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post #1 of 5 Old May 7th, 2019, 2:37 am Thread Starter
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~Cable ties are NOT good enough for tethers!

I took the precaution of using cable ties to keep my mirrors from hitting the deck in an impact. Clever wasn't it? ;-)

This morning stupidly, I tried to go through a gap that a smaller bike had managed but misjudged it. Right hand mirror caught a car mirror and threw it down the road. I thought at first that the damage was slight, then realised that it had skidded down the tarmac on its plastic face. That is going to be one hell of a repair, unless I can find a replacement. The black clip on cover is slightly scuffed, but I could turn a blind eye to that.

Looking on Ebay, I need to pay a lot of money for a used one in dubious condition. The other offer is £150 for a NOS mirror without trim. If I had that sort of money I would snatch their hands off, but I don't.

Are there any decent ones over there that I could import at a decent price? I will have to pay VAT and handling on an import of about £22 so have to bear that in mind, unless someone wants to send me ' a gift ' I'm sure that my gratitude could be demonstrated. ;-)

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post #2 of 5 Old May 7th, 2019, 7:15 am
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Re: ~Cable ties are NOT good enough for tethers!

I've had extra security on my mirrors from 100lb fishing line, to fishing leaders now I took Kirk from Illinois BMW advice and just screwed them to the bike, but moving and hitting something solid not sure if anything would have saved them.

Broke on those cheap *** spring things in the mirror a few years back, tried epoxy to repair...ended up buying a used one as well as I remember $125


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~Cable ties are NOT good enough for tethers!

I repaired the springs by using (was hard to get right) zip ties and wire to bring the springs closer together.
Still has the OEM tether ...

eBay:

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F113377669419

These are “new” from China

Some used,
Right 2005 : https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F264246602751

left 2000: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F352617664376


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Re: ~Cable ties are NOT good enough for tethers!

I use stainless steel fishing leaders with a robust swivel snap. Yeah, one sliding down the pavement makes one get a good fix on them. Ebay was my friend also when finding a replacement.
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Re: ~Cable ties are NOT good enough for tethers!

Don't know if these folks ship over the pond, but they do have right and left LT mirror pieces listed.

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