A number of owners here have reported a problem with the battery cover not fitting right after taking it off, or even from day one of picking up their bikes. I also have this problem but I was able to get the panel to at least fit right with a little extra care with a flat screw driver to hold the rear tab on the middle cowl up while snapping in the battery cover. This tab is what I think is the whole problem with that area. Honda did not design it strong enough to withstand the forces needed to snap the battery cover back in.
Here is a photo of the broken tab:
I contacted my dealer at Storm Lake Honda and they ordered and sent me (on warranty) a new panel that just arrived today. They also included a pre-paid return UPS label to return the bad middle cowl.
Well, I opened the box and unwrapped the part and found that the "new" part also
has a broken tab, exactly
the same as the original!
Using the pre-paid label to return their "new" part and asking to try again. Maybe this time inspect the part before sending to ensure that tab isn't broken from the factory? We'll see what happens next.
I like that they were willing to send the replacement part with a return label considering the size of the box. But, then again, I would expect that of a good
dealer. I know the broken tab is not the dealer's fault so will continue dealing with this dealer even though they are 2-1/2 hours away. Makes for a nice ride if I have to go there. Was considering delivering the returning part personally if they had not included the return label. Hoping Honda is watching this and considers beefing up that tab.
Most of the problem is that the battery cover gets pushed down from the top and nothing is under the tab to support it so the cover never really snaps in to stay put as it should. I used a standard screw driver but could also use a thin narrow pry bar to hold the tab while snapping in the clip and then it will stay as it should... until the next time.
I am considering that if Honda cannot provide an unbroken part, and even if they do, I might coat that tab with JB Weld on both sides to reinforce it and still use a thin pry tool to help snap in the clip there. There are 2 tabs on the outboard side for the cover and the problem tab is the rearward one. The front tab seems to be well designed to hold when the cover is snapped in.
The Storm Lake Honda service tech was certain the problem was with the middle cowl and he is right. I think that tab just needs a redesign.
Here you can see how my panel fits (just below the GPS)
prior and current bikes:
1973 Harley Davidson 125 dual sport- sold
1997 Kawasaki Vulcan 750- sold
1990 Honda Gold Wing GL1500- sold
2005 Suzuki Burgman 650- traded
1998 Honda ST1100- sold
2014 Honda CTX1300A (U.S.A. Ion Blue Deluxe)-sn: 489- primary transportation
2003 Honda Metropolitan CHF503 (wife's ride)
flickr photos of CTX1300A
Yep, that lone state of Maine is where I owned my first mc.