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Counterfeit mirrors?

In November I bought a pair of what were described in the invoice as "Genuine Aprilia Tuono mirrors AP8104921/AP8104922 - Pair ITALY."

Now I think maybe they weren't genuine, after all, and I'd like y'all's opinion.

I bought the mirrors from an eBay store called Motoscience. I'm operating under the assumption that, if these mirrors were counterfeits, the sellers were fooled, too.

Immediately after mounting the mirrors just before Thanksgiving, I wondered why riders on this forum rave about the clarity of their Aprilia mirrors, because mine vibrated as much as the stock units had. I had been so psyched to be able to actually see the cars behind me. Alas, that never happened -- everything behind me continued to be a blur.

By Christmas, the glass mirrors were vibrating against their plastic housings. It took a while to figure this out, because I believed that the loud buzzing was coming from the bodywork -- you know, the typical buzz that the Versys is known for. When I got a GoPro for Christmas, I was motivated to find the source of the buzz, and that's when I discovered that the sound was coming from the mirrors, especially the left one. If I press my thumb against the mirror, the buzzing stops.

I sometimes stuff slices of bicycle inner tube or, in a pinch, paper, between the mirror and housing, and that quiets the buzz for a few miles, until the dampener falls out.

By February, the painted mirror stalks were rusting.

It turns out that I have the same model of mirrors that Tigerpawed had: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...2&postcount=80
Same serial number stamped on the mirrors and everything.

So: Copies? Counterfeits? Should I try again, maybe at a dealership?

By the way, when I bought the mirrors, my antennae were up, and I was on the alert for counterfeits. The mirrors arrived in what looked to my uninformed eyes as genuine Aprilia packaging.

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Here is the link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-Apri...sories&vxp=mtr

See his negative and neutral feedback... They may very well be cheap Chinese copies in counterfeit packaging. Genuine Aprilia mirrors are also more expensive.
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If wishes came true I would wish that all who knowingly ripoff others would drown in hot oil. Sorry, but is sounds as if you got swindled.
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I bought no name mirrors off of Ebay that look identical to the Aprila mirrors for I think something like $38 dollars for the pair. They came shipped from China but were just advertised as generic mirrors. They have been fantastic though and don't vibrate (except at 4-5K when every thing on the bike vibrates) or move unintentionally. I would imagine that Ducati do not manufacture their own mirrors but simply have a Chinese manufacturer produce them for them.

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I don't know....the KTM Boys just rave about this guy and his mirrors.

Why not try to contact him directly and ask the direct questions you want to find answers for?

And I am sure is asked, he would send you another pair.

And yes......while most of the mirrors prolly are factory approved, or even the factory mirrors, they for the most part are all made in China. But that does not necessarily mean they are bad at all.
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Here are genuine Aprilia mirrors made in Italy... Big difference in construction and hardware. They're actually not as expensive as the Ebay Chinese copies from moto-science.

http://www.af1racing.com/store/scrip...idproduct=3051

http://www.af1racing.com/store/scrip...idproduct=3052

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-Apri...sories&vxp=mtr

These Chinese knockoffs are more similar to OEM Aprilia mirrors, and for much less:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pair-Of-rear...6e569d&vxp=mtr

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I still have the Emgo's but I'm currently using the original Kawi Versys 2010 mirrors. They vibrate but they don't rust.

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I chose another route and replaced the stock mirrors with KTM 990 mirrors and have been very pleased - longer stems meaning I can see more than my shoulders and virtually no vibration. Perhaps the difference between German and Italian engineering??

No offense meant to either nation. I have a BMW K75S and a Fiat Abarth and love both.

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I have a pair of these black CNC billet aluminum mirrors, and I love them... Copies of Italian Rizoma Tomok mirrors, they are convex and blue tinted. Entirely made of aluminum with excellent durable finish, they don't vibrate at all with my tapered aluminum handlebars with Zeta handguards and no end-weights... Aluminum does in fact transfer much less vibration than steel.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Black-CNC-Le...item3381720f1d

Green: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Green-CNC-Le...727e80&vxp=mtr

Blue: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Blue-CNC-Lef...item33817252d7

Red: http://www.ebay.com/itm/RED-CNC-Left...946f0b&vxp=mtr

Silver: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Silver-CNC-L...item3381724bad

Gold: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gold-CNC-Lef...item4ac3945356

Bright Gold: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Suzuki-Bandi...1a8336&vxp=mtr

Black/Yellow: http://www.ebay.com/itm/CNC-Tomok-Re...2bdc09&vxp=mtr

Black/Green: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-8m...e8db57&vxp=mtr

Black/Blue: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-8m...5361c8&vxp=mtr

Black/Red: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Red-Moto-CNC...f5277f&vxp=mtr

Black/Silver: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Silver-Moto-...f52779&vxp=mtr

Black/Gold: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycle-C...bc5197&vxp=mtr

Black/Dusky Gold: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Dusky-Go...bd60d7&vxp=mtr

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I bought a set of those Aprilia Tuono knock-offs from Moto-Science about a year ago for my Wee-Strom. The pics on the website are for the real-deal. The ones he shipped me were the fakes. He assured me they weren't fake and came directly from Italy but was more than willing to refund my money after I insisted I wanted nothing to do with them.

The OEM mirrors are available from any Aprilia dealer for a very reasonable price so don't waste your time with internet scammers.
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