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Something I discovered about getting the seat to "seat" after you remove it.

When I removed the seat to inspect under it I also took very close notice of what the attachment points are and where they "lock" into the frame. Getting the seat off is easy, of course. Getting the seat back on has been reported to be more difficult. Here's how to make it easier:
There are 2 tabs just under the nose of the seat that fit into receivers on either side of the false tank. If you look closely at the mid point hooks on the seat you should notice that they have 2 steps. These hooks latch into the same hoops on the frame that are intended to be used for the helmet cable/lock. Then the actual latch is near center near the rear bottom of the seat and there is also a single tab that fits into a slot/holder behind that.
When fitting the seat back on the bike first start the tabs in front into the receivers, then lower the seat to catch the first step of the middle hooks into the frame loops. Very lightly lift on the rear of the seat while pressing down in the middle (just in front of the rider backrest) to catch the first step into the loops. Then let the back end down but don't push it in yet. I find it easier to stand behind the bike at this point and with both hands, one on each side of the seat just at or behind the band, I push down and forward at the same time. Kind of like giving someone and reclined Heimlich manoeuvre. The frame loops in the middle hooks on the seat will "fall" into the second step of the hooks and the seat will snap into place and latch.

Sounds like a lot but is easier done than it sounds. It takes me all of 5 seconds to put the seat back on now. The seat will be somewhat loose when latched. This is normal to allow it to flex a bit while riding without breaking the base or the latches and hooks. Even my ST1100 seat has a little slop when latched onto the bike.
 

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Is this why my seat looks like it is raised up in the back? When I look at the seat from behind the bike I can see white plastic from the underside of the seat. It doesn't look flush. The seat seams locked in place and I have taken the seat on and off but it seems that the passenger part is not flush. Should it be? Does this mean I'm not pressing hard enough to grab the second set of latches? Thanks
 

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Welcome to the forum yodazeke!
Don't know why you'd see the seat bottom pan. There is really only one latch in the very back end of the seat but in the middle there is a pair of 2 step hooks. The first step actually serves to line up the seat and the second to hold it in place when latched. Also you want to be sure the front seat tabs are catching in the receivers on each side. Compare with some of the posted photos around the board here and see if yours looks mounted like any of those.

Maybe if you can post a pic of the seat from the side and/or rear we can see what is holding it up?
 

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Does look like it's latched but also looks like the latch may need adjustment... if there is any possible. Haven't look into that. It's almost normal but maybe just a bit high, maybe. Especially on the right side. The seat will normally have some slop to it but should set down a little more than that looks. Then again, there is enough gap that what you see is normal when viewed from that angle. I'll have to look again when I go out to my bike (still at work but the bike is in the parking lot).
 

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Welcome to the forum, @Black Eye !!!

Sorry, but I don’t have any info for you on the seat latch. I have a Corbin on mine that latches very easily. No pushing, wrestling, etc. (But it does have a broken “nose” catch on one side, which was like that from the previous owner).
 
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The seat will be somewhat loose when latched. This is normal to allow it to flex a bit while riding without breaking the base or the latches and hooks.

I just took my seat off and cleaned under it and when to put it back on. It went on fairly easy but it seems loose. It looks like all the tabs are in place and it latched back down just fine, but it feel loose and it may have before but I had not noticed. I am glad I read bob's first post above letting me know it is supposed to be that way. It certainly is not going to fall off, just seems a bit odd. That is what I love about a forum like this, so much great but not widely known information is shared. Thanks bob and everyone else.

Thanks,
James
 
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