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I used bar-end mirrors on my SR500 in the late 70's, and kind of liked them, as they were out far enough to provide a really unobstructed view. Didn't know anyone made them in 1" size for Harley bars, but hadn't really looked very hard.
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Well... there you go, then.

Uh-huh--vision is always a problem with narrow bars.
I used those SK bar-ends with a 24" Triumph Thruxton bar, and the vision was... 'OK', but then the tip-to-tip distance was over 36", so the bike ended up looking a bit like some long-horned beast. That gives the 'worst of both worlds': Wide in the front, with hands close together.
I think the best way to have good vision in your '6' is to run high-and-wide bars that allow you to see over your shoulders rather than just around to the sides. Alternately, the usd 'under the bars' can sometimes allow you to see thru that space below your arms if you can get the alignment just right.

Hey, my wife's Kia has a rear-facing video camera and a monitor on the dash.
Maybe that'll be stock on next year's "CEO Electro Glidus Maximus".
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I probably won't use the mirrors for anything other than any government inspection on the bike. I don't trust mirrors as much as turning my head to see what exactly is around me. I'll see about keeping them once they are installed and I ride with them. On the end of a clip-on as low as they are they probably won't be easy to see out of anyways.
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I just mounted a pair of the OP's 'Ken Sean' bar ends on a 1200S. Needed something for the low bars to see anything more than my arms. They are also my first experience with bar ends and though it an affordable place to start before jumping up to $80 Nepolians.

I cured the 1" OD bar problem with two short sections of 7/8" OD tube driven inside the bar effectively making the bar a 7/8". Note that I cleaned both the inside and outside very well, filed the leading edge off a bit and squished the end just a bit to make it somewhat eccentric for a solid press fit. Seated solidly inside quite easily with just a few blows from a 16oz hammer.

When underhung and angled in, I'm within 1/2" of my tank at full lock. Yeah, they look absolute bad asss but are uncomfortably close to the tank and the the field of view is still somewhat restricted.

I agree that when upright they tend to look 'too wide' but jeez, you can actually SEE EVERYTHING for the first time. Ms B jokes she can read the license plate now.

From this thread, I too will look into adding a detent between the 90* and the 45*. With that position available, I suspect both regular and underhung mounting will be vastly improved. Stay tuned. Film at 11.
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My Chinese mirrors came missing one of the taper nuts for spreading the split tubes to tighten inside the bar making that mirror useless for it's intended operation. I notified the seller and they offered me $2.50 refund and to go buy the part at "a local shop". I told them that the mirror was useless without this part and they should refund $5, the cost of the mirror. They replied that they would just send me a new set of mirrors. This tells me that to them this pair of mirrors is worth less than $5 and it would be cheaper to replace than to send me $5.00. Keep in mind I am not using the taper nut installation method so I have a spare set of mirrors now.
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