Side panels


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in2it
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Side panels

Post by in2it » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:53 pm



How or what is a good way to secure/tether the side panels... I notice when replacing the relays to the 40 amps relays that one of the grommets holes is missing ...I'm like everyone else don't want or wish for any of them to fly off and asking what is the best way to secure/tether them so if they do come off they want be laying in the middle of the road :(



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CrystalPistol
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Re: Side panels

Post by CrystalPistol » Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:33 pm

When we purchased the trike in '04, the right side panel had blown off after a jump start, the owner bought me a new one, colored right, with emblems from Honda, was over $400 then. I had already secured sided panels on my 1200, so before first ride, I fixed the trike's side panels. In this picture you can almost make out the cord in the top, but I highlighted it with yellow in lower picture. The cord is a long boot lace, it's secured to the trike frame at front, and has a long tail at rear with a loop tied in it, I hook a small bungie to that rear loop in use (small bungie is zip tied to axle housing in my case). When removing the side cover, I reach under the trike and unhook the bungie using thumb and finger, then pull the cord slack through the rear hole, ease cover loose letting cord go through the front hole as I remove the cover. When pulled away, I have enough slack to lay the cover up on my rear seat, but if I need more I have a key ring type key connector at the front I can reach to disconnect. The bungie at rear axle lets the axle work, never come loose yet unless I took it loose. The cord holds the bottom of the cover snug, and the top has a lip under the seat. Drilled two 3/16" holes in bottom dip in side cover for cord.
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Re: Side panels

Post by bluthundr31 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:48 pm

When I decided to tether my side panels to the bike, I leaned toward the phrase that "CHEAP AND GOOD" will do, , instead of "Expensive and good".

I have had a few years worth of VERY good luck with plain 'ol fishing line from the frame through the base of the "boss"(the stud that goes into the grommet). I put an "S-biner" for easy release if I have to remove the panels and set em aside to work on the bike. I put two attachment points on each panel. The "Nite-Ize" S-biners cost $1.99 at local hardware store and fishing line came off an old reel I had from when I was a kid.

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Re: Side panels

Post by minimac » Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:07 am

Years ago after losing one, and being on the "frugal" side, I did something similar, but I used two long fishing leaders on each side.

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Re: Side panels

Post by Fiberthree » Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:06 pm

After having "donated" the left side panel to some jerk in a local Wal*Mart parking lot while I was shopping and the replacement jumping ship at 70mph in the car pool lane, I went with Rudy's Keepers.

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I don't know about preventing further donations but they wont go far by themselves!
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Re: Side panels

Post by newday777 » Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:58 am

First and foremost.. Change out all the rubber grommets. Worn out grommets are the reason the covers fly off. The rubber hardens after 5 years and the grip is gone.

Next, tether your side covers....

There is what were known as Rudy's Panel keepers. They unhook from a loop around the frame. Cyclemax still has a few left but get them now as they have been discontinued.

https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/92740



Or

Get yourself some fishing swivels for leaders, with clips and heavy fishing line. Drill a small hole in the big pin base, loop line through the hole and tie on the swivel. Run a line loop around the bike frame to clip the swivel on(or you can use a zip tie instead of fishing line). The clip allows you to remove the panel for repairs.
Also do the little front fender side panels.
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1972 CB 350
1975 CB 550 4 with Dunstall headers and mufflers
1978 GL 1000

Re: Side panels

Post by in2it » Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:01 am

Wish to thank all who offered suggestions and solid information ... to me this is the best forum yet to get information form riders who has experience with a problem or advice on a matter your dealing with at the time... again thanks one an all

I have learned that Cyclemax isn't going to carry Rudy's products... what happened ... hoping someone will pick up the ball and run with it ... for the Rudy's keepers seem to work and work well... I bought, guessing some of the last few Lidkeepers and going to adapt them as side panelkeepers

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Re: Side panels

Post by minimac » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:26 am

Thanks for reminding me about the front fender side panels. I think I had one leave while on I-80. It took me awhile to get a replacement, in the right color. I'm heading out to get my tacklebox and then to the garage!

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1975 CB750 K5 Planet Blue 7,800 miles

1976 CB750 K6 Anterris Red 25,000 miles

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1999A Restored from PO neglect & sold at 19,000 miles

1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

Re: Side panels

Post by newday777 » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:41 am

in2it wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:01 am
Wish to thank all who offered suggestions and solid information ... to me this is the best forum yet to get information form riders who has experience with a problem or advice on a matter your dealing with at the time... again thanks one an all

I have learned that Cyclemax isn't going to carry Rudy's products... what happened ... hoping someone will pick up the ball and run with it ... for the Rudy's keepers seem to work and work well... I bought, guessing some of the last few Lidkeepers and going to adapt them as side panelkeepers
A bit on Rudy's products
Rudy(Ric) passed the business to a neighbor when he got cancer 8 or so years ago. I'm not sure who it was that took them over or why they stopped production. They were a good product.
Did you talk to Gary at cyclemax to find out what's going on with them?

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1982 GL1100
1980 GL1100 Bobber with Vance and Hines Headers/Mufflers
Past Rides
1972 CB 350
1975 CB 550 4 with Dunstall headers and mufflers
1978 GL 1000

Re: Side panels

Post by in2it » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:42 am

No... didn’t talk to anyone... was on panic mode and ordered them before they ran out... hold on and I’ll call now... we’ll... today is Wednesday... will follow up later... like to know myself

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Re: Side panels

Post by joeincalif » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:58 am

If someone would start to produce them again the ca also be used on the 1800 Wing since the side panels attach the same way. but as someone said earlier, if the rubber grommets are old and dry you should replace them


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