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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 2009, 10:40 am Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone heard of improved (possibly aftermarket) mirrors to fit 1300GT's?

IMHO they ought to either be a bit bigger, have more convex glass or even be a split lens type (like on cars).

I'm of pretty average proportions but can't get a happy balance which eliminates city traffic blindspots.

Does anyone agree - or is it just me?
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 2009, 2:01 pm
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Coming from an RT I think the GT mirrors are exceptional in rearward visibility.

You may want to see if GS or GSA mirrors fit on the GT.

The funny thing is alot of RT owners put on KBike mirrors for better visibility

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I put the small round stick-on convex mirrors in the upper corners of the mirrors. This eliminates the blind spots.
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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 2009, 4:17 pm
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Wow,...

I think the GT mirrors are among the best I've ever had on a bike. Out wide enough to not be blocked by shoulders,... sleek,... adjustable,... convex,... don't vibrate all to heck.
Keep playing with them. I'm sure you will find a happy medium. They sure beat the big ugly square mirrors on my DR650.

I do agree the field of vision can be narrow when in tight spaces, but I rely on looking around with my head some to make sure nothing is right to my back side before moving. That's safest.
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I put the small round stick-on convex mirrors in the upper corners of the mirrors. This eliminates the blind spots.
How big around are those things anyway? Don't they take up a lot of space?

Guess I've never thought the mirrors we're all that bad either. Besides, most of the time all I see in them are things fading away real fast.....

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Guess I've never thought the mirrors we're all that bad either. Besides, most of the time all I see in them are things fading away real fast.....
Hey now Robert, that's only because I was heading the opposite direction. I should've u-turned and chased you down that day . . .

As for the original topic, I also thing the GT's mirrors are excellent.

You can get the handlebar-mounted mirrors off a K12RS and mount them to the K12GT as they have the same switchgear (I've done this myself). They're the same size mirror glass, but being located closer to you they give a wider field of vision.

But I don't think that would work with the K13's redesigned switchgear. Maybe you could try this with a set of mirrors off a newer GS or another BMW with the newer switchgear?

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Has anyone heard of improved (possibly aftermarket) mirrors to fit 1300GT's?

IMHO they ought to either be a bit bigger, have more convex glass or even be a split lens type (like on cars).

I'm of pretty average proportions but can't get a happy balance which eliminates city traffic blindspots.

Does anyone agree - or is it just me?

The stock mirrors are some of the best in the business. You can eliminate blind spots by getting your head on a swivel. Head checks will save your bacon.
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Mine goes fast enough that I don't have time to look in the mirrors! It has mirrors?
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How big around are those things anyway? Don't they take up a lot of space?

Guess I've never thought the mirrors we're all that bad either. Besides, most of the time all I see in them are things fading away real fast.....

The little round mirrors I have are only 11/2" diameter. I mistakenly said upper corners, but I meant LOWER corners of the stock mirrors. They actually take up very little space.
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Hurummmph, LOSER spotters. *snork*

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