My seat is almost impossible to unlock. It looks like I could dremel a bit of the seat pan
to let the latch free up easier. Has anyone else experienced this problem and if so, what
did you do about it?
I dont have any problem with the seat on mine , have to push down firmly to get it to lock back on, but then I also remember back in the early K12RS days when getting the seat on was considered the "Secret Handshake" of the bike.
Same experience, I thought the key would break off in the lock as well. Owners manual says make sure the bike is in gear before pushing down and foward to release the latch. I waxed up the latch which resulted in it taking a lot less effort to operate.
I wonder what the reasoning was behind this design?
I have been having the same problem and it has gotten worse lately. I did find a bit of a fix.
There are two rubber buttons on either side of the latch point on the underside of the seat. They rest on two points on either side of the latch and are the source of the problem. I noticed that one was scrubbing away the little label it rested upon, exposing the gum residue from the label. I scraped away the label and residue and applied a bit of grease to both rubber buttons to help them slide a bit. It helped. The buttons need to slide a bit to release the seat. It also might be a bit aggravated by cold weather, making the buttons a bit stiffer and harder to compress.
Me too. I find this seat lock the worst-designed part of the bike, or any other brand's seat lock for that matter. I find that by pushing down at the position right on top of the lock reduce the effort a bit.
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