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european handlebar, what mirrors would you recommend?

Discussion in 'XJ Technical Chat' started by Sweeney_todd, Mar 24, 2010.

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    Sweeney_todd New Member

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    web site links are welcome.
    thanks
     
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    bar end mirrors when i get back to my bike i'll grab a pic of mine with euro bars and bar end mirrors
     
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    Any other ideas?
     
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    I've got "European" on my 550 Secas;

    I tried these; EMGO replicas of the longer-pattern Yamaha "GP" mirrors like on the later 750s.

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    Nice view, but they WOULD NOT stay put at sustained highway speed.


    So now I have these:

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    Which provide a nice view around my arms and shoulders, but they are a BIT obtrusive...


    So I just ordered a set of these: http://www.motostrano.com/nabarendmi.html (although not from these guys.)

    Based in large part on this review: http://www.canyonchasers.net/reviews/ac ... poleon.php and others I read on the innanet.
     
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    *BUMP* and an update:

    Got the Napoleons installed and they look way cool:

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    GREAT view around my arms, and they completely change the look of the bike.

    I used a couple of handlebar bolt caps on the mounting bolts:

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    According to all the reviews, they are vibration-free. I can't report on that yet as the bike isn't back on the road yet, but that's gonna happen as soon as next week. Will update.
     
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    How's that front brake rotor working out for ya :?: Im diggin it
     
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    The EBC brake (rotor and their pads) along with stainless lines makes for a completely fade-free brake with excellent stopping power for a lot less effort at the lever than the stock brake. A definite improvement over stock (and I have SS lines with a drilled stock rotor on my other bike.) Highly recommended.

    Tip: When you "quote" somebody with lots of or big pics in their post, knock out the "[​IMG]
     
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    Hey Fitz,

    What grips do you use with bar end mirrors?
     
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    Anything you don't mind cutting a hole in the end of. I left my Gran-Turismo grips on there, and cut them out---

    Using a new X-Acto knife, I started at the center and "found" the inside of the bar, and cut a circle. Then I moved the blade to the outside OD of the bar, and carefully cut around again. That way I could slide the grip onto the bar a tad further so that the end of the bar itself is flush with the outside of the grip.

    The only other "mod" necessary was to remove the end wall of the throttle barrel so it could slide further onto the handlebar. A few quick passes with the Dremel attended to that.

    These particular mirrors are very well made, and have a molded plastic trim flange (you can see it in the closeup) that helps completely cover up your cutting, even on the throttle side.

    They are secured by a keyed molded rubber sleeve that slides into the bar and then gets "squished" by the compression nut causing it to expand and hold the mirror on. They have a multi-position detent on their pivot screw (and its tension is adjustable) so they can be folded inward for clearance if necessary, and thus allowing them to use the same mirror for right or left fitment. Very clever design, very well made.

    I should have taken pictures of all the "guts" of the mirrors but I was too excited to get them mounted.

    I'm thinking about ordering a set of chrome ones for the '81 but they do change the "look" of the bike quite a bit... not sure yet.
     
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    i put bar end mirrors on my 550 after i replaced the mini apes with drag bars.

    fitz- what did you use to cap the open threads where the stock mirrors used to go?
     
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    Those black plastic body trim fasteners from the auto parts store, the ones that look like stubby oversized black nails. I love 'em for plugging unused threaded tabs and mounting holes, like for the nonexistent grab rail on the RH side.

    I put a dab of black RTV on them for insurance.
     
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    Hey Fitz,
    Do you have a link for the chrome version of those mirrors? Thanks guy.

    Wesley
     

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