Dropped bike over on right side taking off side stand. Eventually I'll quit tipping this thing <sigh>.
Anyway, it was next to my ATV trailer & the latch at the tongue was pointed straight up & poked a hole in the bike.
It is on the body piece directly under the seats, in front of the side luggage bin. The chrome piece that has the passenger foot peg attaches to this panel.
The chrome piece that the foot peg attaches to came off by simply removing 3 bolts. I tried to just repair the panel on the bike & it came out OK except the paint. I'll need to have it off the bike for better results.
What's the simplest way to get just that one panel off? I don't want to start just yanking stuff that isn't necessary to remove this one piece.
Also, are Color Rite's paints decent? I bought a small jar & the color match is fairly good, but just a little darker than the rest of the bike (impala brown). I haven't clear coated yet so that might be why there is still a noticeable variation. Anyway, i'm planning to order their aerosol can & clear coat & just do the whole panel. That way even if it isn't a perfect
match, it won't be noticeable.
Luckily, the hole that I poked in it was clean & very easy to patch. The patch job turned out better than I expected on a curved surface. After it was primed, it looked perfect. Now I just have to sand down my crummy on-the-bike paint job & do it right. Figured it was small enough that I could get away with being lazy - & I probably could - but the bike looks so good overall for being a 2003 I don't want even a slightly boogered area.