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rear cowl blew off

After all the posts i've read, and I even massaged mine a little to prevent it from blowing off, it still happened to me. The problem is I let the latch cable get dirty and sticky. The last time I closed my cowl lid, I didn't pay close enough attention, and apparently the latch didn't secure. It blew off as soon as I hit about 45 mph. It wasn't pretty.

btw, you can buy a new painted cowl lid for only about $32 from Honda. You have to resuse the bottom box part of the cowl. But even my bottom box was toast. I paid $70 from indyoem for a new box, lid, foam and 6 new screws. Not bad for brand new OEM rear cowl. (Or whatever they're called)
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Yea not pretty looks like it took a good beating. I managed to find a used cowl I never got one with my bike, and the first time I left the house with it on I felt it hit me in the back and I managed to reach around and grab it before it hit the ground I was only doing like 10MPH anyways. the worst part was pulling over and almost having some crazy driver almost run me down.
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After all the posts i've read, and I even massaged mine a little to prevent it from blowing off, it still happened to me. The problem is I let the latch cable get dirty and sticky. The last time I closed my cowl lid, I didn't pay close enough attention, and apparently the latch didn't secure. It blew off as soon as I hit about 45 mph. It wasn't pretty.

btw, you can buy a new painted cowl lid for only about $32 from Honda. You have to resuse the bottom box part of the cowl. But even my bottom box was toast. I paid $70 from indyoem for a new box, lid, foam and 6 new screws. Not bad for brand new OEM rear cowl. (Or whatever they're called)
Check out Toledo Honda next time....I like Indy but I found Toledo to be cheaper (shh...no tax for me )



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I get dealer disc, but indy oem is astonishingly close what I can get.

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I get dealer disc, but indy oem is astonishingly close what I can get.
How about you watch that sticky cable from now on.... That feeling sucks, I know. My first RC had this issue.



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How about you watch that sticky cable from now on.... That feeling sucks, I know. My first RC had this issue.
Ya think?
I lubed it just tonite with some MB20/20

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Yea not pretty looks like it took a good beating. I managed to find a used cowl I never got one with my bike, and the first time I left the house with it on I felt it hit me in the back and I managed to reach around and grab it before it hit the ground I was only doing like 10MPH anyways. the worst part was pulling over and almost having some crazy driver almost run me down.
OMG that's hilarious!! (that's the Kim Kardashian in me talking) I can just visualize you holding the handle with one hand and reaching behind your back with the other, all the while trying to maintain balance at a rediculous low speed... LMAO

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OMG that's hilarious!! (that's the Kim Kardashian in me talking) I can just visualize you holding the handle with one hand and reaching behind your back with the other, all the while trying to maintain balance at a rediculous low speed... LMAO
Yea it was really awkward I was accelarating from a light pretty good. When I felt it hit me I thought no way! , it took me a min to figure out how to come to a stop
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This place is cheaper than both of the ones you guys posted: http://www.cyclecentralpowersports.c...cles&mfg=Honda

I use a lanyard on my rear seat cover. I still have never had it come up though. Just make sure that if you do install a lanyard, that it is short enough to where the cowl isn't going to hit your exhaust and melt or touch you real wheel or chain. Mine is right at the front and barely long enough to open it up and flip it forward with the back sitting on the seat and the front upside down on the rear cowl. You can use a cheap little caribeaner and make it so you can disconnect it easily.



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This place is cheaper than both of the ones you guys posted: http://www.cyclecentralpowersports.c...cles&mfg=Honda

I use a lanyard on my rear seat cover. I still have never had it come up though. Just make sure that if you do install a lanyard, that it is short enough to where the cowl isn't going to hit your exhaust and melt or touch you real wheel or chain. Mine is right at the front and barely long enough to open it up and flip it forward with the back sitting on the seat and the front upside down on the rear cowl. You can use a cheap little caribeaner and make it so you can disconnect it easily.
Yep, you're right! I just compared. Gonna add them to my stores folder. Good one Miller, thanks.

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