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Cool Reflective Accessories for Your Motorcycle

rydesafe reflective decals bicycles motorcycles helmets Woo hoo! Reflective stuff! Ok, maybe I'm the only nerd that gets excited about bright objects. But I like wearing black when it comes to my motorcycle gear. I look good in it too, what can I say? :P But I know that I need to somehow make up for all the darkness with some bright reflectives to stay visible and safe as possible. So here's a few accessories I like that can help you too.

Wearing Hi-Viz Yellow or Orange is certainly a great way to be seen by more people. There's no guarantee that you'll be seen by every person, but certainly reduces the risks in my opinion. However, for me, the bright color isn't enough for riding at night.

It doesn't matter how bright your clothes are if they aren't reflective, I really believe in lots of reflective pieces so when light hits you it reflects.

So here are 3 reflective accessories that I wanted to share that I really think are cool to use.

1/ Reflective Decals, RydeSafe

"RydeSafe Reflective Decals are cut from an engineering-grade “conspicuity film” which contains microscopic glass spheres that reflect light back to its source. So no matter what direction the light is coming from, our stickers reflect it back. In the case of a pair of headlights, RydeSafe Reflective Decals reflect it right back to the driver’s eyes resulting in a more visible and thus safer user." - rydesafe.com

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They have a few different shape / pattern options. I opted for the chain links (white) and the modular kit (purple). I found mine on Amazon but you can buy them directly on their website as well. (Unfortunately they're still running an old promo code from October on the main page, so they're not on sale).

Even if you don't like these, just hop on eBay or Google and you'll find your favorite sports teams, animals, shapes, motorcycle manufacturers and more in the form of reflective decals. You're sure to find something you want to wear!

2/ Reflective Vests

There are a lot of vest options on the market. I still love my Spectrum vests, although they did close their business this past year.  The previous owner told me that it should be back next year under new management. They used a really really bright reflective tape that was Coast Guard worthy. If I do have to ride at night, I always wear my vest!

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You'll find a lot of different vests to choose from, including options from the bicycling world. But as a motorcyclist I would try to find a vest that uses CE / EN Certified Fabrics (less likely to fade) and 3M Scotchlite Reflective Tape (even more visible, durable). These materials make a much brighter difference at highway speeds.

 

3/ Reflective Paracord

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I just found these on Amazon from Paracord Planet. These photos show how reflective this rope really is. I love the idea of making a dog leash out of it. I shared it with my fabulous dogsitter so she could use it too :)

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I bought neon yellow and purple. My plan is to weave them together somehow and then run them through the loops on the top of my Kriega R20 Backpack since the logos are the only reflective pieces. Sometimes I ride home at night with my backpack on so I want to add as much reflective as I can!

Kriega R20 Backpack

4/ 3M Reflective Tape

3M Reflective Tape Roll

I bought a roll of this on Amazon so I could make my own patterns for my last helmets. I found a ton of rolls in various colors and widths there too.

I've also started a Pinterest board to collect these ideas; check them out here.

If you have any cool reflective accessories that you like using, please share!

Kriega R20 Backpack

Kriega R20 Backpack  

More Birthday Loot! I forgot to post my birthday backpack; this cute Kriega R20. I currently have the R25 which I do love, but I'll admit it's a bit big on me.

For my birthday, my wonderful friend Dimitry bought me the R20. I love it! The only thing I want to change is the mostly black exterior. So I hopped onto Amazon and found reflective paracord, who knew such a thing existed?

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I bought yellow and purple. I'm going to weave them together and make a little rope that runs through the loops on the top of the backpack (which are mainly there for you to add the 5 or 10L packs for extra storage).

Whooop!

Now I'll have some more visibility from the back (and some cute color!) while riding. I'll have a full review posted soon as well.

Thanks Kriega for making such a great little bag for me to play with.

Great Bag for Riding Your Motorcycle at Night

timbuk2_custom_bag_reflective I was driving home earlier tonight and I passed quite a few bicyclists who were not only riding down a one way street in the wrong direction, but also wearing absolutely NOTHING that made them noticeable at night. Argh. I try to look out for anyone on two wheels but it's definitely not easy when they're practically wearing all black. Scary.

I love my custom Timbuk2 bag, which I specifically chose reflective material for. It's also 100% waterproof and the perfect size. If you go to their website, you can customize it based on fit and laptop size. Lots of colors and fabrics to choose from too. You can even go ALL reflective! The material is day and night reflective, and sticks out like a sore thumb at night.

Ride Safe and Reflective!

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Motorcycle Gift Idea, Reflective Decals or Stickers

Just found these cool reflective eyes on Ebay for $7. Perfect for the back of your helmet, eh? :)

Everyone needs motorcycle stocking stuffers! Most motorcyclists I know love the idea of being more visible in one way or another. If she doesn't want to wear these on her helmet, she could probably add them to her jacket or backpack.

You can find all kinds of logos/decals online in a variety of colors and graphics. Just google for 'reflective helmet decals' or 'reflective stickers and I'm sure you can find something that she'll love.

I just ordered a roll of white, pinstripe reflective tape from eBay so I can create a pattern on the back of my white helmet. You can find tape in all different reflective colors and widths if you just google.

Related Sources: 

http://www.appliedgraphics.com 

http://www.ebay.com

http://www.streetglo.net/reflective.tape/