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Old 02-16-2013, 10:15 AM   #1
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Reflective Rim Tape Poll - looks good or douchebaggie?

I've been thinking about getting some reflective rim tape for my DRZ but I can't decide if it looks good or douchebaggie

A little extra visibility at night doesn't hurt but, then again, I'm not gonna be that guy riding around town in a yellow safety vest. (No offense if you're the guy riding around town in a yellow safety vest)

Post up everyone...does it look good or douchbaggie?
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:24 AM   #2
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Pictures, or it never happened. I wear a yellow vest in the fog.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:33 AM   #3
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:02 AM   #4
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I've been thinking about getting some reflective rim tape for my DRZ but I can't decide if it looks good or douchebaggie

A little extra visibility at night doesn't hurt but, then again, I'm not gonna be that guy riding around town in a yellow safety vest. (No offense if you're the guy riding around town in a yellow safety vest)

Post up everyone...does it look good or douchbaggie?
it depends I guess...I wear a yellow reflective vest to work only because its required to get on base

Its cheap....so just do it...if you dont like it take it off...who cares what everyone else says

I honestly highly doubt it will make you more visible at night or add any safety precautions to cagers.... you could be lit up like a xmas tree and theyd still hit u....all the reflective tape and lights in the world wouldnt matter if someones face is buried in thier phone texting or driving drunk...
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:09 AM   #5
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it depends I guess...I wear a yellow reflective vest to work only because its required to get on base

Its cheap....so just do it...if you dont like it take it off...who cares what everyone else says

I honestly highly doubt it will make you more visible at night or add any safety precautions to cagers.... you could be lit up like a xmas tree and theyd still hit u....all the reflective tape and lights in the world wouldnt matter if someones face is buried in thier phone texting or driving drunk...

Good point...there's actually a guy on supermoto junkie who's bike is lit up like a christmas haha. I'll probably just leave well enough alone. I'm not into real flashy stuff anyways.

I need to stop thinking out loud
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it depends I guess...I wear a yellow reflective vest to work only because its required to get on base

Its cheap....so just do it...if you dont like it take it off...who cares what everyone else says

I honestly highly doubt it will make you more visible at night or add any safety precautions to cagers.... you could be lit up like a xmas tree and theyd still hit u....all the reflective tape and lights in the world wouldnt matter if someones face is buried in thier phone texting or driving drunk...
Very true! Drunks tend to focus on flashing lights.
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Good point...there's actually a guy on supermoto junkie who's bike is lit up like a christmas haha. I'll probably just leave well enough alone. I'm not into real flashy stuff anyways.

I need to stop thinking out loud
I got some wheel wraps Ill sell ya

in red...was gonna put them on my XRR but got lazy
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:09 PM   #8
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go for it..

I'm all about wearing that bright !
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i like it, but photo shop your bike first with it because it is a to get off if you dont like it.
as a powdercoater, I get a lot of rims with that stuff on them, and wowzers it sucks getting the tape and glue off before I can do anything else. its like space shuttle horse glue :-)
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:02 AM   #10
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My girl and I put new reflective tape on her sv650. She wanted red, might as well be reflective. Hopefully it would catch someone's eye if she's pulling out across a road, can't hurt.

PITA to remove. It was harder to put on without any wrinkles than I expected... but we've never done it before either. It was so hard to get off that we didn't re-do it. Simply cut off the HORRIBLE sections, and continued taping.

I won't be taping my wheels simply because they have fresh powder coat and I don't want to mess them up trying to install/remove/install some tape.

The tape that was on the bike when she bought it peeled off with zero effort and didn't leave ANYTHING behind... I was amazed. They must've not cleaned the wheels, or left a film of grease when they did.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:17 AM   #11
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I had tape on a yellow 599 years ago. It really helped balance out the color because otherwise only the tail, tank, and front fender were yellow and the bike looked "dark" at the bottom.

I can only find this one picture at the moment and I was showing somebody how reflective the tape was. Without the flash the tape matched the rest of the yellow. And if you do use tape, take your time. It's sort of a pain in the , but a rim strip that "wobbles" when you rotate the wheel because it isn't straight looks like .

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Old 02-18-2013, 11:20 PM   #12
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I found some black reflective tape to match my rims on ebay for cheap...ten bucks shipped.

Kinda worried about how hard it is to remove the adhesive should I decide to take it off.

Has anybody seen some reflective tape on the wheels going down the road? I'd like to be visible to cross traffic but don't want to blind/mesmerize the drunk guy driving next to me!
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...does it look good or douchbaggie?
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If you can make it look good, then no it isn't. If you can't, then yes it is.

There's this MotoVlogger on youtube (SN of LaurieJennifer) who HelloKitty'd her supermoto and IMO it doesn't look half bad (for what it is of course).

/watch?v=6VLKKidPxIo

I say it's your bike and your safety, do what you want or think is best for you. Ultimately making your bike very identifiable could make a thief be a bit more hesitant vs a typical stock bike.
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