Lost a cover to wind!


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Lost a cover to wind!

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Well, guess I’ll be modifying all my covers with a strap retaining system ‘cause I lost my left side engine cover on the expressway yesterday! All my grommets are in good shape but it was especially windy yesterday and I had my feet on the highway pegs for part of the time...must be when it flew off! Luckily I found a guy on eBay with both left and right side covers in good shape for $50 and he’s about 7 miles from where I am today so a local pickup. My right one wasn’t in the best of shape so I’ll replace both now. Really sucks to stop and realize part of the bike is gone! :roll:



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Before I installed a belly pan, I almost lost my side covers a couple of time. I would feel them pressing against my ankles as I was riding and have to stop and push them back in place. The belly pan prevents the air from going up past the engine and looking for an exit.


But that was a long time ago.
My 1500 is a '98. So knowing that the rubber does deteriorate after time, and for a little insurance, I've replaced all the grommets. The side panels have never needed tethering.
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I've lost two right side covers for my '99SE. First one was stolen while I shopped in a Wal*mart. (Whoever needed it more than me must have had pretty big junk because they set off my alarm in the process in the always crowded parking lot!) Second one took off on the freeway at 70mph. That was when I bought Rudy's Keepers.viewtopic.php?t=16765
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Fiberthree wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 12:01 pm
I've lost two right side covers for my '99SE. First one was stolen while I shopped in a Wal*mart. (Whoever needed it more than me must have had pretty big junk because they set off my alarm in the process in the always crowded parking lot!) Second one took off on the freeway at 70mph. That was when I bought Rudy's Keepers.viewtopic.php?t=16765
I do not think Rudy's Keepers are available any longer. I could not find an active web site for his products.
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Sad but true! And it was less than a year ago that I bought the full set. Now when I try some of the links I get redirected to some Asian website with an adult only theme. What a shock!
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My solution years ago after replacing one in 2004, yellow is just to "highlight" where the cord is.


Cord is secured to frame at front, but has loop in it that hooks to small bungie under rear, unhook and pull slack, cover will lay on seat. If worried about theft, use steel cable.
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Well, I started looking on eBay and lo and behold there was a guy selling both sides for $50 and he was maybe 6 miles from my daughter’s house where I was! LOL They were Wineberry and mine is Red but I figured it might look good as a contrast and if not I could always use chrome spray paint. If you prep well it looks pretty good on plastic. Actually I like the Wineberry with the Red. Certainly doesn’t bother me enough to paint it yet...


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I’m pretty sure the left cowl came loose because I didn’t have the bottom tab in the slot. As I was installing the new one I noticed how easy it is to put the left panel on and not have that lower tab in the slot.

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I have a bunch of Whirlwind audio cable Velcro straps that I really don’t like for cables, so I made a tether out of these and snap swivels from an old nylon strap. There are little cable retention wires on each side that make a nice safe place to attach the snap swivel and the straps are looped through the screw assembly attaching the chrome upper cowl to the painted lower cowl. I yanked on it pretty good and it’s strong.





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MikeB wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 12:19 pm
Fiberthree wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 12:01 pm
I've lost two right side covers for my '99SE. First one was stolen while I shopped in a Wal*mart. (Whoever needed it more than me must have had pretty big junk because they set off my alarm in the process in the always crowded parking lot!) Second one took off on the freeway at 70mph. That was when I bought Rudy's Keepers.viewtopic.php?t=16765
I do not think Rudy's Keepers are available any longer. I could not find an active web site for his products.
Ric ("Rudy") unfortunately passed away last year. viewtopic.php?f=10&t=52772

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Was sorry to hear of his passing. While it was available I bought a bunch of the panel keepers. Something I noticed was when I replaced the old rubber grommets the panels are very secure after. Its hard to pull the tupperware off the bike.
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Has anyone thought to check with Rudy's widow, to see if they can buy whatever tooling and info he was using, to keep the stuff in production?



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