How to Remove the Seat of My Motorcycle

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Remove the Seat of My Motorcycle

Removing the seat of your motorcycle is integral to many maintenance tasks as doing so allows access to some of the bike's key components. You might think it would be quite a simple task, but as there are many makes and models out there, it can be easier said than done. To help you keep your two-wheeler in good condition and to ensure its longevity, here at OneHowTo we'll explain how to remove the seat of your motorcycle.

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Steps to follow:

The first tip is to check the bike's manual. The manufacturer documentation may include a specific guide on how to remove the bike seat, which should give you a break down of what's needed. If the manual has gone AWOL or you never had one in the first place, continue reading to find out more.


In some motorcycle models, there will be a simple latch which you need to release. There is no standard placing for this latch, so check both sides and back to find and release it. On many newer designs, this latch has a duel function as it can both lift the seat and allow you to lock your helmet onto it. You normally only need to rotate it to the left to release it.


You'll notice how the seat of the bike becomes loose and, by pulling it back, can be easily removed. You will then be able to access the parts underneath to carry out any maintenance work. To lock you helmet on, attach the D-rings of your helmet straps onto the hooks provided and then click the seat back on. This way your helmet will be secure and you don't have to carry it with you on short stops.


Another possibility is that the bike seat is opened with the ignition key. Insert it into the lock on the side and turn. You should see a small hook appear. This is the seat release, so if you pull it down the seat should go back and you can remove it.


If this does not work, there is another way the ignition key might be helpful. Put it into the ignition switch and turn on. As you turn it, pull the seat back and it should come off easily enough. Do not push down on the switch to turn on the engine as this will not allow you to open the lock.


Some models, particularly the older ones, will not have any fancy latches or clever key releases. You will need to get at the bolts underneath the back of the seat the old fashioned way: with a sprocket set. Loosen the bolts and it should be obvious to see how the seat lifts off.


As you can see, removing the seat of your bike varies from model to model, but these options are a pretty comprehensive way to remove the seat. Working out how the latches and releases work might be a case of trial and error, so test out what works best for your model.

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If you love your bike and are worried about its maintenance, you might want to read these articles on How to Clean a Motorcycle Exhaust Pipe or How to Change Motorcycle Engine Oil.

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