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Would you call this bling?

February 22, 2008

I’ve wanted to do this since I got the PX, but haven’t been able to find black reflective tape until now.

PX reflective stripes, no lightPX reflective stripes, light

King County Metro Transit uses this stuff on its buses to separate the mango orange from the teal/kelly green/cobalt blue. It’s 3M Scotchlite reflective tape, available from Identi-Tape, Inc and other places, in a bunch of colors.

The little red reflectors that were on the cowls when the PX was new have fallen off (they’re held on by little c-clips). While I don’t have a periodic state safety inspection to worry about, if I did the missing reflectors might be an issue. This looks better.

This is not at all difficult. Just cut the tape into the shape you desire with an X-acto knife or good, sharp scissors. Make sure the surface is clean before you apply the tape, and spray or sponge some soapy water onto the surface before applying. That way, you have a few minutes to position your graphic exactly where you want it.

Finally, squeegee the graphic to remove the soapy water. I used my REI membership card, it being thin and flexible. Credit cards work well; some sign shops sell little squeegees for this very purpose, but surely you’ve got a flexible plastic card in your wallet, don’t you?

In this case, the Scotchlite black and red are two separate pieces. Again, it’s unlikely anyone would make an issue of it, but the law that caused Piaggio to apply the original reflector probably says there has to be some kind of red reflective thing toward the back of the bike. A Stella will have a little square on the bumper. I chose this design because it follows the shape of the lower edge of the cowl. This is more for visibility when the bike is parked, or stopped at an intersection.

This design used about a foot and a half of black tape, and six inches of the red. I would say unless you plan to cover your entire bike in reflective tape, the 15′ roll will be plenty. Favicon

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2 Comments
  1. February 22, 2008 5:23 pm

    What a great find, Orin! Didn’t know it comes in black. I gotta get some.–Lorenzo

  2. Jack Monaghan permalink
    February 23, 2008 7:27 am

    Now if only it had white skulls and crosses!

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