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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    I do not think that is accurate. Communication is initiated when the ignition button is pushed.
    I'm going by what my dealer told me when I purchased the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by powwow View Post
    I'm going by what my dealer told me when I purchased the bike.
    I do not recall the topic of storing the fob being addressed in the owner's manual let alone there being an admonition about storing the fob within range of the bike (there are many, many things I do not recall). I also do not know your dealer, but my experience with some sales people is that they do not always convey accurate info about the bikes they sell. This is especially true at dealerships that sell other makes besides BMW.

    It does not make sense to me that the system would be designed so that the bike queries the fob when the ignition is off. So in my never ending, blind faith in BMW, and sure and certain knowledge that BMW would never make a design misstep that offers no benefit but does result in a problem, I'll stick to my observation that storing the fob on or near the bike is not a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    I do not think that is accurate. Communication is initiated when the ignition button is pushed.
    I think the locks on the tail box and saddlebags are activated by mere presence of the key, no need to do ignition first. This is speculation on my part based on that's how door locks work on keyless go cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    I do not recall the topic of storing the fob being addressed in the owner's manual let alone there being an admonition about storing the fob within range of the bike (there are many, many things I do not recall). I also do not know your dealer, but my experience with some sales people is that they do not always convey accurate info about the bikes they sell. This is especially true at dealerships that sell other makes besides BMW.

    It does not make sense to me that the system would be designed so that the bike queries the fob when the ignition is off. So in my never ending, blind faith in BMW, and sure and certain knowledge that BMW would never make a design misstep that offers no benefit but does result in a problem, I'll stick to my observation that storing the fob on or near the bike is not a problem.
    Each to their own!
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    I left the key fob with my 2018 RT most of the winter. Cable tied to the handlebar. No one was going to ride it away with the rear wheel off of it and I was working on it from time to time. Still the original battery in the fob today.
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    If you really wanted to know if the key is communicating with the bike a accurate ammeter would show a current draw.

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    I pretty much leave the keys in all of my bikes even in the shed which is about as easy to break into as an igloo.
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    Handshake

    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    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).
    My bikes are all older. What is "handshake"?
    Dan Evans MOA number 184983 2002 R1150RT 1974 R90/6 2018 FLHTK 2003 R1150R

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    Quote Originally Posted by danevans View Post
    My bikes are all older. What is "handshake"?
    wireless electronic communication between the FOB and bike computer to allow bike work.

    equivalent to us old bike guys putting the physical key in the ignition tumbler.......we live the simple life!
    Marshall
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlytle View Post

    equivalent to us old bike guys putting the physical key in the ignition tumbler.......we live the simple life!
    Even your K1300S does a hand shake because your key has a chip in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Even your K1300S does a hand shake because your key has a chip in it.
    but is still has a KEY!!!
    Marshall
    92 K75s, 94 K75s, 96 K1100RS (caretaker), 09 K1300s

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