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Old 06-22-2003, 01:19 PM   #1
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Default Re: Mirrors that actually work?

Good luck! I own a Nighhawk 750, which is definitely NOT a sportbike, and I have gone nuts trying to set up the mirrors so I can see *behind* me! I can see some, but there is way too much I can't see. On another bike I had the mirros like most right-side mirrors on car. They let you see better, but it is true that your depth perception gets skewed a bit. Still, you get a much better range.

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Old 06-22-2003, 02:13 PM   #2
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Default Re: Mirrors that actually work?

throw some washers in between mirrors and fairing. you would be amazed how much of an effect moving the mirrors out half an inch can have.



short of that, buy a mirror assembly off of a bandit or other standard, they usually have longer stems, and MOST of the japanese bikes have the same bolt spacing.



measure distance between your bolts, and find something longer that fits. bandit mirrors can be had on ebay for 10 bucks a pair. washers cost maybe a buck
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Old 06-22-2003, 02:29 PM   #3
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trade it in on a new Bandit
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Old 06-22-2003, 02:36 PM   #4
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Default VFR mirrors...

The mirrors on my VFR work well, fairly long stalk and easily ajustable.



Suprisingly enough, one of the best mirrors I've used are on the Ninja 250/EX250. Those funky pivot-stalks are nice, as you can raise them up and down by about 3-4 inches in addition to the other ajustments.

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Old 06-22-2003, 03:22 PM   #5
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I have a '03 Kawasaki Z1000 and the mirrors are useless above 60 mph due to severe vibration, let alone speeds below that due to my elbows blocking 70% of rearward visibility. I would think if a manufacturer/third party parts producer put their minds to it, we might actually see functional mirrors some day!



Idea: How about a wide-angle camera (with electronic image stabilization) mounted in the rear of your bike with a helmet-mounted, see-through (or handle-bar mounted) LCD display...that would be trick!
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Old 06-22-2003, 04:15 PM   #6
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Why do sportbike riders always suggest they wish to see the soccer moms and tractor trailers coming up behind them. The key to success with your mirrors is proper shoulder checks. You can't ride with your mirrors alone (or drive for that matter). I can't remember the last time I had someone come up behind be in a tractor trailer. If you have this problem then I suggest you twist your right wrist a little further.



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Old 06-22-2003, 05:03 PM   #7
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Really.
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Old 06-22-2003, 05:24 PM   #8
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Try a set of Bar end mirrors. I've used them for over 10 years now and find their field of veiw surpasses that of other types of mirrors. They kind of look cool too. VWW
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Old 06-22-2003, 05:54 PM   #9
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Default Aaaaaah!

So that's why the mirrors on Ducatis always afford me such a perfect view of my shoulders. It's meant as a reminder to turn and look behind them. Got it!



BTW, it's not the Mom's I'm checking for coming up behind me, it's Da' Man. Not that I speed or anything, but sometimes I get so absorbed in my riding, I look down in shock at the speedo to find myself doing 66, 67, even 68 mph! I just get a little carried away from time to time.









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Old 06-22-2003, 07:16 PM   #10
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I have a 2002 R1, and I think the mirrors are the best I have had on the out of the four bikes I have owned previously. Still need to move elbows sometimes, but otherwise they are vibe free and have generous adjustment. But I am with some of the other readers here - if you have ANYTHING coming up behind you, you are driving like a girl... you do know your bike has more than one gear, right?
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