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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Sat 20 Apr 2013, 22:27

Even though I said I put Burgman 400 mirrors on my Wing and like them, I kept my stock mirrors with extenders. My stock mirrors with extenders are the same height and length as the Burgman 400 mirrors. My stock mirrors got some scratches on the black plastic when I got hit is the only reason I swapped them. If I didn't have the Burgman 400 mirrors I would put my stock mirrors with extenders back on. I was very happy with them, that is why I would not get rid of them.


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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Sat 20 Apr 2013, 23:39

I put extenders on my previous SW and on my current one. The previous SW's bolts turned a bit bronze but a touch with a permanent marker made them nice and black again. You might have to touch them up once a year or so but that's easier than painting. I also put a wee bit of anti-seize on the bolts so that they won't either gall or freeze in the master cylinder threads. I've used a magic marker and Sharpie for touching up black paint and anodizing for quite a while, it works well and lasts for a year or so. It's also handy for touching up gunsights and scratches.
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PostSubject: Mirror extenders   Sat 04 May 2013, 19:35

Just bought and fitted a set of these babies today. They are great, well made, easy fit and actually look like factory parts. Cheaper that fitting good quality replacement mirrors and look great. Highly recommended!
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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Tue 07 May 2013, 18:02

... and, just for fun, the case against extending ...

http://youtu.be/NNZg2RGakEY

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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Tue 07 May 2013, 22:34

Not a problem in the US other than in California it's illegal to 'filter' or as it's called here, sharing.
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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Wed 08 May 2013, 14:50

From my experiences commuting daily in London all you need is a seriously loud exhaust, no mirrors or fold them in (L plates are optional), the traffic parts before them...

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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Wed 08 May 2013, 17:24

Nowun wrote:
... and, just for fun, the case against extending ...
http://youtu.be/NNZg2RGakEY

Sod that for a game of soldiers!
Makes me glad I live 'ooop north'! Bad enough having to work for another seven months, without all that hassle just to get there!
Roll on retirement!! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Wed 08 May 2013, 17:53

Smile Gives you something to focus on - other than work - for the first 45 mins of your day.
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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Thu 09 May 2013, 05:42

Well, UK law DOES put the onus on the motorcyclist to ensure it is safe to filter, that he/she will not cause a hazard and to be alert for drivers changing lane. Also, we aren't supposed to filter except in stationary traffic!!

No offence but I think the US and other countries are daft to disallow it because what's the point of riding a vehicle like any kind of motorcycle if you can't use the size and manoeuvrability of it to your (safe) advantage? It also is a congestion buster and a fuel saver.

Those extenders are great, though I had one come loose yesterday morning in the bloody awful downpour we had in Belfast. Had to stop a friendly tyre fitters to get an allen key to tighten her up again! I notice a small increase in low speed vibration but nothing serious and they do look like factory parts.
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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Thu 09 May 2013, 06:01

My mirror extenders had an annoying tendency to work loose when I first fitted them. A dab of Loctite or similar thread lock will sort the problem out. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Thu 09 May 2013, 07:31

Dramhunter wrote:
Well, UK law DOES put the onus on the motorcyclist to ensure it is safe to filter.

But you can be nicked for reckless riding. I've heard that police will pay little attention if general speeds are below 15mph, but I may be misremembering. Above that and they may stop you to ask questions.

Much above that speed and the traffic dynamic can suddenly change to our disadvantage - drivers changing lanes without a care.

If the traffic on a motorway is moving at 30 or above, I stay in lane - unlike some! Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Thu 09 May 2013, 08:31

Like I said, "Also, we aren't supposed to filter except in stationary traffic!!". Police pull you over to ask questions? Jeez, do we still have police in the IK who pay attention to roads? That would be nice. Anyway, he/she may ask questions but unless you've caused damage, are filtering in moving traffic (which we all do I suppose!!) or created a hazard they can do nothing. Above about 20mph I'd not advise filtering, as you say Colin, dynamics change rapidly!
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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Thu 09 May 2013, 08:56

As I said, I may have misremembered, but I think it was during my "Bikesafe" course (run by the London Metropolitan Police) that one of them mentioned the 15mph mark as being "OK".

During my subsequent IAM training, great emphasis (a little too much of it) was placed on "making progress", ie filtering, overtaking, head of the queue at traffic lights etc, albeit safely. My IAM test examiner (also a Met officer) said that he would not be paying much attention to his speedo. He was more interested in seeing safe, smooth, progressive riding and my ability to read ahead - "the thinking rider".


In case you're all thinking that this has gone off topic, let me say that it would be difficult to undertake either of those courses without a decent rear view. The instructors/examiners ride behind you (so that the can observe Rolling Eyes ). The only way the student knows where to go is by watching for their indicators. It teaches you to look around; something too few drivers do.



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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Thu 09 May 2013, 10:56

Interesting Colin, did you do IAM on the Wing? I think BikeSafe is an excellent programme. The NI police do it here and they were super. Having to look behind for instructions is actually a good idea!! Anyway, these extenders are a great idea!
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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Thu 09 May 2013, 11:06

No, I had a Burgman650 then. The Swing is new.

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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Thu 09 May 2013, 13:18

When I did Bikesafe with the Police in North London we were advised not to filter if the traffic was travelling at more than 45 MPH and I was gently admonished for NOT filtering on one of my observed rides.

We were also advised that we should not filter at more than 15 MPH above the speed of the traffic.

All the instructors were Motorcycle cops.
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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Thu 09 May 2013, 13:25

Ah! 15mph above. I knew 15 came in somewhere.

I still think 20mph is tops. It all becomes a bit fluid and unpredictable above that.
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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Thu 09 May 2013, 14:04

MikeO wrote:
advised not to filter if the traffic was travelling at more than 45 MPH ...
... also advised that we should not filter at more than 15 MPH above the speed of the traffic.

This is current IAM advice too. Although I'm with Colin that once traffic is around 30-35 I stop filtering and join the flow.

To keep on topic - I use my mirrors often when filtering because the guys on their sports bikes want to cut through a lot faster than I do.
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PostSubject: Extenders   Fri 07 Jun 2013, 21:59

I bought those and they are great!
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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Sun 23 Jun 2013, 06:00

Well, been riding with them for a while now and they really should be fitted as standard. I keep a constant check on whats happening behind and was caught out with the standard mirrors a few times when vehicles appeared that I hadn't seen. Now, rear view is quite good. Noticed a little extra vibration at certain speeds but nothing to annoy me too much.
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PostSubject: Mirror Extenders   Mon 17 Mar 2014, 08:19

I want to thank you riders for posting the mirror extenders thread. I bought them, installed them, and they are great! A
big help, thanks again cheers 
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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Tue 18 Mar 2014, 09:54

This old subject------Stock mirrors are too narrowly placed for most dressed up in winter riding gear....AND they do not show true picture of who is trying to kill you from behind.

Honda CB750 mirrors like came on original 69 750's----show true picture and distance behind....not costly, Dennis Kirk good source in US. My set of mirrors has been on several bikes....worked great on Alaska trip about 15 years ago NiteHawk 750 pulling Kwik Kamp trailer. On my new SilverWing right now.

As rider who spends long hours with/on bike proper mirrors can lower stress levels....but you need, too, to pay attention on what is in front of you!!
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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Tue 18 Mar 2014, 10:28

I changed my mirrors to the Burgman 400 ones. Even with extenders the stock mirrors did not give the wider view as the Burgman mirrors. When i first was riding in the Sixties, i was behind a load of cars in a traffic jam. A police motorcyclist came up to me and told me off,and said "you are not in a tin box my lad get to the front of this lot and use the bike as it is meant to be used". I never forgot but as always, use common sense when filtering or overtaking. Smile 
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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Tue 18 Mar 2014, 12:35

I played with 2 sets of Suzuki mirrors on SilverWing--TU250 and Burgman400=better than stock and heavy, but CB750 work better in my use.
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PostSubject: Re: Mirror Extenders   Tue 18 Mar 2014, 13:46

Filtering or lane splitting.... traveling the white line between cars on motorcycle is illegal in most states, except California. I would think it would help the over all in heavy traffic but doing it here will get you a ticket. You can't even creep along side a couple of cars to make a right hand turn here without breaking the law.

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