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Bobbie
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After many frightening overtaking boy racers or HGVs shockingly unexpected (and close) even with my frequent lookouts. I'm going to resort to spoiling the beautiful lines of my D3 with a mirror or mirrors. I'm keen to find something which (if not period) is sympathetic to the age of the bike. Does anyone have suggestions? or what do other owners use?

Any suggestions appreciated thinking

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I think bar-end mirrors look rather fetching. My then 6yo Bantam came with one.

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If I recall there was a very similar thread recently and, perhaps unsurprisingly, lots of users had lots of differing views. Some insisted on modern mirrors, some liked small unobtrusive ones. Personally, I use bar-end mirrors on all my classics. They flip down out of the way for storage and have a period "look" as well as being practical. There are loads ** Please log in to view **I use the "continental" shaped ones myself. At the end of the day, it's up to you but a very worthwhile "upgrade" that won't "spoil" the lines of your bike at all really.

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Blue Heeler said
I think bar-end mirrors look rather fetching. My then 6yo Bantam came with one.  

are they easy to fit given the throttle grip?

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Bobbie said

are they easy to fit given the throttle grip?  

Yes, you neatly cut the rubber-end off.

Here`s one that looks & claims to be good quality.** Please log in to view **

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LOADS of posts over the years! ** Please log in to view **

1956 D3 running, lights to sort. 7 other bikes in the Barn. 1950 D1 engine now running.

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Hi,

After having a selection of cheap bar end mirrors I’ve finally got a Halcyon one. Fabulous. The fixing is so much better than the expanding variety. Not cheap but very good.

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stubaker58 said
Hi,

After having a selection of cheap bar end mirrors I’ve finally got a Halcyon one. Fabulous. The fixing is so much better than the expanding variety. Not cheap but very good.

Regards.  

I agree Stu, built up two Guzzis for customers and fitted Halcyons, lovely quality. Didn`t fit one to any of mine...nobody ever approached me from behind 🙂

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Blue Heeler said

I agree Stu, built up two Guzzis for customers and fitted Halcyons, lovely quality. Didn`t fit one to any of mine...nobody ever approached me from behind 🙂  

That's probably the answer... I ride too slow old-lady. Anyway, Thanks for all the answers . Very helpful indeed.

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The one I put on my B175 I think look ok for a bantam and cheap on ebay.

I fitted mine by drilling a mounting hole on the brake and clutch lever brackets...

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nickjaxe said
The one I put on my B175 I think look ok for a bantam and cheap on ebay.
I fitted mine by drilling a mounting hole on the brake and clutch lever brackets...
Can post better pics if req. 

To my mind, that's a proper 'period' look for a Bantam. Not expensive, a wide variety to choose from and the control lever lugs are a handy mounting point. Looks good, Nick.

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Typical, 

I just threw away a genuine 1950's mirror for a Bantam, along with some other stuff that was cluttering up my workspace.  Having a lock-down clear out  and couldn't see a use for it in the short term. 

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I never throw anything away...

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nickjaxe said
I never throw anything away...  

Me neither Nick. Either hoard it, gift it, swap it or sell it, that`s me. Got a stash of mirrors, 1960s-`90s, probably somewhere in a tea chest under more  " will be useful sooner or later"  boxes of stuff.

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Man after my own heart....goes with the territory I think.

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Sponge said
Typical, 

I just threw away a genuine 1950's mirror for a Bantam, along with some other stuff that was cluttering up my workspace.  Having a lock-down clear out  and couldn't see a use for it in the short term. 

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