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I mentioned this in the "let's see your bike" thread so I thought I'd make a separate section so people can check this out.

Was reading on webbikeworld the other day about reflective decals and came across StreetGlo. They have this product called "Superblack" which is meant to be used on black motorcycle frames like our beloved EXs. Basically, it's a retroreflective material (look it up :) ) that shows black in the daytime and white when lights hit it in at night (or like a camera flash in the daylight).

I took some pics of the material with and without flash so you can see what it looks like. I have not installed it on my bike yet but it definitely looks like this will do what I intended - make me more visible. These pictures were taken less than a minute apart in the daylight as you can see in the "without" picture.

Without Flash:


With Flash (they reflect so brightly that the camera has to turn the exposure down to maintain detail):


Pretty cool eh? I'll get some more pics when I have this stuff on my bike.
 

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thats nice! post up some more on your bike, i have the same black bike 05 model, and i would like to do something similar
 

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Knightslugger said:
This is strictly for visibility safety, and not a replacement for tail/nose markers correct?
Correct.

My plan is to put this on the frame as much as I can, on the front sides of the mirrors, and then probably on the back of my helmet.

Doesn't look like I will have time to put them on my bike tonight as I am finishing up with my girlfriend's new laptop (had to de-Dellify it).
 

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phobos512 said:
Knightslugger said:
This is strictly for visibility safety, and not a replacement for tail/nose markers correct?
Correct.

My plan is to put this on the frame as much as I can, on the front sides of the mirrors, and then probably on the back of my helmet.

Doesn't look like I will have time to put them on my bike tonight as I am finishing up with my girlfriend's new laptop (had to de-Dellify it).
I hate dells. Good job mate...oh and the stickers lood good to. Excellent Idea. I want to see your entire bike covered in that so when your going 70mph it looks like a blazing comet whizzing by.

Janinja
 

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I've thought about those myself... like doing some cool stealth graphics on a black bike that would light up when light hit it.... post up some pics when you are done. Probly will look sick!

Oh, and I hate dell's too... just had to get that out.
 

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You could probably cut out a cool custom stealth graphic too like a web or the edges of scales. (Dragon scales of course). I'm going to have to get some of this!
 

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Here are some DAYTIME shots of my bike (with and without flash) with the Superblack installed. It shows up pretty good with the flash. I will take a few more pics after sunset to show you the nighttime look.

Side - no flash used.


Side - flash used.


Front - no flash used. You'll note that the fender is catching some light from the setting sun and glowing quite a bit.


Front - flash used.
 

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Oh and these can be purchased from:

http://streetglo.net/

I used ONE full set (that's TWO sheets as shown in the pictures up top) to do this. I was left with two large strips (well, I would have been if I hadn't screwed one up so I am left with one large strip, which I will put on my helmet).

I still have one full set left over as I ordered two. I may decide after I see it at night that I want to put the other set to use - we shall see.
 

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And now the decal setup on my Shoei RF1000 TC5 Duhamel:

Front of helmet with flash


Front of helmet without flash


Back of helmet with flash


Back of helmet without flash
 

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Here's a night-time shot - no long exposure, just handheld with flash (hence the fuzziness). I think I will end up putting some more toward the rear to balance it out.

 
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Nice, that's a good idea to add to my winter work list when I'm drunk and laying on my garage floor wishing I was riding ;D
 

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That looks pretty good. It would be even better if you cut them to look like flames.
 
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This is similar to (or the same as) 3M Scotchlite, which is available in black and many other colors. Aside from black and white, the colors reflect in the color they appear when not lit. Made in the same way as reflective material in bike clothing the material used here is an adhesive backed vinyl sheet. Contact sign shops for availability, comes in precut sheets and rolls up to 72" wide. You could cover your entire bike with it! Imagine cutting your Ninja graphics from this, which I might try when my Airtech fairing gets here.
 

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Sorry to resurrect an old topic, but I just put some rim strips and reflective tape on my bike and I wanted to post a pic of it. The material comes from [url]www.tapeworks.com[/url]. They have a lot of motorcycle graphics in a variety of patterns and colors, as well as tape strips. I have no connection with them, but I'm very much in favor of things which look cool (or are not visible) in the daylight, but then make it more visible in the dark.

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Good job, that's a clean looking machine :)
 
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