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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Oct 9th, 2010, 10:04 pm Thread Starter
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RS mirrors on a GT

Has anyone swapped out his/her round GT mirrors with the squarish RS mirrors? If so, how do you like it? Alternatively, has anyone removed his/her mirrors altogether and mounted aftermarket mirrors elsewhere, like on the fairing somewhere?
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RS Mirrors are a direct change over. I did this many years ago, and really like both the appearance and function.
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It's my understanding the rectangular mirrors are from GT's, not RS'. In any case, they're interchangeable. I wouldn't recommend mounting mirrors on the fairing / tupperware. It's not that stiff, meaning the mirrors will shake, as well as requiring backing plates to keep the tupperware from cracking. Additionally, the line of sight with lower mirrors won't exactly make your day. Go with the rectangular mirrors on the bars.

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I hae seen threads on mounting mirrors on the fairing....looked good and seemed to work good too, certainly a cheaper alternative to BMW.....

I don't know much about the round mirrors, my bike came with the square ones and I like them. But some have complained on their increased vibration thus less clarity. Hence my input on that: They work very well with little vibration if the handlebars are all the way forward, move the bars back and vibrations increase. And the torque has to be set just right on the mounting bolts at both the handlebars and mirrors. Too much torque...more vibrations. Not enough torque....well I won't risk that one!

Harmonic vibrations, took me a little while and experimentation to tame them on both the mirrors and grips.....but I got it.

My R100GS had very buzzy mirrors, I filled them with expansion foam, that took care of that.

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It's my understanding the rectangular mirrors are from GT's, not RS'.
Nope, other way round, but it may depend on the year of the RS. I have the Mickey Mouse ears on my 04 GT and they are pretty much worthless unless you want to see your elbows. I will pop for the RS mirrors at some point, just never found a good used set yet.

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Mirrors mounted on the fairing

I have R1100S mirrors mounted on the fairing. It's by far the best safety enhancement I have done to the m/c.

There is only vibration when at idle. You have to put some "soft" material in the mount as well.

The view to the rear is great. No more moving the head to see behind you - just the eyes.

A number of us have done the mod. Pics if you like. I DO have to strip off the tupperware very soon, as I have other isues to deal with.
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GT's came with the mickey mouse mirrors primarily because the GT also came with the bigger "comfort" windshield. Lock-to-lock on the bars the RS-style mirrors will tap the windscreen, while the round ones don't. Much better view with the RS-style, though, and the rare contact to the windscreen doesn't bother me.



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GT's came with the mickey mouse mirrors primarily because the GT also came with the bigger "comfort" windshield. Lock-to-lock on the bars the RS-style mirrors will tap the windscreen, while the round ones don't. Much better view with the RS-style, though, and the rare contact to the windscreen doesn't bother me.
Interesting, I just finished installing a comfort windscreen on my RS, no contact and my bars are all the way forward. But I have tilted my grips downward a bit so that may be why.

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Mirrors

I wouldn't recommend mounting mirrors on the fairing / tupperware. It's not that stiff, meaning the mirrors will shake, as well as requiring backing plates to keep the tupperware from cracking.

Not necessarily if you reinforce them like I did here. It's some work but their still on after all this time. They are EMGO mirrors for a Honda 600 Fi..or something like that.
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There were also aftermarket fairing mounted mirrors and attachments from, I think...Verholen?, and Aeroflow even had a special screen for that adaptation. The round versus rectangular, guess we should go check the brochures to see what years and models had what. I am pretty sure all the early RSs had the round ones like mine, then changed when the wind screen became adjustable? I know my buddie's '04 GT came with the rectangular mirrors.....so maybe BMW is like VW...what ever is in the bin that day. Crossover for the computers from early software to later was about a 6 month time frame (hence the reason for knowing the part number of yours when ordering aftermarket chips...), so maybe the mirrors were the same....

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