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It happened to me today on the highway. Got to work, jumped off my 300 and the left side panel was GONE. I've read that it was a concern. Folks, make sure your covers are in there securely!
Looks like I'm calling my dealer and possibly Honda USA today. :mad:
 

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Did Honda replace it for free? I called them today and the CS rep said to go through my dealer but that they probably weren't going to "cover" it.
 

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Nope, they didn't cover it.
First reason they couldn't cover it is because technically it was on the bike at the time of purchase, so they're not liable for it falling off.
Second reason was they couldn't find the part number in their system (this was about a month and a half ago).

I found it myself online from https://www.babbittsonline.com/oemparts/c/honda/parts it was cheap, so I didn't make a big fuss over it.
 

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I know a few people have had this issue, but I really don't see how they can fall off on their own if they are properly installed.

On mine, anyway, there is a sort of positive "click" when they are properly seated... on both prongs and the tab... Line it up... push the prongs/tab into their respective holes... then give a firm push directly on each, and you can feel it "click" into place. They're actually kindof a pain in the butt to remove on purpose, if you ask me lol.
 

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The right side (passenger side) cover clicks into place no problem.
For some reason the left cover doesn't click in, it just kinda sits in there and held in place by the pressure around the prongs, which isn't much.
 

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I know a few people have had this issue, but I really don't see how they can fall off on their own if they are properly installed.

On mine, anyway, there is a sort of positive "click" when they are properly seated... on both prongs and the tab... Line it up... push the prongs/tab into their respective holes... then give a firm push directly on each, and you can feel it "click" into place. They're actually kindof a pain in the butt to remove on purpose, if you ask me lol.
I am curious if this is only a problem on the the 300. I have the 500 and after reading about it here a while ago I always check but they never seem loose at all. And it seems the only people who have had the problem have 300s. It could be that vibration due to the single cylinder engine is causing them to vibrate out.
 

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I am curious if this is only a problem on the the 300. I have the 500 and after reading about it here a while ago I always check but they never seem loose at all. And it seems the only people who have had the problem have 300s. It could be that vibration due to the single cylinder engine is causing them to vibrate out.
so far, knock on wood, I haven't had this issue with my 300. I did notice shortly after I bought the bike one of the panels was slightly loose. When I pulled it off, the rubber stopped thing that the panel presses into was squashed/ misaligned, so the panel wasn't fully secured. Fixed the rubber piece, and had no issues sense.
 

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I am curious if this is only a problem on the the 300. I have the 500 and after reading about it here a while ago I always check but they never seem loose at all. And it seems the only people who have had the problem have 300s. It could be that vibration due to the single cylinder engine is causing them to vibrate out.
Can confirm. Just 300s
 

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The right side (passenger side) cover clicks into place no problem.
For some reason the left cover doesn't click in, it just kinda sits in there and held in place by the pressure around the prongs, which isn't much.
I wrote about my issue with this a few months back. Too lazy to go find it though.

The cable routing behind the left side cover needs to be tucked in nice and tight, then you will get the positive engagement of the tab. I went from snapping the cover back on after every ride to not having touched it in almost 2 months.
 

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I noticed that there is an electrical cable on the left side that interferes with the left cover snapping into place. After slightly re-positioning the cable it now snaps into place. I don't know haw many different bikes that Honda has used this "Snap Into Place" system on, but my VLX had it and I found that putting a little wax on the pins the covers would snap right into place.

If I lose my covers you will know how well the wax works.

Kenny G
 

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FYI honda isn't the only company with snap in place panels.
I was helping my friend with his Harley Davidson Street 750 yesterday and he had panels on the side that popped off and hid wires.
 

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Left side cover lost

Confirmed. Lost mine on my 500 a few days ago. Dealer charged me 20$ to replace. Still waiting on the part to come in.:|
 

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I suppose all of the third world countries have the same shortcuts that they use in manufacturing motorcycles. Although the Harley Street bikes are licensed to be produced in India, the Harley Dealer near me swears the ones he has were assembled in Kansas city. I am in North Texas.

If I see any indication of my side covers coming lease I will come up with another way to attach them. On my VLX I never had a problem with the side covers. I have been thinking of having mine wrapped or painted red to match the fuel tank.

Kenny G
 

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Although the Harley Street bikes are licensed to be produced in India, the Harley Dealer near me swears the ones he has were assembled in Kansas city. I am in North Texas.
From what I've read, the US bound Harley Streets will indeed be assembled in KC. The rest of the world's Streets will be made in their Bawal India HD facility. That can be easily checked with VINs.
 

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I noticed that there is an electrical cable on the left side that interferes with the left cover snapping into place. After slightly re-positioning the cable it now snaps into place. I don't know haw many different bikes that Honda has used this "Snap Into Place" system on, but my VLX had it and I found that putting a little wax on the pins the covers would snap right into place.

If I lose my covers you will know how well the wax works.

Kenny G
There's also the issue of the H2C aluminium finish side panels falling off, thier only stuck on with 3m tape.
 
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