My friend helped me out by introducing me to his friend, who just bought a new Ducati Scrambler. His bike also has a pair of bar end mirrors set up. Again, I asked him to come out for a test ride, even though I was a bit concerned if his mirror would be what I like.
However, from the first look at the Ducati Scrambler mirrors I know these are better than what I wanted. It’s a metal chassis rather than plastic!
Given the fact I was comparing these two mirrors, I decided to write down my views of comparison for those who might also want to search for a good pair of bar end mirrors.
1.Mirror rear view
Both mirrors’ glass is big enough, both are Emark approved, and both provide a clear rear view. One thing worth mentioning here, Ducati is using convex lens, which provides a wider view than Triumph.
2.Mirror housing material
Triumph: painted plastic.
Ducati: sandblasting painted aluminum.
Triumph, really? All plastic except for the tiny piece surrounding the joint? Of course it wouldn't break your heart when the plastic housing gets scratched, but METAL is the way to go babe!
Or maybe, it's some kind of fancy plastic. I can't really tell...
Ducati: one-piece aluminum with sandblasting finish. This is fine matte texture and all about beautiful finish. Sandblasted is a very noticeable and coarse finish, with a slight grainy feel. I can feel this finish at the tip of my fingers and I definitely love it!
3.Stem and clamp
Both are bar end locks, Triumph one has a shaped angle while Ducati is a sleek line.
I'm told that some models of Indian have the Retro bar end mirrors as their standard mirrors set up. Look at that! Looks like I share the similar taste with Ducati and Indian builders. ;p