Originally Posted by Fyr
So Ive got the bike prepped for a nice weekend trip to the mountains. All serviced and ready to roll.. However the left mirror has always been loose. Then the young lad just touched it and it swung away..No prob.. Ill tighten...
Of course the PO probably thought the same thing... Allen head stripped.. OK Just a wee bit of snugness is all I need.. Well... You know the rest..
Snapped bolt - Yes I used a vice grip. Just needed it to hold tight.
Pulled the stock, tapped out the rest of the errant thread and put in new Metric bolt and nut.. Looks horrible and works the same..
Time for new mirrors (go Stock or something slick) I am not really sold with bar ends as I dont really like adding things that can snag..
If I get a used stock mirror, does the small collet in the lever hole need renewing? Its a small tin like sleeve..
Anyway, Ive got 5 days to sort this or go old school.... And twist my head left a lot!
I read that you are not a great fan of bar-end mirrors but I have to tell you that the ones I've just installed are so much of an improvement that I could hardly believe it possible.
They are 3inch convex mirrors, so not too large but the rearward view from them is just incredible. I can so both sides of the road - in both mirrors !!!!!!!!
So no more nasty surprises of cars coming past without me knowing - sure I know that you can adjust your std mirrors to help with the blind spots, but only to a certain extent.
Now I find that I can see traffic coming up behind me from way back, and I can follow their progress very easily and clearly and it makes a big difference to me not just in actual security but also in the feeling of security as I can plan my ride better.
It should perhaps be noted that I have a - ahem - manly figure, so if you boy-shaped guys out there don't have any issues now, you might do in later life when the pleasures of wine and food have taken their toll
By the way, I bought my bar-end mirrors of Ebay, brand new and they cost, wait for it, ...............................£0.99 plus shipping. So I reckoned they were worth a try, and they certainly are.