I would never cut off the large tab in the front of the seat, it helps put the seat in the correct position for the bolts. If that tab is not going in, the seat is not in the correct place.
I have the Honda backrest and battled getting the left side cover on. It wasn't obvious, but the plastic tab on the right rear of the seat was not under the metal tab on the frame causing the seat to be slightly out of alignment. That slight misalignment was enough to block the side cover. I reinstalled the seat and the cover installed easily.Every bike I ever owned prior to the Wing had a sear that was removed with the key. Turn the key and it releases a catch point that holds the seat onto the frame. The Wing is a chore. And ever since installing the Honda rider backrest it's near impossible to install the left side cover. Yes - the backrest is correctly installed. Just a nightmare design all-around.
When I had my stock seat it was easier to line the bolts up without the tab, my Corbin seat does not even come with a tab, I wonder if any of the aftermarket seats have a tab ???I would never cut off the large tab in the front of the seat, it helps put the seat in the correct position for the bolts. If that tab is not going in, the seat is not in the correct place.
It takes Mother Honda a while to catch on.Just took mine off to install a Utopia backrest this weekend. Hardest part of the job was trying to get the seat back on. Why design it this difficult? Also I see the new wings have a pre made slot in seat for a backrest, wish Honda would of done this years ago. I find this bike very awkward to work on even for routine maintenance.
There's this persistent insistence that if something isn't happening to me, it isn't happening, or if it is happening, it's because someone's screwing up.It isn't..my seat has been so easy to reinstall I just cant see why its even a issue for some...same with filling the fuel tank.