Time for an update on some replica Roadster sidecovers I bought - for a 73 850 as it happens.
ex-India of course.
I've seen some which seemed to claim they weren't Indian made.
But they look to be identical ? More on that anon.
When they arrived, they seemed reasonable.
They were in grey primer, which can cover a multitude of sins !
And looked to fit up OK, but I didn't examine them closely for fit before painting a set.
A no no .
Once lightly painted they had a slight ripply look to them in the light, but a good heavy coat of paint and polish solved that.
Fit was another matter.
The oil tank cover had the 2 holes up top very slightly too far forward - so the cover slightly banged into the frame tube at the back. Filing the holes oval fixed that - probably a good bolts width - a not very elegant solution. !
Parallax distorts this pic, but the white replica cover and a genuine blue cover compared.
Both sets of holes are precisely 5 inches apart - they don't look it.
It is difficult to spot the holes are slightly misplaced - difficult indeed.
It seems impossible to photograph them to show any variation ... ?
I've seen it mentioned elsewhere that they unbrazed/unwelded the holes and moved them back a notch.
Thats a lotta work.
And HAS to be done before painting.
I'll try that on a future set ?
sidecover has its own problems.
The replica white one (at the arrow) arrived with its front tab curled downwards.
I can only speculate that the original they copied had this fault, since a number of ones for sale show this 'feature'.
Its not too difficult to straighten it out - but the metal is thicker than the original, so it takes some force.
The problem with fitment with this one is that the clearance for the frame tube at the back/top (shown boxed) is not replicated in the replica.
This results in poor fitment at the top/back when fitted up. It can be forced into position - just - but is not perfect.
I'm going to attempt to replicate the clearance notch on an unpainted one ...
Of course, they should come like that ...
Note that this replica has a small tab added at the base - which the original didn't have.
Its too small to take a rubber bung/grommet, so ??
I'd comment that prices for what appear to be identical items vary - considerably - shop around.