To get my DR iin the back of the van used to mean taking off the mirrors. Not now!
I heard about these Ken Seans through an online forum. The American price is astonishing value for money. Sadly they don't seem to be available here in the UK, so I ordered two pairs from Dennis Kirk.
Once you add on postage, import tax and ParcelForce's ridiculous "holding fee" the price doubles but they are still worth every penny! They look great, the build quality is superb, they are vibration-free in use and can be adjusted to fold down just about any way you want.
These mirrors are by far not a disappointment but they are certainly not economically priced or a folding mirror. They have a multi-locking nut near a ball joint above the mounting nut that must be what they qualify as folding however it requires a wrench to adjust and the cut out in the joint that I believe is suppose to be used for folding both will not fold the mirror to an any more convenient location and is inevitably necessary for final fitting the mirror into a usable location. The style of the mirror can only be described as Mickey Mouse, literally they look like a big old set of ridiculous ears sporting off the handle bars. The finish is fine, no complaints or noticeable defects, fitting is a minor annoyance though they will eventually adjust to reasonable mirror locations. The quality of these is good, much nicer than most Chinese garbage, subtract one star for cheesy plastic backs to the mirrors and lack of stainless screws and nuts. Value; they should be available in your local dollar store? Overall functionality, they do work well as mirrors, low vibration, big enough to see out of, once tightened they stay adjusted and one other thing the little rubber boot that covers the locking nuts is a very nice touch.
I love it! Clever design. The multiple nuts may seem confusing, but if you read the directions and pay attention, you'll be fine. It's worth taking a little extra time to get the adjustment just right.
I have been happy with the mirrors adjustability and stability. I manged to break both of the socket nuts that hold the mirror stems but with the help of the manufacturer, was able to replace both nuts free of charge.
Ken Sean mirrors are the best you can buy for enduro bikes. I put these mirrors on my XR650L and could not be happier. Mirrors bend down and out of the way when on tight trails. Bought some cheapo mirrors at a another website and had to return them. Just spend the money and get these, don't waste your time on the cheapier mirrors.
BMW F650GS Dakar. I already folded them tens of time off-road, and used them roughly 20,000 km on-road. They work, and require little care. The small problems are slight vibrations, and slightly too short rod (my arm hides some of the view). Tip: When folding and unfolding, ALWAYS rotate them clockwise so the adjustments are not altered.
Purchased to make a dual sport kit legal. Initial adjustment is a little tricky but worked great. Rode 40 rocky trail miles and it held it's position. Was really nice to be able to just glance at the mirror VS turning my head to check on fellow riders. Nicely folds out of the way in seconds for single track. Great job!
I really like the design for dual sport riding. It can fold towards the center bar and rest on the crossbar pad. Mounting it takes a few tries, it is a little shakey compare to a fixed mount. It can be cranked down as a fix mount and might take some shake away, then it won't fold though. It took me 3 tries to mount so it folds nice and has enough tension not to move when I didn't want it too. The quality is low compared to my stock Honda mirrors, but it is a $15 mirror and that saves me about $20 each side. I had 2 set of mirrors before, stock and mini useless wigglers. I would take the stock off when off roading. These can do both. If you are going to off road some of the time these are nice. If you are going to be on the road all the time you may want to pick a better mirror.
These mirrors work well on a trail riding rig because they can be easily folded down and out of the way. The ball joint that gives them flex can be a bit fragile, but they are cheap enough that if they break replacement is not a big deal.
My Suzuki DR-Z400S came with terrible factory mirrors which are too short to see around my elbos. It's a silly design overlook.
These aren't be most stylish replacements, but they are very affordable and seem to be the solution most DR-Z400 owners go with. They are simple enough to install, but a little tricky to adjust. I haven't riden with them yet, since it's blizzard season here now.
I can't really how I like them in use till I try them on the road.
After breaking a mirror on my KLR, I learned that I could buy two of these for less $$ than buying just one from Kawasaki. I don't see me really using the mirrors folding feature as it's intended- folding them in for off road use. Rather, I liked knowing the mount will allow for movement instead of breakage, when something does happen... and it always does. I'm sure there are better mirrors out there, but you can't go wrong with these, for the price.
Just installed these mirrors and i could tell before riding that the adjustment and fold down pivot point was so sloppy that the mirror would not stay up right or in proper position. Cheap price for a very cheap mirror. I would only recommend this mirror if you dont care where your mirror is pointed !!