Join Date: May 2017
Location: Europe - Norway
Back fender issue on every Rebel
Thought I might as well make a dedicated thread to this, as it's bound to be an issue for each and every Rebel out there. You should read this and check your bike for the same damage!
I recently teared down the back fender for a project, and while doing so I found this:
So it turns out it's the little plastic cover under the seat that fastens to the fender that's causing the scratching.
It seriously feels like such a cheap and easy way of dealing with that issue they had with sealing up that place.. Any moron knows that having something against something of metal/paint will cause rubbing and wear and tear on it... And yet they have chosen such a patent for it.
Sent a complaint about it today to my dealer, excited to see what they have to say about it.. Or rather, the import company that holds the warranty police for the bikes. Don't ask, I haven't gotten my head around it either.. It's not the dealer that makes the call on it, it's not Honda in Norway, it's the import company that brings the bikes here and distributes them to the Honda dealerships.
Either way, I'm not satisfied with how this looks. It ain't suppose to be like this. Not on a bike that isn't 1 year old even.
I seriously recommend that each and every one of you check for the same on your bike. This plastic cover is fastened directly to the fender by 3 plastic clips, so it will constantly have contact with it. Not to mention that sand and dirt is making it's way in between these parts, causing even more wear and tear on the fender.
This is not a spot on the bike that you'll be able to see normally.
You have to unscrew a few parts to gain access
The "walkthrough" from a Thai manual will give you an idea:
Little unsure if you have to remove the battery cover or not for this, don't think so. But even so it's just two plastic clips.
Loosen nr. 3 and swing it out of the way.
It's nr. 4 you want to take a look behind. That's the culprit here.
I'm a little surprised actually that I haven't seen or heard of any complains about this before.
I'm having a hard time trying to imagine that this is a lonesome case only for me here, since the plastic cover is mounted to the fender. And with vibration, water, sand, dirt, all of it will case wear and tear in this area over time.
Will keep you updated on what the dealer says about this, so we'll see what happens.
Lyoko - Black Rebel 500