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  • Kat2805 Posts: 4
    Yarrawonga Vic
    Stock Poster Kat2805
    30 Apr 2019 12:25 PM
    Hi everyone

    What mirrors are best for a Street 500?

    Thanks
  • tussuck Posts: 2597
    Melbourne
    Forum Legend tussuck
    30 Apr 2019 02:19 PM
    Ones that you see behind you.  I have tried the forward looking ones but thought they were overated and too expensive.
  • Birtyyy Posts: 243
    Sunshine Coast
    Stock Poster Birtyyy
    30 Apr 2019 02:25 PM
    Define best. Best as in most practical would be the standard issue item. Most aftermarket are smaller and shinier but not more useful.

    tussuck - hoping to see a full review posted of these forward looking ones. Haha
  • Wideglider Posts: 1094
    NSW
    Performance Poster Wideglider
    30 Apr 2019 03:02 PM
    Hi Kat, welcome to the forum. 
    I once made the mistake of installing after-market mirrors that vibrated too much blurring the vision. They looked cool but the mirror 'stalks' were long and narrow allowing too much vibration. 
    Another consideration is, if they are chrome, make sure there are not to many design crevasses that are hard to keep clean/prevent corrosion, the more smoother chrome surfaces the better.
  • Kat2805 Posts: 4
    Yarrawonga Vic
    Stock Poster Kat2805
    30 Apr 2019 03:49 PM
    Thanks everyone

  • tussuck Posts: 2597
    Melbourne
    Forum Legend tussuck
    30 Apr 2019 10:17 PM
    best bet is to find something you like and just buy them.  There are a million on ebay.  main thing to look out for is the diameter of the mounting bolts and stem as you want them to fit properly.
    Short stems tend to vibrate less. 
  • Nutty Posts: 303
    Stage 1 Poster Nutty
    01 May 2019 03:52 PM
    Short thick stems and polished stainless rather than chrome. Mirrors cop more crud than any other part of the bike. 
  • Eggy Posts: 12
    GC
    Stock Poster Eggy
    01 May 2019 07:32 PM

    Hi Kat2805,

    Are you trying to change the look or are you trying to actually be able to see behind yourself?

    The original mirrors are shockers if you are a little bit bigger as they can't see past your shoulders.

    2 options.

    There are Harley mirror extenders, this is the cheapest option.

    or you can get the vrod mirrors which are angled wider and clear your shoulders.

    As I am a more rotund gentleman I did both and this gave good overlap of rearview vision.

    Enjoy

  • Kat2805 Posts: 4
    Yarrawonga Vic
    Stock Poster Kat2805
    04 May 2019 09:57 PM
    Trying to see behind me.

    As a new rider it's a bit scary
  • HOG63 Posts: 258
    Stage 1 Poster HOG63
    04 May 2019 10:07 PM
    Quoting Kat2805 on 04 May 2019 09:57 PM
    Trying to see behind me.

    As a new rider it's a bit scary
    Concentrate more on what you could hit moving forwards.

    What’s behind you is history, what’s ahead is your immediate future. 
  • Wideglider Posts: 1094
    NSW
    Performance Poster Wideglider
    05 May 2019 01:35 AM
    Yeah, we know, a nice saying there & if only that it was that simple.
    But if you are honest you know you check your mirrors constantly to keep the increasingly  distracted car drivers from killing you.
  • tussuck Posts: 2597
    Melbourne
    Forum Legend tussuck
    05 May 2019 09:19 AM
    So question....Whats the problem your trying to solve?  Are the OEM ones too small or what?
  • Eggy Posts: 12
    GC
    Stock Poster Eggy
    05 May 2019 01:00 PM

    Get the mirror extenders, pretty sure that will solve the issue and you'll feel way more comfortable.

    Don't agree with some of the comments here.

    To be safe and confident having an idea of what is going on all around you (forwards/ left/right and BEHIND ) is needed.

    On a 500 you aint always gonna be overtaking, cars will coming up behind you and you need to know they are there.


    Tussuck.

    The mirrors are too close in or too low ( I forget which), and all you can see in them are your own  shoulders.


  • mickle Posts: 2060
    Meadow Heights Victoria
    Motor Head mickle
    05 May 2019 07:49 PM
    Quoting Kat2805 on 04 May 2019 09:57 PM
    Trying to see behind me.

    As a new rider it's a bit scary
    Harley Tribal mirrors and the extenders, you will see perfectly with that combo, I put them on my wife's 500.
  • HOG63 Posts: 258
    Stage 1 Poster HOG63
    05 May 2019 10:39 PM
    Yeah. We must be aware of all vehicles around us. For sure. 
    My point is only 6% (US figure) of bike accidents happen from the rear [source]. 
    A new rider is far more likely to hit something oncoming. 
    Use your mirrors, but remain especially focused on what your aiming at.
  • HOG63 Posts: 258
    Stage 1 Poster HOG63
    05 May 2019 10:43 PM
    This too. 
  • Wideglider Posts: 1094
    NSW
    Performance Poster Wideglider
    05 May 2019 10:52 PM
    Yeah sure agree, talking about changing lanes I use mirrors & look, it's how new riders are taught as well (they fail test if they don't). 
    I'm referring to mirrors for general situational awareness - I could not imagine riding without mirrors.
  • mickle Posts: 2060
    Meadow Heights Victoria
    Motor Head mickle
    06 May 2019 08:45 AM
    Living in Melbourne city I would never contemplate city riding without mirrors, never take my eye off them whilst waiting
    at the lights, but that's me. 
  • Kat2805 Posts: 4
    Yarrawonga Vic
    Stock Poster Kat2805
    06 May 2019 03:12 PM
    Thanks everyone

    Where do i get the extenders from?
  • mickle Posts: 2060
    Meadow Heights Victoria
    Motor Head mickle
    06 May 2019 04:25 PM
    Quoting Kat2805 on 06 May 2019 03:12 PM
    Thanks everyone

    Where do i get the extenders from?
    Phil's Garage in Albury will probably have them, if not online would be cheaper.
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