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Hi. Don't know if this is going in the right place or not, but it's the only place I've found after about 25 minutes of searching this site where I can input something..... I'm curious if anyone out there has any ideas about securing an aftermarket seat to the bike to prevent theft....
I switched out the stock seat on my 2000 V-Star 650 Classic with a a piece 2-up Mustang seat. (I LOVE IT, btw..!!) My CONCERN is that there is basically only ONE BOLT that attaches it to my bike (or any other 650 star for that matter...) It occurred to me that it would take someone about 15 seconds to come along with a tool, run that ONE bolt out, and BAM my $400 seat is history.... :eek: I'm curious if there is anyone out there that has any ideas, or has possibly implemented a SECURE method of attaching the seat that would make it, at worst, DIFFICULT to take off, or at best, make it almost IMPOSSIBLE to remove without a specialized tool.........

Thanks. Looking froward to getting some feedback and/or ideas!
 

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Well, Bud :D now that you posted the required "one time" in the introduction section, you are now free to post anything anywhere here,,,well not anything, you know rules is rules.

Can the bolt be changed to some kind of security head type bolt?

WAIT! Before you do that, leave your bike out front tonight, outside, no flood lights, and I'll take "a look" to see if I have any idea,,,,you don't have a dog do you? :D
 

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Honestly I don't think you need to worry about someone stealing your seat. Have you ever seen how quick someone that knows what they are doing can steal the whole bike? Pull up a full size van , slide out a ramp, push it in , close the doors drive away quicker than a Formula 1 pit stop. (about 3.5 secs) I'm sure you can get some secure hardware to prevent your seat from being stolen though.
 

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Thanks for the replies..... Seems like an odd thing to worry about I know; ORDINARILY, I wouldn't think twice about it, because, well, who in their right mind would steal a SEAT?? Wouldn't ever come up as a DISTANT thought in my head - but..... ya never know what evil lurks out there. :( My main reason for checking to see if anyone had any ideas was because I just had a guest stay at my motel that was on his way to southern Oregon all the way from MAINE. A LONG ride! ANYWAY - he was telling me me just before he checked out this morning that while in Copperstown, NY, he stayed at a place that ran him $200 BUCKS a night, and at some point during the night, someone went to his bike, unbolted his [stock] seat and took off with his saddle bags!

THAT got me to remembering that there are all kinds of DIRT BAGS out there that will try anything to take what someone else has if they want it...... and that no matter what or where, you ALWAYS have to be vigilant. Very rare for something like that to happen, but it's still a sad commentary about our certain segments of our society. :)
 

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I'm curious if there is anyone out there that has any ideas, or has possibly implemented a SECURE method of attaching the seat that would make it, at worst, DIFFICULT to take off, or at best, make it almost IMPOSSIBLE to remove without a specialized tool.........

Thanks. Looking froward to getting some feedback and/or ideas!
Actually if you're not interested in removing the seat on a recurring basis, you could probably accomplish your objective by using RED Loctite. A word of caution however: RED Loctite is intended for semi-permanent installations. Unlike BLUE Loctite which can be overcome with hand tools, it will take some serious leverage to break the bolt loose.

And welcome.:)
 

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Welcome aboard.You can by bolts that take a special tool to remove them. Lot of lic plate bolt kits have them.Real similiar to the bolt that holds the left side cover on our liners.
 

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Then therre are those bolts you see in Men´s rooms so no one can take the doors hinges, why would I , or the Paper dispenser, a really wanted item. All the better to prevent vandelism is be aware and use some type of bolt to secure your seat.
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