Just make sure they are Heavy Duty ones...and BLACK in color. Trust me on this. I use more wire ties in a month than a lot of people will use in a lifetime. The black ones typically don't get brittle like the white ones do over time.RideIt said:Also, try plastic wire ties.
I don't think the mirrors are designed to break away - in a virtuous way, that is - It's just the way BMW designed their attachment. This gives them a nice hidden attachment and easy removal for removing the tupperware. Tethers are the owners answer to their one design flaw - they can fall off if you hit a severe bump or someone bumps into them when parked. I and many others, forego the tethers and simply drill a hole through the mirrors outer vent and put in a black phillips head screw.pgoltz112 said:If it is important to have mirrors that can break away.
BLACK cable ties...right?rapz said:You can make them easily. I use steel cable, but connect the mirror end with a nylon tie just in case it has to be removed by service guys they won't cut your steel cable. Works great!
curious. what dis U pay for replacement mirror?pgoltz112 said:I've had my '05 LT for just about 2 weeks. I've done lots of reading on this website about all manner of things. I even went out and bought the mirror tethers, but I was lazy and hadn't put them on. Today I hit a pothole that was in the shade of an overpass...I just didn't see it and hit it HARD. When I checked my mirrors, one was very loose and flapping in the wind...the other was gone. I rode back through the area twice and saw no sign of it at all. So I stopped by the closest BMW dealership and ordered a new one. It was an expensive lesson, so you can all learn from my laziness. Put on a tether, either wire or plastic tie. Just do it now, so you won't have to go to the expense of buying a replacement.
On a slightly different note, since plastic ties are so inexpensive, why in the world didn't BMW put them on when they deliver the bike. If it is important to have mirrors that can break away, why not add this 10 cent item and save new owners the trouble?! I guess I've answered my own question...BMW wants to sell lots of mirrors.
Good luck to you all, and get those mirrors tethered.