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Watching Valencia it occurred to me; why do all racecars (e.g. Formula 1, Le Mans etc) have mirrors but bikes never do?
 

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Well' as far as LeMans they have several classes of cars in the same race-thats the reason the slower cars-GP GP2, use yellow lights and Protype cars use white lights-u move over for whites and block for yellow-if your a yellow light.
 

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Main reason - size difference between bike and cars. Secondary is that it takes more concentration on a bike than a car.

The last thing I want a racer to do mid race is take their focus off of what they're doing and look in a mirror. The slower riders can easily run a median line giving space on both sides for the faster riders to make their way through.
 

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In a car, you're basically locked into one position, with only a little bit of head movement. There's no way you'd be able to tell if you were being overtaken without mirrors. They're extremely important in race cars, to the extent that in some races, such as the Indy 500, they won't let you on the track with a broken mirror.

On a bike, you have much more freedom of movement, so you can catch glimpses of riders behind you quite often during the course of a lap. Due to the size and nature of motorcycles, you can actually "feel" if there's someone next to your back wheel.

In addition, mirrors on race bikes can be hazardous, just like turn signals and kickstands, thus they aren't allowed at all...
 
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Also, in a car,if there is a crash or some missfortune,it's ususlly followed by a clean up, where a crew shows up and clears all debri ,including broken glass from mirrors that may cut 1 of your 4 tires,thus sending you back to a pit to get new rubber.

With a bike,if you do loose 1 of your tires due to a cut from someones missfortunate spill, it could KILL you, therefore, no glass on motorcycles allowed
 

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IMO- There is not a right place to put it. Racers hang off the bike most of the time, there is not a universal place to put a mirror. They could put a rear-view camera and a LCD on the dash, but the rider can only see during straight aways, not much of a use besides distraction. Maybe in the future they will come-up with a rear-view helmet, so you could see what's behind through a tiny LCD in your helmet, as a part of your peripheral vision.
 

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IMO- There is not a right place to put it. Racers hang off the bike most of the time, there is not a universal place to put a mirror. They could put a rear-view camera and a LCD on the dash, but the rider can only see during straight aways, not much of a use besides distraction. Maybe in the future they will come-up with a rear-view helmet, so you could see what's behind through a tiny LCD in your helmet, as a part of your peripheral vision.
http://news.motorbiker.org/blogs.nsf/dx/color-motorcycle-helmet-mirror-camera-thingymething.htm
 
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