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 Post subject: ~Ideas for replacing my side panel? ~
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:20 pm 
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Last night, I was riding home and heard something blow/bump one time next to me on the highway. Sounded like my wind flipped up a crushed soda can or something. I thought nothing of it and continued home.
There I discovered that my port side panel is now missing! This morning I got in the car, drove back to where I heard that bumping noise, and looked all over for my panel. It's gone. Somebody else must have seen it shining in the night, stopped, and picked it up. Now what?
- Already checked on craigslist, but nobody has posted any 'found' or Rebel parts.
- Made my own craigslist ad, even offering a $5 reward for the panel.
- Looked on bikebandit.com and those panels go for $58.85 + shipping! (part #706372)
- Couldn't order a panel from them anyway, since they say it's "Unavailable to ship"

Anybody got a spare panel lying around? Any ideas?

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 Post subject: Re: ~Ideas for replacing my side panel? ~
PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:26 pm 
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Search for "Honda Rebel 250" on Ebay. I see lots of used parts posted there.


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 Post subject: Re: ~Ideas for replacing my side panel? ~
PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:41 am 
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If it fell off on the road it was likely run over by a couple hundred cars. What year Rebel? If it is a '96 or newer, new sidecovers are available. If bikebandit doesn't have it, try cheapcycleparts.com If it is an '85-'87, eBay will be your only option, and if you are lucky enough to find one, prepare to pay a fortune for it.

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 Post subject: Re: ~Ideas for replacing my side panel? ~
PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:45 pm 
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When you get a replacement, make sure you secure it with the bolt this time around. Rubber grommets aren't enough. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: ~Ideas for replacing my side panel? ~
PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:47 pm 
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Shadow Shack wrote:
When you get a replacement, make sure you secure it with the bolt this time around.

It WAS bolted on; it managed to stay on since 1986. I guess the bolt just happened to vibrate loose that day. Dang.

Note to self: When I finally do find another chrome panel, invest in a lock washer.

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 Post subject: Re: ~Ideas for replacing my side panel? ~
PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:54 pm 
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JerryH wrote:
If it is a '96 or newer, new sidecovers are available. If it is an '85-'87, eBay will be your only option.


Jerry,
I didn't know Honda changed that sidecover. I assumed that cosmetic piece of chrome was the same year after year. Thanks for the update. (Mine's a 1986. Sigh.)

Apparently nobody in south Texas has ever wrecked a motorcycle. None of the salvage yards here have any motorcycles and there aren't any wrecked-motorcycle yards anywhere. I may go to a motorcycle yard in Oklahoma City next month when I'm there for Christmas anyway. I don't think Santa delivers second-hand gifts.

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 Post subject: Re: ~Ideas for replacing my side panel? ~
PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:59 pm 
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So it was an original Rebel. Yep, when the Rebel came back in '96, it had a lot of changes. One was a change from those nice looking chrome metal side covers and battery box to generic looking plastic side covers. Good luck finding a side cover, they do turn up from time to time, usually priced around $200. Left side panels for 1200 Goldwings are also super expensive, also in the $200 range. And they don't have any bolts. Rubber grommets are all that hold them on. I attached tethers to mine.

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 Post subject: Re: ~Ideas for replacing my side panel? ~
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:52 am 
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Yeah you'll have to exercise some patience in finding an 85-87 cover.

If push comes to shove, you can get the plastic airbox piece (the filter access part) and swap it in to accept a 96+ side cover.

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 Post subject: Re: ~Ideas for replacing my side panel? ~
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:21 am 
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http://www.rebel250.com/rebelforum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=28887

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 Post subject: Re: ~Ideas for replacing my side panel? ~
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:44 pm 
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jsonder wrote:


Guy hasn't answered a single request since he posted that. Not much of a sign for being a motivated seller...

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 Post subject: Re: ~Ideas for replacing my side panel? ~
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:17 pm 
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Eh.

This is as good a time as any to do something... _interesting_ with that bit of real estate. Find something you like the looks of and bend it to fit. Problem solved. :D

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 Post subject: Re: ~Ideas for replacing my side panel? ~
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:51 pm 
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I had the BCB steel side covers on my '04. The were black powder coated, but could be chromed. Not sure they fit the early Rebels or not.

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 Post subject: Re: ~Ideas for replacing my side panel? ~
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:29 am 
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The BCB covers will fit, but you need to get the 96+ airbox access piece for them to work.

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 Post subject: Re: ~Ideas for replacing my side panel? ~
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:50 pm 
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Alan wrote:
JerryH wrote:
If it is a '96 or newer, new sidecovers are available. If it is an '85-'87, eBay will be your only option.


Jerry,
I didn't know Honda changed that sidecover. I assumed that cosmetic piece of chrome was the same year after year. Thanks for the update. (Mine's a 1986. Sigh.)

Apparently nobody in south Texas has ever wrecked a motorcycle. None of the salvage yards here have any motorcycles and there aren't any wrecked-motorcycle yards anywhere. I may go to a motorcycle yard in Oklahoma City next month when I'm there for Christmas anyway. I don't think Santa delivers second-hand gifts.



Nothin up here to be had.... I have talked to all of the local cycle salvages... no Rebel stuff. :(

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 Post subject: Re: ~Ideas for replacing my side panel? ~
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:58 pm 
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Maybe you can cut a piece of sheet metal and bend to fit, then attach it to the frame with circular clamps of some sort.

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