I am wondering how easy it is to remove the passenger pillion seat? nay one done it? and tips ?
It's a highly stressful operation; I went through two cups of coffee and a doughnut...
1. Unlatch operator seat (use key, of course) and set aside.
2. Assume a slightly unnatural bend and look back under the pillion seat; the pillion seat mount screw will be looking at you(facing forward in line with the seat). If memory serves (and it usually doesn't
) it's a 10mm mount bolt. Remove same using short socket extension (and don't do any French carving on the fender when you swing the ratchet)
3. Grasp pillion seat and pull it slightly forward and lift up on the front. The rear of the seat is secured in the mounts with two flanges; once clear, remove the pillion seat and sell it to Stratowart for an exorbitant sum of money (Say...2 or 300 clams?).
4. I don't know what you plan to do after removing the pillion seat, but I suspect you'll want to remove (and save) the seat mounting brackets that are secured by 4 metric allen screws threaded into the rear fender. If you're replacing the pillion seat with the Star luggage rack, it will use those fender mount fittings. If you're going to leave the fender naked, then you'll probably want to re-insert the 4 screws in the fender (blue Loctite). Probably you'll want to hunt down some chrome or stainless screws to dress it up a little.
When you remove the pillion seat, you'll see the four clear fender protectors Yamaha applied to prevent finish damage by the rubber shock absorbers on the bottom of the pillion seat. I left mine intact; properly shined they're almost invisible.
It's taken longer to type this than it did to remove the pillion seat and mount brackets.