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    Bar End Mirrors

    Considering doing bar end mirrors. Obviously that entails removing the end weights. Have read that causes more vibration thru the bars.....thoughts?
    Jeff
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    Re: Bar End Mirrors

    Budzrx makes heavy bar ends that he will machine for car end mirrors. Works well. Or he can machine your stock bar end weights.


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    Re: Bar End Mirrors

    Quote Originally Posted by detrailers View Post
    Considering doing bar end mirrors. Obviously that entails removing the end weights. Have read that causes more vibration thru the bars.....thoughts?
    You can replace your end weights with a set from rhinomoto that have a section machined down to 7/8" so that the bar end mirrors clamp on easily. Or, you can pay someone to machine your existing weights. OR... you can machine them down yourself like I just did.

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    Poor man's lathe. I chucked the weight on my drill press and used an angle grinder to rough cut it. Then I did final shaping with metal files and snuck up on the final dimensions but repeatedly checking with a micrometer.
    It doesn't get any better than this....and that's what's bothering me.

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    Re: Bar End Mirrors

    I am a big fan of bar end mirrors. Smooths out the airflow, great rearward sight but the downside is the width. I have aluminum handlebars on all bikes so can't answer your question on vibration with stock bars. Can say with aluminum bars and no end weights we don't have any problems with vibration.

    We used some cheap bar-end mirrors in the past and the glass was a bit loose in the housing causing some blurriness. Have CRG's on the bikes and they are solid as a rock.

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    Re: Bar End Mirrors

    Quote Originally Posted by RAD View Post
    You can replace your end weights with a set from rhinomoto that have a section machined down to 7/8" so that the bar end mirrors clamp on easily. Or, you can pay someone to machine your existing weights. OR... you can machine them down yourself like I just did.

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    Poor man's lathe. I chucked the weight on my drill press and used an angle grinder to rough cut it. Then I did final shaping with metal files and snuck up on the final dimensions but repeatedly checking with a micrometer.
    Looks great, took some work and a lot of patience.

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    Re: Bar End Mirrors

    There's a guy on this here lil' motorbike board that makes some Tew-Kewl-Fewr-Skewl bar ends out there in Chandler Arizona. Have you seen them?
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    Re: Bar End Mirrors

    Quote Originally Posted by McGovZRX View Post
    There's a guy on this here lil' motorbike board that makes some Tew-Kewl-Fewr-Skewl bar ends out there in Chandler Arizona. Have you seen them?
    You're right about that and this was in no way meant to slight that business endeavor. I should have probably prefaced my post with "If you're a cheapskate like me..."

    It doesn't get any better than this....and that's what's bothering me.

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    Re: Bar End Mirrors

    Wow excellent info guys TY
    Jeff
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    Re: Bar End Mirrors


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    Hooligan
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    Re: Bar End Mirrors

    I've got Puig Hi tech parts wheights on my 12, and Rizoma bar-end mirrors.
    Don't know if you can get them in the US, but I think so.
    They work great and look good.
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Bar End Mirrors

    I had one of Chrispy's sets
    I did not notice any increase in vibes But I have to wear gloves due to vibration regardless of which bar end weights are on the bike
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    Re: Bar End Mirrors

    I dont have bar end mirrors, but I have removed the weights from 2 ZRXs and replaced with lightweight options - on neither have I felt any signifigant difference.
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    Re: Bar End Mirrors

    Quote Originally Posted by RAD View Post
    Poor man's lathe. I chucked the weight on my drill press and used an angle grinder to rough cut it. Then I did final shaping with metal files and snuck up on the final dimensions but repeatedly checking with a micrometer.
    That's how I did mine, except my "drill press" was a hand drill held in a vice.


    As for the original question, there are a lot of variables involved that effect bar vibration characteristics. Best you can do is start somewhere and resolve issues from there. In my case I did find that bar end weights were a noticeable improvement. I'm about to go through this whole experiment again, having just changed to aluminum bars with aluminum bar ends as mirror mounts.

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    Re: Bar End Mirrors

    I have the Old School Napoleon Bar-End mirrors, that go right into the ends of the bars so weights cannot be used. They ain't the snappiest looking bar-ends around, because, well, they're pretty big, which means...………………...you can actually SEE THINGS in back of you!! Imagine that! As far as vibration in the bars? Meh, it ain't bad at all. On my Monster S4R I bought it with these beautiful Rizoma mirrors, that look GREAT! Only thing is, you can barely see anything in back of you! I made SS extension pieces to shove them outboard a bit, and more SS extensions to bring them up a little bit, had the have special 10x1.25 L/H thread screws made, and after that small () bit of fettling, I can at least see more than a beautiful view of the inside of the elbow on my sweet Ducati Corsa leather jacket. The S4R is a sexy beast, so I just had to go through all that for the sake of style.

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    Hooligan
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    Re: Bar End Mirrors

    Loose nut behind handlebars!

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    Re: Bar End Mirrors

    I used eBay bar end mirrors WITH the standard bar end weights. I removed the standard handlebar expansion fittings and a longer bar end bolt to attach the mirrors. This mounting technique also moved the mirror outboard so that I could see behind me much better. The best of both worlds!!!

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