Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Groton, MA, USA
Re: Mirror safety wires
I saw what Paul Sayegh did on the video (using vinyl covered steel/metal fishing wire with crimp-on connectors), and looked for the components, but they were not easy for me to find. I did find steel fishing leaders, available in 6,9, or 12" lengths, that seem to work pretty well. They come already configured with a little spring loop, so it was dead easy to install. The wire is fine enough to not cause trouble re-attaching the mirrors.
BTW I tried to use zip-ties, but found that they were too bulky and my mirrors did not attach properly. I did find that the mirrors will stay attached pretty well using only two of the three snaps "snapped" if you know what I mean, although the vibration did limit the utility of the mirror (that was on a 4000 mile trip this summer, before I found the steel fishing leaders).
I have found that the "snap" attachments are fragile, and have had to repair at least two of them using Goop. The plastic cracks and then the wire retainer falls out...one was my fault (dropped the bike in my garage, mirror banged against the other bike next to it...at least no one saw it happen!) but the other one was not my fault. Seems like a cheap system for such a nice bike! Luckily, I have found that Household or Marine Goop work very welll for those type of repairs.
FWIW I rode a Honda Goldwing for 13 years before getting my LT this summer. I love love love the LT despite its many (minor) drawbacks. No thoughts whatsoever of going back to Goldwing!
2002 K1200LTE (July 4, 2008)-"Dragonfly"
1984 Goldwing Aspencade-"The Mighty Pickle" (think of Arlo Guthrie)
1982 Yamaha Maxim 750-"Little Pickle" (sometimes "Gherkin")
1980 Honda 750 Four-utilitarian, classic
1978 Honda 450 Four-took it apart, couldn't put it back together...
1976 Suzuki GT 250-2 stroke screamer