Left side cover fell off from my R80ST today...

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by streetfighter2, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. streetfighter2

    streetfighter2 foofighter

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    It's the little triangle piece on the left side...I don't mind the naked look...but can I ride the bike with the piece missing (part of the battery is exposed)? especially in the rain?

    Since the bike is 25 years old...I'm not sure if I can find the replacement...
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  2. dmack

    dmack 96 R1100gs

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    It is just a trim piece. It will keep some of the road crap off of the battery. Just make sure and clean off the top of the battery occasionally so that you don't get a current path between terminals and you shoudl be fine.
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  3. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Right now here's the thing....

    1. Bmw still sell the side covers for the ST and G/S
    2. are you sure it is a cover fault, and not the rubber mounts/o-rings?
    3. I have ridden mine for a year in the British weather with no problems, with no panels fitted.
    4. an easy fix is to glue some cable tie (zip tie) holders on the back of the panel, and zip to the sub frame mounts. (you can get self adhesive zip tie mounts)
    5. It's a BMW, it couldn't care less about the weather.
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  4. streetfighter2

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    Thanks Kev,

    Not sure if the rubber mounts/o-rings faulty...but the panel was off and gone now...somewhere on northern CA Highway system. I tried to go back and looked for it along the path, but no such luck...Ironically, I did the tie-wrap on the right side one, because it had some trouble staying in, so it still remain.

    It's good news that BMW still selling the covers...I'm sure it will cost an arm and a leg....

    Cheers,
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  5. Ogribike

    Ogribike Vagabond

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    If you want to replace the side cover check out Hammerly's, they got a replacement for my '86 R80.
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  6. streetfighter2

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    Thanks,

    Do happen to know the website, or the link to it?
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  7. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    Some A$$hat stole mine ten years ago.

    :hair

    The bike was parked outside of my folks house and my mom saw the perp running away. but didn't think anything of it as the bike was still there.

    Since then I've run all my BMW's with out sidecover if they don't screw on.

    I'm making a little lanyard dohicky for the left cover of the GS just to keep it on the bike.
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  8. Ogribike

    Ogribike Vagabond

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    Here you go, http://www.webparts.com/ . Great folks to work with. Only problem BMW stopped selling the pre-painted parts for the older bikes like ours. They list that they do but call to make sure, Jason has all the info you need.
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  9. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    As said above, they don't come painted, but that is no big deal, as the paint code is under the seat, also even when new, they are a loose fit, so it is still worth cable tying them to the frame.
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  10. streetfighter2

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    Thanks,

    I called my local BMW dealer today . $145 for the left side, $95 for the right side. All come un-painted. Let's hope Webparts has better price.

    Cheers,
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  11. streetfighter2

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    Thanks Kev,

    The tied wrap trick worked on my right side. I'll try the left side when I get the new one.

    Cheers,
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  12. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    I have an interesting mod for this. Those little plastic 'C's that clip onto the rubber are particularly flexible and even more likely to simply snap off. The PO of my bike had the problem with a couple of them and replaced them with a 'C' cut from 18ga aluminum which he epoxied (very neatly, I might add) to the back of side cover at the base of where the plastic C used to be. I'll get a pic of it when I go home. My sidecovers are on almost TOO sturdily. I can't imagine them coming off on their own. Thanks PO.
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  13. streetfighter2

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    Thanks, I'd love to see the pics...
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  14. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I'm looking for some sidecovers for my '85 G/S. Are the side covers universal across the different monolever bikes?
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  15. streetfighter2

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    Do you have pics of "lanyard dohicky"...I have no idea what you're talking about...all I need is a cheapest way to cover the battery. so far, a cheapest left side cover is $115 unpaninted , plus $15 dollars of sticker.
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  16. Gimmeslack

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    Reinforcing the tabs is prolly a good idea. My G/S covers came that way, probably as a result of being broken at some point. I'll get some pics later today. Right now I'm leaving them off.

    Years ago I recall seeing "leashes" sold for a couple of bucks in the Bob's BMW catalog. Don't even know if the catalog still exists, but I'd call Bob's and ask about them.
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  17. opposedcyljunkie

    opposedcyljunkie Heavyweight Boxer

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    Is this what you're looking for?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-Airhead-Monoshock-Side-Covers-R65-R80-R100_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ72Q3a1222Q7c66Q3a2Q7c65Q3a12Q7c39Q3a1Q7c240Q3a1318QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem170273135473QQitemZ170273135473
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  19. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Pictures as promised. Sorry for the delay:
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  20. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    Thanks AW!

    That's a great fix... lucky me I happen to have 3 spare side covers and now I can fit a set, paint 'em black and put 'em on my G/S:evil
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