Reflective Tape

On our trip to and from Eureka, Dan told me that the reflective strip on my jacket was totally hidden behind my Givi bag and that I was close to invisible from the back. That’s not good!!

Fortunately, I had ordered some reflective tape sheets from

The bike before adding tape:


I added a 8″ x 5″ rectangle to the back of each saddlebag. With the extra little strip left on the 8″ x 11″ sheet, I added some reflection to the back of the Givi bag, too:


As you can see here, without light, the reflective tape is plain black. Stylish in the daytime, productive at night!


Here’s another shot of the bags without direct light. You can still see that there’s tape on them, of course, but the effect really is nice and black.


I’m loving the tape. I still have one more 8″ x 11″ sheet (for $17, you get two sheets), so I have to think of other ways to light up my Givi for commuting. I think I’ll also put some on the back of my helmet.

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6 Responses to Reflective Tape

  1. Colleen says:

    I always knew you would light up my life!

  2. RunRun says:

    That looks great!!

  3. This tape can also be fun for your helmet, you can use cookie cutters as stencils and slap a few reflectors on your lid. Granted this is less tacky if your helmet is black!

  4. carolyn says:

    I *LOVE* the cookie cutter idea! Thanks!

  5. Bombauer says:

    wow, you’re super visible now!
    I just can believe all the riders I see who seem to go out of their way to be invisible! All black, no reflectives – just nuts.

  6. Doug Faunt says:

    The black reflective tape is very cool.
    I’d assumed that the red band on the Givi was reflective, unlike the JC Whitney clone.
    Over in “JC Whitney Box Mod” on CG there’s a night photo of that box with reflective tape UNDER the red plastic strip, which works pretty well. That might work for the Givi, too. Me, I’m going to add tape in the open.
    I just wish they made “black daylight, red reflective” tape.

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