How to Take the Seat Off a Goldwing

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Honda Goldwings are a popular touring motorcycle that comes with just about any option you can imagine. These motorcycles have alarms, stereos, and trunks, among other things. If you are installing still another option on your Goldwing or making adjustments to the settings or wiring of an existing option, you need to know how to take the seat off a Goldwing to access the wires and electronic parts of the system.

Things You'll Need

  • Allen wrench set
  • Remove the passenger backrest. Open the trunk on your Honda Goldwing. Look at the back of the trunk frame that is under the passenger backrest. You will see two hex screws. Use a 4-mm Allen wrench to remove those screws. Be careful not to lose the plastic washer on each screw.

  • Locate the hex bolts on each side of the Goldwing seat. The bolts will be under the seat, on the sides of the frame near the pillion of the seat. The pillion is the raise in the seat that begins the "passenger" portion of the motorcycle seat. If you are removing the seat on a Goldwing Aspencade you will have two bolts on each side of the seat (instead of one, as on the Interstate model). Remove the bolts with an Allen wrench; be careful not to lose the small plastic inserts that are inside the bolt holes.

  • Grab the seat with one hand on each side of the seat just past center (more towards the rear of the motorcycle). Pull the seat off the motorcycle by lifting the rear of the seat slightly higher than the front. The seat is also held in place by plastic tabs that are pushed under the center seat post of the frame when the seat is installed. By lifting the seat out, rear higher, you will pull the tabs out from under the center post and be able to remove the seat easily.

Tips & Warnings

  • When removing the seat belts, don't pull them by the head; pinch the shaft of the bolt and pull it out slowly. When you see the beginnings of the plastic insert in the bolt hole pinch the plastic to the bolt and you will have less chance of losing it as it comes out of the motorcycle frame.
  • Do not lose any of the inserts or washers used to attach the Goldwing seat. A seat that is then re-installed without them is in danger of failing and coming loose while you are riding, which could lead to a serious accident.

References

  • Goldwing forum
  • Honda GL1100 Aspencade Service Manual; American Honda Motor Co. Inc. -- Motorcycle Division; 2009
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