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its clear that the cable that links the handle to the back rest realease at the hinge of the seat has come off. to confirm this the seat back material needs to be striped but before stripping starts disconnect the battery because you will be disconnecting the sensor in the seat belt stalk which is part of the airbag system also if the seat has an airbag in it that also needs to be disconnected plus seat warmers or coolers connection then remove seat strip seat back material and fix
It sounds as though the seat pan might be coming into contact with the battery and thus causing the seat to heat up and drain the battery all at once. My question would be if the battery was recently replaced and an incorrect sized battery was used. If battery isn't under the seat pan itself, check for wires that might have insulation damage that could cause a short and draining the battery. Also some people have installed heated grips on their bikes, maybe the switch for that isn't off when not in use and causing a drain.
You didnt say if it is a cruiser or street so here is both:
Remove the seat from your
motorcycle. Turn the key to the "On" position and hold it there as you
lift up on the seat to unlock it.
Put on the gloves and the safety glasses. Remove the plastic cover on the battery compartment.
Detach the cables connected to
the terminals on the top of the battery. You can pull the cables off by
hand. Remove the negative (black) cable first, then the positive (red)
cable. Cover the negative battery terminal with black electrical tape.
Lift the battery out of the compartment. Be sure not to touch the terminals to any metal components of the frame or the seat.
Position the new battery. Connect the positive cable to the battery first, then the negative cable.
Reattach the seat.
Lift or remove the seat on your
bike. Use the ignition key to unlock the mechanism holding the seat in
place. Depending on the model, tilt the seat back or lift it completely
off the bike.
Locate the two anchor bolts on
either side of the gas tank. Unscrew the bolts using an Allen wrench.
Hold on to both the bolts and the bushings on the underside of the
bolts. The bushings prevent your gas tank from rattling during
Tilt your gas tank up to reveal
the battery compartment. It is necessary to prop up the gas tank or have
a helper hold it for you as you work on the battery.
Detach the cables connected to
the battery terminals. Remove the negative (black) cable first, then the
positive (red) cable. Cover the negative battery terminal with black
Lift the battery out of the bike, being careful not to touch the terminals to any part of the motorcycle or your skin.
Position the new battery in the bike. Connect the positive cable to the battery first, then the negative cable.
Reposition the gas tank and secure it by tightening the bolts.
taking the seat of a vmax is really easy. open the seat like your gonna full the gas tank, on both sides is a plastic piece coming from the seat. on nut on each side comes out and the seat lifts back and up. if your talking about just starting with a battery cable you can just reach the battery cables with the seat off. if your talking about jump starting by forward motioin and using the clutch its best to find a hill and get it going and put the bike in 2nd gear and let the clutch out. WARNING. If the bike don`t start you probably won`t be able to push it up hills, it weighs 650 lbs. but you can not jump start the bike without taking off the seat. suggestion, buy a battery tender terminal hookup for $5 and screw the two wires onto your batter and let if hang out the side of the seat, it has a cap over to keep it dry in the rain and if you buy a battery tender you will be able to jump the bike or charge the battery without taking of the seat every time. the battery tender cost from $20 to $40 it s worth the money. if your not going to ride you bike in the winter hook up the battery tender and leave the battery out of the bike for the winter in a garage or basement hooked to the battery tender. cost pennys a month and save the battery life. hope this helps
Remove the seat by taking the bolt out of the rear fender at that rear of the seat. Lift the seat and pull it to the rear to get it off the bike. Just to the rear of the battery box on the right side of the bike, there are two bolts, loosen them. Look behind the battery inside the frame where the seat came off and you'll see a bolt. This is a "jack bolt". Turn this bolt counterclockwise to lower the battery tray, clockwise to raise it. Good Luck.
The battery is under the seat on the right side of the bike. You must first remove the seat by removing the screw on the top of the rear fender that holds the seat in place...you can't miss the screw, it's a big chrome philips head screw. Once the screw is removed, lift the seat up slightly and gently pull towards the rear of the bike; this will release the front of the seat from it's retaining tab. Now that the seat is off, look at the right side of the bike, the chrome box there is the battery compartment. I believe the bolts connecting the battery are 10mm...you can undo them with a wrench and pull the battery out.