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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-28-2019, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Mirrors other than bar end

Anyone using aftermarket mirrors other than bar end mirrors?

I live in CA where it's legal to filter between cars and seeing as how the STR bars are already wide, I didn't want to make them even wider with bar end mirrors and run the risk of hitting car side mirrors. I currently have Rizoma Reverse Retro mirrors on and i'm on the fence with them. Would really just like a good looking pair of mirrors on the bar location that has good viewing angles and not just views of my elbows.

Considering trying these:
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...rrors-series-1

Anyone with any experience with mirrors, please let me know what you recommend.


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I have Arlen Ness mirrors on two of my bikes, and will have them on the new bike soon. The quality seems to be good, and I like the way they look.

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Whyyyyyy doesn't anyone make mirrors with an adjustment screw/ locking screw at the ball hinge on the mirror side. Pretty much any motorcycle mirror I've ever had has folded in above 80ish mph. Incredibly frustrating. One of the reasons my bike only has 1 mirror.
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Just ordered the lightech mirrors I linked above. Will update on if they work out well with viewing angles and looks of it on the bike.
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I put on Rizoma Radial RS mirrors. There was a bit of a "getting used to it" period, but honestly, now I'm very used to them and very happy. I think they are a bit expensive/poor value, but I've seen a lot of cheaper - and crappier - mirrors.

I never wanted bar ends, and I use my mirrors a lot, functionally.
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I put on Rizoma Radial RS mirrors. There was a bit of a "getting used to it" period, but honestly, now I'm very used to them and very happy. I think they are a bit expensive/poor value, but I've seen a lot of cheaper - and crappier - mirrors.

I never wanted bar ends, and I use my mirrors a lot, functionally.

In terms of viewing angles, do these mirrors just show your arms or do you actually get a view of what's behind/side of you? The issue with the stock mirrors were that I'd have to bend down while riding to get a view of what was behind. More distracting than safe.
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Usual disclaimers about everyone being different, riding positions, etc etc.

It took 3-4 rides for me to feel good about where I had them positioned - and I agonized as I measured pre-purchase (the glass area is smaller than stock, the length of stalk and height are less) - but honestly, I feel they are much better for viewing on either side. The way I have them, I see only the smallest bit of my arm, and clearly to the side. I sometimes tuck my arm a bit in to see straight behind me (e.g. lanesplitting and unsure if there's a rider splitting behind me) but to check lanes for changes, or traffic behind me at speed they're a huge improvement. I'm about 5'10.

The stock mirrors were all kinds of wrong for me, compounded by, I don't think the bend in the stock handlebar is quite right either (for grip position/length/mirror mount). Before switching mirrors I did adjust the rotation of the handlebar a bit and it did help with the ergos, but not as much as replacing the mirrors. Rizomas are a real leap of faith, but in my case, I don't look back and think of the cost - I'm happy with them functionally and aesthetically (mostly - they're not perfect).
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It probably doesn't need mentioned, but some don't think about it when searching mirrors... convex mirrors give a larger view of the road than flat mirrors of the same size. You just have to remember the distance is "off" "objects in mirror are closer than they appear"

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I never wanted bar ends, and I use my mirrors a lot, functionally.
That's actually the reason I installed bar ends, because yes, I like to use my mirrors 'functionally' (i.e. see what is behind me). The view in my Reverse Retro's is simply excellent, even when I drive ADV bikes with big elephant ears I don't feel they offer a better view back. They seem small, but the field of view is very large, they don't shake/vibe, and as they are so far beyond your elbows they actually give you the real view of what is happening behind.
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That's actually the reason I installed bar ends, because yes, I like to use my mirrors 'functionally' (i.e. see what is behind me). The view in my Reverse Retro's is simply excellent, even when I drive ADV bikes with big elephant ears I don't feel they offer a better view back. They seem small, but the field of view is very large, they don't shake/vibe, and as they are so far beyond your elbows they actually give you the real view of what is happening behind.
This is the exact reason I have bar end mirrors. I started my trials about 4 bikes ago, and after several different types and far too much money spent, I ended up with CRG Arrows. I've now had them on my last three bikes. They replaced the virtually worthless fairing mounted ones on my Honda NC30 and Suzuki SV650S and the completely worthless bar mounted ones on my Street Triple.

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