Dumb raptor question

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by John Littler, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. John Littler

    John Littler Guest

    Hey guys,

    A question for Conehead/Burnie/Jules and Deb/other raptor owners

    How the bloody hell does the seat come off on the Raptor ? (without
    damaging it, and while still being able to refit it before the smarties
    jump in)

    There's nothing in the manual and I'm stuffed if I can find a lock or
    lever or what have you.


    John Littler, Apr 25, 2005
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  2. You'll have to split the cases.

    Postman Pat
    Pat Heslewood, Apr 25, 2005
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  3. John Littler

    Burnie M Guest

    Vague answer;
    something like a key unlock at the rear (or something)...
    Burnie M, Apr 25, 2005
  4. John Littler

    John Littler Guest

    bugger. looked for one of those and failed to spot it
    John Littler, Apr 25, 2005
  5. It's there, but well hidden. Have a look under (as in right under) the
    ducktail, LHS, around about where the rear-seat starts.

    Julie and Deb, Apr 25, 2005
  6. John Littler

    John Littler Guest

    Found it - right where you said - well hidden though ! Seat is a bit of
    a bugger to get back on. If the toolkit isn't flat enough the tab won't
    go in the slot.

    Ahh well. Know how to do it now - manual was useless (charming Ital-ish,
    but useless)

    Did you guys get a C spanner for doing the rear preload ? I don't seem
    to have one. I also have a couple of very odd bits of metal in the
    toolkit - 2 pieces of round rod about 10cm long with 2 90 degree bends
    (ie the two long ends are parallel)

    Also have a piece of metal with like a socket on each end but not hex -

    Any suggestions ?

    John Littler, Apr 25, 2005
  7. Yeah, it's a bugger alright.
    Not sure, they look like winders or dummy-bars or similar. Maybe they go
    into a socket as a lever system.
    Julie and Deb, Apr 25, 2005
  8. John Littler

    Burnie M Guest

    Is this the toolkit that sits on top of the battery ?
    I did not have a spanner to tighten the mirrors so I added (one only)
    14?mm and the seat would not fit. A few other tools seemed to be
    missing to me as well. In short, the toolkit has the same QC as the
    rest of the bike :)
    Burnie M, Apr 25, 2005
  9. John Littler

    GB Guest

    Winders are what you look out of when it's raining outside (and wish
    it weren't)

    GB, Apr 25, 2005
  10. John Littler

    John Littler Guest

    Yup, well next to it, but same difference.
    That's OK, the X raptor has different mirrors to the V and standard
    Raptor, the X's mirrors are so stylishly Italian that you can't see a
    damn thing in them anyway, so I can't say I'm like to bother adjusting
    them <grin>

    Whatsa behinda you duzzn't madda ! Why you wanna look for there anyway ?
    Well at this point the QC hasn't shown up any dramas (touch wood) but
    hey, give it time. I have a sneaking suspicion your standards are going
    to be higher than mine, I'm expecting (and accepting of) Italian
    quirkiness, just like I am English quirkiness (and the two are
    distinctly different). If I wanted another Japanese bike (which has been
    most of the fleet) I'd have bought one and enjoyed the utter reliability
    that goes with it.

    Besides, it's a Eurasian, it's got a Japanese engine, so that should be
    reliable :)

    Hmm, anyone know any Italian/Japanese Eurasian girls* ?

    *Well if I'm going to match the helmet, go the whole hog and match the
    pillion as well, hey ?
    04 X raptor #202/999
    04 Gilera DNA 180
    89 KR1 (also renowned for unreliability while being huge fun, there
    could be a pattern here)
    John Littler, Apr 25, 2005
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    Conehead Guest

    The key goes in vertically about halfway along the left side, a couple of
    inches in. You might need to lean on the rear of the seat while turning the

    That's the easy part. I gleefully await the "How do I get the fuckin thing
    back on?" thread.
    Conehead, Apr 26, 2005
  12. John Littler

    Conehead Guest

    There's a rod in the toolkit. You hit it with a hammer to shift the locking
    ring and the preload ring. Make sure you only hit every second lug, because
    they round off very quickly :)
    Conehead, Apr 26, 2005
  13. John Littler

    BT Humble Guest

    I can't remember the last time I wished that!

    BT Humble, Apr 26, 2005
  14. Being the compleat metrosexual that he is, I suspect Johns got a good
    handle on "queer cosmetics" ;-)

    Iain Chalmers, Apr 26, 2005
  15. John Littler

    John Littler Guest

    Thanks Mate, Jules and Deb sorted me out on that one already.

    Naaah it was a shit to get on but close examination revealed the problem
    (mind you it took about 15mins of careful fiddling and several removals
    of the tool bag to get the fucker back on). I think I'll be rethinking
    the contents/storage method of the toolbag - a bigger bag that doesn't
    sit quite as high will help.

    John Littler, Apr 26, 2005
  16. John Littler

    John Littler Guest

    Are you serious ? **** me ! I'm off to MCA to spend $15 on an
    aftermarket C spanner then !!

    (<shakes head>, I thought it was the English who were masters of the
    dodgy solution)
    John Littler, Apr 26, 2005
  17. John Littler

    John Littler Guest

    Oh that's OK, JulianDeb warned me I was going to get accused of that
    after asking about a colour co-ordinating helmet :)

    That's OK, wait until I've finished replacing what little plastic it
    does have with Carbon Fibre*and adding extra CF bits (belly pan,hugger
    etc :)

    *If it's worth doing, it's worth doing to excess
    04 X Raptor with added Carbon Fibre
    04 Gilera DNA - still VERY yellow (btw CrazyCam, you **really** want one
    of these, I was killing myself laughing while roaring through the Old Rd
    at 90K (screw the double points, I was having FUN !)
    89 KR1
    John Littler, Apr 26, 2005
  18. John Littler

    John Littler Guest

    Abso-fuckin'-lutely !!

    (sweetie I could teach the fab five a thing or three :p )
    John Littler, Apr 26, 2005
  19. John Littler

    John Littler Guest

    Not to mention inner city Sydney :)

    It's a den of iniquity down there, don't you worry 'bout that !
    John Littler, Apr 26, 2005
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    GB Guest

    "Well I dont read this group for the serious bike related issues"
    (Will S)

    GB, Apr 26, 2005
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