Keeping those little fiddly thing on


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Keeping those little fiddly thing on

Postby WVJefo » Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:21 pm



My turn to share a tip with the gang here. Before my 1500 I had a 1200. After just two weeks of ownership I lost the left side battery cover. What a horror to replace. So losing plastic on the road has been a concern of mine. Got a Full Keeper Kit from front to back on the 1500. But there are a couple of tiny tupperware pieces that seem to be held in place by friction with the top of a screw head. I don't know their name so lets just call them "Fiddly bits" Like this one behind the fairing reflector.



Or the one at the bottom of the fairing.



I have often worried about this bits flying off in the wind. Especially after some routine maintance. Well no more. My solution.
FORMA GASKET or Blue RTV Silicone Gasket Maker. USE the BLUE, it will not get too hard, but will stay slightly gooey. And just a dab will do ya. It will hold strong enough to keep the bit on but not so strong you can't remove it for maintance. And when you are removing the bit you can peel off the old Blue and apply a new dab.
Seriously, I don't know how many of you have lost a Fiddly Bit, or even if it is actually a problem, but a little dab of RTV does take away that worry.

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Re: Keeping those little fiddly thing on

Postby Mag » Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:39 pm

Ya, I hate those fiddley bits.....and yes, seems that they are held only by pressure. I do not have them on the lower fairing sides, and would like to get those screws covered.

Thx for info.

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Re: Keeping those little fiddly thing on

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:55 pm

I lost one of the screw cover fiddly things (the ones at the bottom of the fairing by your legs). It was NOT CHEAP to replace from Honda. I rammed some double-sided foam tape in each of them, and that sticks it tight to the screw head. I replace the foam tape anytime I remove/replace the fiddly bits.

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Re: Keeping those little fiddly thing on

Postby Mag » Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:15 pm

Cools, there is an idea.....double stick tape....DUH! Shoulda thought of that.

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Re: Keeping those little fiddly thing on

Postby bustedwing » Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:12 pm

I had one of the side covers fly off a luckily it had very little damage. Once I got home I decided they aretoo expensive to just fly off like that. So I took two c.b. radio knobs and extended the threads using a small nut, then I drilled and tapped the proper size hole into the cross brace, then drilled a slightly larger hole in each of the sidecovers. I also used a plastic flat washer on each side, but I no longer have to worry about losing my sidecovers and it looks nice.
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Re: Keeping those little fiddly thing on

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:11 am

Pics of that fix would be nice to see..

note the most likely loss are the two front fender side panels..I now ride with mine off safely stored at home on a shelf..but I have seen that people drill a hole and keep them on with a screw into the front fender. PS those things go on eBay for $60+ a piece and then you have to custom paint to match $100!!! Not a cheap proposition at all.

Those little fiddly bits can be found on eBay for $10..and I ride with might at home on a shelf..obviously looks are not that important to me..but when I sell the bike I'll put them back on..

And I watched eBay for side panels and I got two for $25 so I have spares now..If you watch eBay everyday sooner or later a good deal pops up so you can build a stock of spares and if you sell the bike and never use them you can sell on eBay for a profit..usually
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Re: Keeping those little fiddly thing on

Postby Mooseman » Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:34 am

This is what I use..... a little dab will do ya.....
Enjoy the ride. They are all good, just some better than others.
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Re: Keeping those little fiddly thing on

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:09 am

Or just use Panel Keepers. I have them on my bike's fender panels, side panels, and cubby doors: Rudy's GL1500 "Keeper" products

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Re: Keeping those little fiddly thing on

Postby rogerg55 » Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:00 pm

I drilled 1/8" holes in front grommet holder in side covers.
Inserted shoestring. Tied to frame and snapped on.
Maybe this will help someone.




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