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Exclamation 2015 Versys 1000 owners >> Alert <<

I have read of some owners stating the locking 'peg' on the factory seat is coming unlatched on its' own.

It is now happening to my bike as well.
Be aware! I'm waiting for an answer from Kawi customer service.

Two dealers I've spoken to have said they haven't ran across it.
They also haven't sold more than 3 I think.

It hasn't made an impression that I'm going to fly off or anything. Be nice if it was harder to steal though.
It relocks easily enough but I think the latch is somehow vibrating to release the rear.

I can't see this being ignored much longer.

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Seat latch find

I did find this late last night.

Versys Ventures, and more ...: Seat Lock Issue
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I'm not sure if the seat/ mounts are identical between the 650 and 1000 Vs, but one of the FIRST things I did on EACH V (inc my 2015 650LT) was to raise the front of the seat by 9/16", which MIGHT help keep it latched.... THESE are pics of the '09.






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Seems a little off topic fast Eddie.

I never felt the need to raise the front, and no issues with latching. But, then again, I ride the Versys as it was intended. A sportbike with backroad suspension.

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Seems a little off topic fast Eddie.
I put that into my post because I FEEL that once the front is raised, it seems like it puts more leverage DOWN towards the rear of the seat, MAYBE helping to STOP the seat from unlatching....


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I have both the 650 and the 1000.

So far, no issues with either seat

No matter where you go - there you are.
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I put that into my post because I FEEL that once the front is raised, it seems like it puts more leverage DOWN towards the rear of the seat, MAYBE helping to STOP the seat from unlatching....

fasteddie V1000 seat is much different to V650 seat.

The V1000 latch it right at the rear of the seat pan and uses a front facing latch.
The V650 latch is under the middle hump and is a side facing latch.

I would say that the V1000 seat pan might be flexing a bit and that might allow the latch to bind on the striker, and with a weak spring pushing the striker forward the stiker just gets worked rearwards and then unlocks.

Maybe put a stronger spring in there... harwdare stores sell all kinds of springs.
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Seat replacement update

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I did find this late last night.

Versys Ventures, and more ...: Seat Lock Issue
Okay, picked up new seat yesterday, rode three miles home, unlatched again.
Using the suggestion of slightly bending the bracket that catches the latch and taking a 2-3 mile spin came home to find it still secure. I do believe I'll be using the rubber washer tip as well. Will ride more tomorrow and Tuesday.
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Yeah, 120 hp with a loose seat is a concern.
If the dealer and oem are just replacing parts, the seat,
I'd try to find a 'good' mechanic who could trouble shoot what the
problem is and get the dealer/factory to foot the bill afterwards.

Your safety is number one, and it's only on certain bikes.
It sounds like the interface around or under the seat may be the root cause,
which has happened to me a couple of times before . That or play with the lock
to see which direction of key forces help a positive locking action.

On the Vs. 650 gas tank, you can easily break the key if you don't know
how to press the cap down locking and unlocking, for example.
The seat on my Vs. 650 is a bitch because I have 2 seat pads looped around the seat.
I finally got it sorted out though. Small changes make a big difference on the tight fitting seats.
Good luck!
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I have that issue on my '13, but with the Sargent seat. The stock seat wasn't a problem. I'll have to get around to seeing if I can do something with the latch.
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Used the rubber washer part today, still came unlatched. I suspect the weak spring in the latch mechanism is too soft. I cannot get it to come loose in the driveway. More sleuthing is coming.
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Bend tab toward the rear sorted the issue for me

I have a 2015 Versys 1000. Experienced exactly the same behavior; seat coming unlatched at every ride, even short duration rides. Behavior started at about 7K miles. Bending the tab on the seat toward the rear of the bike sorted the issue. Been another 7-8K miles on the bike since the adjustment without recurrence. Had to bend it twice though; the first bend of about 10 degrees wasn't enough. Bending again another 10 degrees then seems to have sorted the issue.
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