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Motard Mirror Advice Needed

I have a XR650R motarded I use for a commuter/fun bike. 70 miles round trip in Chicago traffic.
I need good mirrors and eyes in the back of my head.
Any opinions out there on what is the best mirror for highway use.

I have the basic el cheapo one but it get blown out of adjustment at highway speeds

Control setup (available mounting surfaces) is the following.
Applied racing triple clamp
Renthal FatBar
Acerbis handguards

Any advice is appreciated.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-10-2008, 10:10 AM
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I use some cheap bar end mirrors that work pretty well
better than the stock DRZ mirrors anyway
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Same here. 15 bucks at Performance bike shop. If you crash, the mirror will break but I rarely crash in traffic and take them off for trackdays.
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Correction: I crashed only once in the city, on some stupid oil spill.
I'll post a pic of the mirror for you.
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Here you go. I just drilled a bigger hole in the black plastic mount and reused the long bolt that holds the handguard in place.
I have Acerbis handguards and Renthal Fatbar as well.


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Check out www.wheelingcyclesupply.com, Forrest is the guy to talk to. He's got a nice minty set avail.

Take it to the STREETS!
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Check out www.wheelingcyclesupply.com, Forrest is the guy to talk to. He's got a nice minty set avail.
I was just checking out his site and I didn't see the mirrors that I were referring to, but I found 'em here: http://www.motostrano.com/apamirrors.html and they're the exact same ones.








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jesus, a little over-engineered maybe?

if you search for bar end mirrors on ebay, there's tons for sale. I got mine for $20. they're just like the CRG's, for about 1/4 of the price.
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jesus, a little over-engineered maybe?

if you search for bar end mirrors on ebay, there's tons for sale. I got mine for $20. they're just like the CRG's, for about 1/4 of the price.
Motards have a higher likeliness to, um, "tip over"(lol) so bar end mirrors would snap off in a heartbeat if that happens. Here's what they look like on my SM...


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Motards have a higher likeliness to, um, "tip over"(lol) so bar end mirrors would snap off in a heartbeat if that happens. Here's what they look like on my SM...
that's why I bought the cheap ones

the mirrors look fine to me, and I'm sure they work fine, but speaking from from a design standpoint, they suck. the most simple design is often the best. do you really need 5 degrees of freedom to properly position a mirror?

his (apa) whole product line is pretty tacky in my opinion. colored hoses, cheap chinese boots and gloves, muffler sliders that melt, and poorly engineered machine parts. and then he bitches on a forum that he moderates that he can't sell anything http://www.supermotojunkie.com/showt...t=apa+products

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funny, I felt exactly the same way about his stuff
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his (apa) whole product line is pretty tacky in my opinion. colored hoses, cheap chinese boots and gloves, muffler sliders that melt, and poorly engineered machine parts. and then he bitches on a forum that he moderates that he can't sell anything http://www.supermotojunkie.com/showt...t=apa+products

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I won't touch his stuff, my muffler slider was toast on the YZ After its first session at Norway. JUNK!

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