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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-15-2013, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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New VN900 seat mount

My recent battery problems has highlighted the necessity for a better way to mount my 900 seat. Previously, I had made a bracket that bolted to the underside of the seat, and then bolted to one of the sets of holes that the sissy bars bolted to.


The problem was that if I used regular bolts, I wouldn't be able to get to the battery when needed. So then I used bolts that basically had a wingnut for a head.

That made things a little easier, but then I decided that I wanted to reattach the sissy bars in anticipation of attaching a backrest for my wife. As such, I needed to more permanently affix the sissy bars, which meant that the bracket wasn't going to work anymore.

So here's what I came up with:




I spotted a desk drawer lock and thought I could make that work. That way it has some security, and the ability to release the seat if necessary. Drilled a hole in the rear fender that lined up with the big hole in the frame above the fender. For the bracket on the underside of the seat, I cut out a U-shaped hole in a piece of metal. This gives the seat side-to-side stability by using the lock as a post, as well as keeping the seat from sliding back by the same principle. Then, of course, the lock bar keeps the seat from being lifted up.

Haven't had a chance to ride test it yet, but so far it seems pretty secure.

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Looks cool, but how accessible is that lock with it being directly below the seat?

I am surprised no one has tried to adapt the latching mechanism from the 00 to the 750. Find the right spot to mount onto the fender and run the lock and cable down to one of the side covers and your set.

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Looks cool, but how accessible is that lock with it being directly below the seat?

I am surprised no one has tried to adapt the latching mechanism from the 00 to the 750. Find the right spot to mount onto the fender and run the lock and cable down to one of the side covers and your set.
The lock appears to be under the fender, not the seat.


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Yep, just reach up under the fender, find the lock, insert key, turn and remove the seat. I can make a short vid if it's still not clear.

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The fender is under the seat ain't it? Then the lock is too.

No way that would work with my dropped rear-end.

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The fender is under the seat ain't it? Then the lock is too.

No way that would work with my dropped rear-end.
I am dropped 3.5" in the rear and 1.5" in the front, and running oversized rear tire, and I know that I can fit a key up in there... I did similar, but instead use a wing nut and a stud welded onto the bottom of my pan bolted through the fender, just as you did fr your lock.
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I like the quick release-ability of that solution and it looks better than having a wingnut sticking out of the side in my opinion.

I'm like Blaz and Slim, though. With my rear end dropped I can't even get to the underside of the fender with anything to take off my seat. I have it with an acorn nut where you have the lock. I have to remove the shocks to lower the wheel to get to it. Obviously not ideal. So still looking for a better way.

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i like this so ill ask a few questions. what length is your lock? how has it held up so far ?

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I replied to your PM as well.

If you're talking about the bar, it's really pretty short, but that was dictated by the location of the bolts that attach the plate to the bottom of the seat pan. I already had that plate with the holes already in it, so I just adapted it to my purpose. If I were starting from scratch, I would instead put 4 bolts at the corners rather than just the two, and that would allow for a longer bar, though really it's not necessary. The seat doesn't move forward, so all it needs to do is keep the seat from lifting up, which it does.

So far the whole thing has held up well. Even took my wife on a shortish 2-up ride, and it was rock solid.

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* VN900 seat * Daytona handlebar * Converted ACCTs to MCCTs * Relocated R/R * Drilled clutch basket * Coastered * Repainted *
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