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Help needed-broken seat lock mechanism.
« on: January 27, 2014, 11:14:09 AM »
Okay, the VFR's seat lock doesn't work. So the seat is locked onto the bike. Anyone have any ideas (including destruction of the seat) that would allow me to remove it?

Any advice much appreciated.

I think I'll try this on STN for a comparison....
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Re: Help needed-broken seat lock mechanism.
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2014, 01:06:06 PM »
I think you'd spend less time effort and pounds on a new bike of your own.
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Re: Help needed-broken seat lock mechanism.
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2014, 01:57:46 PM »
I think you'd spend less time effort and pounds on a new bike of your own.

probably.
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Re: Help needed-broken seat lock mechanism.
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2014, 03:19:02 PM »
The seat lock on my early 80s Nighthawk and the glove box on my early 80s GoldWing were both operable by screwdriver or dime. Worth a try.
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Re: Help needed-broken seat lock mechanism.
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2014, 03:41:10 PM »
The seat lock on my early 80s Nighthawk and the glove box on my early 80s GoldWing were both operable by screwdriver or dime. Worth a try.

Thanks-the key turns but nothing happens. Broken cable, I'm guessing.
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Re: Help needed-broken seat lock mechanism.
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2014, 03:47:03 PM »
Molotav cocktail?
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Re: Help needed-broken seat lock mechanism.
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2014, 12:39:43 PM »
Which year?
Did it work before and just break, or has it always not worked?
Did you ask the owner of the bike?

Edit to add: I answered one of my questions...  "VFR750, vintage 1991".

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Re: Help needed-broken seat lock mechanism.
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2014, 01:39:54 PM »
VFR 750FM RC36.

It is quite possible I'm being a bit dumb here-apparently, the 800s had a lever behind the lock you have to turn. Maybe the same here.

It's dark and wet outside so I'll do something on Sunday.
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Re: Help needed-broken seat lock mechanism.
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2014, 02:13:17 PM »
the procedure for situations like this is as follows:

-situate bike in a relatively clean, dry, lighted place with at least 4' of clearance all the way around
- get a 6 pack or equivalent volume of your favorite cocktail
-slowly drink your 6 pack while looking at the problem from every possible angle
-wait patiently (while drinking the rest of your beer) for the "DOH!!" moment

good luck
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Re: Help needed-broken seat lock mechanism.
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2014, 02:54:52 PM »
the procedure for situations like this is as follows:

-situate bike in a relatively clean, dry, lighted place with at least 4' of clearance all the way around
- get a 6 pack or equivalent volume of your favorite cocktail
-slowly drink your 6 pack while looking at the problem from every possible angle
-wait patiently (while drinking the rest of your beer) for the "DOH!!" moment

good luck

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Re: Help needed-broken seat lock mechanism.
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2014, 03:11:24 PM »
Get the service manual.

Insert ignition key into seat lock/helmet holder. Turn key clockwise until it stops, pull the lever down, then remove seat by sliding it rearwards.

http://carlsalter.com/pdfs/Honda_VFR_750f_%2890-96%29_service_manual.pdf

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Re: Help needed-broken seat lock mechanism.
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2014, 03:24:00 PM »
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Re: Help needed-broken seat lock mechanism.
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2014, 03:34:02 PM »
this thread will run and run, well, more than the bike does, anyway.
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Re: Help needed-broken seat lock mechanism.
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2014, 03:41:23 PM »
Get the service manual.

Insert ignition key into seat lock/helmet holder. Turn key clockwise until it stops, pull the lever down, then remove seat by sliding it rearwards.

http://carlsalter.com/pdfs/Honda_VFR_750f_%2890-96%29_service_manual.pdf


Same as my '99.
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Re: Help needed-broken seat lock mechanism.
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2014, 03:56:11 PM »
Claw hammer?
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Re: Help needed-broken seat lock mechanism.
« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2014, 06:34:50 PM »
Encountered a similar problem with my Wee when I installed the Corbin seat.   Cable bound up and I could not turn the lock to remove the seat.  Working under the belief that engineers always design a secondary access in case the primary one fails, I looked for another way to get under the seat to free the cable and open the lock. Found that I could get to the side panel fasteners by removing some fasteners and dropping the rear fender a few inches.  Got the side panels off and was able to reach the end of the cable with needle nose pliers and open the seat latch.  Lubing it first with a little whiskey & foul language helps. 

Don't know if the same approach will work in your situation, but worth a look. 

If that doesn't work, try striking it very hard with a ball peen hammer.  Something will open up. 
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