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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Bar End mirrors

Not a question about hardware, per se.

I am about to pick up a new (to me) Street Triple. The bike has bar end mirrors installed. The seller is the second owner, so the original mirrors are lost to the ages.

My question -- for those of you who ride them, how did you get used to them? On my test ride I was constantly looking where the mirrors weren't and I got progressively more uncomfortable as the test wore on.

Thoughts, advice?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 01:04 PM
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I have a speed triple with conventional mirrors and a thruxton with small after market bar end mirrors can't say that I have any problems with either . Nor did I have any problems with fairing mounted mirrors . I do always adjust mirrors to suit my personal preference and riding style , and when I was younger and more shall we say flexible I rode bikes without mirrors . Adjust the mirrors to suit you it may help fix in your mind where they are .
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-01-2017, 06:36 PM
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The big thing is to get them adjusted to suit you. I have both types on different bikes Not a big deal once it is your bike and you can set them the way you want them. ...J.D.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-21-2018, 05:52 PM
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I built a street fighter with bar ends and i hated them! I thought i liked em at first, but meh too much of a hassle if you ask me. I was always adjusting them and they made getting through tight areas a pain. Just my humble opinion though.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-23-2018, 02:58 PM
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Bar ends have one shortcoming in that they take your eyes farther from the road. Also, they're more likely to be blocked by a passenger's knees, depending on how you have them set. On the upside, they're less likely to be blocked by your arms.

Give 'em a try for a while, and if they don't work for ya, switch to standard mirrors.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-13-2018, 05:09 PM
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I'm not a fan of the bar end mirrors. More difficult to use and they are often smaller than stock mirrors.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-17-2019, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Bikerdad View Post
Bar ends have one shortcoming in that they take your eyes farther from the road.

I do love them. They definitely give any bike a cleaner look, but I find myself dropping my head quite a bit looking into them.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-17-2019, 03:03 PM
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I'd echo what some say.
I have bar-ends on my 68 650 (installed last spring) and I love 'em. Took a bit getting used to but, I like not seeing my elbows!
Looking to go the same way with the scrambler - although mostly cos I don't like the look of the stock ones.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 07:59 AM
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Have them on my street scrambler. Took a few rides to get used to but, as mentioned above, it looks much cleaner.
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