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Enhanced Rider Visibility01/10/2012


More and more riders are seeking gear with superior visibility for riding in low-light and nighttime conditions. 3M is the premier reflective material manufacturer in the marketplace, and we’ve partnered with them to develop Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® riding apparel with premium 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material. As a result you can offer riders the latest in innovative riding apparel in leathers, functional outerwear, rain gear and gloves with the greatest level of visibility in the industry. The benefit of Enhanced Rider Visibility is that riders will be more visible at distances that allow motorists to see and recognise them on the road in time to respond.


We’re dedicated to developing the most innovative and functional riding apparel that offers comfort, protection and versatility without compromising style. There are three options of Enhanced Rider Visibility materials to choose from:

3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Materials.

Used primarily in piping and graphics, 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Materials are visible from up to 500 feet away in low-light or nighttime riding conditions. This material uses retroreflection technology which reflects more light back to the original source. 3M’s proprietary technology makes the material highly reflective and the rider more visible to other motorists from greater distances.

3600 Enhanced Visibility. 

Styles with 3600 Enhanced Visibility take reflective materials to the next level. Designed with safety in mind, these styles feature strategic placement of 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Materials to make the rider recognizable from nearly every viewing angle from up to 500 feet away. Harley-Davidson is the only brand achieving 3600 Enhanced Visibility standards in the motorcycle industry.

Hi-Vis Fabrics. 

The highly fluorescent yellow or orange hi-vis fabrics in the main body of the garment allow the rider to be more easily distinguished from any background. Hi-Vis gear is ideal for daytime and low-light riding conditions as well in places where there is a lot of visual distraction. In addition, these styles also feature 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Materials for even greater visibility.


What makes 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective materials so compelling is its candlepower, which measures the level of light intensity emitted from a light source. 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective materials return a higher percentage of light to the original light source through a technology called retroreflection. This technology allows riders to be seen from greater distances. For example, Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® riding apparel with premium 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material reflects 1,500 times brighter than white at night.

Light rays on other refl ective materials scatter (first illustration). With 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Materials light rays are reflected back to the original source (second illustration). 

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