I have to give mine a huge smack. I'm thinking of adding some washers under the screws to make the locking ring sit a little lower for a sure engagement.
i have had mine fly up 3x on me, lucky it didnt fly off. I did lose a pack of ciggarettes though! I always jerk up on mine to make sure its locked now.
I seat the cowl's forks fully (as far forward as possible), then I close the cowl, at which point it has a "thunk" -- but you're not done until you press it again and you hear a sharper "clack". (Excuse the technical jargon. [)])
I find if you set the front end in properly, then sorta push the back in a bit and wiggle it, it slides down and then just push down till you hear a good "click"... trust me on this one, if you don't actually hear a solid click, don't drive away, start all over again!!!
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"Keep yer feet on the pegs and your right hand cranked."
I fixed this problem on my 03. Now it easily slides in. I took a dremel tool and attached a wire brush to it. I took this brush to the circular guide pin that fits into the frame. I basically ground down the sides of the guide pin and then took the edge off of the guide pin. I basically shorten the circumference of the guide pin by shaving it down. It now works as effortlessly as the seat.
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