A mod­u­lar way to check your six

Motorcyclist - - Garage - $240 dou­ble­takemir­ —Zack Courts

IT’S TOUGH BE­ING A Mir­ror—frag­ile, prone to vi­bra­tion at the end of a long stalk, and con­stantly un­cool. If you wan­der off the road most trav­eled, it gets worse. Some­times mir­ror stalks get in the way when you stand on the pegs, and even if ad­justed prop­erly they can get dam­aged if you tip over or get whacked by branches, shrubs, and any other fly­ing de­bris. The so­lu­tion is a mir­ror from Doubletake—made out of a rugged, util­ity-grade ny­lon.

There are two nifty tricks that the Doubletake does: First, it uses bal­land-socket mounts from Ram that al­low the stalk to twist and fold in two places so it can be ad­justed to offer the best rear view or tucked away from dan­ger with a twist of the knob. Sec­ond, all of the parts are mod­u­lar, so if you do man­age to break any­thing it can be re­placed in­di­vid­u­ally—10 bucks for ad­di­tional glass or a base stud and $20 for a spare stalk. The ac­tual mir­ror plate and hous­ing is $30, but it is also cov­ered by a life­time war­ranty.

I was wor­ried they would be buzzy on the free­way or fall out of ad­just­ment eas­ily since the whole thing de­pends on the Ram clamp. Not only are they sta­ble, but there are some added ben­e­fits—my fa­vorite be­ing that be­cause the Ram arms are in­fin­itely ad­justable, the mir­rors can be set lower and wider or taller and nar­rower de­pend­ing on the bike or rider pref­er­ence.

A A ver­sa­tile, well-crafted al­ter­na­tive to vul­ner­a­ble mir­rors.

You can surely find af­ter­mar­ket op­tions for less than $120 a set (in fact, Doubletake has cheaper op­tions in­tended for dirt bikes), and the roug­hand-tum­ble look is prob­a­bly best suited for ADV bikes. Aside from that, big thumbs up.

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