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I would like to remove the backrest in order to have the kid ride up against me while she learns to be a passenger. She just turned 8, that's the legal age in California for street riding. I have installed a cargo box to serve as a backrest for her, and will be blocking up the foot platforms for her. If i remove my backrest assembly, is there going to be a huge gap, or just a small hole in the seat? Is there a cover available for it?
 

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JUst two small holes.. to remove it, there are small screws under the seat that have to be removed.
 

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Just 2 small holes, where the rods for the butt-stop go into the adjusting mechanism.
Some riders have used some plugs to fill the holes, just to look better.
 

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It comes off in the morning. Thank you.
 

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Once you do that, you're halfway to getting Bearcat's excellent homemade backrest installed!

Seriously. If you're over five-eleven, you need the room the backrest uses. Getting that room back, with or without that new backrest, will be a revelation.
 

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Those two little screws have messed up a few Burgman owners for days. Make sure you use a good JIS type screwdriver with no chips in the blade, by chips I mean like if it has spun in a screw head and wore the tip down. JIS tips are not the common #2 Phillips. The tip must fit the screw head very well. Push down while turning.
 

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Dave_J said:
Those two little screws have messed up a few Burgman owners for days. Make sure you use a good JIS type screwdriver with no chips in the blade, by chips I mean like if it has spun in a screw head and wore the tip down. JIS tips are not the common #2 Phillips. The tip must fit the screw head very well. Push down while turning.
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I used the right screwdriver and both of my screws must have been put in by gorilla man himself. Of course I was working upside down under the seat. Guess I am going to have to remove the seat just to remove those screws. At least I didn't strip the heads or the screws themselves. Any tips on seat removal and installation?
 

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I used a pair of channel locks, clamped onto the head, and twisted them out. It buggers up the head, but I threw away the screws anyways. Their only purpose is to keep the butt rest from coming off the seat. But there is a release under the seat that locks the butt rest into what ever position you put it in. As for removing the seat; there are two nuts at the front of the seat (on the underneath side) that need to be removed. They are at the pivot point when you raise and lower the seat. You also need to remove the cotter pin on the top of the ram, then slide it off. You will also need to unplug the wires to the light.
 

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Like Eugene said, removing the seat make it a bit easer. Those two screws are down in there and hard to get anything on them. On my three Burgman 650's I had one screw strip out the threads, just spin but not come out. I wedged a flat screwdriver under and used my drimmel with a grinding tip to grind it flush. Never put the screws back in, put my BearCat back rest on. Brad is not making money on me, 1 back rest on three bikes. :twisted:
 
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