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Finally put my fairings back on. It's been a month that the bikes been extra naked because I was checking shims, changed the clutch cable, etc... Anyway, I've totally missed my mirrors, I use them a lot it's been nerve wrecking w/o them because cops in Cali are sneaky and everywhere. Anyway, it's been a trip getting through Cali traffic on the freeways and stuff w/o mirrors, you can squeeze through almost anything that's barely wider than your shoulders (pratcially).

THis morning was splitting traffic and it's cracks me up that as I'm going through traffic and a normal pace (not fast) I tapped a mirror of some SUV and was thinking, the mirrors on the TLS are right at car mirror level. It's ridiculous. BUt I really missed them.

anyway, how much do you use you mirrors?
 

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I mostly use my mirrors during group ridding looking to make sure people are behind me and that no one crashed other than that I use the turn around and look method before changing lanes
 

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ALWAYS, turn an look when changed lanes but definately makes me feel more comfortable when I'm stopping at a light or something, Chuck is "on" that one!
 

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One eye in the mirror almost all the time. More when braking. Want to get a good look at who is going to run my ass over :laugh





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hazzards come from all angles. get some mirrors on.
 

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One eye in the mirror almost all the time. More when braking. Want to get a good look at who is going to run my ass over :laugh
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Saved my ass at least once! Nearly got run over by a truck cos I was stupid enough to stop for a red light :coocoo

I use 'em all the time - the cop cars don't have radar here (but they do have video cameras) & the bike filth has a button that spits of THEIR speed to a piece of paper so the only way they'll nail you is if they're following you for a few seconds.
 

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MIrrors are good

My first sportbike was a Katana '97, didn't have mirrors. The guy said "you don't need mirrors!". I rode it for a little bit, but I couldn't stand it, I bought mirrors very quickly. I have seen bikes at shops that were hit from behind while sitting at a stop light and hit from behind (a couple anyway), I use my mirrors but do turn to look all the time to make sure! Need all the help you can when street riding!
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Just curious.........If someone is going to hit you from behind what are mirrors going to do? You can't posibly get out of the way that quick:O
 

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Just curious.........If someone is going to hit you from behind what are mirrors going to do? You can't posibly get out of the way that quick:O

Actually, they aved my ass when I noticed a Jeep wasn't slowing down (55 mph zone) while I was stopped waiting for trafffic to turn left. I watched him NOT notice me and took off like a bat out of hell going straight. I would be dead if not for them.
 

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Just curious.........If someone is going to hit you from behind what are mirrors going to do? You can't posibly get out of the way that quick:O
Wanna bet?


but it really begs the question, you may or may not get out of it, but at least you know what's going on behind you and have a chance. w/o a mirror you are nothing more than a speed bump.

mirrors for longevity.
 

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I have my mirrors on and I do use them but when I stop at a light i'm usually talking to a buddy or paying attention to the light and crossing traffic not sure I know anyone who sits at a light and stares into his mirrors. So it seems a little odd to me. My 02
 

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I have my mirrors on and I do use them but when I stop at a light i'm usually talking to a buddy or paying attention to the light and crossing traffic not sure I know anyone who sits at a light and stares into his mirrors. So it seems a little odd to me. My 02
I think that may change with a few more years experience. I always look at the car approaching me from the rear....at a stop they really are the only concern. Once they stop I'll check out everything else.

it's not too much of an issue here in california since we can lane share to the front of every light....but bikes getting rear ended is not as uncommon as it should be. it's cheap insurance. situational awareness will keep you alive :)
 

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I think that may change with a few more years experience. I always look at the car approaching me from the rear....at a stop they really are the only concern. Once they stop I'll check out everything else.

it's not too much of an issue here in california since we can lane share to the front of every light....but bikes getting rear ended is not as uncommon as it should be. it's cheap insurance. situational awareness will keep you alive :)
Maybe a few more miles too as my bike just turned over 5200 miles:)
 

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it's just a baby! I'm looking forward to mine hitting 50k, probably in spring since it's torn apart right now.

nice starting bike btw, I rode my 91 everywhere for 8 years...great starting bike, and great bike all around.
 

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I think that may change with a few more years experience. I always look at the car approaching me from the rear....at a stop they really are the only concern. Once they stop I'll check out everything else.

it's not too much of an issue here in california since we can lane share to the front of every light....but bikes getting rear ended is not as uncommon as it should be. it's cheap insurance. situational awareness will keep you alive :)

Exactly.
 

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FOR SURE, you always look at least until the car behind you has stopped then you take a look at everything else. I really missed them suckers though.
 

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A small bar end mirror could have helped you out ;)

Greetings
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I lost a cheap bar end mirror last year during a ride, and your right. It sucks not having any mirrors. They are a necessity at stop lights as noted above plus I like to maintain an awareness of who/what is around while riding on city streets/ hwys. The only time they really aren't needed might be on a twisty two lane... and even then it's nice in those rare events when a bike comes up behind you and wants to pass. :D
 

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Just curious.........If someone is going to hit you from behind what are mirrors going to do? You can't posibly get out of the way that quick:O
When you're braking for a red light & look in the mirror to see a truck getting bigger & bigger faster than it should then you can shift lanes & get out of it way. I'd be a hood, engine case & front axel ornament on a concrete by now if I didn't have mirrors ;)
 
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