Couple of my friends have been using bar-end mirrors and really seem to like them so i thought id give em a shot. "THE" setup to go with seems to be the CRG lansplitters, but at $75 a piece its a pricey gamble it you dont know if you will like them or not so i found a very similar product on ebay for $30 shipped. I already have the titanium mirror-block-offs that i purchased from a member here, I use them for trackdays and have sorta grown fond of the look of my bike with no mirrors which is probably another reason for my wanting to try a bar-end setup...
here is the mirror that i bought
compare it to the CRG version
the only difference i could see between the two is the arm that connects the mirror to the mounting bracket. the model i picked up is more cheaply constructed and instead of being straight has a bend in it and also doesnt have the extra pivot point. That pivot point is what makes the lanesplitter a lanesplitter, it adds a "give" point to the mirror in case it catches on something.
with the mirror i bought i had to pop the glass out and unscrew the arm and turn it so it would bend up instead of down when mounted on my left bar. In doing so i managed to knock a small chunk of glass out of it...lol It was a small piece and still functions properly and is secure, so far...
To mount the mirror i had to trim about 1/4" from the end of my left grip in order to fasten the mount directly to my clip-on and still retain use of my motivation bar ends. The mirror that i ordered will not screw into the end of the clip-on. So if your interested in trying these factor in the cost of a new set of grips if you decide to return to the stock mirror setup.
The only thing that stopped me from doing this before was that i was worried about losing visibility. With only a single mirror mounted to my left bar the only blindspot that i have is directly to my right rear. The mirrors are convex though, so with just the single left mirror i was able to see all the riders behind me when riding staggered yesterday. The only time i ever missed having a right-side mirror was passing cars which can be solved with a quick head-check that i normally do anyhow. I also have a habit of checking my mirrors when exiting a turn when leading a group to see if all the riders behind me made it through the turn safely.
The visibility with just a single left side mirror isnt nearly as bad as i thought it would be, and it didnt take long for me to get used to it. Being convex it gives a wide field of view but it comes at the cost of being able to see stuff at a distance as everything disappears fairly quickly as the gap increases between the object and yourself, not that the stock mirrors are all that great when you need to see behind you anyhow...
Ive become accustom to riding without mirrors at the track and actually like how it feels. When hanging off and especially when working on getting your head down in the turns there is nothing to distract you or get in your field of view, its just you and the turn with no distractions.
I didnt take any pics, but i might snap a few tonight.
I did about 200 miles yesterday with a few other riders and so far i like the setup. I bought the cheapo setup to see if i would like it but might order up a CRG mirror now.
So far so good, i dig.