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    Do bar end mirrors work?

    I like the way they look.
    How do they function in real world riding?

    Thanks,
    Rich
    Rich G

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    Re: Do bar end mirrors work?

    Originally Posted by Rich G
    I like the way they look.
    How do they function in real world riding?

    Thanks,
    Rich
    The real question is does any mirror really function? Just something to think about??

    DO NOT TRUST your mirrors.

    The nicer ones tend to work as a mirror but being that they are the widest point of your bike they can be damaged easier if you have limited storage space for you bike or if you have a parking lot drop of the bike they are the first thing to hit the ground.

    Mirrors are great to monitor what you think is behind you but again do not trust them only. Always double check with a turn of the head and look over the shoulder.

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      #3
      Re: Do bar end mirrors work?

      Originally Posted by tkm433
      Originally Posted by Rich G
      I like the way they look.
      How do they function in real world riding?

      Thanks,
      Rich
      The real question is does any mirror really function? Just something to think about??

      DO NOT TRUST your mirrors.

      The nicer ones tend to work as a mirror but being that they are the widest point of your bike they can be damaged easier if you have limited storage space for you bike or if you have a parking lot drop of the bike they are the first thing to hit the ground.


      Mirrors are great to monitor what you think is behind you but again do not trust them only. Always double check with a turn of the head and look over the shoulder.
      Thanks for the heads up.

      I'm looking for some good input as to how bar end mirrors compare w/ stock style mirrors...
      Rich G

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        #4
        to be honest... they kinda suck... atleast the low ones do... (that stick straight out from the bar)

        you have to move your head to see in them, and sometimes your arm/wrist is in the way.

        so you cant keep an eye on them in your vision.... you wont notice something "catching your eye".




        now the better higher up ones.. they can work ok..... but they're either ugly or pricey.. lol.


        btw, i have my clipons tucked in back and down.... so that doesnt really help either... if you have straighter, higher bars, they work better.

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          #5
          I have really wide shoulders and I can't go without them. They're the only way I can see behind me without turning around. They do kinda suck for lane splitting though.
          my other 650 is an XS

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            #6
            They buzz far to much for my liking.
            I have a plain old chrome no-name standardly mounted jobby, picked up from a show for a fiver. Can't think of a god reason to change it ...
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            Other: RGV bars; DefT dash; modded subframe; modded rearsets; relocated ignition.

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              #7
              I only have one mirror, on the left, and it works fine for me. It took a bit of adjusting the angle to get it right. It is out farther than the stock mirror would be so my shoulder is not blocking any of the view. I bought the bike with it so I can't tell you how it compares to the stocker.
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              '89 Harley FXSTC
              2008 Yamaha V-Star 1300 tourer

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                #8
                Originally Posted by lars
                I have really wide shoulders and I can't go without them. They're the only way I can see behind me without turning around. They do kinda suck for lane splitting though.
                I echo that... except for the lanesplitting - I run CRG Blindsight mirrors and f'ing L-O-V-E them! Convex glass in them too (which can be swapped out if ever broken), so the view AROUND your shoulders is fantastic! Like having a rearview mirror as far as I'm concerned.

                Yes, they work. Just have to get used to the "duck and twist" you do to use 'em and they're awesome.
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                1989 "RallyHawk" is Chuck's now!
                1988 "The Gray" Tempest Gray Metallic stocker

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                  #9
                  I've had Napoleon bar-end mirrors on my hawk for over 11 years. Don't know if you can even get them any more.

                  However, I'm really happy with them - properly adjusted & angled (not straight out, and not straight up @ 90 degrees, but 45 degrees in between), I have better coverage with those than with the stockers on my VFR.

                  However, I'll second what has already been said - any vehicle with mirrors has blind spots. So use your mirrors, but don't trust them.

                  Ron

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                    #10
                    Originally Posted by douglas.thompson
                    Originally Posted by lars
                    I have really wide shoulders and I can't go without them. They're the only way I can see behind me without turning around. They do kinda suck for lane splitting though.
                    I echo that... except for the lanesplitting - I run CRG Blindsight mirrors and f'ing L-O-V-E them! Convex glass in them too (which can be swapped out if ever broken), so the view AROUND your shoulders is fantastic! Like having a rearview mirror as far as I'm concerned.

                    Yes, they work. Just have to get used to the "duck and twist" you do to use 'em and they're awesome.
                    I was thinking about these mirrors and was reading this thread and looked the Hindsights and found this site...
                    They have the new CRG Hindsight LS (lane split) mirrors have a fold and swivel joint that allows you to tackle tight situations...
                    http://www.bevelheaven.com/stuff-for-sale-mirror.htm


                    Looks pretty damn cool... I'm thinking about gettin 'em.
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                      #11
                      I have bar end mirriors mounted on my SB bar. but not at the end of the bar, but between the clutch and brake lever. that way I look underneath my own arms. works like a charm. I don`t even have a blind spot anymore
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                      When did the cogs of my Hawk begin to turn?
                      Perhaps it is impossible to grasp the answer now,
                      from deep within the flow of time...

                      But, for a certainty, back then,
                      I loved it so much, yet hated so many.
                      I hurt others and was hurt myself...

                      Yet even then, I rode like the wind,
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                      under cerulean skies...

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                        #12
                        Some of the prettiest mirrors I've ever seen. The link is from Pixel:
                        http://www.rizoma.com/Prodotti/Prodo...ID_categoria=1
                        Very spendy, though...
                        Rich G

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                          #13
                          i always ran with one of these



                          but they vibrate a little bit. i would just use my hand to dampen the vibration for a second will i looked behind me for cops. other than that i just turned my head for lane changes
                          1988 & 1991 hawkgt, 2005 rc51

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                            #14
                            Here is a shot of mine, and yes they do work, not to mention look bad ass IMO:

                            Damn right it's a Hawk GT

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                              #15
                              I use a bicycle mirror with expanding bung - formerly used a velcro on one but it wasn't too comfortable. I'm a follower of the First Rule of Italian Driving.Pretty much all I care about seeing back there are headlights if I'm with a group or blue lights if I might need to stop.

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