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post #1 of 15 Old 07-22-2010, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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bar-end mirrors

I put a pair of bar end mirrors on my K9dl650.

I have the ProTaper SE ATV High bar. It is long enough to just slide the controls up 3/8" and put the mirrors on and keep your OEM handguards.
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This mod eliminated most of the turbulence. Still get a bit from the OEM screen which I think is due to the "flip" at the top of the screen.
Next I'm going to get a wider screen that doesn't have a "flip" at the top; maybe a Rifle screen.

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I just picked up a pair of the Bikemaster ($49) bar end mirrors and it definitely does help with turbulence issues. I was a little hesitant to switch because they are smaller (3" diameter) than the OEM ones, and down out of my normal line of sight. But I find that I can see behind me better with them because they are slightly convex, and also the way I look at them is sort of out of the corner of my eye, below my glasses lenses, and this helps me see what's in them more clearly. I'm not sure why, but I can see more clearly what's in my mirrors if I don't look through my prescription glasses, and the location of the bar ends make this much easier to do. I think I'm going to like them, and even though they're not right up in my face, I find that I still "check six" just as much as ever.
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cool. I've been thinking about doing the same to tidy up the airflow a bit more without encapsulating myself in a huge windscreen.
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I don't have the same options available for my k3, but here's what I ended up doing:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/showthre...716#post563716

The vent has since been enlarged and reshaped, to try and make it a NACA style. I still have the stock screen for fall and spring. I'm really in the breeze now, but no turbulence.

And a better pic of the mirrors, pre screen modification. I went with $15 cheapies, and sprayed them with truck bed liner. I find the visibility amazing, when compared to the view of my elbows from the stock mirrors.

v-strom gps a.jpg

I've seen a picture somewhere where someone mounted mirrors to the fairing, I like the looks of that, I'm thinking about trying that maybe with some mirrors that have built in signal lights.

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I just picked up a pair of the Bikemaster ($49) bar end mirrors and it definitely does help with turbulence issues. I was a little hesitant to switch because they are smaller (3" diameter) than the OEM ones, and down out of my normal line of sight. But I find that I can see behind me better with them because they are slightly convex, and also the way I look at them is sort of out of the corner of my eye, below my glasses lenses, and this helps me see what's in them more clearly. I'm not sure why, but I can see more clearly what's in my mirrors if I don't look through my prescription glasses, and the location of the bar ends make this much easier to do. I think I'm going to like them, and even though they're not right up in my face, I find that I still "check six" just as much as ever.
Yes, I agree with "down out of my normal line of sight". My thinking is that the only time I really need to see what's behind me is when I'm slowing down or stopped. But I have a great view to the rear with these mirrors, too.
msgvb and JoWhee: It seems like we are on the same track here. I like being in the air, especially with the hot weather we've been having in Central Ohio. The height of the stock screen in the lowest position gives me air from the chest up, so I am looking for a screen that is about the same height. I was thinking a wider screen might be good after reading a review of a Road Glide with a wide low screen. The Rifle screen might fill the bill and it has some adjustability built in without a Madstad. My ultimate goal is to eliminate as much noise and turbulence as I can. Getting rid of the stock mirrors did most of it; now it is just a matter of fine tuning the rest of my setup. I love tweaking!:mrgreen:

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There was a group buy on the suzuki euro screen, a while back, maybe someone has an extra for you.

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I put a pair of bar end mirrors on my K9dl650.
Call me late to the party but. . .
What manufacturer?
What part number?
Where did you buy them?
Etc, etc...

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Bar-End Mirrors

Electrojake - - go to E-bay and type in "bar-end mirrors". Dozens of sellers will appear. I purchased a pair of cheapy $18 mirrors and they function well. They are somewhat too convex for my taste because the images are very small. So, to aleviate that problem, I found an old round motorcycle mirror in my storage building that is 2 times the diameter of the E-bay mirrors, somewhat less covexed.

I cut off part of the stem and attached it to the end of the bar with rubber-lined hose clamp which I painted black.

The images in the make-shift mirror are much larger and I have considerably more mirror area to view things. Not bad for $0 cost. I suspect that you could go to your local motorcycle shop and pickup a used round mirror for a few dollars.

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Val,
Thanks for taking the time to post. It's appreciated!
Anyway, I was actually more interested in the method of mounting the mirrors to the bars.
I have bar end mirrors on my GS500 and on my Yamaha Z155 and both required removing the stock bar end weights. I need a mirror that will simply clamp onto the existing handlebars similar to what BugKiller has.

So yeah, I was really more interested in how B-Killer did the mount.
Thanks again for your input.
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I've had an old pair of Napoleon bar end mirrors floating around in the top of the tool chest, probably since Napoleon got his butt kicked by Wellington at Waterloo. Well... maybe not that long, but you get the idea. At any rate, here's how I'm hooking them up to the DL1000.

Napoleon Bar-end Mirrors for the DL1000 V-Strom - a set on Flickr

I haven't had a chance to try them out yet because I've got the rear sprocket carrier off and apart while I try to shoehorn in a second bearing - but that's fodder for another thread. I'll close the loop on this once the bike is back together and I can go for a ride. If the modification sucks you'll all be the first to know.

Test ride completed, and the mirrors don't vibrate any worse than they did when they were mounted on my BMW, so I guess I'm OK with the installation. If I had it to do over again though I'd just spring for the Aprilia mirrors and call it a day.

Here's what things look like, BTW -




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