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#615150 - 07/05/10 06:17 AM Re: Advice for a Soon-to-be BMW rider [Re: gmarktbone]  
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gmarkbone, tell me more about the mirrors. One of the things I noticed riding the RT was that the mirrors integrated into the fairing seemed less-than-ideal. They just didn't sit out far enough from the bike to give a decent field of vision.

This is an important issue for me. I want both to act as rear-view mirrors, but also be able to see what's happening behind me in the lanes to right and left. I've spent a lot of time and money getting the mirrors just right on all the bikes I've owned.

What are the upgrade options on RT mirrors? How can you compensate for the basic fact that the mirrors are just located too far inboard?

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#615151 - 07/05/10 06:37 AM Re: Advice for a Soon-to-be BMW rider [Re: Robus]  
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The only thing wrong with the mirrors is that they leave a 'blind corner' just close next to you.

You compensate by turning around and LOOKING first, before making any decisive moves. Which, as a motor cycle rider, you should do anyway wink

But, adding two small round 'corner mirrors' also helps a lot and the RT mirrors are more than large enough to allow for some space being occupied by the small extra mirrors.


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#615153 - 07/05/10 07:30 AM Re: Advice for a Soon-to-be BMW rider [Re: Robus]  
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The most common - and easy on all but the latest RTs - is to fit the mirrors off of a GS of the same vintage as the RT. The mounting holes for the mirrors are already on the bar controls - just bolt-em up and go.

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#615213 - 07/05/10 05:34 PM Re: Advice for a Soon-to-be BMW rider [Re: Francois_Dumas]  
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Originally Posted By: Francois_Dumas
The only thing wrong with the mirrors is that they leave a 'blind corner' just close next to you.

You compensate by turning around and LOOKING first, before making any decisive moves. Which, as a motor cycle rider, you should do anyway wink



Yours has mirrors? wink thumbsup


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#615245 - 07/05/10 06:59 PM Re: Advice for a Soon-to-be BMW rider [Re: FLrider]  
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LOL! I must have the DeLuxe model ....


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#615327 - 07/05/10 11:49 PM Re: Advice for a Soon-to-be BMW rider [Re: Francois_Dumas]  
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Sounds like two good ideas: fitting a little convex mirror or adding a second set from the GT.

The dealership was closed today; I guess as a consequence July 4 falling on a Sunday.

I'm leaning strongly toward the RT and will probably purchase the bike tomorrow. Then the day after I will leave on a two-week vacation. Thinking of that brand-new bike sitting in my garage is probably going spoil my vacation. ;-)

#615433 - 07/06/10 04:54 AM Re: Advice for a Soon-to-be BMW rider [Re: Francois_Dumas]  
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Originally Posted By: Francois_Dumas

But, adding two small round 'corner mirrors' also helps a lot and the RT mirrors are more than large enough to allow for some space being occupied by the small extra mirrors.


+1 on the convex mirrors.
Most auto parts store carry it even walmart has it.
Self adhesive, easy to install.
Better yet, look for the one that is convex and has a slight tilt to its base and rotates 360 degrees.
So it is convex but you can aim it as well by turning it - changing its view angle.

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#615511 - 07/06/10 02:13 PM Re: Advice for a Soon-to-be BMW rider [Re: SuperG]  
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Regarding the stick-on mirrors...

The auto parts stores do carry them but they are fractionally larger than the ones you can get at the independent bike parts shops. Even the smaller ones take up more room than they are worth and the net result is less vision rather than more.

I have a set on my garage wall that you can have if you drop by... I didn't like them. The RT mirrors get a lot of undeserved criticism. I can see very well with them, but I am short and thin.


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#615569 - 07/06/10 04:21 PM Re: Advice for a Soon-to-be BMW rider [Re: hopz]  
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I also like the stock mirror and have no need for additional mirrors. IMHO they just create air turbulence.
I use the the 2 inch covex placed in the upper inner side of the stock mirror.
Adjusted properly it shows if a vehicle is in the next lane next to my bike. If its a lazy lane change I use the stock mirror + convex to check, in a quick lane i use my quick head turn to check.

#615606 - 07/06/10 06:05 PM Re: Advice for a Soon-to-be BMW rider [Re: Robus]  
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Originally Posted By: Robus
1. Rider, passenger comfort. How do these two bikes compare on longer rides?

2. Stock seats. Are they any good? Will I likely want to upgrade?

5. Are there other BMW models that I should consider?

Thanks, Robus

I've been told (have no direct experience) that the passenger accommodations are better on the GS. At 5'10" a GS might a little tall for you (depends on where your height comes from), but they make a Low model that I can flatfoot (5'6", 29" inseam). The GS is also nearly a hundred pounds lighter than an RT, which counts, especially if you're carrying a passenger.


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