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Hey guys,
I have searched high and low for a pair of affordable bar-ends. The only ones that I can find for less than $150.00 is from constructors racing group. Does anyone here know where I might find some less expensive mirrors?:mad: Thing is, they must attach to the weights or fit inside the weight. I don't know what to do. Help me please!:mad:
 

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how about $14.95 each?

http://www.newmotorcycleparts.com/mirrors.htm

i've seen these in local shops under the 'EMGO' name as well as some others. emgo is a line of inexpensive universal motorcycle accessories. look in small, independant shops.

you get what you pay for, the quality of these isn't as good as the more expensive ones but it's aceptable.

these are designed to mount inside the ends of standard bars. they won't work with the stnadard zr-7 bars BUT you might be able to dirll and tap the end of the stock bars to take a larger bolt. then discard the mounting hardware and just bolt them straight to the ends. it might work, i'm not sure.

alternatively you could get a set of these gp touring bars:

http://www.newmotorcycleparts.com/other.htm

these are inexpensive steel bars that are close to the stock bars but with a little less pulback. they're only $20. they also make a superbike bar that's similar to the holeshot model but steel. again, look in small independent shops to find these locally. i've seen the euro cafe bars and they're very different than ours though they might look the same at first glance.

so there you have it. a total solution for under $50 (plus shipping). good enough?

and if the vibes get to you try a barsnake. regular for aftermarket bars, liquid version for stock bars.

can you tell i've been researching this for a while?

scott :)
 

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That's a great idea

I really appreciate the info. Thing is, I am hell-bent on round mirrors. The only ones that I found after a little more research, are made for bicycle use. I really don't want to compromise safety. I just can't see those plastic mirrors holding up to a 60-80 mph blasting on regular basis. Thanks again.
 

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i bust my butt getting you all this info and this is the thanks i get?!? NOW your're being a picky pain in the ***!

just kidding ;) i've tried the bicycle mirrors. i think they'd hold up at high speeds but they're mostly made of plastic. the light weight means terrible vibrations and poor views - bad. also, the plastic probably won't hold up wel over time so you'd be replacing them often.

now that i know what you're REALLY looking for you've got two choices:

http://www.lockhartphillipsusa.com/MIRRORS.html
there are two models on this page, i'm referring to the round ones.

here's a better picture of essentially the same thing for more money:
http://www.constructorsrg.com/store/page1.html

the small one is only $40. more than $15 but it's round like you wanted and that's $80 for the pair. not too bad. the real bonus here is that it clamps over the end of the bar so you can most likely clamp it right over the standard 7 bar end weight, maybe shim it with an aluminum can if the weight is a bit too small. the weights are held on with loc-tited screws that are a real hassle to remove so i think they'll hold. this won't work with the 7s, its weights are too large.

for reference the one at the bottom of the page is similar to the other one i mentioned before but i think the qulaity is a bit better.

next there are these which are probably what you've already found:
http://www.skykingproducts.com/mirroritems.html

VERY expensive at $80 each but the nice part is that they can probably custom fit them to your specific weird ahndlebar needs at no additional cost, says so right on the page. i actually prefer the ones above since they have a tiny offset from the center of the grip that gives you a bit more chioce in placement.

if you'r interested in these you can try before you buy by getting a couple of these:

http://www.3rd-eye.com/
third eye bar end mirror

remove the mounting hadware and you can use the 7's bar end screw (with maybe an additional washer) to mount it right to the end of the bar. i did this and it worked fine. the view is not the greatest since they're right at grip level and are slightly blocked by your own hands. but they're only $10 each at local bike shops and if you treat them nicley you can return them if you don't like them. that's what i did.

as a final option if you like the bicycle third eye mirrors, stay with them! like i said, the plastic will probably fall apart over time but at $10 each that's only $20 a year for a new set. it's a thought anyway.

hope this targets what you want better than the original post.

scott :)
 

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Thanks

I really do appreciate the help. I think that I am going with the Lockhart Philips. They offer exactly what I want for the money. Funny thing is that when I went into the dealership and asked for bar-end mirrors, no one seemed to know what the heck I was talking about. :rolleyes: You are "The Man" Scott. Thanks Again Buddy.:cool:
 

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glad you're getting what you wanted :) sorry i couldn't find you a beer price. make sure to post pics and let us know what you think, maybe write up a review for jarel to post.

i just checked with the bank and my tax refund already arrived so i may be ordering the $50 solution myself this weekend. gotta see how much my credit card hurts after buying my sweetie her birthday and valentine's day presents.

scott :)
 

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i take it back! these mirrors:
http://www.newmotorcycleparts.com/mirrors.htm

they suck butt! i picked up a pair this weekend. they're kinda cheesey, which i expected at $12 each but that's only half of it. i set them up so that they looked ok and gave me some rearward vision. in this configuration the levers smacked right into them when pulled!! so i returned them, i'd rather use my brakes and clutch.

the quality was actually a bit under what i would have accepted. they don't look like they'd last long at all and the spring tensin was very ight so i think you'd end up adjusting them all the time.

scott :)
 

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bar-end mirrors

Best regards Team:

i take it back! these mirrors, they suck butt! i picked up a pair this weekend. they're kinda cheesey, which i expected at $12 each but that's only half of it. i set them up so that they looked ok and gave me some rearward vision. in this configuration the levers smacked right into them when pulled!! so i returned them, i'd rather use my brakes and clutch.
SCOTT: I just found this ones:

http://www.denniskirk.com/powervendor/details/detail.asp?serverid=nlStreet&PartNo=391541&ProdType=11&SubProdType=mirrors&Name=Mirrors+&+Accessories&

For $11.99 seems OK...They are also EMGO brand, maybe are the sames you are talking about...? Where they hit the lever...?

Did you check the Lockhart-Phillips bar-end mirrors...?

http://www.lockhartphillipsusa.com/CUSTOM MIRRORS.html

scroll all the way to the bottom.....

PART NO...............................................108-AP104

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE..................................$24.95


Are these also EMGO brand.....?
 

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i'm pretty sure that the EMGO mirrors you pointed out are the same as the ones i bought. they cost $11.99 and look like it :) cheesey but functional in general, not good for me on the zr-7.

this is how they mount:
the mount goes into the end of the bar. mounted to that is a short piece that faces forward. from that there is an arched piece that pivots around to 8 positions 45 degrees apart. the other end of the arched piece holds the mirror.

go squeeze the clutch all the way on your bike. if the end of the lever extends past the end of the bar it might hit the mirror mounting. you might be able to move the mirror around a bit and get it to work but being cheesey the pivot on the mirror is limited and i couldn't find a position where it didn't hit the lever and i could use it to see behind me.

the more expensive mirror looks more like the napolen. i've seen the napoleon in a shop. it's much better quality and is only $29.95. the basic design is the same so you might have the same problem.

overall, i think the small LP mirror for $39.95 is a better bet.

scott :)
 
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