How to Remove the Seat From a Yamaha Road Starby Chris Gilliland
As Yamaha's largest cruiser motorcycles, the Road Star series offers a solid, well-built foundation for cruising down the boulevard or tearing across country. However, a new Road Star owner can run into problems when removing his motorcycle's seats for the first time. Although the passenger seat is bolted onto the rear fender, making it easy to remove or install, the front seat appears to be mounted directly to the frame without hardware. A small lock under the rider's seat, or built into the ignition switch of some Road Star models, unlocks the seat for easy removal.
Insert the ignition key into the seat lock, which is in the left frame cover below the seat on Road Star Midnight and Warrior models. Road Star Silverado models house their seat locks in the ignition switch.
Push down lightly on the front of the seat, then twist the key clockwise. On Silverado models, turn the ignition switch to the "Open" setting. When you hear the light click of the seat unlatching from the mechanism, lift the front of the seat upward.
Pull the seat forward until the tab on the rear of the seat is free of the bracket mounted below the passenger seat on the rear fender.
Remove the bolt from the passenger seat's rear mounting strap with a 10 mm socket and a socket wrench. Lift the rear of the seat up, then pull it toward the rear of the motorcycle until the seat is free of the bracket mounted on top of the rear fender.
- "Yamaha Roadstar Warrior Owner's Manual"; Yamaha Motor Corp.; 2002
- "Yamaha Roadstar Silverado Owner's Manual"; Yamaha Motor Corp.; 2009
- "Yamaha XV17AMT Service Manual"; Yamaha Motor Corp.; 2005
Things You'll Need
- Ignition switch
- 10 mm socket
- Socket wrench
An avid motorcyclist, Chris Gilliland has immersed himself into the two-wheeled world while balancing work life and raising three daughters. When he is not managing the parts department of a local, multi-line motorcycle dealership, Gilliland can often be found riding, writing or working on his motorcycle blog, Wingman's Garage.