Seat latch - spring loaded
Moto Guzzi Quota 1000 and Quota 1100 ES models
Thanks to Stanislav Bojan Zupet (Zupi) from Slovenia for sending me these photos in a private e-mail.
I've wanted to be able to remove the seat without removing the side panels. I know that some have mounted a remote latching system, I chose a different approach.
I purchased the following:
- McMaster-Carr part number 85015A71 - Stainless Steel Metric Ball-Nose Plunger W/Locking Element, M8 Thrd, 9-13.5 lb End Force; Quantity: 2
- McMaster-Carr part number 3382A15 - Ball-Nose & Round-Nose Spring Plunger Wrench for 5⁄16 inch-18 and M8 Thread Size; Quantity: 1
Installation was simple:
- Remove side covers.
- Remove the two bolts that secure the seat to the frame.
- Replace bolts with the ball nose plungers.
- Adjust ball nose plungers to protrude the appropriate amount.
The end result for me a seat that seems to stay in place very well while still affording easy removal. I'm sure I could have done without the tool (3382A15), but it made life a lot easier and didn't require me to file a screwdriver to fit.
Also, I'm not sure that the plunging part of the ball nose plunger does much at all other than to provide a smooth, rounded surface for the seat securing brackets to flex around. I think the same effect could be accomplished by grinding down the end of a 8 mm bolt so that it has a nice, rounded end. This can be quickly accomplished with a bench grinder and a hand drill. Chuck the bolt in the hand drill and run the hand drill while grinding...makes a nice rounded profile. And, since the threaded holes go all the way through the mounting tabs, a person could simply screw them through from the backside.