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Old 01-30-2009, 01:19 AM   #1
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Airhead Bar End Mirrors

This question came up deep in Boojum's older thread however I didn't see an answer for me so...

I use my restored '76 R90/6 for lazy coffee rides on nice days and there's really nothing that needs doing since I replaced the rings and tube seals last month.

The one annoyance I do have is I can't see well enough behind me with the stock mirrors.

Can anyone recommend a bar end mirror that will fit my stock Euro Low bars? I don't have a problem spending dough on parts and often we find that we get what we pay for but.....there are some parts out there that work fine but just don't carry the big brand name nor the big price.

If the consensus is the Napoleon AP-104 and someone knows a good source please pass it on...I've seen many repros listed.

Thanks..
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:35 AM   #2
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Bar end

That is what I have on mine..........

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Old 01-30-2009, 04:21 AM   #3
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+1 on Napoleon

Dennis Kirk has them for about $30 each. I do not know how this price compares with other dealers. I have always had good luck with them. www.denniskirk.com
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Old 01-30-2009, 05:00 AM   #4
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A friend with a gorgeous 75/5 had "real" Napoleons on his bike, which is what got me into them as I liked the look and the functionality. But don't bother with the cheapo napoleon look-alikes, they are crappola! Go for the real Napoleons.

I had the cheapos on my /2 with Euro bars, they worked OK but the chrome started rusting at seams very quickly....



frankly, I have short-stem BMW mirrors on my /6 (with K bike bars) and I like them even better, with good visibility, slight convex image. I am thinking that the geometry of the K bars lets them "tilt out" more than perhaps the Euro bars would have, but I do have excellent visibility.



Good luck: mirrors are such an important ingredient for both safety and looks!
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Old 01-30-2009, 05:09 AM   #5
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These are the real Napoleons- they are great. Full range of adjustability.


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Old 01-30-2009, 05:59 AM   #6
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To be period correct, hw would need to find Alberts- a far superior maker that is no longer in business. They go (occasionally) on eBay for several hundreds of dollars now.
Otrherwise-Naploleons. They are also available from shops that use the Parts Unlimited catalogue, which is every shop and dealer in this town, anyway.
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Old 01-30-2009, 06:06 AM   #7
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Napoleons it is

Thanks for the input guys, I'll source out supplier for the real Napoleons. I had an left side Albert on my /2 but for the /6 I'm ok with removing the stock mirrors for a pair of bar ends....better alternative than trying to ride with my elbows tucked into my side.
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Old 01-30-2009, 07:08 AM   #8
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You can literally walk into ANY motorcycle shop in your area, ask the counter man if he has a P.U. account, (parts unlimited), everyone does,
ask him to order you two AP104
that's all he needs to know, even if he doesn't know what an AP104 is.
it's the part number that is used by P.U.
They have them in all warehouses, I just checked.
By the way, I've used Alberts and Napoleons for years, and even though Alberts look a little cooler, the Napoleons are better build quality. The only downside is the black ones fade quickly in the sun. I think I may clear-coat my next new set.
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Old 01-30-2009, 07:18 AM   #9
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Old 01-30-2009, 08:23 AM   #10
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I've got the cheapos (EMGO I Believe), I like them. No issues other than the black paint is starting to fade. I also added those stick-on fish-eye mirrors to the place on the mirror wher I can only see my arm. That helped rearward visibility a lot. Get the kind that you can rotate (Autozone, NAPA, etc.).
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Old 01-30-2009, 08:33 AM   #11
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I put the Napoleans on my airhead with euro bars, but had to do some grinding on the nut and rubber flange to make it fit inside the bars.
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Old 01-30-2009, 08:55 AM   #12
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So, to put bar-ends on, do you have to cut the ends off of your grips?
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:14 AM   #13
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So, to put bar-ends on, do you have to cut the ends off of your grips?
Not "off", but yes you have to cut a hole in the ends...

As an aside: on my /2 I mashed the mirrors in just far enough so that the rubber on the throttle grip had some friction, and presto I had a throttle that would stay in place (aka "cruise control", and took little effort to roll on or off the throttle... I liked that! Also, I found it quite useful to be able to flip the mirrors inward when I was wrestling the bike through the doorway onto the back deck, or if rolled too close to the doorway while backing out.....


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Old 01-30-2009, 09:16 AM   #14
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Not "off", but yes you have to cut a hole in the ends.
Interesting. My R90 might get some Napoleons and Clubmans, then..
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:19 AM   #15
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Is there some unspoken no-no about chrome ones? Seems like everyone uses black ones.
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