Blind Spot Mirror Addition?
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MP3 250
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Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:29 pm quote
Anybody use one of those small round convex mirrors that attach to the regular mirror for a wider POV? If so, which do you recommend? Thanks....
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piaggio mp3 500
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Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:19 am quote
I do
I bought those for my 500 they were kinda of cool at first but I rarely use my rear views most of the time I'm usually looking over my shoulder but when I do use my mirrors they come in real handy for a wider angle of view and for the price which I think I paid like under 10$ well worth it:)
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Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:19 am quote
Mini - mirrors
Love um, the little ones about the size of a quarter are the ones you want.
I'm wearing a full face now and lost some of my side view, so I'm gonna have to start trusting my mirrors more now. Luckily the Mp3 250's vibrations aren't excessive to distort the view. I like to ride in the tuck position in high winds, and have bought another pair for mounting down by the windshield so I can keep track of cars to the rear. They come with a sticky backing for attaching to the mirror. Dave
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Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:44 am quote
I use small (1 1/2" or so) fish-eyes on the inside portion of my mirrors—the part that only shows your arms anyway. The adjustable type (wedge-shaped, rotatable) is good for hitting the blind spot.

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MP3 500 - 08 29 08 - Red
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Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:10 am quote
Check out these. I use them every day.

http://image.wetpaint.com/image/1/7DS2bZUeYSEctGAgFg4Qhg865447/GW560

Wide View Mirrors:

http://www.saeng.com/scanners.htm
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Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:48 am quote
I like those, jrl, where did you get them?
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MP3 500 - 08 29 08 - Red
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Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:57 am quote
Click on the link above for Saeng.
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MP3 500
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Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:12 pm quote
Hello JRL.
The URL above only takes me to the Saeng main site and then I have to get to the mirrors via the Search. Which part number did you purchase to mount to your wind screen? (and does it require drilling?)
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Vespa GTS300 Super,Sym 200 HD
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Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:29 pm quote
I have similar mirrors from same company, no drilling involved. I love them.
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MP3 500 - 08 29 08 - Red
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Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:37 pm quote
Here ya go:

http://www.saeng.com/product.php?id=253&category=61

I bought the ones that mount on the windscreen. They stick on. No drilling required.

I have a Givi Windscreen on my 500.

Jim.
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MP3 500 - 08 29 08 - Red
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Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:46 pm quote
another shot of these attached to the windscreen:

http://image.wetpaint.com/image/1/L_mCAgenJtDjvd4IlmNmgg955141/GW560
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MP3 250 (sold) MP3 500 (current)
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Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:59 pm quote
Wide angle mirrors are good as a secondary but I would say you gotta be able to turn your head. I would never change lanes without looking over my shoulder. But I do think that wide angle could help you see cages creeping into your blind spots, but never make a move based on mirrors. My 2 cents from years of riding.
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MP3 500 - 08 29 08 - Red
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Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:57 pm quote
Agreed. They are a complement to your existing mirrors and turning your head.
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MP3 250
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Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:37 am quote
Jim

The mirrors you have do indeed look good. Do you have any idea if they would mount and still work with the factory wind screen?


BTW - I always turn head before changing lanes. These 2ndary mirrors would just give me more info.
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Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:04 am quote
Jagony wrote:
I have similar mirrors from same company, no drilling involved. I love them.
Hey Jagony,

Looks like you have a 250 or 400...where did you place yours? They look great and would be a nice addition to the scoot (I have a 250 by the way).
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Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:43 pm quote
I have a Givi windscreen on a 250. I don't have a very good picture since I installed the mirrors, but they are mounted on the bottom flair in front of the handle bars.
I have them pointing down at an angle, and slightly out to cover the blind spots on both sides. I actually look under the handle bars to use them, mostly quick glances. This works with my height and seating position.
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Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:42 pm quote
Jagony wrote:
I have a Givi windscreen on a 250. I don't have a very good picture since I installed the mirrors, but they are mounted on the bottom flair in front of the handle bars.
I have them pointing down at an angle, and slightly out to cover the blind spots on both sides. I actually look under the handle bars to use them, mostly quick glances. This works with my height and seating position.
Hi Jagony,

Thanks for the quick response...I have the original windshield...so I appreciate the information you provided. I'm thinking about getting these (as you mentioned) to help with the blind spots.
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MP3 500 - 08 29 08 - Red
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Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:45 pm quote
They should work fine on any standard width windscreen (of which the factory and Givi are two).
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Piaggio MP3 500 & Triumph Sprint ST
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Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:48 am quote
jrlwork wrote:
They should work fine on any standard width windscreen (of which the factory and Givi are two).
Hi jrl,

Thanks and I appreciate the info. Looking into it for sure.

Barry
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Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:57 am quote
Here are some pictures of the mirrors on the bike. I'm not a very good photographer, but I gave it a try.

Scooter 009.jpg

Scooter 010.jpg

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Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:49 pm quote
Jagony wrote:
Here are some pictures of the mirrors on the bike. I'm not a very good photographer, but I gave it a try.
Jagony,

EXCELLENT!!! Thanks for the pics.
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Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:08 pm quote
Not bad pics...thanks!
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Piaggio MP3 500 & Triumph Sprint ST
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Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:56 am quote
Mirrors added
Ok fellow MV'ers,

I just completed the mods to my bike and thanks to Jim for the inspiration as well as advice on how to do the install and Jagony for pics and information I also have to thank the manufacturer for all of the help they provided...customer service was awesome!!!

Barry

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Cockpit view

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For me, the best location for the mirrors was higher up on the windshield.

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Front view with the Ducati mirrors for depth

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Full front view

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Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:00 pm quote
The mirrors look really good. I think I will now have to get me some Ducati mirrors. Are yours hooked to the turn signals?
I am starting to like the look of the smaller windscreen, mine had the tall screen on when I bought it used and I didn't get the stock screen with it.
I might get a small screen for summer and keep the tall one for fall and winter riding.
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Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:44 pm quote
Jagony wrote:
The mirrors look really good. I think I will now have to get me some Ducati mirrors. Are yours hooked to the turn signals?
I am starting to like the look of the smaller windscreen, mine had the tall screen on when I bought it used and I didn't get the stock screen with it.
I might get a small screen for summer and keep the tall one for fall and winter riding.
Hey there Jagony,

Thanks for the compliment and yes the Ducati mirrors are hooked to the turn signals...I also have them set up as additional driving lights. Looks sweet in the early morning and at night and I can even use them as a "back-up" reminder that the turn signals are still on. If you'd like additional information on them, just drop me a line.

Sincerely,

Barry
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MP3 500
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Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:44 pm quote
As a good rule of thumb to follow:

NEVER use your mirrors. Always turn your head to observe traffic. This will allow you to ride much more safely.

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MP3 250
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Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:45 am quote
huh?
NEVER USE YOUR MIRRORS???

I assume you mean when changing lanes. Otherwise, its REALLY hard to see who is directly behind when just cruising in traffic and I use mirrors for that.

In fact, I cant really get my head around that far with a helmet on to see who is directly behind me. Who are you - Linda Blair in the Exorcist?
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