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    Quote Originally Posted by blast54 View Post
    Serious question....
    I always left my key in the ignition of my past bikes and tossed my jacket over the dash/windshield/helmet when departing. Many miles and many locations have never had anything stolen or lost my keys. ( I would take it out if at a hotel/motel at night )

    Now I have a fob for the RTW which I leave in the tankbag which stays with the bike... I still don't lose my keys but wonder if the battery on the bike or the fob will draw down after a while?

    I actually bought a second fob with the bike because I didn't trust myself...good thing too....thank you so much to the person who turned my fob into the lost and found this past summer in Salt Lake City. I was having tires installed and took the key out of the tankbag to leave it on the seat.
    Carry an extra battery for your fob. Best not to leave the fob on the bike for extended periods when it is not running. When the fob is in-range the bike’s electronics remain more active than when it is out of range and more power is used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beemermyke View Post
    And back to the FOB... my friend and I tested two 2016 models, a R1200RT and a R1200GSA. I rode the RT first, and the key fob was on the bike in the compartment on the gas tank. My friend had the key FOB to the GS in his pocket. When we swapped bikes and he pulled away from me on the RT, we both soon realized that the little key icon I was seeing on the GS was because the FOB was out of range. When I picked up my GSA last week, the salesman told me that the extra "wallet" key has a chip in it. You wave it in the vicinity of the (insert area here, I forgot!) and it will activate the start system for 30 seconds so you can start it. Not too sure of the advantages of a keyless ignition, if any...
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    Seriously though

    I took the plastic key, removed the lining of my helmet and drew the outline of it in the flatest area of the helmet. From within the outline I used a small blunt object to depress the area inside the line just enough to hold the key within the lines then put a piece of electrical tape on it. Replace the liner. It's always in the helmet just use a lock to take the helmet with you.

    For the regular key fob. It goes on a carabiner attached to my belt loop.

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    I did the same thing with that spare "chipped" key... removed the liner and then duct-taped it to the Styrofoam.
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    I was blowing snow recently, when I heard a "ching" and saw a black object fly through the air and land in the snow. It was my Subaru fob and house keys. Luckily it still works fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rinty View Post
    I was blowing snow recently, when I heard a "ching" and saw a black object fly through the air and land in the snow. It was my Subaru fob and house keys. Luckily it still works fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by t6pilot View Post
    A ride a couple months ago with a couple Harley buddies, both bikes keyless, first stop #1 Harley starts #2 has dead key fob battery.
    A couple of weeks ago I started my wethead GS. I little message appeared along the bottom of the dash "lo key." I went to Walmart and bought a 2-pack of batteries for the key fob. Problem averted, problem solved: it was not difficult.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Ahem......it seems around here the cars with the keyless- push button on dash start feature are being left running
    Really kinda a problem when the owner pulls into the garage and goes to the bedroom over the garage for s nap
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    Doesn't take much to tell if a car is still running or not. Exception would be a Prius which is programmed not to sit still and burn gas. But both of my Prius (Prii?) will beep, beep, beep if I try to walk away with the car still activated...This could be a problem if a hybrid is left active in a garage...but since I don't have a garage, and can still hear beeps, no problem here.

    PS: I only own one Prius: my daughter was given the older one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsuited View Post
    Doesn't take much to tell if a car is still running or not. Exception would be a Prius which is programmed not to sit still and burn gas. But both of my Prius (Prii?) will beep, beep, beep if I try to walk away with the car still activated...This could be a problem if a hybrid is left active in a garage...but since I don't have a garage, and can still hear beeps, no problem here.

    PS: I only own one Prius: my daughter was given the older one.
    Maybe the new ones beep when walking away, but the older ones didn't. My father-in-law, twice, walked away from his Prius w/o shutting it down. Both times the Prius' high voltage battery ran down, then the Prius started the gas engine to recharge the battery, then shut off. The Hi-Voltage battery ran down, and the gas engine cycle restarted. It would go through this cycle until the car ran out of gas, and the battery ran down! Great fun to get into a Prius that's out of gas w/a dead battery! (The car was parked in a car port and no one notice when the gas engine fired up).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgoertz View Post
    Maybe the new ones beep when walking away, but the older ones didn't.
    My first Prius was a 2007 and it beeped like mad if I tried to walk away from it while it was still on.

    My Prius Prime is a plug-in, so if it has any charge left in the "plug-in partition" of the battery pack it defaults to EV mode and will just sit there and not run the engine. The engine might come on when that charge is gone, but that would be days or even weeks away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    WoW.........single stage?OM
    Yes.
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    TrackR Bravo / Key FOB

    The technology for the TrackR Bravo or similar GPS 'trackers' are pretty nifty.
    However, they do rely on social/crowd sourcing. Which is probably one of the reasons they have a fairly aggressive advertisement campaign (get users in the 'field').

    Scenario: You put the widget on your key. You lose your key. I walk by, and I have the app on my smart phone that monitors the widgets; when your widget is detected, the app logs the ID and GPS coordinates - the 'owner' is advised of the location. Currently the biggest LIMFAC; not many folks have the app on their smart phones, and smart phones are chewing through miliamperes on a battery rapidly - so folks tend to disable apps, background cycles, etc. to increase longevity.


    The really flimsy plastic key that should have came with your bike will 'keylessly' start your ride if you put the key in the rear wheel well (basically between the tire and your tail bone - on the tire side; you'll see a thing in the shroud that doesn't look like the rest of the fender). It's a bit of a trick to start in this manner - because the books says you have time to move from the rear to the start button -- but, your mileage may vary. Give it a try! You'll need to remember to leave your key FOB in the house for this science project. I've tried this experiment, it's a challenge, much easier to do with a friend.

    If you don't lose your key FOB, but the battery is dead; you can start the bike the same way with the key FOB. Shove the de-energized FOB under the rear mud flap and run to the on button to start. I have not tried this one in practice - however, I did see a YouTube video where a guy did it -- so it has to be true!

    I like the idea of taping a replacement battery inside my pannier; and securing the 'valet' key inside my helmet liner. Great tips!

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    Yes; I am scared of losing my key fob. My solution? I attached a lanyard to the key FOB, which is attached to a cosmetic carabiner to attach to my belt loop on my pants; the lanyard/cord is long enough to sit comfortably in my front or rear pocket. Problem solved. As I understand the key fob will create a parasitic current draw on the bike, as the bike searches for the fob - minor but good to be aware of because of all of the electrical gremlins and magic smoke involved in riding the newer RT's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stogey View Post
    The really flimsy plastic key that should have came with your bike will 'keylessly' start your ride if you put the key in the rear wheel well (basically between the tire and your tail bone - on the tire side; you'll see a thing in the shroud that doesn't look like the rest of the fender).
    This is not the same location on all models.
    On the RS you slip the key in the gap of the front and pillion seat.
    For a fob with a dead battery you have to remove the pillion seat and place the fob on top of the receiver.

    I believe the location for a RT is forward of the ignition switch.
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