I hate the "bug antenna" looking mirrors on vintage Hondas and wanted to try some bar end mirrors but they are expensive. Spending a bunch of money and then deciding I didn't like them was not an option.
I saw these on a Google search and my first thought was, what do you get for $15? I don't like cheap things. You should buy as much quality as you can afford. But like I said, spending a couple hundred bucks on a set of mirrors and then deciding I didn't like them was not an option. It made sense to buy some cheaper ones, try them out, and if I like the location, function, etc... I could spend more later if I wanted to.
The free postage/shipping did the trick. I ordered a pair a week ago Monday. The order process was easy, I got an email the following day saying the order had shipped, and on Friday I got them in the mail. (Thanks D2Motot)
Out of the box the mirror quality looked pretty decent. They feel substantial, not light and cheap. The mirror clarity is pretty good. There is a slight convex shape so you get a fairly wide field of view. Overall, the out of the box feel was good.
There was one problem with the quality from the start. One of the longer anchoring bolts was improperly formed and lacked the hex head for the allen wrench. Instead of a proper hex shape, it was a round hole. I couldn't use the bolt.
I installed one mirror on the throttle side on Friday evening. It was a bit tricky to install; not because it was a technical challenge, but because of the design.
Here's an important note. The expansion sleeves (there are two per mirror) have slots in them allowing them to expand to tighten against the inside of the handle bars. If you don't align the slots on each sleeve with each other, they won't expand properly and you won't be able to tighten them completely.
I got the throttle side installed on Friday but couldn't ride right away. When I did ride, the mirror performed very well.
A quick trip to Ace Hardware and I returned home with a stainless steel replacement bolt for $1.60. It is a M8 metric bolt with 1.25 thread.
It took a few minutes on Sunday to install the clutch side and I had a matching pair. Took the bike out for a nice 50 mile jaunt through the countryside. Both mirrors performed well, maintained their positions.
Pros: Inexpensive, free shipping, decent mirror quality, look pretty good, don't vibrate, hold their position.
Cons: Cheap hardware, clunky installation.
*USE LOCKTITE ON THE BOLTS*
Reviewed by: Tim Gaunt from Greer, SC.