990 Mirror Options???

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by wheeler23, May 29, 2014.

  1. wheeler23

    wheeler23 Adventurer

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    What options are out there for mirrors on the 990's? Pic's and opinions?:ear
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  2. beewill

    beewill Been here awhile

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    Double Take Mirrors are the bees's knees. There is nothing better if ride the beast off the beaten path, as eventually you'll go down. I finally gave up after breaking 3 mirror spindles. Since switching over to the Double Take, never again have I had to deal with a broken mirror. Plus, they were invented by a fellow inmate.

    Don't know where you are in the great Hoosier State, but I know RevSport in Bloomington usually has a few sets in stock, and they are excellent to deal with.

    http://www.doubletakemirror.com/
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  3. tokenboy

    tokenboy Gnirly Adventurer

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    Doubletake. Ordered directly from the site.
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  4. JoeMongo

    JoeMongo ¿Por dónde?

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    I use the stock mirrors when riding on the street, and Doubletake with short arms when I am going to be riding any dirt at all.
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  5. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    Highwaydirtbikes (gotta use their handguard system.)
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  6. Black Hills

    Black Hills Long timer

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    how do you keep them from moving when you hit a bump? I have them as tight as I think I can without breaking them, have dipped the balls in plasti-dip (helped a lot) but they still settle on even a mildly bumpy road? last night running 95 MPH into a 35mph wind the wind moved them?
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  7. rockohlic

    rockohlic Been here awhile

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    RE: double take mirror, I wrap mine with 1 layer of electrical tape.(the "ball" ) Key is ONE layer. Does not last forever but works well and is cheap and easy to redo when needed.
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  8. Dan950ser

    Dan950ser Two Wheeled Addict

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    I ended up selling my double take setup because no matter what I tried they moved in off road situations. Went with the HDB setup and will never look back.
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  9. insidelinemoto

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    I had the same problem with the Double Take mirrors moving. I think they are best suited for a dual sport that does more offroad. I also did not like forgetting to put them up when I would hit the pavement . I then had to stop to put them up to be able to put maximum torque on them to reduce their movement. I run the stock mirrors off the 08 690 enduro. They look ok and I like the way they work. I have broken one but that tends to happen when the big girl falls on the dance floor.
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  10. Somewhere Far Beyond

    Somewhere Far Beyond The Narrator

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    I use the KTM folding ones. Never used the double take mirrors but by the time you buy the mirror and the RAM mount parts they are pretty much the same price.
    Since the double takes use the ball mounts I would say they are more adjustable, though. I might consider a set for another steed.
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  11. Bowser

    Bowser Been here awhile

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    +1 Didnt think they would be any good but even at stupid highway speeds (in germany obviously) stayed clear and in place, right up to 120mph+
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  12. HarryEye

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    I have a set of Factory KTM folding mirrors, and they are great. They come in two lengths--just get the onger ones, or you won't be able to see past your shoulders. They screw right into the stock mounting holes, they stay in place (I only tested them to sustained 90 mph on my 990), and they look good. They fold instantly down to the bars when folded, and they have a built-in stop to keep them from dropping too far when in use. Also, they are very trim-looking.

    I think the "double take" mirrors look too bulky--like an obvious clunky add-on, complete with big plastic wing-nuts. They look like they would work, but I've never used them.

    I actually run a set of Highway Dirt Bikes "Ultimate" hand guards (which, by the way, are the best, toughest, stay-puttingest ones you can buy--I should know, because I test them all the time!). However, and I hate to be rude, but I can't see a damn thing with their mirrors. I ran about 100 miles with them, and never felt comfortable using them. The concept is absolutely awesome, and they easily fold away completely, just as promised. They are just...in the wrong place...and are way too small for me. I guess that if I didn't have any option I eventually would get used to them.
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  13. ADVill

    ADVill Been here awhile

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    Getting ktm military foldable that go in stock position. Don't want another clamp on the bars!
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  14. speedygee68

    speedygee68 dirt eater

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    I was a frequently donated either a mirror or rear turn signal on my Husky. Also rearranged my right mirror on my 990S. So I initially purchased the double takes. I do get some vibration vision on the hwy. BUT, has anyone taken a peek at these mirrors. I'm thinking these will be the last pair of mirrors that I purchase. As I also try to clear up the clutter on my handlebars.

    http://www.cprfabrications.com/Store.html

    just scroll down a bit.
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  15. armourbl

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    I like the concept, but holy crap the price. Come on people. Stop raping the adventure crowd on the price of aftermarket!!!

    I wouldn't mind toying around with making some HDB mirrors work on some other company's hand guards. But sadly they don't sell them independent of the hand guards.

    With no other really good options readily available I went with the Double-Takes with the short arms. So far I'm happy with them. I can see behind me very well. They do vibrate at certain speeds. I like that I can put them wherever feels good to me, which is low instead of the jackrabbit ears in the air look. I do hate that adjusting them at all while moving seems more dangerous than trying to txt and ride...

    ben
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  16. Maoule

    Maoule Been here awhile

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    If you read a little deeper in the Doubletake threads, there's a trick using a piece of 1/4" aluminum rod stuck inside the spring which forces the clamping force to the hard plastic of the mirror ball instead of the soft rubber of the handlebar mount. Now it really is the bee's knees!
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  17. wheeler23

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    These do look cool! A bit $$$ though...... Any more pics or details?
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  18. KTMbageera

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    Just a few words on the price of aftermarket farkle for our pampered two wheeled girlfriends. I have paid good money for good equipment many times. I have not regretted it ever. I have felt grateful for the guys who put up their time and money to produce such stuff knowing their market is limited and so is their potential return on investment.

    HDB guys produce a hand guard system for our beasts that are bullet proof/crash proof. I have tested the Beefy guards on my 09' 990R fitted to my Flexx bars. Everything survived impact without issue except galling the black anodise finish. They even warded me about that on their site before I ordered the black.

    My back was saved because I had on my Camelbac Lynchpin pack with a military spec full 3 litre bladder inside, kind of like an airbag you can drink out of. Slammed into a fence post back first at approx. 45 mph, avoiding a water buffalo mom and baby. The pack and bladder took all the steam out of the impact and left me just fine with only wet ribs where some of my Gatorade sprayed out the bite valve under impact pressure. Great equipment is essential.

    My HDB mirrors were tucked in where they are designed to go when off road. They were not sticking up where they can get broken, or where fixed mirrors can conveniently protrude into my liver or spleen, depending on which side I get off from.

    Purpose built. That's what I need and what I am happy to pay for. It is also why I ride a 990R instead of a Vstrom or a Triumph Tiger, or Ducati. We are an Orange Breed people, who need equipment that will keep working.

    CJ Designs is another example of talent and passion focused in a great way and I get blessed. Thanks Craig. Please keep dreaming up useful and durable stuff for my Beast. Thanks for sharing your experience generously with anyone who asks. Like me. There are more you all can list.

    As a community, let's support, encourage, and not complain to those who are endeavouring to contribute to our motorcycle enjoyment and safety and not resent the funds they need to keep going. Dave in Cambodia

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  19. HeatXfer

    HeatXfer Bad knees

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    You, sir, are a straight-shooter, a true asset and a great ambassador for our community. :thumb
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  20. geometrician

    geometrician let's keep going...

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    Most (all?) states require only a left mirror to be legal to operate on the highway. So you gotta ask yourself is this for legality or for safety?

    If its for safety the Double Take & HDB are in the same boat as far as optics go- that is to say, not so good. Being an ex-MSF instructor we emphasize the all-important head-turn before making lane changes and situational awareness. Convex mirrors further reduce optical clarity & time/space perception, so a vehicle moving up quickly on your side (plenty of a**holes drive faster than we ride, and they are the ones we have to worry about catching us out) appears suddenly with little visual clue as to speed/distance.

    Another thing about our bikes is turbulence acting on mirrors (esp the stock "Mickey Mouse" ear mirrors) inducing vibration to the bars.

    I use the KTM Duke mirror on my 950 and a shorty Napoleon on the KLR.

    Both are mounted on individual handlebar clamps, which are mounted over a few turns of Teflon plumbers tape & the pinch bolt not tightened fully- this allows the entire clamp/mirror to rotate in case of a fall or striking a trailside obstacle. These are Kawasaki KLR600/650 parts, but there are several versions out there
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