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Old 03-26-2014, 01:51 PM   #1
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/5 headlight Baumm mirrors

I just got a /5 headlight so I could mount a gps speedo in it an I like the shape for my new build a 1995 r80 now 1050cc, g/s tanl rs 3/4 seat with corbin insert.

Do you have headlight mirrors the type that come out the side and do they give a good view of the road?
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Old 03-26-2014, 03:57 PM   #2
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Yes, I do. Alberts. I can see down the road very well. I'm 5'7", and that may be an important factor. I think they look fantastic, too.

I think true Alberts are NLA? But that there are knockoffs?

How will they work with that S cowling?

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Old 03-26-2014, 09:18 PM   #3
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I was thinking about some headlamp mirrors for my /5. I have some large napolean style "bar ends" on my sidecar rig and really like them.
My "new" /5 has the Euro low bars and the short stem mirrors I have don't afford too good of a rear view.
I wonder if the headlight mirrors would allow me to see past the panniers....(?)...looks like those in the photo are plenty high enough to see over panniers.
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:24 AM   #4
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I just installed Halcyon 830 bar-end mirrors on my /5 with euro bars. They work very well -- it is great to be able to see what is behind me, which was not an option with the standard issue mirrors. They have an oblong version (820) as well as the round version (830).

My low bars are Flanders, which are thicker metal and have an inside diameter of about 15.5mm. Halcyon made a custom fitting so that the mirrors can be installed -- they were quick about it, and charged about $10 extra for that.

Overall the mirrors are expensive but are high quality and installation is easy.
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:34 AM   #5
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You will just have to try them: I have heard many comments that they vibrate, that they have to be adjusted just right (you are trying to look under your arms and over your thighs) etc. Yes, they look incredible, and they are vintage, but....




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Old 03-27-2014, 05:52 AM   #6
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Bumms mirrors are the real deal, German made ones, right?
What were the Alberts?

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Old 03-27-2014, 06:11 AM   #7
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You will just have to try them: I have heard many comments that they vibrate, that they have to be adjusted just right
Right. They do have a long stem, so they will vibrate if vibration is fed to them. Mine shake below 2000 rpm and then they smooth right out. No problem.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:12 AM   #8
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Shhh....don't tell anybody, but I made my own out of a Honda CB450 mirror that I had lying around. I had to gently bend the stem to the shape I wanted it and put a mirror thread adapter on the end of it to convert the headlight bucket mounting bolt to the mirror stem bolt ($3), but it works perfectly, and I can see out of it very well. Just a thought for your DIYers out there.





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No, that's too practical and inexpensive. I own a BMW, damnit!
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No, that's too practical and inexpensive. I own a BMW, damnit!

Damn, no wonder I never get to sit at the cool kids' table

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Old 03-27-2014, 08:21 AM   #11
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Found my answer:
"Bumm mirrors are also available but are inferior in that they use flat glass rather than convex glass, as on Albert mirrors; this limits your vision and increases apparent mirror vibration."
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:43 AM   #12
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put a mirror thread adapter on the end of it to convert the headlight bucket mounting bolt to the mirror stem bolt ($3),
Please elaborate! I know that there are 10>8mm adapters and rh>lh thread adapters, what did you use? I found this type of adapter on the Mikes XS site....

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Please elaborate! I know that there are 10>8mm adapters and rh>lh thread adapters, what did you use? I found this type of adapter on the Mikes XS site....

Bingo! I used one that I bought at the local Cycle Gear. Right hand threaded. Only difference in mine and the one you posted is that mine is chrome. My mirror was r/h threaded and so is the headlight bucket so I used a r/h to r/h 10-8mm adapter. Worked perfectly.
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:31 PM   #14
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The Alberts were the real deal. On /2's originally as an option
Still available from Max's BMW and Bob's BMW
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Old 03-28-2014, 07:07 AM   #15
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The Alberts were the real deal. On /2's originally as an option
Still available from Max's BMW and Bob's BMW
And they're super expensive =\
I want a pair.
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