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With a bit of luck..... 7 years, 6 months ago #5452

Although I love riding the XR and the little spin that I've had on the DRZ, the one thing that I've missed is being able to see what's coming up behind me on the road when going to and from the trails.
This can be a particular PITA while wearing goggles as it gives you, for want of a better description tunnel vision.
Now both bikes have the threaded receiver to accept standard mirrors, which are big and bulky, and the specialist fold into the centre types are quite expensive, and I don't like the style anyway so....with a bit of luck these will work.
When I arrive at the trail head a couple of seconds and they are removed and plenty small enough to fit in a fender bag ruck sack or pocket.

Bought for a pound each at the pound shop for using on push bikes,so worth a go.

They started life with the attached flexible arms, which were too long, and too flexible.
These are held in by a little screw which passes through the mirror body and the arm which was then removed leaving just the mirror body.

Next I inserted a stainless Allen bolt, then drilled through the body to one side of the bolt, and screwed in a self tapping screw.
The threads on the screw bit into the threads on the bolt in effect creating a fixing system similar to that of the gear lever; all that was left to this part was to cut off the excess screw on the far side, and painted over it to stop it rusting.
This was followed by some alaldite to keep it extra secure.

The final stage was to drill and tap the hand guards to accept the bolt,

I intend to use a nut when in proper use just to prevent it from spinning due to vibration.
And viola, a pair of bar end mirrors for £2!

Lets hope that they work.
Last Edit: 7 years, 6 months ago by Trevor Pastrami.

Re: With a bit of luck..... 7 years, 6 months ago #5456

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Glad you said you're going to remove them at the trail head
but at that price...

Re: With a bit of luck..... 7 years, 6 months ago #5460

Thanks mate,
And if when in use the view of the road isn't up to much, I have a cunning plan concerning two blind spot mirrors that should be hanging around the garage removed from a couple of previous bikes.

Re: With a bit of luck..... 7 years, 6 months ago #5486

Great stuff, top write up TP and a much better idea than your Strap-n-Crap

Love Garage time tinkering - music to my ears
Last Edit: 7 years, 6 months ago by East Coast.

Re: With a bit of luck..... 7 years, 6 months ago #5490

As said elsewhere it's very therapeutic, and time just seems to fly by.
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