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There should be two 8mm socket bolts visible from the top inside of each grab rail. They may be hidden by a decorative cap. Remove those and you’re good to go. Don’t lose the handrails, they’re about $140 new each.
 

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There should be two 8mm socket bolts visible from the top inside of each grab rail. They may be hidden by a decorative cap. Remove those and you’re good to go. Don’t lose the handrails, they’re about $140 new each.
In December of '16, my new-to-me 3500 mile 2014 black Valk was delivered in an enclosed trailer from a dealership in Woodstock, IL to my home about an hour south of Champaign, IL. A Christmas present to myself and my loving lady. This was about a five hour trip, if the traffic and weather had cooperated. Which did not happen. It arrived on its right side, tie-downs snapped, after hours of slipping and sliding across aluminum tie-down strips that look and act like cheese graters. Total amount of damage/repair from the local Honda to make it the scratch-free bike it was when it left Woodstock: $2,300 or so. (Don't quite remember as their insurance covered it all.)

Cutting to the chase: the right side original silver handrail was scratched up and needed to be replaced under the insurance deal. I asked them (local Honda dealer) to make it a black one instead of the silver (same cost) and to order me another black one for the left side that I would (and did) pay for out-of-pocket. I thought that the silver ones stood out too much for the black model bike. Still do. When I got the bike back, they had charged me $205, total, just for the new black left handrail! It was NOT installed, as they just handed it to me. I handed it back, said that the price was ridiculous, and that I wanted a refund on the unused/uninstalled part. They grudgingly did, and gave me a $200 "credit", not the cash I gave them. (And why make the customer P.O.ed over the measly five dollars they shorted me? A handling fee? Who makes the PR decisions around there??) They've had my $200 interest-free loan from January, 2017 until now.

I took the two handrails I had, the original silver left one and the new replacement black right one, to a local powder-coater. Told them I wanted them both matte black and flawless. (Wanted them to do the black one, too, as I wanted them to be identical. Too many shades of black, just like white.) Got 'em back four days later, flawless and with a nice thick coat on them, and they charged me a whole $40 out the door for the both of them. My girl's rings don't even scuff them, and she has to hold on tight! I went back to the Honda dealership to politely (really) tell them that I thought I'd made the right decision, but was sorry for the hassle I'd unintentionally caused them, but that I did think the pricing on the parts was over the top. My Harley years included, this was unexpectedly over the top. Their reply? "Welcome to Mother Honda." Are they trained to say that? If so, why? :|
 
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