This seems to be a problem with many of the older 1100s. Mine is an 08 model, and the screws remain tight (knock on wood) although knowing that this has been a reocurring issue I give them a look at each fill-up.
My grandson has an 06 model and the guts of his gas cap fell into his tank while he and I were on tour this summer. We used duct tape to hold his cap on during the remaining portion of the trip, and when he got home he used a magnet and extended hemostat to rescue all the lock parts from his tank. He used lock-tight on the screws when he reassembled the cap.
I'd say there is a blessing hidden in all this that now you'll be able to use the single ignition key to open your tank rather than having two keys on your ring, one for the ignition and one for the tank cap.
Incidentally, I checked on the price of a replacement locking cap for his bike, $118. This alone made it worth the time and effort spent in fishing the parts out of his tank.
2008 Candy Red 1100 Silverado
Cramp Buster Throttle
Risers, 3 X 1.5
Mustang Seat w/backrest
Passenger Floor Boards
Cut Down Windshield
Kuryakyn Hypercharger and Jets
Samson Warlord II Ripsaw Pipes
Jardin OFR Kit
Tank Bib with pocket
Luggage Rack (only on tour)
Sissy Bar Luggage (only on tour)
Last edited by Michael; 10-18-2014 at 12:24 PM.