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Old 11-02-2014, 03:46 PM   #1
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Bar End Mirrors - Do they work?

So what's the deal with bar end mirrors?

Do they work?

Can you see much with them?

Are they as good as stemmed mirrors, or are they a compromise mostly for looks?

Are they durable enough to last years?







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Old 11-02-2014, 04:13 PM   #2
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Do they work? Yes.

Can you see much with them? Yes, depending on model. The convex ones are well suited for close-in use. If your stockers become a blur with rpm, bar ends may be better. I ran them on a Buell Blast and a Buell XB-12 on which the stockers were a joke. I have them on my 250. The stockers had a great view of my shoulders or elbows.

Are they as good as stemmed mirrors, or are they a compromise mostly for looks? See above, but I like the way they look too.

Are they durable enough to last years? Depends entirely on which ones you select. I had, of all things "Third Eye" bicycle mirrors on the Blast and the XB. (First on the Blast for 4 years, then on the XB for 4 years, they were still on the XB when I sold it)(same set), and only cost $17.00 each. My 250 has Ducati mirrors (Black anodized, round , that fold up nicely) and do not vibrate at all, even at 13K rpm.
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Old 11-02-2014, 04:38 PM   #3
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Came on my 919 I just bought a few months ago. Two weeks ago I finally switched them to regular stalks. I did NOT like their position being out of my forward view scanning area. I did NOT like not having a throttlemeister on the bike because of them.

I DID like not looking at my shoulders. Because they were convex, I DID like being able to see the road (my lane) directly behind me.

They were the cheapos like those on sale at cycle gear for under $30 I believe. Seemed fine with no issues. In the end, I wanted something to scan more in my forward field of vision rather than looking down (higher on a stalk).
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Old 11-02-2014, 04:40 PM   #4
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I have bar-ends on my SV. I find them to be very useful in an urban environment. I'm less trustworthy of them on the highway, but I'm pretty conditioned to look over my shoulder before I change lanes.
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Old 11-02-2014, 05:01 PM   #5
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I use the one on the red bike on my FZ-09 they are better then stockers for vibes, and have a great field of view. IF you want to be able to identify LEO from mirrors, however, they won't work because of the nature of the beast, everythings smaller.(objects in mirror are larger then they appear)...



I'm a convert, but I also have a swivel on me neck.

mine are underhung.
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Old 11-02-2014, 05:19 PM   #6
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I've used Oberon's in the past. Make sure they have a convex lens or you won't see much of anything unless the glass is larger.

I like the Triumph stock Thruxton versions. Very well built and don't compromise grip area as they are a bar end, not bar clamp.
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Old 11-02-2014, 05:40 PM   #7
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I have several sets of crg bar ends, love them, much better visibility then anything stock I've used
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Old 11-02-2014, 05:46 PM   #8
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+1 on the Thruxton mirrors. They are made by Napoleon and are very good for visibility. There's also Halcyon made from Brass and stainless.

I personally only like the look with clipons or M bars that slope downwards. On flat bars they stick up and dont look so good, work ok though.


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Old 11-02-2014, 06:58 PM   #9
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I put bar ends on my 09 RT as the stock mirrors were worthless when I had my camping gear on the bike and was well pleased with the bar end mirrors.
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:48 PM   #10
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I have cheep eBay bar end mirrors on my Suzuki GS650E that I put on when I changed my handle bars to superbike bars and they work fine other than losing up frequently and having to adjust them.
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:55 PM   #11
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Had the little round ones, they sucked
Got some EMGO, they sucked
Broke down, spent some money on Napoleon and they are awesome. Fold them in for lane splitting on the R90 and away I go. Good visibility and very adjustable.
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Old 11-02-2014, 10:59 PM   #12
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Broke down, spent some money on Napoleon and they are awesome. Fold them in for lane splitting on the R90 and away I go. Good visibility and very adjustable.
Sounds good. Do they snap back into position easily, or do you have to re-aim them?
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:24 AM   #13
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Thank you all so much for the responses so far.

I'm pretty surprised that functionally, they sound quite good. I previously assumed that people put them on mostly for aesthetics.

Sounds like the Napoleons are the way to go. I see that Napoleons range from $30 to over $60. Is there a difference in quality/function between the price points? Are the Napoleons convex?
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:30 AM   #14
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Depending on the height of your stock mirrors, switching to bar ends might make lane splitting much easier.

But mostly it's coolness factor, but that depends on the bike. I've never seen bar ends on a Vstrom. Why bother? She'll never get asked to the prom either way.
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:34 AM   #15
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Even the good ones require you to take your eyes far from the road. That's why I ended up back with stalks.
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