One of the first accessories I brought for my 2018 MT07 was bar-end mirrors. There is a huge range of different types and styles available so it basically comes down to the style and shape you like.
There is one problem, the Yamaha MT07 has a threaded handlebar end for the bar weights/sliders to screw into. Many of the aftermarket bar end mirrors that you can buy from say eBay or Amazon have expansion fittings that don’t work on the stock handlebars.
The only proven way to mount some generic bar-end mirrors is to use the Yamaha Rhinomoto bar ends. These have a 22mm (7/8 inch) turned down section to attach your mirrors. They also have M16 threads, to suit the FZ, FZR, XSR, and MT range of motorcycles.
So if you want to do it right the first time you are going to have to get some extra accessories to make it work.
Tools and parts needed to install MT07 bar end mirrors.
- CNC Bar-end mirrors – I use these
- Rhinomoto bar ends. Gen1 or Gen2
- Thread locker not essential – Loctite 243 is good.
- Allan keys metric 8mm
- 17mm spanner or Adjustable Spanner
- Mirror hole plug – Left and right thread M10x1.25mm
- Large screwdriver
How to remove stock MT07 mirrors.
Now be aware that the stock mirrors unscrew from the handlebar mount. If you sit on the motorcycle your left mirror unscrews counterclockwise whereas the right side mirror unscrews clockwise.
Dont strip the screws on the right side mirror by unscrewing it clockwise. All you are doing is tightening it.
To make the job neat it is best to screw in some mirror hole plugs. These are special screws that are made with a left and right-hand thread. The screw diameter for these is M10x1.25.
The plugs will stop dirt and water from entering the hole, gumming up the threads. A trick is to use some cloth between the screwdriver and the screw to not damage the paint.
Installing threaded Rhinomoto bar end mounts.
Remove the old MT07, FZ07 stock bar end crash weights by using an 8mm Allan key. They are screwed in tight so don’t be afraid to put some muscle into it.
The Rhino moto bar ends come in two pieces. An outer crash bobbin and the inner metal screw mount. Remove the outer crash bobbin by using a small Allan key.
You can now use the 8mm Allan key to screw in the larger Rhinomoto bar end. If you have access to a torque wrench set it at 10 Nm / 7.2 lb-ft for the bar end weights.
The Rhinomoto bar ends will screw right in. I use a little dab of blue thread lock to make sure they stay in place. Your mirrors will clamp onto these so we don’t want them to unscrew.
Once they are in tight you can screw in the crash bobbin onto the Rhinomoto end.
Mounting MT07 CNC mirrors
Depending on the clamp arrangement of your mirrors you can now attach your mirrors. Check if the mirror clamps have any burrs on them. Some sandpaper will quickly get rid of them.
These are cheap mirrors so sometimes the build quality needs some fine adjustment.
Don’t do up the bolts too tight on the mirrors as you could strip the fine threads. Just tighten enough so that you cant move the mirrors on the handlebars.
Sit on your motorcycle and adjust the mirrors so that you have some good vision behind you. I find that these mirrors work better than the larger stock ones. The old stock mirrors often show my elbows.
Once you have them in the correct position you can use a small Allan key to tighten up all of the bolts. This will lock the bar end mirrors into position.
This is a great little upgrade to your MT07. I just wish the Rhinomoto bar end mirror mounts were cheaper. These threaded bar end mirror adapters will work on any FZ07-2015 up to MT-07 2020 models.
I have yet to come across a competitor that makes something similar.
Many people go with the CRG Arrow bar-end mirrors from Amazon but they are expensive and that price is only for one. But they are the best out there. They are also slightly larger than the cheap Chinese knockoffs.
I like the cheap ones. They do the job and have yet to let me down. If you do find that one or both are blurry when riding you could have a loose piece of rear vision mirror glass. A small dab of clear 100% silicone between the mirror and the frame will fix this vibration issue.
Check out my other MT07 mods if you would like to upgrade your motorcycle. Ride safe.