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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-04-2011, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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On a leisurely ride earlier today some a-hole decided stop signs are optional if you ride through them at 15 mph or so. I managed to stop in time, but due to the amount of sand the City has been tossing down for potential snow, I ended up dropping on the right hand side as this guy scoots off.

I am pretty happy with not being injured and the bike seems perfectly fine, but the right mirror broke off a little over a centimeter of where it is screwed into the mount on the handlebars. I am not one for cosmetics (it came with plenty of dings) so I am curious- has anyone tried using a metal glue of some variety on the bikes? The mirror is in fine condition- I just need to get it back on the bike worthy of handling highway wind/bumps.
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Folks have used JB Weld to repair engine cases. If you don't mind appearance, you could try epoxy putty and form a sleeve above and below the break. Roughening the stem would help adhesion, and you could paint the putty to hide it some.

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Hmmm, wondering if maybe you could re-thread it and re-screw it back on...
A centimeter is less than 1/2" so it should not be too short...
I wonder about the JB weld or most any epoxy holding it...
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You are lucky. When mirrors hit the ground, they usually break the soft casting they screw into rather than the mirror stem, which on the VN750, if you mean the right side as you sit on it, is the master cylinder, which is super expensive. What exactly broke? The stem should have a lock nut that screws down tight against casting to keep the mirror in place. Anyway, you need to get the broken piece out of the casting, and get another mirror. If you don't care about cosmetics, it doesn't have to be a VN750 mirror. All Japanese motorcycle mirrors are 10MM RHT, except Yamaha, which has left hand threads on the left mirror. You can get a used one at a salvage yard, or a cheap new one from any motorcycle accessory place. It just won't match the left one. Make sure you get one with the right stem length and angle, as close to the original as possible.

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On a leisurely ride earlier today some a-hole decided stop signs are optional if you ride through them at 15 mph or so.
You're lucky he slowed down to 15. I've seen worse out of the idiots around here lately.

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You are lucky. When mirrors hit the ground, they usually break the soft casting they screw into rather than the mirror stem, which on the VN750, if you mean the right side as you sit on it, is the master cylinder, which is super expensive. What exactly broke? The stem should have a lock nut that screws down tight against casting to keep the mirror in place. Anyway, you need to get the broken piece out of the casting, and get another mirror. If you don't care about cosmetics, it doesn't have to be a VN750 mirror. All Japanese motorcycle mirrors are 10MM RHT, except Yamaha, which has left hand threads on the left mirror. You can get a used one at a salvage yard, or a cheap new one from any motorcycle accessory place. It just won't match the left one. Make sure you get one with the right stem length and angle, as close to the original as possible.
Unfortunately, it is the piece you describe. I lost a little over an inch of it (which is currently still screwed into the bottom of the mirror stalk). The master cylinder is fine since the damaged part is only going to the mirror. I am leaning towards jb welding it and seeing if it puts up with highway driving. Worst case- I'll drive with the 1 mirror. Somewhere someone told me that is legal as long as you have your left one.

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Worst case- I'll drive with the 1 mirror. Somewhere someone told me that is legal as long as you have your left one.
I know that's true with cars, not sure about bikes though.

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It's legal in most states, but I've always liked 2 mirrors. The right one really comes in handy when riding in the left lane. You possibly have one other option. You can use a clamp on type mirror, designed to clamp onto 7/8" style handlebars. Most motorcycle accessory stores sell these for about $10. CycleGear has them brand name Motoboss, I got a couple of them for my quad when I made it street legal.

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Grind it flat and have it tack welded to the top of a bolt that will fit.

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