Originally Posted by Chattanooga Mark
I check my CCT rear shock air pressure every few weeks. I never found removing the side cover to be an issue or an inconvenience. What are you guys experiencing that I'm not?
Well, maybe you're not as ham-handed as some of us.
Before I did my shock-relocation mod (see Adding an External Schrader Valve for the Air Shock on a Victory Cross Country Motorcycle
), I was constantly bumping into the saddlebag guard and/or the edge of the passenger mini-board, risking scratching the side cover. I soon changed my procedure to put a rag around that guard, and a second one draped over the mini-board, to prevent that.
(I know from prior posts that some folks with XRs and XCs don't quite realize the XCT problem, because those bikes don't have as much interference -- an inch or so away -- regarding the side covers. But since you have an XCT, you know what I'm talking about.)
Additionally, every time you remove a side cover, even if you don't scratch it you risk, possibly, breaking a barb, or damaging or losing a grommet. Or not putting the three barbs securely back in, in which case you risk losing a side cover. (By contrast, the new Yamaha Venture, which I saw at Americade yesterday), has a lock on one side and dzus fasteners on the other, in addition to barbs. And it also has a straight shot at removing the cover.)
So, that's it. Nothing insurmountable with removing the cover, but much more enjoyable not to have to mess with it at all.