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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old May 19th, 2013, 12:19 pm Thread Starter
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replacing outer baggage / pannier cover w/ carbon fiber

Hello all-a little introduction first. I've been lurking since last summer, soaking up good vibes from fellow bike owners. I have a 2007 K1200GT I picked up last May which was in near perfect condition with 5,000.

Since then, I've doubled the mileage and had a couple of mishaps. First was my foot sliding out in a gravel parking lot-rock damage on the right side. Second was dropping in a parking lot where the tail came out from underneath me. I was fine, but the insurance company wrote the damage up for $7400!!! Part of that was a damaged speedometer display which was cracked during the fall. Nuts

I'm laying down paint right today/tomorrow-Infinity pearl white. I bought a set of Besteem carbon fiber side case covers and can't get the OEM cover separated from the inner shell. Can anyone advise?

I have spent about 2hours working on the OEM covers trying to fix them-but I'm not that great at mudwork and having trouble getting the lines just right....knowing that imperfections will be magnified under the pearl/clear and it WILL haunt me everytime I look at it.

Otherwise, the K1200GT is the balls I will be installing the Boosterplug while putting the bike back together-hope to get ride of the occasional nasty shut down problem where I would be riding at speed, pull to a stoplight and completely lose the ability to idle. Then it would exhibit a 'hot shutdown'. Don't know what else to call this-she would be very difficult to crank, had to wait 5-10 minutes sometimes in order to start it-then she would start right up. After getting a replacement battery, this didn't happen-kind of odd, no other cold start issues w/ crank speed.

I'll share my other goodies soon including the windscreen order debacle, new topcase with fancy lights and pictures of the paint-after completion. Next on the to do list is figure out how to get lower to the ground-30" inseam contributes to making for a challenge touching the ground.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old May 19th, 2013, 3:57 pm
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If the carbon fiber coves are anything like the "City Lids" I bought they are not double walled and not very well weather sealed. What color is your bike? You can certainly find a color matched set of outer bag lids on eBay.

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The OEM saddlebag covers are glued together - they're not meant to be separated. You might be able to do it carefully, but you'd probably damage something.

Are you sure the carbon fibre covers need to replace the existing painted cover shells? Or do they replace the entire case lid (like the City Lids mentioned here)?

As for your existing lids, might be worth a few $$ to have somebody else prep them for paint for you . . .

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do you have any idea what/how they are glued? I've already painted everything including the new covers. The new covers don't seem to slip over the original case-they don't bottom out and they weren't meant to latch to the inner shell.
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do you have any idea what/how they are glued? I've already painted everything including the new covers. The new covers don't seem to slip over the original case-they don't bottom out and they weren't meant to latch to the inner shell.

I think they may be "fused" together, not glued per se. Give me a couple hours I'll find out with the zipcut or bandsaw. I have an old cover here that I have been torturing, learning to repair/polish scratches etc...etc....!

You said right hand fall??? If so check the radiator bracket, fairing may have pushed against the air snorkel then in turn pushed the rad sideways a little. My rad is slightly bent now but I also had to straighten the bracket, I couldn't get the clips back in there easily. Straightened for "best fit".

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Fused as I tought but just at a few "pins". Insert screwdriver and they break right off....pop!

I guess you could also drill them out.

And then...can't post pics of that seems to be glued together with double sticky tape in places. A flush with solvent or contact cement remover should get rid of that adhesion. Don't use brake cleaner, bad for ABS plastics.






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mine was a left hand fall and the bracket near the top of the left fairing panel and cowl was bent, but nothing a little hammering and an anvil couldn't fix

thx for the note on the case. I don't recall the rivets-I'll check again. I separated the entire circumference by inserting a screwdriver/wedge/scraper between the shells. I can feel the bond of something holding it together-if it's sticky tape I'll try mineral spirits for 10 mins and it should pull apart, unless it's uber-industrial German sticky tape bwahahaha
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