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    Key Fob power status

    I have a 2016 RS with the keyless fob feature. My question is simple: Is the key fob powered by a battery? If so, where is it buried in the fob. Question two: If the battery goes south in the fob then your up a creek unless you brought your emergency plastic key along. Correct?

    Been with the bike 2 years, still learning GPS, ESA and Engine riding modes. Sometimes I pull out my 1965 Honda Super Hawk out from the garage and go for a short ride just so not to forget how it used to be........

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    Quote Originally Posted by robocop View Post
    I have a 2016 RS with the keyless fob feature. My question is simple: Is the key fob powered by a battery? If so, where is it buried in the fob. Question two: If the battery goes south in the fob then your up a creek unless you brought your emergency plastic key along. Correct?

    Been with the bike 2 years, still learning GPS, ESA and Engine riding modes. Sometimes I pull out my 1965 Honda Super Hawk out from the garage and go for a short ride just so not to forget how it used to be........
    You can start the bike with a weak or dead fob battery. Page 51 in your owners manual shows where to place the fob when you have a bad battery.
    Page 52 in your manual shows how to change the battery in your fob.
    I plan to change this battery every year and I carry a spare battery on the bike.
    These are cheap CR2032 batteries you can find about anywhere.
    Lee
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    There's a warning light on your dash that will signal that's the battery needs replacing. I replaced my key fob battery on the road, easy to do.
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    This video shows how to change the fob battery.

    Lee
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    The guy making the video must have exceptionally strong thumbs. Getting my battery cover off is quite the chore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    The guy making the video must have exceptionally strong thumbs. Getting my battery cover off is quite the chore.
    The first couple times I tried to remove the cover I gave up, figuring I was prying in the wrong spot.
    After seeing the video I saw I was doing it right but needed more force.
    I used my thumb like the guy in the video.
    Last edited by Lee; 09-08-2017 at 11:32 PM.
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    I have batteries on my RTs in case a fob needs one. Simple thing to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    This video shows how to change the fob battery.

    Nice, thank you for posting this video.
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    My 15RT, starting getting the low bat signal after about 18 months
    Easy Peasy to change, carry a couple spares now, just in case

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    I found that keeping the fob in the same pocket as my smartphone kept the fob from working reliably. Even replacing the battery didn't help, I needed to separate them - different pockets was enough. I was really irritated for 6 months before I figured this out. Same with hotel keycards - keep them in a different pocket from your phone
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