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Best lane splitting / folding mirrors?

Have been looking at mirrors that can fold in temporarily while lane splitting / filtering. There seem to be two solutions:

- mirrors that mount on the stock mounting brackets for the standard mirrors, and
- bar-end mirrors that fold in

Has anyone done the research and concluded which type is best? What did you go with?

If it's the first category, what is the thread pitch for the stock mirrors: M10 x 1,25 or M10 x 1,50, or something else?

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I've been splitting lanes in CA for 30 years, mostly on the f'ing 405.

I've smacked mirrors a few times and the stock mirrors on my R90S, /5 and K75 just folded back. I am careful of vans and pickup trucks...

I would not use bar end mirrors as they make you wider.

The BEST safety feature for splitting lanes is, my headlight modulator, second is ABS and third is a LOUD horn. Also paying ATTENTION and not going too fast.

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Oh yes, lane splitting ..............
On our first trip to the US we brought over our K75 (1990) and ended up in the biggest car park on a motorway.
The one between Washington and NY !!!! I still can not believe that motorcycles had to stay in lane.
Here, in the Netherlands, it's legal to go between two rows of traffic when the traffic is not moving.
Some rules we have (max speed) but if a cardriver hits you because he hasn't payed attention by changing from one to another lane, he's to blame (and pays !)
Most drivers use their mirrors (especially truck drivers) and move over to the right side to give you some extra room.

It's not like in France (Paris) were the scooters and motorcycles really fly through traffic.
Sometimes you see one of these vehicles parked next to the barrier and 'something' ubder a white sheet !!!!!!
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We prefer the U.S. made Double Take mirrors for off road and on road, but you will need an adaptor to get from the left hand threaded throttle side mount into a right hand thread for the ball ram mount

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Oh yes, lane splitting ..............
Some rules we have (max speed) but if a cardriver hits you because he hasn't payed attention by changing from one to another lane, he's to blame (and pays !)
Most drivers use their mirrors !!!!!
If I am a skid mark on the road because ONE driver didn't use their mirrors, it wouldn't matter to me if they got the blame
and had to pay.
You try lane splitting here in Canada, and chances are you won't make it home intact.

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Thanks for your comments so far. I mostly drive 'surface streets' in LA rather than highways and the filtering I need to do is through city traffic that is pretty much totally blocked and I am the only one moving. The main issue are the mirrors of pickups, SUVs and trucks that are at the same height as mine. It would be very similar to driving through cities like Paris and Rome and so I am guessing others have found a solution already.

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