual experiment...
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Where you find that then (someone will ask...) ?

I have seen some sold here and there for use on the back of semi trailers and stuff, you have a favorite source?
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3M,look for a distributor in your area on their website.It comes in a sheet off a roll.Here it was a sign shop if I remember.Its expensive stuff so I use a brand new blade when you I cut it,made a model out of paper first.Dont want trial and error!
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While I haven't used them personally, there are quite a few options available at Reflective Tape - ReflectivelyYOURS.com

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I needed wide pieces for my purpose so I bought a couple of square feet
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Please make sure that you follow you local laws for Front/Side/Rear marker tape.

Some laws in states counties and countries only the following colours can be used:

Front : White/Silver
Side : Yellow/Orange
Rear : Red

Some times there a caviates to the colours used like if the reflective tape is in an alternating Chevron Pattern etc.

Remember this is a safety device.
Having White reflective tape on the rear of your bike can confuse oncomming cars thinking you are in the wrong lane!
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They sell black reflective tape on Amazon in rolls and in sheets, as well as every other color imaginable. They've even got some strips that are designed to go around the edge of the wheel so that both sides of both wheels are reflective -- I've been tempted to get those, as I like the fact that the wheel shape at least makes it quick for a driver to figure out what they are looking at.

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Good point on the reflective color,mine reflects white and in conjunction with my added added extra red running and brake lights is okay I think.Makes red and white,acceptable.I have converted my front turn signals to amber running lights and have amber running lights on the side of the bike as well.Running lights colors here are red on the rear,amber or white on the front,and amber on the side.Could use tape that reflects red on the rear to be proper.My bike is black and wanted the non reflective daylight color to match the bike..
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just bought one inch wide black reflective tape for the rear of my saddlebags and maybe a couple other spots.Want to make myself more noticeable in the dark. Glad I saw this posting.

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Oh, and the bags are stock black on my 17 Versys 650 LT. I don`t want the stripes to stand out during daytime.

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Heres my rear daylight, and rear twilight with running lights,no brake....
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I personally like reflective tape that gives cage drivers something to aim at...
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I got some 6" wide 3M tape pieces from a HD online stroe a few years ago and have it on parts of the rear of my Givi bags.

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I move side to side in my lane. It helps people recognize that I am moving and closer than they first thought. I also use more active lighting than passive lighting.

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My yellow commuter bicycle has blinky lights and is covered in yellow 3M reflective tape, white tape facing forward. Very visible (assuming drivers have lights on). Plus of course my yellow vest / coats. In my car I had a motorcycle cross sideways in front of me a few blocks ahead at night and they had no side reflectors and were barely visible, so I put a few small black reflective 3M pieces of tape on the side engine guards of my Versys 650 for that very situation (although I also have the factory side fork and rear reflectors). I saw your pictures in the photos posts a few days ago and liked the mirror idea so I promptly ran out and put some black reflective tape on my mirrors facing forward. High up and wide, reflects white, facing forward, hidden black-on-black in the day. There are some valid points about the legal color and direction of reflective tape you pick; I have red, yellow, white, and black (reflects white, if a bit dimmer than the actual white tape) but there are no doubt other colors. Red and white are available in most auto parts stores, the other colors are easily found on the interwebs. 3M stuff is fantastic of course.
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