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Post  Toasted_311 on Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:34 am

Ok...we were told my the dealer there's a key lock under the seat to get it off.

It's a 1999 Valk Interstate, battery is giving a co work fits and we can't see a way to get the seat off nor a key lock to get the seat off.

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Post  easygoer on Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:07 am

I have a Valkyrie Standard and the seat is different, but I believe it locks the same way. The key lock is in the center panel, under the seat/tank area just to the right of the petcock. There should be a key slot there with a chrome ring around it.

Put the key in and turn it to the right. This is a cable lock and turning the key pulls a cable that unlatches the lock. Turn key and lift front of seat. Hope this helps (and isn't too late).

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Post  Toasted_311 on Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:17 am

easygoer wrote:I have a Valkyrie Standard and the seat is different, but I believe it locks the same way. The key lock is in the center panel, under the seat/tank area just to the right of the petcock. There should be a key slot there with a chrome ring around it.

Put the key in and turn it to the right. This is a cable lock and turning the key pulls a cable that unlatches the lock. Turn key and lift front of seat. Hope this helps (and isn't too late).

Paul

Thank you...looks like the previous owner put a chrome cover over that section....now to figure how to get it off....too bad we can reach in and pull the cable. Cool

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Post  easygoer on Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:43 am

Wow, sorry to hear that. I can't get a visual of what he has. Corbin did make a custom side cover that wrapped up to the tank area, enclosing the gap. Here's a pic of my setup and where the key lock is located. It's in the shadows there just below/right of the petcock.
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Post  easygoer on Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:37 am

Just a side note....

If he has a different side cover this won't help. But the stock side covers have 3 fastening points. A pin/rubber grommet type at the bottom center and upper rear corner. PULL UPPER CORNER FIRST, THEN BOTTOM CENTER SECOND.

The third fastening point is in the front where the side/center panels come together. This is a flimsy slot/tab type that is notorious for breaking, especially if you're not careful or try to pull there first (don't ask how I know).

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Post  Toasted_311 on Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:07 pm

easygoer wrote:Just a side note....

If he has a different side cover this won't help. But the stock side covers have 3 fastening points. A pin/rubber grommet type at the bottom center and upper rear corner. PULL UPPER CORNER FIRST, THEN BOTTOM CENTER SECOND.

The third fastening point is in the front where the side/center panels come together. This is a flimsy slot/tab type that is notorious for breaking, especially if you're not careful or try to pull there first (don't ask how I know).

Paul

He's got the stock side covers, but there's a chrome cover over the fuel petcock that's got 3 bolts in it.

Thanks for the pic...that helps alot too.

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Post  easygoer on Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:42 pm

Hmmm, sounds like one of these, or similar cover. Didn't know it interfered with the key lock. If it's this, be careful removing it. It's a chrome "engine hanger" cover.

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Post  Toasted_311 on Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:15 pm

easygoer wrote:Hmmm, sounds like one of these, or similar cover. Didn't know it interfered with the key lock. If it's this, be careful removing it. It's a chrome "engine hanger" cover.

Paul

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That's it...but thankfully there's room to reach the key with out taking it off....thought the key was behind it...not on the forward facing piece...bent down low and saw it. cheers

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Post  easygoer on Sat Dec 22, 2007 10:22 am

Alright!! Good to hear it. cheers

Hope the battery issue isn't serious. My stock oem battery lasted 9 years before it slowly gave up. Alot more electrical stuff on an Interstate tho.

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Post  Toasted_311 on Sat Dec 22, 2007 6:42 pm

Yeah, it's going out....been slowly needing more and more cranking time and even needed to be put on the charger. He rides every day.

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