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Why is the seat so difficult to replace?
« on: December 09, 2018, 03:38:22 PM »
I must be missing the trick, lacking the secret, not in the know.
On the rare occasion I remove the seat on my 18 bike, it can take me 20 minutes to get the blessed thing refitted. I'm often irritated enough to ride off with the very front fixing unfixed - you know, the little doodah that fits over the lug on the tank - though it's usually those two hooks that won't seat into their loops.
Is there a trick to this, or do we all struggle?
I suspect not .  .  .

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Re: Why is the seat so difficult to replace?
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2018, 04:10:46 PM »
It is a bit awkward, but I don't know about 20mins!!  I keep a bit of pressure on the front part of the seat where it rises up the tank, then push from the back and down,  it usually clips in.....it's a kind of circular motion, like scooping towards the tank, if that makes any sense.

I must admit though, I don't keep anything under the seat, because it is such a pain to get back on!
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Re: Why is the seat so difficult to replace?
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2018, 04:42:13 PM »
You should try it on the F model.

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Re: Why is the seat so difficult to replace?
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2018, 04:44:03 PM »
I agree with AJC500, my 2018 is a pain to put back on, but usually it takes just a couple of tries. I also line up the front then push down and forward on the rear using a sweeping sort of motion. It seems to require more force than I initially might expect, hence the two tries.

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Re: Why is the seat so difficult to replace?
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2018, 05:01:05 PM »
Interesting that AJC500 and ewryly seem to have found the same technique.
I'd like to go out to the garage and try it, but having struggled for far too long to get the damn thing back on I'm loath to take it off!

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Re: Why is the seat so difficult to replace?
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2018, 05:06:40 PM »
I now use the same technique as AJC after bumbling with it like you have been. There is a learning curve. The more you get annoyed and force it, the more it's fights you and locks up incorrectly. Ask me how I know.  :008:

Eventually you can get it in one fluid motion.
« Last Edit: December 09, 2018, 05:07:25 PM by ThirtyOne »

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Re: Why is the seat so difficult to replace?
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2018, 05:07:57 PM »
Sadly I know how you know .  .  .

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Re: Why is the seat so difficult to replace?
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2018, 05:11:22 PM »
 
*Originally Posted by AJC500 [+]
It is a bit awkward, but I don't know about 20mins!!  I keep a bit of pressure on the front part of the seat where it rises up the tank, then push from the back and down,  it usually clips in.....it's a kind of circular motion, like scooping towards the tank, if that makes any sense.
Also having it upright on the center stand seemed to help when I couldn't get it locked in.
Another issue I had; the rubber bushings on the bottom of the seat would fall out and roll away. After a dozen times or so I put a dab of RTV between the seat and the bushing. Cheers
« Last Edit: December 09, 2018, 05:13:21 PM by Uncle Tee »
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Re: Why is the seat so difficult to replace?
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2018, 05:15:34 PM »
*Originally Posted by peasemold [+]
Sadly I know how you know .  .  .

I'm going to take my seat off today and put it back on to see if there's anything else I can mention. Could use a bit of practice anyway!

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Re: Why is the seat so difficult to replace?
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2018, 05:20:06 PM »
*Originally Posted by Uncle Tee [+]
Also having it upright on the center stand seemed to help when I couldn't get it locked in.
Another issue I had; the rubber bushings on the bottom of the seat would fall out and roll away. After a dozen times or so I put a dab of RTV between the seat and the bushing. Cheers

Aye, I have the bike on the mainstand when being defeated by the seat, and I've also had one of the rubber thingies detach itself.

 


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