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post #1 of 22 Old 03-13-2016, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Why Mirror Extenders?

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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post #2 of 22 Old 03-13-2016, 06:30 PM
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It's not length it is width in my case. My extenders from Richland Rick are the cat's pajamas. I can now actually see behind me. What a concept!
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You can't get new stalks. It's extenders or all new mirrors (>$).

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I ordered them today, Rick. I was just wondering why. Are extended rods more difficult?

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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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post #7 of 22 Old 03-15-2016, 03:08 PM
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Smile 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!
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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.

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Originally Posted by StromLongCommute View Post
I was able to explain to him that I could not directly see behind the bike.

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.
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Cool 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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