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I'm having trouble finding my sweet spot... Right now I have them so I can see to the right and left, and if I tuck my elbows in I can look behind. Just wondering how everyone else aligns em. Maybe I'm doing it wrong (strong possibility)


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I have the same problem. I've tried everything. I have to lift my arms to see behind me. Otherwise, I just see arms and elbows. I don't remember this being such an issue on my older bikes.

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These mirrors seem better than the 250r mirrors for me. I could never see much of anything but myself in those. The 300 mirrors still aren't as good as my other bikes, but I do like others have suggested...moving my head and handlebars and also looking over my shoulder before I make a move. My Vespa mirrors stick out a bit and are big and round, but you can see everything in those.
 

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Thank god I'm not the only one. I thought I was retarded cause I can't figure out where to position my mirrors

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You'll find this often on sportbikes. Mirrors are basically useless without effort to look back. I generally use them just for a quick assurance (Especially when I'm stopped). I mainly do the left arm down, look back over the shoulder thing.
 
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the main reason i was wanting to look directly behind me is that when i ride with my buddy, he is sometimes hard to see. we are both new to riding, i knew the area so i lead, and i wanted to be able to make sure he was still there. it wasnt bad at cruising, he would ride on the right and i would ride on the left (behind one another, not next to) and so i could see him in peripherals no problem. but once in a while he would trail a bit... it was just something i thought of and wanted to see if i am alone in it, but apparently not. haha. helps me to know i am not an idiot and dont know how to work the mirrors.
 

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When I'm sitting on my bike with my hands on the grips, I can see my knuckles and the back of my hand in the bottom of each mirror, with it lined up like this, I can see a little bit behind and to the side of me. I still have a blind-spot so I always look before changing lanes, but I find that this gives me the best view with my mirrors. Just try different places (and pay attention to where they are) to find what works best for you. I keep my bike under a cover with the mirrors folded back, so each time I get on it I make sure their where I like them. Hope this helps.
 
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Also, it might help to sit on the bike (obviously) and hold your arms straight out to either side of you so you can see your hands in the mirrors. You can gauge where you can see vehicles and try to eliminate side blind spots before getting into traffic. You should still turn your head of course, but this would give you an added visual of the enemy..I mean, vehicle.

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add blind spot mirrors. I got mine at walmart for 3 bucks and they r perfect
 

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I have mine point at my elbows. I hardly use my mirrors that much. I mainly use it to double check approaching cars behind me at stop lights. Other than that, I look over my shoulder or do a slight swerve to see the cars behind me.
 
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