Special.. (my mum
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Seat runner problems
I just picked up my new '98 twinny GTV. It's lovely, but I have a problem with the drivers seat.
I'm kicking myself because when myself and other half test drove it I noticed the seat was very stiff when trying to move back and forward on the runner. I assumed it just needed some grease and didn't worry about trying to get it fixed before I bought it...
Anyhow, it's not just stiff, I think there is a problem with the mechanism. It's hard to explain the symptoms but I'll do my best..
Sometimes it has reasonable smooth travel of 6 inches. But sometimes it gets totally stuck and will only move forward from the position it is in. Similarly sometimes it gets stuck and will only move back.
I tried a bit of brute force and ignorance and ended up with it in the fully forward position, trapping my legs, one of which immediately started to cramp... If there had been any passers by they would have had a great laugh watching me struggling.
If you give it a huge push it sometimes gets unstuck with a sort of a crunch sound. It's definitely not quite right.
Is this a common problem and how hard is it to remove the seat to have a proper look? Is it just the 4 allen headed bolts I need to remove? There seem to be some cables under the seat, what are these? It doesn't have airbags in the seat does it?
All advice gratefully received!