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    Leaving key in bike when not riding?

    I have been leaving the key in the ignition when the bike is parked in the garage. Sometimes 3 weeks at a time.

    Is there a consensus of whether that's okay or should I remove the key when it's stored for a length of time? Last night I pulled the key and brought it into the house [ the idea it may not be wise for the electronics/handshake came to mind for some reason ].

    What say the learned members here on this?

    Thanks in advance, btw, it's a 2012 1200GS
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    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
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    A lot of people leave chipped keys in the car or truck without any problem.
    I have a friend who always leaves the key in his bikes. Since I've known him he's had a couple K1200RSs and S1000RRs.
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    The keys were left in the ignitions of my 07 R12RT and 08 R12R for six months at a time when we lived in AK; no problems noted. I do not think the "handshake" occurs until the key is turned (or in the case of a keyless ignition, until the ignition button is pushed).
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    Thanks guys, next time it's used, I'll just leave it in the ignition parked in the garage as I've been doing.
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    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by brownie0486 View Post
    Thanks guys, next time it's used, I'll just leave it in the ignition parked in the garage as I've been doing.
    What's your address?
    Lee
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    What's your address?
    I was wondering the same thing!

    I guess everyone's circumstances are different. I wouldn't leave the key in my bike any sooner than I'd leave the keys in my car. Even out in the garage. For reasons of theft, and liability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    What's your address?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    What's your address?
    Haha. Yeah so one of us can...eh..."check" to make sure it's...eh...still there...with the key...in the ignition...

    I've left my key in ignition every day I've owned it. The handshake happens when the ignition is energized.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vark View Post
    I was wondering the same thing!

    I guess everyone's circumstances are different. I wouldn't leave the key in my bike any sooner than I'd leave the keys in my car. Even out in the garage. For reasons of theft, and liability.
    Exactly,
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    i agree that the "handshake" probably does not occur until the ignition is activated, so leaving the key in the ignition shouldn't present a problem...my 13RT has hardly ever had the key removed from the ignition ...only when stopped over night while traveling do i remove the key...

    that said, i would think your (or my) insurance carrier may think poorly about leaving the key in the ignition and may even refuse to pay a comprehensive claim for theft ....bad guys would need to break into my garage to get to the bike anyway...
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    Quote Originally Posted by wyman.winn View Post
    i agree that the "handshake" probably does not occur until the ignition is activated, so leaving the key in the ignition shouldn't present a problem...my 13RT has hardly ever had the key removed from the ignition ...only when stopped over night while traveling do i remove the key...

    that said, i would think your (or my) insurance carrier may think poorly about leaving the key in the ignition and may even refuse to pay a comprehensive claim for theft ....bad guys would need to break into my garage to get to the bike anyway...
    In my situation, they'd have to break into the house first, to access the garage. I keep the garage door lock bold engaged, so even if someone had a clicker that could open it, the door isn't going to open.

    If they break into the house, the bike is the least of what might be an insurance loss.
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    Leave it in if you are not concerned of someone riding it away.

    I was visiting with a riding buddy that has a Harley Limited. We were talking about the key FOB and Harley's security system. He mentioned he doesn't use it or worry about it. Then he went on to say he was not even certain where the keys and key fob were. I said the bike will not start without the FOB so he must have it. He went on to say, that he was certain it was on the motorcycle some where, pretty sure the FOB was in the trunk, (or top case for you BMW riders), where it has been since he bought the bike roughly three years ago. He travels with it and claims he has never locked up the bike or taken he keys out of the trunk, even while parked at a motel. I mentioned he should at least replace the battery!
    From the only real Fargo, ND!

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    On the keyless bikes (i.e. RTW), you cannot leave the key on or near the bike. If you do, the bike and the key will continue to communicate and it will prematurely kill the battery in the key FOB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by powwow View Post
    On the keyless bikes (i.e. RTW), you cannot leave the key on or near the bike. If you do, the bike and the key will continue to communicate and it will prematurely kill the battery in the key FOB.
    I do not think that is accurate. Communication is initiated when the ignition button is pushed.
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    Keep an old safe locked, on the floor with four/five bricks inside. Small enough to carry. Keys on a nail on top of roof rafter. Unplug door lift when home, double slide lock from inside, double dead bolt side door with quarter inch jam plate. Detached garage. They're gonna get in with time and effort anyway. But with 15 dollar an hour jobs on the rise, burglary is a really stupid way to earn. But who said kleptomaniacs were brilliant?

    Two houses down a 600 rocket was snatched, no key, was pushed three blocks and dropped on the lawn. Crook was on the corner arguing about impeachment. Kidding.

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