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Are the mirrors metric thread? Or will Harley custom mirrors fit?

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They are 10mm. You can use the Harley mirrors if you get the adapters.

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Or, to put it another way, almost everyone else's mirrors will fit our bikes with no adapters


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So, that brings up another question (in my mind) ...

If Victory is a US made bike, why does it use metric sized threads?

Anyhoo, thanks for the adapter link.

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A better question would be, in light of the world economy, why is the US pretty much the only industrialized country that HASN'T converted to metric?

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I believe the understanding is because Victory is a new bike they have to conform to world wide standards, which is metric. Harley is grand fathered so they do not have to use metric fasteners.


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There isn't a regulatory imperative but there is an economic penalty. Practically every other country manufactures to metric standards so using our standards creates issues that are normally solved at added cost to American manufacturers.

Since most manufacturing is offshore getting tooling for instance in standard hardware sizing is a per unit added cost that does not provide any engineering benefit. If your primary focus is reduced cost at delivery then it doesn't make sense to invite increased cost with no improvement in product.

On the other side of the equation, exporting American goods that use standard fasteners to metrified countries costs the end users because maintenance tools are specials. Why buy an American product that comes with added burden when you can buy a comparable product that you are tooled to work on already?

Because it's a Harley, that's why. Because it's an American product steeped in the flag and ownership for many is a statement about being American. For many foreign owners Harley ownership includes showing solidarity.

Some things continue to exist just because they continue the iconography. Buicks have vents, HoJo's have orange roofs, Harleys have SAE.

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Is the new Indian metric?

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So, that brings up another question (in my mind) ...

If Victory is a US made bike, why does it use metric sized threads?

Anyhoo, thanks for the adapter link.
Every new design is supposed to be metric. There was legislation about it, don't remember what it was or if it had any teeth.
Try using a standard size wrench on a Chevy, Ford, or Dodge. All "American" cars. It won't work out very well.

More than you probably wanted to know about it. http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/...tric-conv.html

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A better question would be, in light of the world economy, why is the US pretty much the only industrialized country that HASN'T converted to metric?
A lot of folks are resistant to this, probably due to tools obtained over time, or possibly because that's what they grew up with.
I am kind of surprised that the Metric system hasn't completely taken over yet. I kind of prefer it!



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