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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 11th, 2018, 6:23 am Thread Starter
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Hello! Joe here. I just joined after having owned my orange 2009 K1300s for about a year now. Loving it!

I joined today because a plastic cover panel on my right side front mirror assembly ďwent missingĒ, and Iím hoping to avoid purchasing the whole OEM assembly new on the odd chance that someone here has got just the bit I need. I posted to the classified forum just now, please take a look at that post if you think you might have what Iím looking for:

https://www.k-bikes.com/forums/80-ac...tml#post272941

Bacground. Iím a veteran rider, (see below for details on that). Maintenance-wise, I do tires, brakes, final drive maintenance, oil changes, crash repairs, and accessory installations on my bikes. I like to have major service done by the pros to support local shops and also just to have the peace of mind that someone other than just me has gone over it once in a while.

I commute 5 days a week across the lovely San Francisco bay bridge from my home in the hills of Oakland. I do ~12 full day excursions a year, a lot of weekend canyon carving and occasionally a longer ride. My wife will tolerate 3-5 hours as a passenger once every 2 years. The way I ride, I canít fault her for that!

Motorcycle list
Year/Make/Model/Name/Color/Dates Owned
* indicates purchased new from dealer

1. 1977 Yamaha YZ 80D yellow ~1979-82
2. 1975 Yamaha RD 350 red ~1982-84
3. 1975 Honda CB 400F "400 Four" ~1984-85
4. 1983 Suzuki GS 1100E-D ("Katana" styling) red 1987-92
5. *1993 Yamaha XJ 600 "Seca II" black 1992-1996
6. *2001 Suzuki SV 650s blue 2001-2003
7. 2001 Aprilia SL 1000 "Falco" speed blue 2003-2004
8. 1994 BMW R1100RS light blue 2004 (briefly)
9. 2002 Ducati ST4s dark metallic grey 2004-11
10. *2009 Aprilia SMV 750 "Dorsoduro" red/black 2009-11
11. 2003 Honda VFR 800 (VTEC gen6) "Interceptor" silver 2014-17
12. 2006 Aprilia SR50 ditech "Factory" black/red 2015-16
13. *2016 Yamaha XSR 900 aluminum/grey 2017-present
14. 2009 BMW K1300S volcano orange 2017-present

Riding years
*indicates break in riding
1979-82 - 3 years - young teen riding, mainly dirt bike
1982-97 - 15 years - young adult/college/early career
*1997-2001 - 4 years - new parenting hiatus
2001-11 - 10 years - adult parent/professional
*2011-14 - 3 years - remodeling hiatus
2014-present - middle-age/professional/empty nest

As of 2018:
38 years riding experience since 1979
31 years actively owning and riding my own bikes
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 19th, 2018, 12:59 am
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You should be able to pick up the whole thing on eBay for 20 or 30 bucks. I doubt you find just the front cover. I got rid of the mirrors altogether and assembled my own rear view camera setup. Got a waterproof 5" monitor and Sony 160 degree camera very reasonable on Alibaba. The most work was making up the drastically shorter cables; had to learn how to mico-solder a 12 post watertight connector. I fabed up the mounts out of sheet stainless and made a pair of nice alum filler Pieces to go in the holes in the fairing.

The reason I went to all the trouble to make my own setup was:
1) The cost of a kit with a watertight 5" monitor is like $800. The monitor I found on Alibaba was like $120. and the camera was about $60.
2) You still have to cut 6 or 7 ft. out of the cable because nobody makes the setup for a bike with less then 10 ft. of cable that you have to wad up in a corner somewhere. I don't like that shit and won't do it so had to splice in the 12 point connector.

I did that work 2 years ago and it's still working fine and it gets rid of the donkey eared mirrors sticking out of your front fairing.


The only reason I mention all this is that I see you are a guy who actually works on his own stuff and might like to try something a little unique. I've been on scooters since the '50s, do all my own work; machining, welding, painting, you name it.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 19th, 2018, 10:12 am Thread Starter
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Thanks @SpaceViking - I guess I was hoping for a simple undo - you know, when you mess up in a stupid way, and then you just type command-z and poof, everything goes back to the pristine way it was before?

I wonder how those no-name imported LED rear views I'm seeing on eBay look on the bike and perform, in practice. Anyone on the board have experience with any of these?

Regarding your cool electronic rearview camera setup - that sounds amazing. I am totally happy with the stock mirrors frankly, and have too many projects going on to add another one right now to seriously consider it. Still, if you haven't shared the build it would be great to see some photos of how it came together.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 25th, 2018, 3:31 am
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OaklandJoe, I didn't get a chance to take pictures of the Rear View Camera setup until now. It's been a long time since I posted pictures here and thought there was a paper clip icon to post them with but I guess not. Win. 10 is such a God damned pain in the ass I doubt I can get back here to Paste the shots if I try to copy them from my Win Picture folder. Maybe I'll have the patience for Win 10 in another life.
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