How to repair motorcycle mirrors

Updated February 21, 2017

The quality and security of motorcycle mirrors are important in order for the machine to be operated safely. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) website, a motorcycle's mirrors must be clean, in good condition, and securely attached to the bike. The mirrors also must be adjusted correctly before the motorcycle is ridden to ensure that the rider has full and accurate vision in both mirrors. If there are any issues with the motorcycle's mirrors, the repairs must be made before the bike is operated or ridden again in order to keep the rider safe.

Inspect the motorcycle mirrors to check for potential damage and mirror cracks. Broken motorcycle mirrors must be replaced in order to ensure safe operation of the machine. Shake each of the mirrors to check whether or not they are secured tightly onto the bike.

Use a wrench in order to tighten both of the mirrors. If motorcycle mirrors are loose and vibrating, the visibility out of them will be severely reduced and blurred. The NHTSA website explains that the mirrors are critical, because they assist the rider during lane changes and general operation of the motorcycle.

Remove the motorcycle mirrors with a wrench if the vibration continues to be a problem or if one mirror needs to be completely replaced due to frame damage. The Dual Sport Plus website recommends installing rubber isolators into the mirror holes before reinstalling the motorcycle mirrors. Always replace both mirrors if one is damaged in order to maintain a balanced line of vision.

Locate a glass shop in order to replace a cracked motorcycle mirror. Getting a piece of glass custom cut will allow it to fit into the motorcycle mirror frame correctly. Carefully remove the old glass by using a slotted screwdriver, and secure the new glass in place using strong epoxy glue.

Clean the motorcycle mirrors using a bottle of spray window cleaner. Thoroughly wipe and then dry the mirrors with a paper towel. Sit on the motorcycle, and manually tilt and adjust the mirrors so that the correct line of vision is obtained.


The motorcycle mirrors and kickstand spring should always be checked each time that the motorcycle is going to be ridden. Failure to see and make necessary repairs can have drastic consequences if the motorcycle crashes due to faulty parts.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrenches
  • Mirror isolator
  • Mirror cleaner
  • Paper towel
  • Replacement mirrors
  • Replacement glass
  • Mirror isolators
  • Epoxy glue
  • Slotted screwdriver
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Shannon Johnson has been a freelance writer since 2008, specializing in health and organic and green-living topics. She practiced law for five years before moving on to work in higher education. She writes about what she lives on a daily basis.