Friday, November 02, 2007

Madman across the Water

Musting Two-piece Driver’s seat
This is the seat I wish were on my bike.
Photo source: Cycle Spot
There’s a joke and I know it very well
It’s one of those that I told you long ago
Take my word I’m a madman don’t you know
—Bernie Taupin

The joke is on me this time. It’s an old one in tech writing circles: assume a piece of information is so basic that everyone already knows it. In this, the basic knowledge was how to remove the seat on a 2003 Honda VTX 1800R.

One writer even said that the procedure was so easy, he would not not explain it. “Besides, you’ve probably don it a thousand times already.” OK. That was pass was in a procedure for hunting down ground problems. So, maybe he gets a pass.

Why am I ranting on this topic again? I needed to change the battery on my bike after it left me stranded. To do that, I had to remove the rider’s seat. I spent two days trying to find out how. Once I had the secret, the whole operation took less than a half hour— and that only because I was going very slowly.

So what is the secret? The two bolts that hold the seat on really have allen heads. The hex indentions are covered by chrome caps. The owner’s manual even says to remove the caps, but it point to the wrong bolts and never says how to remove them. Turns out there are two ways:

  • Push hard and pry with your fingernail.
  • Pop them off with a flat head screwdriver.

I reccommend the second option.

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