Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Twin Cities, MN, USA
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.
Twin Cities, MN, USA
'18 DL650XT, previously '07 DL650 and others
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