OK, I did a routine check before riding yesterday, and saw a shiny, non-blacked-out area with a screw hole. It seems like there's a part missing in front of the engine near the gearbox.
My questions are, what was it? Why did it just fall off after 2300 miles? and is it safe to ride? Not sure whether the hole extends into the transmission box or whether it is just a bracket to hold the wires in place.
Don't know why that step is still in the manufacturing process but, it's the place where the old style oil cooler tubing entered the engine. Nothing fell off and if it were my bike, I'd take a sharpie to it. Perfectly safe to ride!!
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That is strange. Also, the fact that I never noticed it before, and that it was not painted in the process makes me think there was at least a plug or screw in the hole. If this is where oil cooler line entered the engine, doesn't that mean that the hole will allow debris into the engine if not plugged?
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I've got an 06 Hammer and the screw hole itself doesn't penetrate the case according to the schematic pics in my service manual so you should be fine. If it did you would have had oil all around that area! I am surprised they left the screw hole when clearly the oil line hole is no longer located there. Maybe it was left as extra place to clamp down cables/wires if needed on newer models.