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Mirror Removal

Posted By: Tshader

Mirror Removal - 05/24/15 02:28 PM

I just got a 2009 R1200RT after owning 4 other RTs the latest was a 2004 1150RT. Can someone tell me how to safely remove the mirrors on this 09? The owners manual says to apply forward pressure and shows an arrow pointing back to the rear of the bike. I just don't want to break something in the process. Thanks for any help and/or pictures. Show and tell always works for me.

Thanks. smile
Posted By: Doug_Baliko

Re: Mirror Removal - 05/24/15 02:39 PM

They just pop off on a '09. Just tap the mirror housing towards the rear of the bike with the palm of your hand. It will come all the way off so hold it as you do it. You may have to hit it a little hard but you won't break it.

Doug
Posted By: Tshader

Re: Mirror Removal - 05/24/15 03:27 PM

Thanks Doug. I thought it would be pretty easy. I'll give it a try.
Posted By: lkchris

Re: Mirror Removal - 05/24/15 11:13 PM

2009s have factory safety lanyards
Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday

Re: Mirror Removal - 05/25/15 04:27 PM

Originally Posted By: lkchris
2009s have factory safety lanyards


Mine didn't; bought it new, and there's definitely no safety lanyards. Maybe that's a dealer-specific add-on?

Posted By: lkchris

Re: Mirror Removal - 05/25/15 05:19 PM

Well, maybe I'll modify to say the plastic casting that holds the mirror glass was modified to include a "hook" for the factory lanyard. The lanyard is a rubber band with a loop on each end and maybe your dealer didn't know what it was for when it assembled your bike from the crate and just left it off.

I retrofitted the new mirror holders to my 2008.
Posted By: xbubblehead

Re: Mirror Removal - 05/31/15 12:37 AM

Originally Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday
Originally Posted By: lkchris
2009s have factory safety lanyards


Mine didn't; bought it new, and there's definitely no safety lanyards. Maybe that's a dealer-specific add-on?



BMW should supply lanyards as my mirror has popped off several times while I was riding. My 07' didn't come with any but I just used picture frame wire.. been there ever since with no issues.
Posted By: Tshader

Re: Mirror Removal - 06/03/15 10:07 PM

I now have the new mirror housing and am trying to figure out how to get the mirror out of the old housing and put it in the new one.
Any help out there???

Thanks.
Posted By: mneblett

Re: Mirror Removal - 06/04/15 12:46 AM

A minor pita. There are a number of short, wide tangs on the mirror backplate that grab a rim rib around the mirror cup (the part that moves to provide the left/right/up/down adjustment). You basically need to *carefully* release ~1/2 of the tangs to get the mirror to separate. The process often results in the mirror's cracking, so don't feel like you've done something dumb it that happens.

No particular "best" way I've found to release the tangs -- pushing with a long, thin screwdriver, pulling with a hook tool, etc. Once it starts to release it comes off pretty easily (so be ready to catch it), but that "getting it to start to release" part is the pita.

Good luck.
Posted By: Tshader

Re: Mirror Removal - 06/04/15 02:00 AM

mneblett: Thanks for your response. I found the tangs and got the mirror removed in one piece. Everything is back together as good as new. Thanks again.
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