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    DanRT02
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    Black 3M tape that shines white at night

    I was goin to add this black reflective tape to the saddle bags of my RT.
    http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=2003

    Has anyone used this and are you happy with it?
    What are the pro's and con's of using this besides the being seen factor.

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    It works. The downside is that there are much brighter options available.

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    Used it alot while in the Navy years ago. Works well but not as bright as more conventional reflective tape, Looks and blends in better in the day light however.

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    I actually just did this over the weekend, and I love it.

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    Solas

    Solas available at Aerostitch and I am sure other places is better - IMHO

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    The black tape is almost invisible during daylight on my metallic brown CLC. At night its a different story as the bike is much more visible when illuminated by other vehicles lights. I placed several pieces of the tape on both sides of the bike as well as surfaces in the rear (top & side bags) for maximum visibility. Great product. Ride Safe

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanRT02 View Post
    I was goin to add this black reflective tape to the saddle bags of my RT.
    Posts 19, 20 and 21 in this thread show how well 3M Solas works on luggage, or anywhere else for that matter.

    You can also install the material under the reflector lenses if your side bags and/or top case have them; ie GiVi. See this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlobalRider View Post
    Posts 19, 20 and 21 in this thread show how well 3M Solas works on luggage, or anywhere else for that matter.
    Thanks for the reminder, I gotta go get some..

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    black tape

    this is where I got mine,, us it on my helmet,, had enough to do about 4 helmets

    http://www.reflectivedecals.com/
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    Alex, I've been following that post you linked.
    I'm leaning towards the pre-cut decals that are specifically for the RT saddle bags.

    They are not the brightest and thats okay, they wont mask the signal lights.

    My only concern is how well do they hold up, will they last for years to come or start cracking and peeling and making a mess of the saddle bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanRT02 View Post
    What are the pro's and con's of using this besides the being seen factor.
    It is a royal PITA to remove.

    Fred

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    I've booked marked this place awhile back... Have been meaning to order some.

    http://www.reflectivelyyours.com/generic117.html

    http://www.reflectivelyyours.com/generic120.html

    Local sign shops can also custom cut for you... Logos Graphics whatever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanRT02 View Post
    My only concern is how well do they hold up, will they last for years to come or start cracking and peeling and making a mess of the saddle bags.
    I've had the black reflective tape on my panniers for 4 riding seasons or 55,000 miles. They have remained attached to the cases as well as the day as I put installed them, with no peeling or cracking. They appear to be just as bright when headlights shine on them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanRT02 View Post
    Alex, I've been following that post you linked.
    I'm leaning towards the pre-cut decals that are specifically for the RT saddle bags.

    My only concern is how well do they hold up, will they last for years to come or start cracking and peeling and making a mess of the saddle bags.
    There is a type of reflective tape that does peel off in bits, sort of like the licence plate validation stickers some states and provinces use. It isn't very durable and you'll make a career of removing the stuff if you decide to remove it.

    A thought...maybe use some 3M Paint Protection Film over the reflective material going beyond the edges by at least a half-inch. Check to see if it affects the reflectivity.

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    Used it on my K1200S.
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