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I get that the mirrors are too low and close in to be used by most adult males, but I'm curious why the fix is "mirror extenders" rather than mirror stalks of the proper length. Seems there would be less fabrication required and a more finished look when done.

Am I missing something?
 

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While the factory mirrors on V Stroms are some of the best out there for rear visibility, they are also some of the worst for creating turbulence. They are rather flat on the backside, this causes them to direct air toward the riders helmet. There are other mirrors out there that are much improved when you compare the airflow off them. But at a fairly high cost. The mirror extenders can change where the air hits you and reduce turbulence. I find that moving the mirror to the rear is best for me. They also give more clearance for aftermarket windshields.

Then of course is there original purpose: when moving the mirrors toward the handgrips they give a much better field of view. Meaning your shoulder and arm are taking up a lot less of the mirror view!
 

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I've added Mirror Extenders to the last 3 bikes I've owned......ZRX1100, Vstrom, and now the CB500X. In each case, they have helped me with rear field of view. The ZRX guys use to heat-up the metal mirror stalks on their bikes and bend the mirror "down" closer to the handgrip (think: nearly horizontal).......which, in theory, made them stick out further from their mounting point. You would think one of the manufacturers would design a mirror/handguard/turn signal combination unit.......????
 

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Mirror extenders are a great help.

After having a rather unfortunate entanglement with the CHP last March (2015), I bought mirror extenders. The cruiser was directly behind me and I did not see him until I heard his siren go off. A rather angry CHP officer then promptly threatened to put me in jail. Fortunately, I was able to explain to him that I could not directly see behind the bike.

After that encounter, I did 2 things: 1) Changed my commute route to next exit down (doesn't have nearly the logistical problems my route had with the 680S Mission St. exit) and 2) I bought mirror extenders which allow me to see directly behind my topcase. Problem solved. Now if I could just get taken off the CHP hooligan list, I would be ok! :wink2:
 

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I have the extenders and find the rear view is better but haven't found that sweet spot where I don't get blasted with air off the mirrors.....and to some degree the hand guards as well.:surprise:

We'll keep working on it.....:wink2:
 

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I was able to explain to him that I could not directly see behind the bike.
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In stop and go traffic, that's where the danger comes from.
I look in my rears , unless on open road, about every ten seconds.
Extenders on my Wee with aftermarket glass, gotta see what is behind.
On the RT, the fairing mirrors as well as handlebar GS mirrors, best rear vision of any machine I have ever owned.
 

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simply longer stalks may be too simple

The extenders give somewhat independent control of the fore/aft mirror position and the mirror separation. This would not happen with longer stalks, which would necessarily couple those variables.

At first glance, you might think separation is fine as long as it suffices to clear your shoulders from the view seen in your mirrors. I found this not to be true at night, when keeping headlight glare from the vehicles behind me matters. Then, I like having to move my head slightly to be able to see directly behind me, in the same lane. That means there is a head position which keeps that glare from degrading my forward vision.
 

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After having a rather unfortunate entanglement with the CHP last March (2015), I bought mirror extenders. The cruiser was directly behind me and I did not see him until I heard his siren go off. A rather angry CHP officer then promptly threatened to put me in jail. Fortunately, I was able to explain to him that I could not directly see behind the bike.
StromLongCommute, was the chippy flashing his front beams or lights on you?

I'm curious because I do the LA commute (and get up to the bay area in your neck of the woods every so often), and have had a couple of similar experiences, I can ascribe mainly to the blind spot directly behind me. But I don't want to extend the mirrors, I need the space while lane splitting (another topic altogether) to wiggle between delivery trucks or pickups with huge side mirrors that stick way out.
 

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. But I don't want to extend the mirrors, I need the space while lane splitting (another topic altogether) to wiggle between delivery trucks or pickups with huge side mirrors that stick way out.
yep.

but it did not occur to me that the mirrors cause some of the turbulence i'm experiencing, although i'm not necessarily looking for a cocoon.
 

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I also have some Bikemaster mini blind spot mirrors on my main mirrors to go along with my extenders, I can see good!!!
 

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One of the unexpected benifits of the mirror extenders for me was how the REDUCED turbulence. It was about two weeks into testing them that I noticed things were quieter. I waited for a customer to mention it before mentioning it myself.

Wow. That was a long time ago.

Hey look! Here is the picture of my mirror extenders! Rick's Mirror Extenders All the way back in 2005!
 

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Hey look! Here is the picture Blair pirated to sell his copies of my mirror extenders! Rick's Mirror Extenders
Those extenders look really interesting, I might give 'em a try! Looks like there is just a little more lateral and vertical protrusion (around an inch each way?), and believe it or not that can be felt it terms of my comfort margin while lane splitting in near-stopped traffic on the freeway... but willing to experiment with them.
 

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I bought the adventuretech mirror extenders for my bike and they are one of the best additions I ever put on. The mirrors are positioned now so I can see directly behind me and there are no blind spots at all. If a car is coming up on either side of me by the time they are about to leave my mirror view they are already along side of me where I can see them with my peripheral. IMHO for $33 this is by far the most bang for the buck addition you can put on your bike.
 

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The rods are just MUCH more difficult to manufacture in accurately in small quantities. It take a large industrial machine and some very expensive tooling to manufacture them efficiently due to the curved solid rod and fittings.

The mirrors on a FJ-09, DR-400/650 are a different story. There the most efficient method IS to extend the rod.

Yamaha Mirror Extenders - AdventureTech, LLC.



 

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I just bought the adventuretech mirror extenders and thought I'd spend an afternoon installing them.

Ugh. My 2012 DL1000L2 mirror posts are factory stock and nothing like the pictures I see and nothing like in the video on the adventuretech website. They're MUCH "thicker" and are directly in-line (above) the half-clamp that attaches them to the handlebar. I'm lost and don't know how these will work, will probably have to return them. :-(

Found more info on another website (http://www.happy-trail.com/suzuki-2-inch-mirror-extenders.html) that says the following:
Fitment note re V-Strom:
These mirror extenders will only fit the V-strom OEM mirror types used on the K2 & K3 handlebars. (mirror type shown on the DRZ400S here). They will not fit the mirrors with the one piece arm used on the K4, K5, & K6 handlebars on both the DL650 and DL1000.
Wondering if this is related to my problem of apparently having different mirror stalks. But I don't know what handlebars my stock 2012 DL1000L2 has. Anyone?
 

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