Dead battery cannot open seat
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Fri May 02, 2014 7:20 am quote
My MP3 250 battery died, nothing works when ignition is switched on, cannot open the seat as nothing happens when I press the switch. Cannot access battery under seat.
Any tips on opening seat?
Cheers
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MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2012 Honda NC700 DCT
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Fri May 02, 2014 7:25 am quote
There is a solution...
Insert key.
Press key in a little further.
Rotate key clockwise.

Or counterclockwise; one way opens the seat, the other way opens the gas cap.
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Fri May 02, 2014 7:28 am quote
many thanks, it worked!!!
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MP3 400 / BV250
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Fri May 02, 2014 5:30 pm quote
Re: There is a solution...
Madison Sully wrote:
Insert key.
Press key in a little further.
Rotate key clockwise.

Or counterclockwise; one way opens the seat, the other way opens the gas cap.
On a 500. On a 250/400 it opens the pet carrier door. After you do that reach feel the cable for the saddle, push it to the left and the seat releases.
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MP3 250
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Sat May 03, 2014 2:35 am quote
I've always wondered if it's really necessary to have the extra complication/cost of remote opening on a seat??
I've had to modify mine as it no longer works so I've installed a pull in the trunk.
In reality the helmet goes in the back and other clothing/helmet goes under the seat so you are going to open them both anyway.
It's not difficult to do is it??
Molto Verboso
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Sun May 04, 2014 8:56 am quote
gilburton wrote:
I've always wondered if it's really necessary to have the extra complication/cost of remote opening on a seat??
I've had to modify mine as it no longer works so I've installed a pull in the trunk.
In reality the helmet goes in the back and other clothing/helmet goes under the seat so you are going to open them both anyway.
It's not difficult to do is it??
Do a search on this MP3 forum for the Pet Carrier release. Not so sure about the 250, but on my 500 it works like a charm.
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MP3 250
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Sun May 04, 2014 1:33 pm quote
When I asked the question "it's not difficult to do is it? " I meant why not just have a lock like bikes used to have.
As these early remote releases seem to fail eventuallyor batteries go if Piaggio had just fitted locks to the seat and rear storage is it really that difficult to open a lock like we used to do or have we all lost the capability and have to resort to electronics??
It would also reduce the price.
Just a thought.
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Mon May 05, 2014 7:53 am quote
Re: Dead battery cannot open seat
ilsun wrote:
My MP3 250 battery died, nothing works when ignition is switched on, cannot open the seat as nothing happens when I press the switch. Cannot access battery under seat.
Any tips on opening seat?
Cheers
I have seen this sort of post before.
I have a 12V Accessory wired direct to my Battery.
I always assumed I could do the Reverse and Plug in a Battery to the 12V Adapter and it would be enough voltage to open the Seat?

Keith
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Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:09 am quote
Thanks all for the quick responses!

On the 250 and 400, pushing in the key and turning it opens the gas filler cover and the "trunk".

Reaching in through the trunk, I can feel the latch to the seat, but it won't budge.

Next step?
Hooked
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Fri Nov 27, 2020 9:20 pm quote
Next you should take a light, locate the actuation cable and pull it manually.
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Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:15 pm quote
klaborde wrote:
ilsun wrote:
My MP3 250 battery died, nothing works when ignition is switched on, cannot open the seat as nothing happens when I press the switch. Cannot access battery under seat.
Any tips on opening seat?
Cheers
I have seen this sort of post before.
I have a 12V Accessory wired direct to my Battery.
I always assumed I could do the Reverse and Plug in a Battery to the 12V Adapter and it would be enough voltage to open the Seat?

Keith
This has worked with my BV350 when the mechanical release cable was stuck. *
Does the MP3 have an accessory socket that’s accessible with the seat locked?

* This was when the battery had been removed for the winter. I would be more careful if there’s a dead battery still in place: using another battery to open the seat may blow a fuse protecting the accessory socket. Then you’d be up a creek! In this case I would use a battery tender that limits the charging current, instead of a battery.
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