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post #1 of 36 Old 03-13-2019, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
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I know it’s buried in the thousands of pages but obviously easier to ask fresh. New to me 16 Adventure and big ole mirrors gotta go. Extenders and new mirrors seem to be popular but couldn’t find a quick mirror suggestion. Anybody have a the world’s greatest mirrors installed vs OEM?

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Yep, Aprilia makes them. There are Ebay knock-offs, too, but these are the real deal, and worth every penny. This link will show the left side mirror, scroll down a little for the right side.
https://www.af1racing.com/store/Scri...idproduct=6254

They look a ton better, they are wider, they don't vibrate, and they'll help move some air buffeting away from your body. I've had this pair if mirrors on 2 bikes now, they are my answer.

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While the Aprilia mirrors are a popular switch, they are not installed for better view but to cut down on turbulence. The factory mirrors are actually some of the best motorcycle mirrors you can get! I put a set on a BMW RT I had. If you want a large field of vision and good optical quality it is simply hard to beat the factory mirrors.

If you are worried about looks, well it IS a V STrom........

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I suggest installing our mirror extenders and then thinking about mirrors later.

Afterwards, I'll bet you keep the mirrors.

https://www.adventuretech.biz/suzuki...extenders.html
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I suggest installing our mirror extenders and then thinking about mirrors later.

Afterwards, I'll bet you keep the mirrors.

https://www.adventuretech.biz/suzuki...extenders.html
+1 on your extenders for any mirrors, but nah bro the OEM mirrors suck!!
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Really? I never give them a thought. Maybe not sport bike stylish, but very functional and solid.

Is that comment on their appearance, that they need extenders, or is it something else?
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Really? I never give them a thought. Maybe not sport bike stylish, but very functional and solid.

Is that comment on their appearance, that they need extenders, or is it something else?
All that you mention I hate, and the buffeting is worse as well.

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From my experience, the Aprilia mirrors I linked do provide a better view in that they are placed out farther away from the centerline of the bike. I see more of what is behind me, and less of my arms and shoulders. (I'm 6' tall, 200 pounds, and I wear a riding jacket at all times, to help compare my physical stature and the resulting view in the mirrors.)

Sidebar- when I set mine up, I used a straightedge across the stalks as an aiming device to mount and angle the mirror stalks to the position I wanted them in (the upper bend of the stalks are about parallel with each other on my bike), then I adjust the mirror head accordingly for the rear view. This gives a balanced looking, professional installation appearance.

Love or hate the appearance of a VStrom, it does have its own sculpted look. The factory mirrors, although generous in the square inches of glass and potential view (if they had longer stalks moving the mirrors out farther, hence Rick's great extender product), they are an afterthought lacking any harmonious design. (Cough... it's a VStrom...) A rectangle on a stalk. They look out of place on this bike. They'd be fine on a mid-'70s UJM. (They probably came from the '70s UJM parts bin.)

And although the Aprilia mirrors may not have the gross square inches of the stock mirrors, they have plenty of glass for the job, they look infinitely better in their shape and wider placement, and they provide a more effective view of what it behind me, as if the bike design team actually took time and designed a usable mirror to compliment the design of the bike. (Now if we could get them to design a saddle appropriate for the human anatomy rather than a one that simply follows the lines of the bike... it's nothing but a padded body panel. "Hello, Russell DayLong? Build me some good function over form!")

I'm mainly a function-over-form sorta guy, but these mirrors serve both function and form- a wider view, and much better looking design. At least for me.

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Or, as Raul Julia said in Gumball Rally, "What's behind me is not important!"
I never minded the stock mirrors and after a crash, the cheap-o replacements are fine too.

I got Emgo mirrors, work fine last a long time. Did I mention cheap?

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Definitely get the mirror extenders.

In the meantime, this thread has some good info and at the bottom there is this side by side photo of a couple of the options.

https://www.stromtrooper.com/5330619-post33.html

I'm currently still on the Bike Masters, not sure I'll stick with them yet. Need more summertime experimenting. However, I don't think I'll go back to the Aprilias, if you want to go that route PM me...
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