For all of you that have joined the right side cover club. This seems like a good idea and might work well for 13.00. I'm not sure why it is not on this site already....
It's not common, nor is it unusual. It stems from the design of the nubs on the back of the panels, the fact that the rubber grommets wear out after awhile, and riders not paying attention to make sure that the cover is fully seated when putting them back on. You have to listen and feel for the three "pops" to know if it is fully seated or not. On the bikes with hard bags, the wire harnesses for the bags can also play a role if they are not routed correctly where they come out from under the panel. $13 (or $26 for both) is a small price to pay for not losing a $400 cover.Side covers flying off is a problem? That would suck so bad.
I lost mine doing about 110 on a long straight away. Indian did warranty mine, but it is hit and miss. Mine pulled the top grommet out when it came loose. So it wasn't rider error. They sent me a new cover and 8 new grommets with specific instructions to check the grommets for wear anytime I take the side cover off.I didn't know this was an issue at all. Sound alike more of an operator error not securing the panel after maintenance than anything. If it is a defect, then warranty might cover it.
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