How to Remove the Seats From a Yamaha YZF 600

by Chris Gilliland

Since 1997, Yamaha's YZF600R and YZF-R6 have been thrilling sport motorcyclists around the world. The R6 is a race-winning machine, thriving in the high speeds of the race track, while the YZF600R's temperament is better suited to life in the real world, on real roads. Occasionally, you will find yourself needing to remove the seat from your YZF to effect regular maintenance or battery replacement. While there is some variation in the seating arrangement between both bikes, removing the seats is relatively trouble-free.

YZF600R (1994 - 2007)

Insert the ignition key into the seat lock, located on the left side of the tail fairing above the left passenger foot peg. Twist the key clockwise to release the seat lock mechanism.

Grasp the rear portion of the seat and lift it off of the motorcycle's subframe. Pull the front of the seat away from the gas tank until the tab under the front of the seat is free of the subframe.

Hold the seat over the subframe to reinstall it. Hook the seat's tab under the cross-member below the base of the gas tank.

Push the seat forward slightly, then lower the rear of the seat onto the motorcycle's subframe.

Push down on the rear of the seat until the seat lock mechanism clicks into place. Remove the ignition key from the seat lock.

YZF-R6 (1998 - Present)

Insert the ignition key into the seat lock on the left side of the tail fairing. 2006 and newer R6 models place the seat lock under the tail fairing, near the left rear foot peg. Twist the key clockwise to release the seat lock mechanism.

Grasp the rear of the passenger seat and lift it up slightly. Pull the seat toward the rear of the motorcycle until the hooks under the front of the seat are free of the tabs built into the subframe under the tail fairing.

Pull the rear corners of the rider's seat up to reveal both mounting bolts. Unscrew the bolts with a 5 mm Allen wrench. Lift the rear of the seat up, then pull it away from the gas tank until the tabs under the front of the seat are free of the cross-member below the base of the gas tank.

Slide the rider's seat tabs under the frame cross-member to reinstall the seat. Lower the back of the seat onto the subframe, then screw the mounting bolts into place with a 5 mm Allen wrench.

Hook the front of the passenger seat onto the tabs built into the subframe under the tail fairing. Lower the seat onto the fairing and press down until the seat lock mechanism clicks into place. Remove the ignition key from the seat lock.

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About the Author

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.