Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Ann Arbor, MI and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Exact same thing happened to me on my 2014 1K that I keep in Mexico. Also an SW Motech skid plate which the previous owner had banged up pretty badly. The bolt broke with very little torque on it. Motech apparently provides longer than stock bolts and if you check the parts diagram, you'll see that those side case bolts have different lengths in different spots. My theory with mine is the previous owner got the wrong bolt in the wrong place (too long) and over stressed it in the past, so it was a disaster waiting to happen when I reinstalled that bolt (which I had taken out to drop the plate for an oil change).
I left the remains of the broken volt in place and am just watching it. Next time I go to Mexico, I plan to bring a case gasket and a new set of bolts - all of them.
The bike has gone 500 miles so far with the broken bolt and no sign of any seepage. If I do see seepage, I'll pull the case, extract the remainder of the broken bolt, and replace the gasket and all the bolts. But I will ONLY do that if I see any seepage.
My suggestion would be to leave it alone unless or until you see a problem. I don't think pulling the cover would be particularly difficult, but I don't see a reason to open that can of worms unless it starts to seep. More risk in messing with it than in letting it be.
Good luck with it.
(And btw, I have a Happy Trails skid plate on my Vstrom 1K here in the states, and it is not attached to the side cases at all. Much better, IMO.)
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