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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-01-2011, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Stopped by a local victory dealer and decided a Cross Country needs to be in my garage in the very near future. Didn't think about this at the time.

Will ask the dealer when I return but does anyone know why are the mirrors "objects are closer than they appear"? Why not normal view?
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All vehicles mirrors are like this because of the size. Look at yourself in a full size wrap around clothing store mirror - viola you're life sized. Look at yourself in a small handheld mirror - if you want to see full body you'll have to prop it up and step back about 20'.

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I know why they are like that . I was just wondering why they would put them on a motorcycle. On cars only the passenger side is marked. First time I see this on a motorcycle.

The driver's side window is a flat mirror, like the kind you find in your bathroom. The passenger side window, however, has a convex or "wide angle" surface. In other words, wide angle mirrors bulge outwards.
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I was just wondering why they would put them on a motorcycle.
They allow you to see a wider angle behind yourself. In cars, slightly convexed mirrors reduce the blind spot area, while on motorcycles they give you a chance to see more of what's behind you in an already tiny mirror.

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They allow you to see a wider angle behind yourself. In cars, slightly convexed mirrors reduce the blind spot area, while on motorcycles they give you a chance to see more of what's behind you in an already tiny mirror.
I just think that on motorcycles it's not a good idea to have objects closer than they appear. Just my opinion. Anyway...............
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I just think that on motorcycles it's not a good idea to have objects closer than they appear. Just my opinion. Anyway...............
Ideally you wouldn't, but also ideally you'd see everything behind you, not just 10% of the field behind. And to do so, you'd be riding with semi truck mirrors on the bike.

Motorcycle mirrors are not the most useful mirrors - it's much better to turn your head and get the full picture when you need to.

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But, to take it in another direction, the stock mirrors are pretty darn small. Anyone recommend a larger good looking mirror?

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I just think that on motorcycles it's not a good idea to have objects closer than they appear. Just my opinion. Anyway...............
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rmd, seems like these guys jumped all over you for expressing your opinion ...... you are correct in that most (not all) motorcycles do not use convex mirrors. So its a matter of what you are use to. I came to Victory not use to the convex mirror or the small size of the mirror on my XC. I lived with it for a while and replaced the mirrors with larger "normal" mirrors. It just worked better for me and I put one of those little convex rotatible mirrors on each fixed mirror and all is well - also put a larger stem on the mirror. Its not an expensive fix if you just are not comfortable with the small convex mirrors.
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Besides a larger field of vision; the convex mirrors give less distortion when they vibrate a little. I like the functionality of these Kury large/long-stemmed Eclipse mirrors but there are better ones for looks if that's more important to you. For looks I think the scythe mirrors look cool on XC's.

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