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Are bar-end mirrors any good?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Ashaman, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Ashaman

    Ashaman XS650 Enthusiast

    Can you see what you need to see with the little round bar-end mirrors or are they too small and at the wrong angle? I really don't want the ugly stock-style bug antenna mirrors but I also would like to see behind me. That and a non-flickering headlamp are the only things left to do to get this thing ridable.
  2. pa23driver

    pa23driver XS650 Addict

  3. I have a pair of Napoleons (trapezoidal) and am very happy with them. Interestingly, even on my TX, the do not seem to vibrate at all.

    Last edited: Apr 20, 2012
  4. DirtyErnie

    DirtyErnie Renaissance Hick

    i ended up with the eBay/chinese bar-ends, but they're pretty good. fold up out of the way, too.
    go for it
  5. jchrisk1

    jchrisk1 XS650 Junkie

    I bought the cheap chinese one last year. They are okay, but, the arm that attaches to the mirror is crap. Both of mine broke. This year I will get the kind that pa23driver has. One thing I noticed is, after I broke my bar-ends, I put a regular mirror on the clutch perch and it vibrated like crazy. The bar-ends not so much.
  6. mrpink

    mrpink XS650 Enthusiast

    CRG's are well worth the price. Get one.

  7. grepper

    grepper fiddle futzer

    Nope, just cut a hole in the end of your grip. Provided the bars are not weighted. A lot of the stock bars are filled with lead or something near the grip to help dampen the vibes.

    BTW: I have a knock-off of a Napoleon bar end mirror on my bobber (Advertised as Napoleon Style on eBay). I'm not happy with them, the mount fell apart and had to jerry rig it, they vibrate and move around when I'm riding and the mirror isn't exactly flat. I'm planning on switching my bars from Drag to Euro bars and have bought the real deal Napoleon bar end mirror for when I do that.
  8. Ashaman

    Ashaman XS650 Enthusiast

    I picked up a pair of the Bikemaster ones today and was messing around with installing them tonight. Got the left one on and it looks good, but the right one has me a little confused. The end of the throttle tube is in the way and covers up the end of the handlebar tube. Can I just trim that off so the tube is open to accept the mirror expander, or do I need to get a whole different throttle tube?
  9. racerdave

    racerdave ^ Gone not forgotten ^

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