Originally Posted by motorollie
Are you serious? Or is it only necessary for scrutineering? In the pictures from last year there isn't a single bike with a rear view mirror. Actually, I never saw a bike with a rear view mirror on a rally
If you are looking for a quick-fix, I'd recommend one of these cycle mirrors - A Zefal 'spy' (bottom left of photo) - I've used them on all my race bikes, and if it passes FIM scrutineering on Dakar, then you shouldn't have any problems... it actually works ok too (you can just see a car behind me in the photo) as you look under your elbow...
Obviously it's not as good as a larger mirror for regular use, but it stays out of the way and as such is pretty indestructible. Remember that 'technically', the Scrutineers can inspect your bike at any point during a rally, and if it doesn't comply, are at liberty to exclude you from that stage until the problem is rectified (or in Dakar, you're out!)