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Do motorcycle blind spot mirrors really work? I found out.

I'd been hearing about blind spot mirrors for while but didn't think they'd make much of a difference. Yesterday I did my own test on my Vulcan S. Do any of you use them?

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Do motorcycle blind spot mirrors really work? I found out.

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I'd been hearing about blind spot mirrors for while but didn't think they'd make much of a difference. Yesterday I did my own test on my Vulcan S. Do any of you use them?



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Quality bikes come stock with convex mirrors(ala Harley-Davidson).

I ditched the stock mirrors for a pair of Russ wernimont contour (convex) mirrors when I had my S.

Edit: I do head checks as well
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I guess I'm blessed that I can still find a way to look back over both shoulders, and see the "blind spots" at 65 years old and with a modular helmet. I have severe arthritis in my left shoulder, so I have to tilt my head forward then turn back to see, but it still works. I set my mirrors so that, with head movement, I can see all the way around. Doing this on the bike has gotten me into the habit in my autos, too. Because I do that, the "blind spot" mirrors would likely be more of a distraction than aid to me, especially on the bike.

It constantly surprises me how many bikers do not turn their heads to see more of what's around them, especially when changing lanes.
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I guess I'm blessed that I can still find a way to look back over both shoulders, and see the "blind spots" at 65 years old and with a modular helmet. I have severe arthritis in my left shoulder, so I have to tilt my head forward then turn back to see, but it still works. I set my mirrors so that, with head movement, I can see all the way around. Doing this on the bike has gotten me into the habit in my autos, too. Because I do that, the "blind spot" mirrors would likely be more of a distraction than aid to me, especially on the bike.

It constantly surprises me how many bikers do not turn their heads to see more of what's around them, especially when changing lanes.
Agree 100% Sabre-t. You’d have to be nuts not to be doing head checks on a motorcycle. I have no use for blind spot mirrors. I only ever use the mirrors to see what’s coming up behind me, while riding. I certainly wouldn’t be changing lanes without turning my head to look first. If you think you have no time to turn your head and look, you’re following the vehicle in front of you too closely. A lot of people have no clue as to how to adjust their mirrors correctly either. They don’t call head checks “lifesavers” for no reason! It’s one of the first things they teach you to do at any MSF course.
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I do head checks as well but my head doesn't turn as far as it should any more. All things considered I'm careful when changing lanes but nonetheless I should start looking into alternatives before something bad happens.
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I do head checks. If I used the extra little mirror it would be as addition to head checks.

I also think that doing a head check creates movement that others may see, and that's another bonus of a head check.

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I do head checks. If I used the extra little mirror it would be as addition to head checks.

I also think that doing a head check creates movement that others may see, and that's another bonus of a head check.

Gerry
good point. many are more likely to see the movement than to notice turn signals.
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that's what i was thinking. 2" is a lot of real estate on my mirrors.

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