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Have you ever looked into your mirrors and thought, “Man I wish my mirrors...
… had a bigger field of vision.
… looked better.
… vibrated less.
… were taller.
Well, rest assured that any of the ailments above can be cured with the right aftermarket motorcycle mirror. Motorcycle mirrors come in an array of colors, sizes, shapes and even have alternate mounting points. Mirrors are truly one of the simplest yet most profound customizations you can make to your motorcycle. For the most part, they are inexpensive and can assist you in getting the perfect field of vision. We hope that this Mirror Buying Guide will help you better understand your mirror mounting and style options.
Let us begin with the field of vision... Mirrors typically come in two different glass types or styles; Flat Glass or Convex.
Mirror size is another way you can enhance your field of vision. It may sound like common sense, but the larger the mirror the more you will see! If you do want super small and compact mirrors, you can see “as much if not more” than a larger mirror if you go with convex glass in the smaller set-up. Just remember the caution mentioned above you will need to take if running convex glass.
Mirrors come in all shapes and sizes, but for motorcycle use, they generally are mounted on top of the handlebar or at the end of the handlebar.
This is the most common mounting place and is very similar for most motorcycles. Some mirrors are model specific and have the mounting screw machined into the mirror stem, but the vast majority of mirrors are universal and require the use of a mirror adapter. If you ride a Yamaha or a BMW, beware that you will need to use a “reverse thread adapter” on the right hand side.
This has been a common mounting point for years but lends itself well to many currently popular motorcycle styles such as the bobber, tracker, dyna, and many more. As bar end mirrors slide into the end of the handlebar, you must be sure your grips “allow” for this type of mounting. If you have a completely solid billet grip with no “hole” at the end which would allow access to the end of your handlebar, you will need to either “cut a hole” or purchase a new compatible grip. Bar end mirrors generally attach in one of two ways:
Handlebar vibration can render any mirror completely useless! This can be cured with the addition of a bar end weight, a heavier mirror, or a bar snake. Essentially, if the bar is “light” it will vibrate more and weighing it down will help to eliminate this mirror plague. If running Kuryakyn ISO grips, you can add these bolt on bar end weights to the end of a Kuryakyn ISO Grip.
Motorcycles from the factory come “one size fits all” but we are not all built the same… Some of us are taller, some of us are shorter, some are narrower, others are wider. There are hundreds if not thousands of aftermarket mirrors out there and the all have different sizes, shapes, widths, and heights. Some have tall arms and others have short arms. Here are some examples:
Conclusion: When it comes down to it… you use your mirrors every time you throw your leg over your bike and for the duration of each ride as well. Do yourself a favor and upgrade your mirrors today to get a sweet custom look with the perfect height, width, and field of vision! Thanks for reading this Motorcycle Mirror Buying Guide.
Thank you for reading this Cruiser Customizing Mirror Buying Guide. Until next time, take care and ride safe!
Kyle & the Cruiser Customizing Team