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post #1 of 12 Old 08-17-2019, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Double Take adventure mirrors for Vstrom

Hello members, Got a chance to pick up a pair of these mirrors today.

Shipped fast Only 3 days from Colorado. Right around $120. With shipping
A bit expensive to say the least.

Ok So the first thing is : the theaded ball that screws into the adapter threads
will not screw into the raised silver piece ( 3/4" high ) that the stock mirror threads into.
I had to screw it directly into the brake and clutch housing. With blue lock tite to keep firm.

Also the ball adapter does not provide hex flats for a wrench to tighten onto the assembly. (see pics)

Next : the uprights that hold the mirror heads resemble bones, But hold the assembled pieces very tight.
And they do position the mirror heads higher than stock. With the option of moving them in any direction.

Third : The materials used to make the housing on the mirror heads does not offer a finish you would expect
from $100 + asking price. It's more like an unfinished molding process of bakelight plastic.

I think for what they are designed to do ( which is give you better adjustment range than stock ) it wins

All the other things listed above tell me the price is too high for the quality of the finished product.

I have not ridden with them yet as the weather sucks today - But will post a followup when the next ride comes.

Most likely tomorrow morning (sunday 8-18)

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To tighten the ball into the mount clamp the stalk onto the ball and tighten the thumb screw all the way. Then tighten the ball with the stalk.

Rocky Mountain is the best place I found for these mirror for around $100 + an additional mount with a u-bolt to use on other things.


Fit-n-finish Rizoma's they are not. But they are durable and work well.
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The fact they don't give you a hex to wrench on is to me is a design flaw. Mear penny's to incorporate into the design.

Even with the stalks tightened up all the way there is still a good sized gap between the two halves.

I may be able to come up with a plan to make it look a little more acceptable. I will give them every chance to do good.

I hope function lives up to it's name here.

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I'm not clear on what advantage these have over other mirror options. They look to me like something put together using old RAM ball parts. Stock mirrors worked fine for me, but the turbulence was a bit more than I liked, so I just installed the Aprilia version - have not tried the bike yet. And $120 sounds a bit pricey to me.

One disadvantage you did not mention is passers by can fiddle with the knob, loosening the mirror and changing its position - or worse, stealing the mirror (though why would anyone steal a mirror?).
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Ratchet, You bring up another good point. Not as secure if you can just unscrew it and remove it.
or like you said fiddle with the position. And If they knew how much they cost that might make it worth taking.
Luckily for me I rarely leave my bike unatended. For others in this situation may not be as lucky.

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Depending on the diameter availability, you could try making use of heat-shrink tubing to cover the joints, to weather proof / keep water and other properties out. May even give a better looking finish, if done correctly.
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I'm not clear on what advantage these have over other mirror options. They look to me like something put together using old RAM ball parts. Stock mirrors worked fine for me, but the turbulence was a bit more than I liked, so I just installed the Aprilia version - have not tried the bike yet. And $120 sounds a bit pricey to me.

One disadvantage you did not mention is passers by can fiddle with the knob, loosening the mirror and changing its position - or worse, stealing the mirror (though why would anyone steal a mirror?).
I've been noticing these adventure mirror threads the past few days and, as I try to apply my tiny brain to it, I can see the value in having a mirror that's designed to move on impact without bending the stalks, or mounting point, etc. So if you drop your bike or it hits something, the ram arm just gets forced to rotate a bit, no damage done. Or if you're on a trail or on your own, you can just remove the mirrors.

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Ratchet, You bring up another good point. Not as secure if you can just unscrew it and remove it.
or like you said fiddle with the position. And If they knew how much they cost that might make it worth taking.
Luckily for me I rarely leave my bike unatended. For others in this situation may not be as lucky.
I've lived in apartments for most of my time riding motorcycles. And I've owned RAM mount stuff. There's a small chance that people will come look at your bike closely, and even smaller that someone will mess with it. I mean, technically, someone could yoink our stock mirrors if they wanted.

But for extra security, I've done two things to help deter.

1) Ram makes a lockable, sort of "keyed" tensioner. This is what I currently have on my bike. I originally used it for something that was semi-permanent. Something I would keep on most of the time for commuting, but maybe switch out if I wanted to go for a tour. https://www.rammount.com/part/RAP-S-KNOB3U

2) When I had something permanent (I have a GPS and Security Card holder I want available all the time as I need to show my security card to get through the gate for my job), I ended up taking the threaded knob off entirely and just going to a local hardware store and getting two nuts that fit the bolt thread. First one tightened it down, the second one went on top with threadlocker to sort of "lock" in the first nut. Worked like a charm.
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Thanks all for the views and ideas. Unless you were very familiar with the Vstrom bikes you might not
even know these are aftermarket. So I think theft in general is rather low risk. My biggest concern is :

1. Are these going to help reduce even more of the wind turbulence ? Others say Yes.

2. Will they stay put and not cause fuzzy blurred image around the engines vibey range ? Remains to be seen.

3. How durable when subjected to heat and sunlight ? Only time will tell.

I hate to spend money like this on something that does not offer bang for the buck. And follow up reviews
might help others thinking about getting these to possibly reconsider or pick a different version.
So I will be updating this thread as time offers.

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These were invented for dual sport bikes so you can quickly fold them down or up as you move from dirt to pavement. Mirrors go away quickly on single track trails, but are essential for keeping the police happy when connecting trails.

Double-take mirrors are the gold standard for this reason. Itís hard to find a mirror you can fold down quickly that you can see something in at highway speeds and that is as durable as these.

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Well I just finished a 40 mile ride to try these out in the real world. I'm impressed !

Rear view = Excellent

Side view for lane changes = Excellent no over the shoulder glance needed.

Remain where you want them ? = I saw no movement from the sweet spot. even up to 75 mph

Mirror clarity = No blurry or shakey images at any speed.

Overall review to this point = 8 out of 10

The few cosmetic details and lack of a hex for tightening the ball adapter prevented a 10
for fit and finish.

We will see how they perform long term.
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