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Getting ready to tour the V, some minor mods

These first 2 pics are of the old mirrors and then the new mirrors with the Cycra ProBends, I liked the way Roadstergal's looked, I ended up cutting them up a little, setting them closer to the levers. The mirrors I thought might be too small when I unboxed them, also, I thought the wind would blow them around, they're a little too easy to adjust. I got lucky, the handguards actually knock the wind off of the mirrors, and they are not too vibrated to see, so they can stay.

Mirrors = $70
Cycra ProBends = $40
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Next three pics include my toolkit that originated with my 1993 Honda XR650L, then I carried on a Honda Shadow Sabre, then a Harley Dyna Wide and now the V. It fits in the bottom of one of the Givi 21s.

Next is the homemade radiator guard, I found some decorative-type steel mesh at a metal fab shop, cut it to size, put a crimp bend on top and 2 lower bolts hold it on.

Next are the HD passenger footpegs I had mounted on a scooter, took 'em off and they fit perfectly, solidly mounted, they hold the weight of my legs as they are fully stretched out.

Radiator guard: $20
Hiway pegs: $0

Next project: from a $15 KTM front fender, make a front fender extender, and a rear hugger.

AND...thanks to all the folks here that I got the inspiration and get-up-and-go to get these farkles done!
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Looks good!! Where you headed??



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Minor mods but necessary mods.
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Looks good!! Where you headed??
I might run out to Big Bend for a shakedown run, take I-10, see what kind of time I can make with this 5 gal tank...love it.

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Good job, especially on a budget!

What mirrors are those? My left one is usesless, just swings around, and I have to replace them anyway.
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Minor mods but necessary mods.
+10 and on your tour.

ride safe and be safe.

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Good job, especially on a budget!

What mirrors are those? My left one is usesless, just swings around, and I have to replace them anyway.
Yeah, I'm always on the budget, one of the reasons I love the V, its value is hard to beat...

The mirrors are some kind of cheap bar end mirrors, I dont think I would recommend them.

On the stock mirror, separate the top, alum looking nut off of the bottom, black one, then use a 10mm socket to tighten the small nut up inside the mirror tube, snug but not locked down. After reassmbly, always rotate the mirror clockwise to keep this hidden nut tightened.

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I've been looking high and low around here for a piece of sheet metal like that to make a guard. Nothing so far, will keep looking.

Like it so far, also like the idea of making a fender extender. The $42 one is cute, but gee, really? Even a piece of hard neoprene rubber would work.

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EDIT: BTW, I did the stock mirror fix as you describe, a couple of rides ago, and they worked perfectly. Still some vibes tho.

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Good job, especially on a budget!

What mirrors are those? My left one is usesless, just swings around, and I have to replace them anyway.
You might try remounting with blue Loctite, you have to get to the nut up inside the base. Mine did the same thing, I have had no problem since using Loctite. There are threads here on this.
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