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I got a super deal on a 1980 GL1100 a few days ago. For the price I paid I did not expect a bike in "new" condition....it needs tires, battery, and a fix on a sticking right front brake caliper, but overall it is in great shape for a bike its age. 72K miles. My question is this:
How the heck do I remove the seat? This is my 13th motorcycle, and all of them have had easily accessible seat latches.
I can't locate this one to save my life, and it's frustrating. Arrrrrrgh!
Also, I have a shop manual on the way, but does the bike have a
master idle set screw. I quickly discovered that changing the setting of the #4 carb idle screw was not a good idea.......that set off some
banging and detonation on the #1 and #3 bank. The engine idles at
about 1500 rpm, smooth, but too fast. The throttle cables have slack, so I don't think that is the source of the high idle speed. Any suggestions welcome. Once I have a repair manual, I think I can deal
with most basic tuneup work.
Thanks,
CW
 

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there should be a bolt on sideof the seat that locks the seat down
 

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Remove the lids from the two side trunks. Lift up the middle of the rubber seals on the seat sides and you will see access to hex bolts. The bolt with the little contraption on it is bigger than the other side. The contraption allows you to move the seat forward or backwards a bit.
 

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Regarding the Honda dealers' servicing policy - pretend you're a Honda dealer and have to answer the following questions when making business decisions: "where the heck do I store all these new parts when I have to keep all the parts for 1100's too? And when I hire new mechanics, because the good 1100 and 1200 cc mechanics retire, how can I train the new ones for the 1100's and 1200's when the factory only supports me in training for the 1800s?". I have an 1100 also. I get my parts from recyclers and have found an independent repair shop that knows 1100's. A bonus: the hourly rate is less than at the dealers. There is always a silver lining in the cloud. Enjoy the ride!
 
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