How To Remove The Seat On A Honda CB1100

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Combined with the helmet lock, the seat lock on this retro roadster is hidden, leading to some confusion. Here’s how you remove the seat on a Honda CB1100.

Don’t underestimate the trickiness of this combination. Before writing the 2013 Honda CB1100 ABS review, I pored over the bike for at least half an hour in a vain attempt to remove the seat and find a tool kit. It wasn’t until I’d published the review that reader Cameron Evans pointed out the two locks were combined and I figured out how to get that seat off. So, for anyone else that’s confused, here’s an easy guide to removing the CB1100′s seat.

Step One: Locate the helmet lock. It’s on the left side, under the rider’s butt.

Step Two: Turn the key and release the mechanism. Turn the key so the helmet lock releases, then grasp the tiny black lever behind the metal clasp, while the key is turned, and pull it down. You’ll hear an audible click as the seat lock releases and the rear of the seat may pop up.

Step Three: Pull the seat up and towards the rear. And voila, it’s off.

Under the seat, you’ll find the fuses, the fluid reservoir for the rear brake and a tool kit which includes a fuse puller, allen key and phillips head screwdriver.

That allen key is sized to fit the sliver plastic side covers, allowing you to access the battery. There’s also a small storage area, appropriate for holding your own, much more useful tool kit, documents, a tire repair kit, disc lock and other necessities.

  • Alex Carlson

    A retro latch for a retro bike. Makes sense to me.

    • Stephen Mears

      very much like the one on my VF500.

  • Jonathan

    Anyone who owns or owned a CB 750 will no doubt know how to get the seat off. Retro indeed!

    • Theodore P Smart

      or an NSR125…

  • Eric

    If it were not for the fuse puller I would swear this was from a piece of Ikea furniture.

  • runnermatt

    I find it refreshing that the Ride Apart staff was willing to let the comment on the CB1100 review article remain and interact with the reader on how to get the seat off. That is something that I don’t see on other motorcycle websites (or any magazine website for that matter). Modesty is an awesome thing that I’m afraid we don’t see enough of anymore in this country. No one wants to admit they are wrong because they are afraid of looking stupid. While failing to admit they are wrong just makes them look dumb anyway. Thank you to the Ride Apart staff for being bigger than the other motorcycle websites out there.

    Now that that is out of the way. I have a quick request. Could you write an article that explains how motorcycle geometry affects the ride and handling. For example, I don’t know what rake and trail are or why they are important. Why do cruisers tend to present a leverage problem to riders? Why is a 21 inch front wheel preferable off road?

    And I wasn’t trying to brown nose in order to get a response to my request.

    • runnermatt

      I realized on the way to work this morning that I forgot to ask about counter steering too. Then when I got to work youtube recommended this video explaining counter steering.

      • Piglet2010

        I was told generally not to counter-steer into corners by Jason Pridmore. Others will disagree.

        • TreMoto_Armsdale

          “While this appears to be a complex sequence of motions, it is performed by every child who rides a bicycle. The entire sequence goes largely unnoticed by most riders, which is why some assert that they do not do it.” –

          • Piglet2010

            Yet most bicycles can be steered around corners while riding no-handed.

            An 800+ pound cruiser with 200 mm of trail and a 300 mm wide rear tire will likely require counter-steering into all but the most gradual curves – a Ninja 250 or Bonnie SE will not on a full-size track.

  • Frick

    My 94 VFR has that kind of latch…

  • Chester Nodier

    What a tiny tool kit. I’m restoring a 1967 Honda CL77 (305 Scrambler). The tool kit is fairly complete and much more useful than the 2013 version. I guess today’s rider is expected to call for a tow truck and take his bike to a mechanic for maintenance and repair. I’m glad there’s room for a cell phone in that compartment.

  • Jesse

    That’s a pretty sweet mechanism. way easier than on my 98 Honda F3. In order to get to the tool kit, you need a 12mm socket.


  • Kamenashi

    Apart from the sketchy price tag, interesting robust bike.