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post #1 of 8 Old 01-08-2017, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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New owner: first question about mirrors

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I recently got a 2012 V-strom adventure used with real low miles. I am loving it. Mostly I am using it for Sunday rides, but hoping for a longer road trip sometime soon after all spousal paperwork has been completed. I had been wanting a V-strom for years and am super happy about the choice. First motorcycle since childhood, when I owned a Yamaha 80 and did some motocross.

Having a fairly low motorcycle IQ at this point, I have a first question -- one of many more to come, I'm sure. My mirrors come loose easily. It's happened on both sides and it is a hassle and perhaps a minor safety concern. Mine, like most I've seen, have a rubber collar that widens out from the stem of the mirror to cover the part that the stem screw into. Last time I screwed my my mirror in pretty tight but then couldn't get the angle optimal. Am I missing a quick and easy trick for securing the mirrors with the rubber collar?

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Be aware there are three threaded parts involved and one connection is left handed.

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Hello all,

I recently got a 2012 V-strom adventure used with real low miles. I am loving it. Mostly I am using it for Sunday rides, but hoping for a longer road trip sometime soon after all spousal paperwork has been completed. I had been wanting a V-strom for years and am super happy about the choice. First motorcycle since childhood, when I owned a Yamaha 80 and did some motocross.
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Having a fairly low motorcycle IQ at this point, I have a first question -- one of many more to come, I'm sure. My mirrors come loose easily. It's happened on both sides and it is a hassle and perhaps a minor safety concern. Mine, like most I've seen, have a rubber collar that widens out from the stem of the mirror to cover the part that the stem screw into. Last time I screwed my my mirror in pretty tight but then couldn't get the angle optimal. Am I missing a quick and easy trick for securing the mirrors with the rubber collar?

Thanks!
The rubber collar has no effect on securing the mirror stem. The trick (as I've found) is: (1) first center the position of mirror itself relative to the stem; (2) get the stem position close to what you want; (3) note how far off it is from what you want; (4) loosen the counter-tightening nut; (5) loosen the threaded adapter while keeping the stem position fixed; (6) move the stem opposite the amount just noted; (7) tighten the threaded adapter (which should move the stem quite close to where you want it; and ( tighten the counter-tightening nut. Use two wrenches when loosening or tightening the counter-tightening nut. You will notice that, as you tighten the threaded adapter, that you have some control over stem position by how tight you make it. This can be used for fine angle control but not course; you need to get course position at steps 3 and 6 above. That way, the fine control at tightening can still leave the mirror not over-tight or too loose. Close is good enough because you can make final mirror angle adjustment at the ball joint between mirror and stem.

[update:] What I'm calling the "threaded adapter" is the thing that the mirror threads into which has threads going into the mounting block. You want that to be tightly enough threaded into the block that it will not come loose under ordinary use.

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Trepidator's description may sound complicated to those who might have a low maintenance IQ but just slide that rubber boot up out of the way and try it out - and yes, you will need two spanners to tighten the two lock nuts against each other.
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You may find you need these for optimal mirror effectiveness. I did.

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Thank you Trepidator for that very complete description of how to fix the problem. I will get to work on that! And thanks to Greywolf for the photos and to others for the chime-ins and for the warm welcome to the forum. Much appreciated! More questions coming soon.... great to know there is such a wealth of information at our disposal!
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Trepidator's description may sound complicated to those who might have a low maintenance IQ but just slide that rubber boot up out of the way and try it out - and yes, you will need two spanners to tighten the two lock nuts against each other.
My IQ really isn't that low, but I'll be damned if I hardly ever understand him.
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