keeping the side covers on


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vanman123
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keeping the side covers on

Postby vanman123 » Sat Apr 04, 2015 7:07 am



I'm new to my 1985 GL 1200 Interstate, the side cover over the battery doesn't appear real tight. The three plastic "male" tips on the inside cover appear ok, I'm wondering if I can get new rubber grommets to receive the tips or if there is another fix so I don't lose the cover.



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Re: keeping the side covers on

Postby eacorbett@yahoo.com » Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:02 am

I have read a lot about this. As I have an 85 Limited. And mostly what I have seen in all of the forums would a resounding yes to your question. The rubber grommets over time just wont keep a good tight hold on the covers and seems to be a common issue with all wings. My bike is no exception. I lost a cover on a highway. Fortunately my brother was following me at the time and was able to tell me it had blown off. I was able to retrieve the cover and fortunately it had minor damage only. Replacing the rubber gromments every 5 years, if you can find them new would be my recommendation to making sure that you never lose a cover. Again if you can find new one's! I do not recommend purchasing used as you will be in no better shape than you were before. Buy at least two complete sets of them if you can. This will more than cover the length of time you will own the bike. I promise some where within that 10 year time period you will want to upgrade to the next level Wing. Hope this helps you! Keep the rubber side down my friend!

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Re: keeping the side covers on

Postby CMReynolds1 » Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:04 am

Here is a link to where you can reorder new ones if that is what you want to do. If you research this site there is info on an accessory that you can use to tether the side cover. So that give you two things that may help. Good Luck

http://wingstuff.com/shop/?keyword=grommets
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Re: keeping the side covers on

Postby eacorbett@yahoo.com » Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:22 am

I checked out the link you posted CMReynolds1, but there was nothing listed for a 1200. I saw something for a 1000, 1500 and the 1800. Nothing for the 1100 or 1200. Maybe I did something wrong.

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Re: keeping the side covers on

Postby CMReynolds1 » Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:33 am

I saw some Wing generic gaskets. Not owning that year, I don't know what they might look like. I typed in gaskets and it came up as non model specific, but for Wings. I guess a phone call or email to them might get better clarification.

Sorry it wasn't clearer.
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Re: keeping the side covers on

Postby eacorbett@yahoo.com » Sat Apr 04, 2015 11:12 am

Thank you for the update Chuck. I know they are out there some where. It is just a matter of finding them. Ebay may be the best bet, but I still wouldnt hold out on it either. Just may get lucky though..... everything is on ebay. Lol!

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Re: keeping the side covers on

Postby oldishwinger » Sat Apr 04, 2015 5:01 pm

the OEM grommets ares till available at the OEM site here:

http://cyclemax.com/ they are under the heading side covers.

Also on this site there are saftey straps available for the covers and saddlebag lids which I highly recommend they have saved my lids a couple of times

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Re: keeping the side covers on

Postby detdrbuzzard » Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:23 pm

you can also order them through your local Honda motorcycle dealer
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Re: keeping the side covers on

Postby vanman123 » Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:47 pm

Great info guys, thanks; will check out cyclemax after seeing if the Honda dealer can help. I get in trouble though when I go into dealerships.

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Re: keeping the side covers on

Postby CMReynolds1 » Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:12 pm

Cyclemax is awesome! I have used them several times. They have the best prices about 90% of the time and are very customer oriented. Just an FYI.
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Re: keeping the side covers on

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:49 pm

The grommets you need are common to many models of Honda Motorcycles. I don't have the part number handy, but last time I tried to find them, I believe I sources them in "sets" on Ebay... If you need the Honda Part number, I'll look it up for you after a time.
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Re: keeping the side covers on

Postby vanman123 » Sun Apr 05, 2015 6:35 am

I ordered them from Cyclemax, part # 83551-300-000-, called grommet A/CLNR HSG, cost is $2.41 a set which might contain 6! The new to me "85 GL 1200 Interstate has 62,000 kilometers on it so I'm ready to get on and ride soon as the sand on the roads washes away.

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Re: keeping the side covers on

Postby oldishwinger » Sun Apr 05, 2015 5:54 pm


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Re: keeping the side covers on

Postby SilverDave » Sun Apr 12, 2015 4:18 pm

You can of course buy " cover keepers" and saddle bag lid Keepers ... but the ones I saw on other 1200's were never of the correct length ..
If you drill two small holes in the keeper pegs ( after you replace the rubber grommets, of course) you can make perfectly lengthed side cover keepers with strong string, or very light cord , tied thru the holes . Knots are great !! easily adjustable !

I made my left double string harness long enough so I could remove the battery if I wanted to...... but short enough to keep the covers on / near the bike, if the grommets let the cover go.

Cost : $ 0.00 .... just some fiddle time ...


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