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post #1 of 39 Old 02-21-2011, 05:34 AM Thread Starter
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Quick release seat???

Has anyone got any ideas on fabricating a simple seat release system?
Dont want holes drilled in side covers as I have seen prevously.
Any ideas?
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post #2 of 39 Old 02-21-2011, 06:43 AM
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I don't fasten my seat to the bike anymore. If it goes flying off when I'm going down the road, I have other, more pressing issues that will make losing the seat seem minor. The bike has been around the block a few times. The seat has never come up to meet me on my way down. I've tried a few knurled thumb screw types to use on the side panels, without much success. Either my fingers can't manipulate them, or or they stick out and I "catch" on them. I do understand your desire to make the seat "quick release". I have a Concours that has a key operated, one turn release on the seat, and quick release pins on the gas tank. I can have that bike down to the backbone in minutes.

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Thanks Vatrader
I probably wouldnt feel comfortable not having the seat secured at all, but your suggestion of pins got me thinking.
Maybe mounting pins underneath the seat and drilling through the rear guard would be a possibility. Holes in the end of the pins and split pins might do the trick.
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post #4 of 39 Old 02-23-2011, 09:59 AM
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Not that it has to do with how the seat itself is bolted on, but having owned both, I wish the KLR's had those side panel fasteners with the little D-rings on them like the Honda XR's have: no tools required and maybe 10 seconds to take off the side panels. That was one of those nice, "don't miss 'em until you don't have 'em" features about the XR.



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post #5 of 39 Old 02-23-2011, 10:13 AM
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I would think that if you removed the weld nuts that the seat bolts run into, they could be replaced with the receiver end of Dzus type fastener. A twist, and they are free. The basic system HD uses to secure saddlebags to bag mounts.


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post #6 of 39 Old 02-23-2011, 11:03 AM
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You could use the same quick release pins on my Hobie cAT-WHY DIDN'T I think of that . Just by their catalouge-you will see the quick release pins-get right dia.
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post #7 of 39 Old 02-23-2011, 03:28 PM
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So you can mount those and not have to remove the side panels to remove the seat?? That's cool.

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I don't fasten my seat to the bike anymore. If it goes flying off when I'm going down the road, I have other, more pressing issues that will make losing the seat seem minor. The bike has been around the block a few times. The seat has never come up to meet me on my way down.
Ha - I've done the same thing. The only thing holding the seat onto the bike is my ass, and it hasn't gone anywhere yet. And your assessment of "if it goes flying off when I'm going down the road..." is my sentiments exactly!

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post #9 of 39 Old 02-23-2011, 08:04 PM
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Just removed the seat bolts and left it like that..the seat never moves, just wedges in by the rack and stays there.
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post #10 of 39 Old 02-24-2011, 11:09 AM
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Just removed the seat bolts and left it like that..the seat never moves, just wedges in by the rack and stays there.
Same here.. With my Pelican top box and the shape of my Russell seat, you have to wiggle it just right to get it out.. Even harder to do when I'm sitting on it..
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