Motorcycle Mirrors Buying Guide

Like if this guide is helpful
Motorcycle Mirrors Buying Guide

The rush one gets from riding a motorcycle is like none other. Whether a motorcyclist is out for a scenic tour or commuting to work, the motorcycle rider must take extra precautions when out on the open road. Drivers must obey all traffic laws and speed limits. Safety is of the utmost importance. Therefore, motorcyclists should always make sure they have all the necessary safety equipment to ensure their time on the road is thrilling, yet safe.

Motorcycle mirrors are pieces of safety equipment that riders should never scrimp on, let alone be without. Like sideview mirrors on a car, motorcycle mirrors allow riders to assess the traffic behind them without having to turn around and lose sight of what is going on in front of them. Motorcyclists have a variety of factors to consider when choosing motorcycle mirrors, including whether to buy model specific or universal fits, the brand, the buyer's individual budget, and the ease of installation. Motorcyclists are increasingly turning to eBay to source parts for their machines, including motorcycle mirrors. eBay has hundreds of listings for mirrors to fit every make and model of motorcycle.

About Motorcycle Mirrors 

When riding their motorcycles, motorcyclists focus most of their attention to what is happening up ahead. Yielding to stop signs, traffic lights, and braking vehicles involves keeping one's attention in front. However, motorcycle riders should know what is going on behind them as well. A helmet further impedes the riders peripheral vision, so a rider must rely on mirrors to enhance his field of vision. Motorcycle mirrors are placed on the outsides of the handle bars. Though they come in many shapes and sizes, all motorcycle mirrors are designed to adjust in some manner to match the height and position of the rider. No matter what type of mirrors a motorcyclist prefers, the mirrors should be securely mounted so he merely needs to glance to see the traffic behind him.

Styles of Motorcycle Mirrors 

When it comes to deciding which motorcycle mirrors to purchase, the major factors to consider include the bike's make and model, the shopper's budget, and the style of mirror. Many motorcyclists like to change the appearance of their bikes. Motorcycle mirrors are popular upgrades, and many motorcyclists choose to install new mirrors themselves. Because this upgrade is generally inexpensive, mirrors are often chosen based on personal preference. Other motorcyclists choose to install new mirrors with lights that help to increase the bike's visibility to other motorists on dark roads. Racing bikes often have a special perforated type of mirror that allows wind to pass through the mirror, thus reducing drag. Whether someone is shopping for safety, aesthetics, or reasons of performance, there is a set of motorcycle mirrors perfect for him. The sections below outline the most popular styles of motorcycle mirrors.

Billet

Shoppers usually buy billet motorcycle mirrors to enhance the aesthetics of their bikes. This style contains all the screws inside the mirror head, making for a clean, streamlined appearance.

Blind Spot

Blind spot mirrors, also called fish-eye mirrors, have a wider angle and view, thus helping to diminish the rider's blind spot on the road. Blind spot mirrors are strongly recommended for those who do a lot of riding on the motorway and around other high traffic areas.

Folding

Folding motorcycle mirrors have the capability to move forwards and backwards through 180 degrees. These mirrors are favoured because they typically designed with adjustable, yet precise custom angling.

LED Lights

More and more motorcycle part manufacturers these days produce mirrors with LED lights built into them. In addition to their sleek look, these lights make the rider more visible to other motorists, and act as indicators when the rider wants to change lanes or turn.

Slotted Stems

For riders who want the stability of a thicker stem but without the drag should opt for slotted motorcycle mirrors. Also referred to as cut-out stem mirrors, the interior of the stem has been removed so that air can pass through. This type of mirror is popular among racers and those who like to cruise at top speeds.

Windshield Mounted

Windshield mounted mirrors are favoured by riders looking to reduce clutter or drag, especially around the handlebars. This type of mirror is attached to both sides of the windshield and the mounted mirrors add a chrome stripe to the bottom of the windshield.

The chart below is a handy summary of each type of motorcycle mirror and its dominant features.

Mirror Style

Description

Billet

Sleek, streamlined look; purchased for aesthetic purposes only

Blind Spot

Also call fish-eye mirror; widens the riders viewing angle

Folding

Easily adjusts to custom angles

LED Light

Mirror includes indicators and LED light to enhance visibility on dark roads

Slotted Stem

Hollowed out thick stem increased durability but reduces drag

Windshield Mounted

Mirrors anchored to windshield instead of handlebars

A rider should replace a mirror as soon as he notices any cracks forming in the mirrors. A decent set of motorcycle mirrors is a small price to pay, especially when safety is on the line.

Brands of Motorcycle Mirrors

Most mirrors are sold in sets, but shoppers can occasionally pick up a single mirror from online retailers and online markets. Often times, choosing a set of motorcycle mirrors involves having a specific brand in mind. Even if a motorcyclist is not particular about a brand at first, he should always research the brand to assess the brand's reputation with regard to quality. There are a variety of brands of aftermarket motorcycle mirrors, so first-time shoppers may initially feel overwhelmed. If the buyer does not know where to start, he should ask friends, family members, and other riders for recommendations.

Popular brands include Arlen Ness, Daytona, GPR, GS, Highway Hawk, Kuryakyn, R and G, RK, Vicma, Titan, and Yoshimura. These are brands that many riders trust. When buying new motorcycle mirrors, riders should make sure they are also purchasing the appropriate hardware to mount the mirrors

Installing and Adjusting Motorcycle Mirrors 

With a few tools, a motorcyclist can install a new set of motorcycle mirrors on his bike. One should refer to the bike's manual to see what size spanner should be used and if any other tools are required. To install motorcycle mirrors on handlebars, one needs to follow these basic steps:

Step

Description

1

Place bike on a flat surface with sufficient overhead lighting

2

Unscrew the old mirrors; place the posts of the new mirror into the threaded mirror perch

3

Straighten the handlebars; determine if the mirrors have been threaded properly; mirror post should be perpendicular to the handlebars

4

Turn the mirror clockwise; only a few millimetres of threading should be exposed

5

Take a seat on the motorcycle; see if the mirrors accommodate your size and riding position

6

Hand tighten the adjustment nut towards the top of the mirror perch; secure it with the spanner

Should the buyer purchase motorcycle mirrors with LED lights or windshield mounted mirrors, the installation process requires additional tools and skills. Shoppers should read the instructions to determine if they want to try to install the mirrors themselves or seek professional assistance.

Adjusting Motorcycle Mirrors

Many mirrors allow motorcyclists to adjust the angle of the mirrors, and over time, the adjustable arms suffer wear and tear. The more a motorcyclist takes his bike out, the more maintenance the bike requires. Should a rider notice his mirrors are vibrating or otherwise obscuring his view, typically tightening down the adjustment nut can fix the problem. A motorcyclist should never go out riding with mirrors that inhibit or distort the his peripheral vision.

How to Buy Motorcycle Mirrors on eBay

Finding the right motorcycle mirrors for your bike on eBay starts with a basic keyword search, beginning on the home page. If you want to see all the mirrors for a particular brand, you can limit your search to all Honda or Suzuki mirrors. You can also choose mirrors based on the style, such as LED lights or chrome. For helpful hints optimising your search, see eBay's Search Tips page.

Buying Mirrors in Used Condition

Motorcyclists in the market for mirrors have the option of buying used parts, but when buying on eBay, they need to research the item thoroughly before buying. Read the product description to determine if the mirrors are in working order. Inspect pictures of the motorcycle mirrors to assess the condition. The used mirrors should be free of scratches and cracks.

Know the Seller

In addition to assessing each item listing, buyers should get to know the sellers prior to purchasing the mirrors. Check the seller's history to see how he or she handled past transactions. A reputable seller has a high approval rating and has garnered positive feedback comments. Sellers with reputations for outstanding customer service are referred to as eBay's Top-rated Sellers. Look for the Top-rated Seller icon next to the seller's username.

Conclusion 

Motorcyclists rely on mirrors to help them keep tabs on the traffic behind them. The most popular motorcycle mirrors include billet, blind spot, folding, mirrors with LED lights built in, slotted stem, and windshield mounted. While some mirrors only fit specific makes and models, others are universal. Fish-eye mirrors reduce blind spots, and windshield-mounted mirrors are a great way to add a sleek chrome accent across the front of the motorcycle.

Motorcycle mirrors are an essential safety requirement that all riders need on the road. Many motorcyclists choose to upgrade their mirrors. Motorcycle mirrors are an affordable way of enhancing a bike's appearance. A biker should never take a motorcycle out with a broken mirror as it is dangerous and can impede peripheral vision. Whether shoppers are looking for a specific brand or one with a chrome finish, buyers can find motorcycle mirrors at local specialty shops, and at online markets like eBay.

Have something to share, create your own guide... Write a guide
Explore more guides