Mice in Trunk


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Mice in Trunk

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If there is anyone who has or had problems with mice getting into the trunk of an 1800, please fill me in on a or your solution to the problem. Thanks for any help rendered. :oops:


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A cat? :)

Did they do damage?
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There was talk on the dark web about counterfeit keys being distributed for rodent intrusion but only the worst of the worst are getting them in their furry little paws. lol What I'd like to know is how the heck they are getting in there. If all the appropriate panels are on the bike, there is zero way for them to get in. They have hole saws at their disposal?
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Several riders have had problems with mice getting into the airbox and making homes in the air filter (solution was to put wire gauze over air inlet trunks, lets air in but not mice) but I have not heard of mice in the panniers or trunk..

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Look underneath...


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Mouse hole or a Pot-Shot? :o
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Thanks for the replies, I located the trouble or hole of entry. The locking or latch mechanism has a cover on the inside of the tour pack or trunk. This cover has a large opening on each side at the very back where it curves toward the taillights. The rodents can enter from the bottom of the trunk thru the opening for the three opening handles for the trunk and saddlebags. I tried to fabricate a cover for the hole, to no avail, so I just stuffed it with aluminum foil. I haven't seen any damages to wires, but I did see a spot where the little devil tried to eat his or her way out. Thanks again.
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Moth balls in the trunk. Dryer sheets stuffed into the under trunk cover. For some reason, rodents do not like the smell of the moth balls or the dryer sheets.
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These little rodents can squeeze into small spaces.....

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I agree witho moth balls and dryer sheets. In the winter months i spread moth balls around bike and when i go out to check on things i'll step on one to revitalise the smell. I put dryer sheets around the steering head.
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They also hate peppermint extract oil. smells better than moth balls.
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I had that problem in my 2012. I started with a conventional trap which caught nothing, then placed (permanently) a poison bait trap in the trunk. I have used these before in other applications and the mice tend to go to them first. They have been very effective. No more mouse issues in the bike for over two years (I also never leave the trunk open anymore).
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Try this again.....
I purchased a 2005 1800 that had been stored in Illinois for several months and after riding it for several weeks noticed that the power and fuel mpg was not what it should be. I took it to my mechanic in North Florida for a service and determine what was going on with the poor performance. Shortly I got an email saying he had some interesting pictures to show me. This could not be good - right?
He found a nest in the trunk with chewed wires, nest behind the radiator, and a huge nest on top of the air filter. I will try to attach a picture but so far no luck.
Any way, after the extensive house cleaning, my mpg went up 10+ and the power really improved! I live in North Florida and store the bike in my garage so no mice problems here - but a great lesson learned.


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I had the same problem, kind of. I bought an '08 last month from a guy in a rural part of my state, Idaho, and after getting it home I started performing maintenance on it. I found where a mouse had been hanging out in the air filter box, lots of seed shells. No where near as bad as yours though. I didn't find any chewed wiring, thankfully.


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Pesky little critters!!!!
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