by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
▪ BMW F 800 S Blog
Tired of looking at your arms in the rear-view mirrors?
A set of mirror extenders might help.
There are many different types, one of which may fit your motorcycle.
On the BMW F 800 S, the stock mirrors look nice but they're virtually useless.
The SW-Motech mirror extender blocks described here solved the problem.
Too many motorcycles have poorly designed rear view mirrors. But there is a solution...if you're lucky.
We've covered this topic before, with the mirror wideners for the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS.
Also made by SW-Motech, they move the base of the mirror out about 40 mm and up, which added about 20% more rear visibility.
Those are available for many different motorcycles that have the basic type of mirrors that screw in to adapters on the handlebar.
Some motorcycles, like the F 800 S, have the mirrors mounted on the fairing. This calls for a different type of mirror extender or widener.
The SW-Motech extenders shown here are basically a block or wedge extension that also adds about 40 mm to the overall width on either side.
They look a bit strange at first, but I soon became used to them and now they just look like part of the bike.
While they don't provide a perfect rear view, I now get about 60% of the usable mirror vs. no visibility at all before.
They're very easy to install; let's take a quick look in pictures:
Old-timers like me will remember the days when none of these helpful accessories existed. Unless you could figure out a solution on your own, you were, well, on your own.
Basic mirror extenders for screw-in handlebar mirrors have been around for a while, but now it's good to know that there are many other types available that can even fit bolt-on mirrors which are mounted on a fairing.
Note, however, that depending on your physical dimensions and the motorcycle, you probably won't go from no rearward visibility at all to full visibility. A good example of that is these SW-Motech mirror extenders mounted on the F 800 S.
But at least I have some visibility to the rear; I had absolutely zero before.
These don't come cheap, however. The going price for this type of extender for various motorcycles is $83.95 the pair. But since you couldn't make a set that looks so "OE" unless you owned a fully-stocked machine shop, you don't have much of a choice.