View Full Version : better mirrors for the Ninja 500

El Guapo
05-18-2005, 11:44 AM
First, the reason for the mirror swap: The stock mirrors are often regarded as horrid hunks of garbage by Ninja 500 riders. They are not very large, are very buzzy, but the best part is that they give you a fabulous view of your arms and elbows. Some people say that mirrors on bikes aren't meant for a rear view, but more for a view of your blind spots to your left and right. Well, if that is the case then the Ninja 500 mirrors perform wonderfully, as that is the only thing they give you a view of (aside from the aforementioned arms and elbows).

Well, I had suffered with these mirrors for over a year, so I finally just got tired of it and ordered some OEM replacement 98-02 ZX6R mirrors. I had heard they were a direct bolt on, so I found a guy on ebay selling them for $35, and after the 13+ bucks for shipping (ouch) the total tally was $48.85. I received them last night and decided to see how they worked.

The mirrors were made by a company called Emgo. Well, the verdict is that they were a direct bolt on and they do stick out further, offering a better view behind me. I took a short ride and tried various positions and found out that while the new mirrors do stick out further they also offer a fantastic view of my arms/elbows, but holy schnikes, they also have about half the mirror left to view stuff behind me. After some more adjusting I found that if I wasn't worried about looking behind me then I could get a much better view of my blind spots. I imagine that if I had narrow shoulders I would get a much better view behind me also, but alas, I am not of the narrow shoulder variety, and still have to suffer. Still, the mirrors do offer a larger reflective surface area than the stockers, and that translates to more stuff you can see in your mirrors. I still have to work on getting the correct adjustment, but I think overall that I am pleased. I am still ecstatic that at one adjustment point I could *gasp* see directly behind me without me having to move my elbows or my head! Yes, the new mirrors are still as buzzy as the old ones, but the larger and better view is a definite improvement to me.

Here are some pics of the before and after (yes, I know I need to clean my ride):

stock mirrors:


one stock, one new mirror:


the new mirrors:


mirrors side by side:


Overall I am pleased with my purchase, plus, I think the new mirrors look cooler than the old ones, for the most part. They are a cooler looking shape, but because they are so much larger, I think they look a little funny on the bike, like it has big ears or something. Still, I'm happy with my purchase. If you've got a Ninja 500 and hate your mirrors, here's a mod that I would recommend.

Where to get 'em: I bought mine from a guy on ebay called zerovette, you can find his mirrors for sale here. (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=4550902016&catego ry=35580)
But you can actually get them a few bucks cheaper from this guy, tkone1, (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=4550763675&catego ry=35587) because he charges less for shipping. I coulda saved a few bucks if I had done a little more looking.

05-20-2005, 03:59 PM
I think they look great...!!!

What about "bar-end" mirrors...?? I'm using the CRG mirrors and I'm very happy with them.

05-24-2005, 11:10 PM
If they aren't buzzy, and you see something besides your elbows, that's about as good as it'll get. Mirrors on bikes are supposed to be for quick-checks of your blindspots. When you are changing lanes, etc, nothing replaces turning your head. After teaching MSF classes for a few years, I'm so used to looking around, that I seldom use my mirrors. In fact, my XV920RJ has just one bar-end mirror to keep it legal.

BTW, not relying too heavily on your mirrors is a good idea when driving a cage, too.