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  • Kat2805
    Kat2805
    1 year ago
    Hi everyone
    What mirrors are best for a Street 500?

    Thanks
  • tussuck
    tussuck
    1 year ago
    Ones that you see behind you.  I have tried the forward looking ones but thought they were overated and too expensive.
  • Birtyyy
    Birtyyy
    1 year ago
    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
    Wideglider
    1 year ago
    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
    Kat2805
    1 year ago
    Thanks everyone
  • tussuck
    tussuck
    1 year ago
    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
    Nutty
    1 year ago
    Short thick stems and polished stainless rather than chrome. Mirrors cop more crud than any other part of the bike. 
  • Eggy
    Eggy
    1 year ago

    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
    Kat2805
    1 year ago
    Trying to see behind me.
    As a new rider it's a bit scary
  • HOG63
    HOG63
    1 year ago
    Quoting Kat2805 on 04 May 2019 11:57 AM

    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
    Wideglider
    1 year ago
    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
    tussuck
    1 year ago
    So question....Whats the problem your trying to solve?  Are the OEM ones too small or what?
  • Eggy
    Eggy
    1 year ago

    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
    mickle
    1 year ago
    Quoting Kat2805 on 04 May 2019 11:57 AM

    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
    HOG63
    1 year ago
    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
    HOG63
    1 year ago
    This too. 
  • Wideglider
    Wideglider
    1 year ago
    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
    mickle
    1 year ago
    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
    Kat2805
    1 year ago
    Thanks everyone
    Where do i get the extenders from?
  • mickle
    mickle
    1 year ago
    Quoting Kat2805 on 06 May 2019 05:12 AM

    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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