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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Oct 23rd, 2007, 3:57 pm Thread Starter
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Replace your ugly Mickey Mouse mirrors

I got tired of the ugly stock mirrors and replaced them with fairing mount units.

I wish I had done it years ago - the bike is much more pleasant to ride now that I don't have to swivel my head back and forth. It looks a lot better too.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Oct 23rd, 2007, 5:49 pm
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huh?

Who cut that damn lawn. Shootin's too good for him. Needs a good kick up the bum!
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Who cut that damn lawn. Shootin's too good for him. Needs a good kick up the bum!
Uhh.... I think you have stumbled into the wrong forum....

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Nice mod!
I don't mind my Mickey ears,gives me an excuse to sit up and look around.
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Those ugly mickey mouse mirrors provide a clear view of what's trying to catch up to me while I'm cruising at 100 mph. Normally it's the hiway patrol....in which case I just roll on the throttle until I get a few miles between us...then exit to the nearest ice cream stand. If you ask me....you chose vanity over function. The fairing is not a good place to mount mirrors on this bike....too much vibration and you have to sit up and lean over to see anything...I prefer to tuck at those speeds and I dont have to do anything but glance!
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Those ugly mickey mouse mirrors provide a clear view of what's trying to catch up to me while I'm cruising at 100 mph. Normally it's the hiway patrol....in which case I just roll on the throttle until I get a few miles between us...then exit to the nearest ice cream stand. If you ask me....you chose vanity over function. The fairing is not a good place to mount mirrors on this bike....too much vibration and you have to sit up and lean over to see anything...I prefer to tuck at those speeds and I dont have to do anything but glance!
Quite the contrary - I can see much better with these mirrors, and I don't have to turn my head away from where I'm going in order to do so: just a quick shift of my eyes to see them. I find myself checking the rear more often than before due to the decreased effort.

As I said, they are very steady at highway speeds, and provide a clear view of what's behind me. They overlap quite a bit so either mirror works well. They also provide a good place to mount the blind-spot convex mirrors.

Form follows function for me - in this case however, the two co-exist.

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I never considered the stock mirrors ugly. To the contrary...they seem to be well designed and built. They're far enough apart that my shoulders don't block the view, and they enhance the clean profile of the bike. If it ain't broke....well, you know the rest.

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Mirrors

Hey JS,
What a cowinkidink! Those are the exact same ones I've on my bike for the past two years. I feel it's a huge safety advantage. I don't have to take my eyes off the road for too long trying to find my image. I love 'em.
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I never considered the stock mirrors ugly. To the contrary...they seem to be well designed and built. They're far enough apart that my shoulders don't block the view, and they enhance the clean profile of the bike.
You're excused from this thread. Your '02 doesn't have the 'Mickey Mouse' mirrors!
Getting '02 mirrors for my '01 was going to be my winter project, but I've realized that a proper windshield takes precident ('cause the MM mirrors are rather functional).
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Quite the contrary - I can see much better with these mirrors, and I don't have to turn my head away from where I'm going in order to do so: just a quick shift of my eyes to see them. I find myself checking the rear more often than before due to the decreased effort.
I don't see that. I don't have to move my head at all with stock mirrors, just glance over....just the tip of my elbows in the way. You have barbacks on? I gotta believe you are blocking part of the inside view with either your arms or shoulders if your mirrors are adjusted correctly. If not, then your view directly behind you is starting much later. I do think you are able to see a wider total area compared to stock because they are further forward, but at the expense of seeing yourself and extending/delaying the initial view directly behind you.

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