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They are vibration dampers. Without them, even more vibration would transfer to the rider's hands. Many bikes have them. I've never removed them so don't know how easy replacement would be.
 

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They fell out of my '85 so I replaced them with aftermarket ones. I added long weights inside of the handlebars, because they didn't come with them. Either way, you should also get "vibration destroyer" type additions for the mirrors.
KLR650.com - Mirror Vibration Isolator
 
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Even my "big" honda the PC800 has bar end weights. And that engine is a 270 degree V twin that has very little buzz in the first place. My hands are sensitive to the buzz that bar weights take out and it makes a numb to burning sensation, so the weights are staying. The 360 degree twin like the 450 is the worst shaker, no primary balance, BUT Honda added a balance shaft. Sneaky.
 

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The Vibration Distroyers fit all 1st & 2nd generation Rebels.
 

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I have one on my left side but the right one fell out. It is night and day difference between the two sides. They make a huge difference. They're super easy to take out, just need a phillips head screwdriver.
 

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Emil, I got my mirror vibration absorbers in the mail today and installed them. Will have to wait another 3 to 4 weeks to try'em out. I had surgery a week ago and am not being allowed to ride my bike (and do a whole lot of other things) until the healing is close to finished. Thanks for the tip. I'm sure they'll work great.
 

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After adding these & my phone holder, the left mirror doesn't vibrate at all. The phone holder adds weight to the mirror holder keeping it relatively stationary. This is the mirror that I primarily use.
The right is about 80% less than it was.
 

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Just a followup.

Was released by the surgeon yesterday to once again ride my Rebel. Have put about a hundred miles on it and can honestly say I think I wasted the money on the mirror vibration absorbers. I see no difference while riding............though they seem to have diminished the vibrations of the mirrors when at stop-lights and signs. Our roads around here are far from smooth, but I thought surely I'd have noticed at least SOME improvement. Oh well, just chalk it up as another gimmick.
 

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Most of those that use these see an improvement. In my case, it was a dramatic amount.
Sorry they didn't seem to help you.
 
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