Next few years , I would like to own a G/C-5. Just got to wear out my current Bullet.
I think some of it is just the nature of bikes. There is so much more exposure of parts to abuse, weather, vibration, etc that things are bound to go wrong. Even with new ones. I've had niggling shit happen with every bike so far, even new Yamahas. This bike is no different. It's a HELL of alot better than my Ural!! Today for instance, the lock for the airbox vibrated apart on the highway and dropped open. No harm done, and the bike actually sounded better . I had to use the duct tape fix as well (now I have to go check my paint, dammit!) and have to order a new lock (went bye-bye on the road...) just part of owning a bike to me. Any bike....
I haven't taken delivery of my Clubman yet - though watch this space! - so I'm not too familiar with this lock but I think I know what you're talking about. Is there any way of preventing this? Can anything be made more secure (with loctite or similar) without stopping the lock from turning?
Both of those incidents happened with a C5. The clubman is a G5/E5 which has a different airbox set-up. That doesn't mean it couldn't happen on a G5/E5. I have had no problems with the side cover locks on my G5. Post some pics of the Clubman when you get it.