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Old 07-31-2007, 07:23 PM   #1
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Help with seat

OK - been lurking - have the on-line 1150 GS manual and now Clymers but really need help with a stupid question.

How do I get the main seat off? Have a Corbin 2 piece - got the pillion off with the key - but have no idea how to get the main seat loose.

Sorry to bother - have been riding > 4 years on Goldwing and VTX1800 and have found tons of help on 2 Honda websites - hopefully the same will be true here!

I'll buy you a beer next time you're through Omak, WA!

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Old 07-31-2007, 07:32 PM   #2
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IIRC you either turn the same key again or turn it the other direction??? Pull the seat back and up.
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Old 08-01-2007, 03:59 AM   #3
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Turn the key the other direction, but there is a trick. If iit is "crowded" under the seat (like mine is from my sloppy electronics installation job) you have to turn the key, push down on the seat a bit first and then it will relase and come up and off - this is all while you are holding the key over in the unlocked position.

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Old 08-01-2007, 09:08 AM   #4
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Thanks

I'll give that last suggestion a try - ran out this morning and just tried turning the key the other way with no success.

It's amazing how challenging simple things can be with a new/used bike! The service manual is incredibly unhelpful - the Japanese (at least so far in my limited experience) seem to put together a more understandable manual!

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Old 08-01-2007, 02:15 PM   #5
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Still stuck

Well - neither manuever worked. Took off the pillion - pushed down on the driver's seat - tried turning the key both ways - it will ONLY turn towards the rear of the bike to open the latch for the pillion.

Anybody know if things are different with the Corbin seats?
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Old 08-01-2007, 02:45 PM   #6
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Well - neither manuever worked. Took off the pillion - pushed down on the driver's seat - tried turning the key both ways - it will ONLY turn towards the rear of the bike to open the latch for the pillion.

Anybody know if things are different with the Corbin seats?
If you have a Corbin seat, that is your problem.

Great seats for the 1100/1150, but the pan leaves something to be desired.

Try again, but this time whack the back of the seat when turning the key. Give it a solid hit. Mine used to stick like that all the time.

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Old 08-01-2007, 02:55 PM   #7
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Seats sometimes require a beating to get off. The Corbin on my VFR required quite a bit of smacking. The new owner took offense to my beating of his new toy but I am sure he will be doing the same very soon.
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Old 08-01-2007, 03:08 PM   #8
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Which way?

Do you hit straight down - or aim towards the front or back?
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Old 08-01-2007, 04:54 PM   #9
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you guys arte somethin else..

ok, listen, this is exactly what you need to do, dont listen to these clowns. They just like hitting things.

The back seat sort of pulls up and pivots when you pull it off.

The front seat however, does nto come up. You must slide it back and then raise it. May have to do those simultaneously, but the poitn is you dont pull up, you slide back.

The key ONLY goes clockwise, saem as rear seat. turning the key that way will get you both seats off, reason the front doesnt come off with the back on is because it must slide back.. into where the rear woudl be.

So, try turning the key again, putting your left palm in the middle of the seat, sing "i'm a little tea pot", then slide your left hand and the seat towards the back of the bike. it should come back and pop up a little, at which poitn you can pull it off.

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Old 08-01-2007, 05:11 PM   #10
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you guys arte somethin else..

ok, listen, this is exactly what you need to do, dont listen to these clowns. They just like hitting things.

The back seat sort of pulls up and pivots when you pull it off.

The front seat however, does nto come up. You must slide it back and then raise it. May have to do those simultaneously, but the poitn is you dont pull up, you slide back.

The key ONLY goes clockwise, saem as rear seat. turning the key that way will get you both seats off, reason the front doesnt come off with the back on is because it must slide back.. into where the rear woudl be.

So, try turning the key again, putting your left palm in the middle of the seat, sing "i'm a little tea pot", then slide your left hand and the seat towards the back of the bike. it should come back and pop up a little, at which poitn you can pull it off.

Are you talking about an R1100/1150 GS, or an R?

The GS locks in place straight down.

The R lifts up and slides back.

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Old 08-01-2007, 06:24 PM   #11
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Are you talking about an R1100/1150 GS, or an R?

The GS locks in place straight down.

The R lifts up and slides back.

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my 1150gs slides back, then up. we'll try a video if need be.
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Old 08-01-2007, 06:39 PM   #12
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slide it back

Had an '01 R1150GS in the shop last week. Had to call the customer to make sure I didn't break it. Turn and hold the key same direction as when you took the rear seat off. Push directly backward on the front seat. Hold your mouth just right. IT WILL COME OFF!!!!
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Old 08-01-2007, 07:54 PM   #13
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my 1150gs slides back, then up. we'll try a video if need be.
I haven't had an 11GS for nearly two years. Maybe my memory is faulty.

I do remember having to smack my 11GS Corbin seat pretty hard to remove it.

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Old 08-01-2007, 08:34 PM   #14
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I've got a Corbin on mine and it's tricky to get off and on. To get it off I turn the key and grab the velcro flap for the back rest and use that to slide the seat back. That seems to work the best for me.
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Old 08-01-2007, 09:42 PM   #15
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Yep...

It finally worked. Thanks for the help with DUMB questions - spent over an hour perusing all the great threads. I sure enjoy riding this bike - tried the ABS on gravel and it is awesome. Still not sure I want to go hard off road yet.....

Look forward to learning more and more....
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