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post #1 of 9 Old 03-19-2008, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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rear cam & monitor in leu of mirrors ?

wonderng if anyone has done it, advantages/disadvantages

anyone used them in a truck or motorhome?



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Sounds like a neat idea but you may still need to have mirrors to comply with the law.

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I was looking at this product



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These systems are very popular down here, too many toddlers dying in home driveways by parents inattention.

They are expensive, but not a bad idea except, why, on a bike you have two mirrors, a bit redundant I would have thought.
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These systems are very popular down here, too many toddlers dying in home driveways by parents inattention.

They are expensive, but not a bad idea except, why, on a bike you have two mirrors, a bit redundant I would have thought.
I was thinkin of getting rid of the mirrors, and the problems associated with them

1. bike is narrower without mirrors for lane splitting
2. no wind buffetting from mirrors
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I'm strongly considering getting one for my truck as over last several months have had access to one unit . Sells for less than $100 here in Great White North (Costco - B&W unit). Used to think they were a bit of a luxury until had to back up and hitch up large trailers - well worth the $90 for that alone and the safety aspect of seeing clearly behind is worth it.

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I was thinkin of getting rid of the mirrors, and the problems associated with them

1. bike is narrower without mirrors for lane splitting
2. no wind buffetting from mirrors
3. more cockpit space
And the bike will be illegal in most places in the world when you remove the mirrors.
The camera is only designed to work for short periods when a vehicle is in reverse not constantly.
The camera is designed to view objects that are within feet of the rear of the vehicle. Absolutely no use for cars some distance behind you.
The field of view is so narrow that you will have HUGE blind spots on both sides of your bike exactly where you need to know where other vehicles are when changing lanes.
It will be almost impossible to view the screen in bright light making the system useless.
The non stabilised camera mounted on the back of a bike is going to produce a garbage picture.
The refresh rate on those screens is marginal at best and not suitable for freeway speed objects.
The system is not weatherproof and will not survive rain.
The system is electric and requires the bike to be running and is therefore subject to failure and any given time on a trip meaning no rear vision.

It's the wackiest idea that I have seen for some time. If the cops don't get you and car beside you certainly will. Unfortunately you won't be around any longer to confirm what a silly move it was.
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You're probably better off with a Reevu helmet, and maybe some bar end mirrors to keep legal. On a truck... we had them on one of our tow trucks, when I drove wreckers. Made hooking up vehicles a *lot* easier. It depends on where you locate it and how you aim it.

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