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Old 27th February 2005
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Hey everybody-

In Dec I bought a '04 XL1200C. The bike is setup with drag bars and the factory short stem mirrors. I am a novice rider and only have 3 months riding experience at this time.

With my current setup I can see the lanes next to me fine (for lane changes) but I have NO idea who or what is directly behind me.

When I first got the bike (my first) and started riding I didn't think much of it. However, my father-in-law has a Dyna SG and swapped out the mirrors on his bike because he didn't like not being able to see directly behind him. He actually added long stem mirrors from a '01 XL1200C.

I have lately been turning my front wheel slightly at stop lights trying to see the cars approaching behind me.


My question is this:

Who can see directly behind their bike using their mirrors?

Who can't?

How important is this from a safety perspective?


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I have an 04 1200 and the mirrors are not the greatest to see behind you. You have to move your shoulder over or turn the wheel to see behind you. It's something you learn to adjust to and now I don't even think about it.
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I believe most of us here are do like Broncodog and make some adjustments to see behind. I bring my elbows in to my waist to see behind me while riding and while at a stop I turn the wheel.
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Swapped my mirrors out for longstems.
Even with those I still angle my shoulder a bit.
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rode for 4-5 years without a mirror on my old flatty , but it only went 65mph tops so I knew someone was behind me at all times and I could get a quick glance over my shoulder to see

most states have mirror laws (size, location ect) so that is something you need to watch for

as for their useage , I find that they viborate too much to be real useful but they will let you know that something is behind you
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Like Broncodog, I had a lot of trouble with seeing behind me at first. With expereince this became less of a problem and now I automaticaly make the necessary adjustments.
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I didn't think that I would like the stock mirrors on my 1200R...they looked nice, but I thought the shape was all wrong. After riding with them, I actually found that I could adjust both mirrors to give me a view of what was directly behind me as well as what was pulling up on either side. Now the mirror on my friend's Ultimate Ground Pounder is a laugh. Flat glass. Way too tiny.
Mirrors are important. Get some that get you a good view of what is back there and adjust them until you are able to see what you need to with just a quick glance and without having to turn your head.

my left mirror's view:

my right mirror:


(those two trees were directly behind the bike)

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My problem is all I see in my mirrors is my shoulder and the lanes next to me. If I pin my elbow against my side it improves but I still can't see directly behind me.

The only way with my current mirrors I can see directly me is if I raise my arm higher than the mirror. (As if you were raising your hand in class)

Has anyone used those little glue on convex mirrors?

Does it help?

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Its very important to know whats coming up behind you some one posted a video on another posting about keeping you bike in gear check it out!!! Remember you must know where you have been to know where your going!!!
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