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    Quote Originally Posted by wbrownell9 View Post
    Ask your dealer to order you a plain metal key, they can do that with just the VIN. I did it when I had my keyless RT and it was the first thing I did when I got my keyless GSA. It has no chip so it won't start the bike like the plastic key, but you'll be able to apply way more torque than with the flip-out key on the fob. You'll be able to lock/unlock the seats and remove the panniers without worrying about breaking it.
    Yes, I already have that key as I didnít want to risk either the fob or the plastic key in the seat lock or Nav lock. So itís a fob and two keys just to make sure that bike and luggage can be operable if any one of the three is lost in East Timbuktu. If we could find a locksmith or vendor who sells the 4 key blanks I mentioned earlier the spare key for seat and luggage locks would be a much easier undertaking. Dealers usually require an in-person visit with proof of ownership in hand before ordering any key-related materials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    That was a problem with the Hexheads I sort-of recall. There was a ring antenna around or near the place where the key was inserted. I think there was an actual NHTSA recall on the issue.
    I have carried a spare antenna ring since 06 and it kept us from needing it on several models with that setup... K bikes as well.

    The location on the seat is crazy for the chip key
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider View Post
    Yes, I already have that key as I didnít want to risk either the fob or the plastic key in the seat lock or Nav lock. So itís a fob and two keys just to make sure that bike and luggage can be operable if any one of the three is lost in East Timbuktu. If we could find a locksmith or vendor who sells the 4 key blanks I mentioned earlier the spare key for seat and luggage locks would be a much easier undertaking. Dealers usually require an in-person visit with proof of ownership in hand before ordering any key-related materials.

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    DeVern
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    At grave risk of sounding like a broken record I will once again repeat, "Ain't technology wonderful?"

    These answers to questions nobody should have asked are becoming bewildering.
    Itís what yaíll got for complaining about steering head locks
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    You are so right Paul! The IT World.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    It’s what ya’ll got for complaining about steering head locks
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    You got me there. I confess! But I only complain when somebody uses said lock and it doesn't work for them. We, on the other hand insure our bikes, don't park in sketchy neighborhoods, and have never deliberately locked a motorcycle in two million miles of riding all over North America, and several foreign countries. I admit I have complained after accidentally locking a fork lock that was crusty from non-use for 25 or so years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Itís what yaíll got for complaining about steering head locks
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    Yeah, now we get steering head locks that lock electronically and...require a working fob or chipped emergency key. Tell me again where this was forward motion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider View Post
    Yeah, now we get steering head locks that lock electronically and...require a working fob or chipped emergency key. Tell me again where this was forward motion?

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    DeVern
    my tw200 has a kick starter

    All this will continue to be as long as motorcycles are expected to emulate cars/trucks.

    Look at Peter Fonda on the Captain America bike. Pretty much my reference for pure motorcycling.

    Of course, itís just the way I see it.

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    I checked my bike after reading this thread. I dug out my plastic key for my 2015 R1200GS and got the bike to light up on the first try. However, I did have to take the right Vario case off in order to be able to reach the "G spot" with the plastic key in my left hand, and the "on" button with my right hand.

    By the way, I changed out my key fob battery a month ago after being prompted by the "lokey" message on the bike's dash.

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    An earlier thread about the emergency key got me to try mine, it worked, but I had to read the instructions. If it had failed on a trip I probably would have been in trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorUB View Post
    An earlier thread about the emergency key got me to try mine, it worked, but I had to read the instructions. If it had failed on a trip I probably would have been in trouble.
    You may want to go here and download to your phone a PDF of the ownerís manual for your bike. Itís handy for looking up emergency procedures or checking procedures and torque values for OTR services like removing and reinstalling a wheel, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider View Post
    You may want to go here and download to your phone a PDF of the ownerís manual for your bike. Itís handy for looking up emergency procedures or checking procedures and torque values for OTR services like removing and reinstalling a wheel, etc.

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    Thanks for sharing, pretty cool to have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    On the RS using the plastic key is easier, you just poke it between the seats. You do have to make sure the fat part of the key is inserted first.
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    Lee, knowing you as I do I had to read that one a few times to realize you were serious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CABNFVR View Post
    Lee, knowing you as I do I had to read that one a few times to realize you were serious.
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