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Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« on: December 13, 2011, 02:03:39 am »
I took some 3M reflective tape and ran it down the outside strip of the saddle bags.

Came out pretty good, IMHO.



Wondering if the inside strip would be overkill....
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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2011, 02:11:44 am »
You cannot have too much conspicuity!  I have the 3M "tailbright" material all over my bike.  On the saddle bags rear and sides as well as above and below the license plate and on the lower fairing sides, mirrors and forks.

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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2011, 10:58:33 am »
I like the way it looks on the mirror. That's a pretty good idea.

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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2011, 12:25:56 pm »
Very nice Mcfly and 2linby, and here is another option on the bags.

http://www.bucksporttouring.com/tailbrights.html

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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2011, 12:40:33 pm »
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Very nice Mcfly and 2linby, and here is another option on the bags.

http://www.bucksporttouring.com/tailbrights.html


Thats what I've got and they've been on for eight years and are still working good!
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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2011, 03:32:15 pm »
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Very nice Mcfly and 2linby, and here is another option on the bags.

http://www.bucksporttouring.com/tailbrights.html


Thats what I've got and they've been on for eight years and are still working good!


+1 (or should it be +2 or +3??) on Larry's tailbrites....
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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2011, 03:46:38 pm »
+1 MORE on the tailbrights.

I like the mirror and fork leg idea.  I may have to order some sheets of it. :)
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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2011, 04:14:11 pm »
I used these kits to REALLY make my bags tasteful at night. :)



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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2011, 04:55:05 pm »
Tailbrights are a great option. I have then from BuckSportTouring as well.  +100
 
I also like some kind of 3rd eye brake light arrangement. There are many ways to go here too. Preferrably with some kind of flasher mode.

I used to have the Electrical Connections turn signal conversion kit. Worked great at night when it was dark. I didnt think it was that great in the day though. In the end I would not have removed it, if it had not gotten all rusted up from my crappy install job ( one side only ). But was not so cool that I replaced it when the time came.

Now I have the tailbrights and the integrated light in the Givi for the 3rd eye effect, and a flasher module wire to it.
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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2011, 09:59:45 pm »
I love accessories that help make the bike more visible.   ;D

I started off with the front:
HID system and Denali LED driving lights... (LOW/HIGH beams)






Then I moved to the back and added Tailbrights... (wireless and require no batteries)





Finally, I ordered some "Stealth" tape from www.reflectivelyyours.com and added some on the side as well.

This is not a "before & after" photo - it's with flash off and flash on:





Next on the list will be the ADMORE lights for the Givi case... :)

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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2011, 10:15:18 pm »
And here is mine.....



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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2011, 10:19:33 pm »
Now if only you could get paint like that...
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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2011, 11:05:14 pm »
Amazing all!! :beerchug:
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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2011, 11:35:51 pm »
Thanks everyone for all the great ideas.  My conspicuity is definitely going to
improve!  Now I'm off to buy a sh*t ton of reflective tape!!!
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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2011, 02:32:12 am »
Larry Buck sells 13x12" sheets for around 36$ i think. 
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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2011, 06:49:02 pm »
Took a couple pictures.  I love these things.



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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2011, 07:22:13 pm »
Larry Buck sells 13x12" sheets for around 36$ i think.
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gotta get me some more after seeing what some of you guys have done....
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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2011, 07:28:21 pm »
of course, then again - I may have missed out on the "tastefully" provision of the original post here

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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2011, 12:07:00 am »
of course, then again - I may have missed out on the "tastefully" provision of the original post here

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Fortunately, "Tastefully" is subjective!  Cool stuff!
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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2011, 04:42:02 pm »
It may not be tasteful, but you'll see me.

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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #20 on: December 16, 2011, 02:33:29 am »
I really like the kissan tailblazer.  It is a plug and play replacement for your tail / brake lights and flashes just as adverstised.  I have been running one for three years with no problems.

https://kisantech.com/index.php?cat_id=3&catname=tailBlazer

It is also a help during the day time when hoping the car behind you sees you are applying the brakes!


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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #21 on: December 16, 2011, 06:49:26 am »
I purchased some of Ruddbow's stuff.  Here are a couple pictures.

Saddlebag strips that say Concours


Fork stickers that say Kawasaki ~ lights on


Fork stickers that say Kawasaki ~ lights off


Mirror stickers "Mama K" ~ Lights on


Mirror stickers "Mama K" ~ Lights off
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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #22 on: December 16, 2011, 08:33:53 am »
I really like the idea of putting that stuff on the forks and mirrors.  I've already got it all over the back.

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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #23 on: December 16, 2011, 11:05:49 pm »
 >:D Not to rain on the parade but isn't "white" reflectors in the rear illegal? Not that being seen should be bad, I converted my rear signals into amber running lights and that is illegal here in Oregon. I only need to unplug them if stopped without affecting my signals. For what it's worth I have bought some red and amber reflector tape that I will add to my bike when it warms up. I really like the black in day tape, is there any that reflects red or amber?

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Re: Trying to make my Connie more visible at night... tastefully.
« Reply #24 on: December 17, 2011, 12:25:47 am »
The laws are going to be different in every state of course, but a little Googling turned up THIS from the Florida DMV.  It doesn't seem to distinguish among the available reflector colors.  I've had that black-in-the-day reflective white on the back of Connie's bags for years.  Got my first packet of it at the Crossroads Of Time in Deal's Gap.