Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Des Plaines, , USA
The GL1800 bag covers and trunk lid utilize little clearance "points" or features to maintain a rattle-free fit when closed. However, I noticed that some of features were grinding away, leaving a fine dusty residue of the material. I also thought the bags/cover were too "rattle-ee" when on bumpy roads. The visible loss of material was also very disconcerting.
The fix I found is to cover each "point" feature with a sufficiently size piece of 3M Clear Repair Tape (3M No. 03405NA). The tape prevents further wear to the point features, while also maintaining a non-squeak, cushionedcompliance fit between the bag/trunk and covers. Since the tape is clear and very conforming, it applies flush and without bubbles, etc over the features.
If the tape ever wears (which it appears it won't due to its slippery, compliant properties), just replace it. I couldn't believe rate of deterioration that was starting to occur (bought this bike as demo - wanted to nip this in the bud right away.
Although any tape will prevent the wear, this really got rid of the rattle.