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post #1 of 28 Old Jul 28th, 2007, 9:58 am Thread Starter
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Dropped key

After all day of riding and walking, we were tried, hot, etc. We stop at a store to pick up a steak to take back to the hotel and cook dinner (room has a kitchen).
After loading the bike, I when to put in the key and dropped it between the forks and cover. Now what? I was in a small town a long way from home and my other keys.
I couldn’t get my hand close, as it was on the left hand side. My wife could get her hand in, but couldn’t touch it. She asks if I could move the handle bar to the other side and I couldn’t (see above).

Now what?

To make long panic moment short, we found a small store that had a magnet on a stick and some tacky putty and got the key to a spot that my wife could get it and all is well
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post #2 of 28 Old Jul 28th, 2007, 10:16 am
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Glad things worked out. I think from your lesson I will think about carring a spare key as The bike came with 6 of them.

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I have a spare key cable tied to the frame for just that reason (damhik)

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Wink Key Lanyard

Find one of those plastic curly cords they give away at all the Casinos for the Slot cards and attach it to your key, after you drill a hole in the black rubber portion. Now before you even insert the key into the ignition you clip the other end of the cord to the throttle cables under the right handlebar, and you will never lose it again! And there is no hazard as far as the cord hooking or snagging anything and tying up the handlebars since it is just light plastic which would break if it ever exceeded it's stretch limit.

Works for me since about 2001! It makes the key a little more awkward when it is out of the ignition, but that is a small price to pay for the peace of mind in knowing I will not need to fish for it on top of the gas tank under the tupperware!

Oh yeah, I also have a spare key affixed to the Bike as well just in case!

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post #5 of 28 Old Jul 28th, 2007, 2:51 pm
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My secret place...... no longer a secret!

Take black electricians tape and "hide" a key under the gas cap cover plate. It's always available and practically invisible. Someone previously shared this idea so it's no longer just my secret..... Just tape it to the inside top.

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Take black electricians tape and "hide" a key under the gas cap cover plate. It's always available and practically invisible. Someone previously shared this idea so it's no longer just my secret..... Just tape it to the inside top.

But now everybody knows where to look......THANKS:-)

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post #7 of 28 Old Jul 28th, 2007, 6:43 pm
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Smile no problem

Got insurance for that situation!

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the gas cap is a great idea. i've got one taped to the back of one of the turn signal indicators. figured, worst case, i'd just be out a busted turn signal indicator if worst came to worst. i like the gas cap thing much, much better.
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I carry two keys with me at all times, one on attached to a ring with the alarm remote and one for the ignition. I've drilled a hole in the black rubber portion and put a BMWMOA key ring on it. When I put the key in the ignition, I make sure that the ring is laying in front of the ignition switch, that way it doesn't interfere with the handlebar. Have had it like this since I bought the bike in 02 and have had no problems.

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post #10 of 28 Old Jul 29th, 2007, 7:30 am
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Cool spare key..

tie wrapped under the mirror

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post #11 of 28 Old Jul 29th, 2007, 8:19 am Thread Starter
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I typically carry a spare on my key ring, with my house, car, office, etc. I’m on vacation so I wasn’t carrying them. I’m thinking of leaving the key in and using the remote to lock the bike. That still doesn’t handle the gas cap. Could put one there for gas.
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post #12 of 28 Old Jul 29th, 2007, 9:33 am
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wallet

I put a copy of the flat little key in my wallet. It is a secure feeling to know it is always there. I would never leave a key on the bike. Thieves are rather crafty and would think the fuel door is a glove box and it would be the first place they would look. I know when friends look at my bike they think the center box is fuel.
I am sorry that we are telling you what you could have done. I think either a a locksmith was called or you are going to have to go to the auto parts store buy some tools and have an on the road tupperware party. I just dropped one of my handle bar cover screws in the same spot last night. When I remove my tupperware I am expecting to find all those loose socks I am missing. The tupperware just loves to eat things. "Feed me Semore".
Let us know what you did! Hope you enjoyed the steak.
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Another good place is to double side tape it under the front part of the stingray. Up there to the side of the BMW emblem. I had one there for five years, and as far as I know, it's still there.



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I keep one of those telescoping magnets in my tool bag for just such an occasion
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Spare key

I keep a flat one under the rubber of the left drivers foot rest. Fits nicely as there is a beveled place there and only the people reading this post would think to look there.
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I was leaving the local Apple store, and put my gear on (jacket and helment). Mounted the bike, took key out of my pocket. Went to put it in the switch. I lost my grip and the key wentdown the black hole under the radio. I could see it but not reach it. Luckily, the dealer was right down the street. They sent a tech over with a extention magnet. they retrieved the key in 2 seconds. They didn't even charge me for the service call. I now carry a magnetic wand in my tool bag.
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I think that a magnet is a good idea ,but if the side box is locked you are up the creek. The extra key is the only way to go. Jim
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key is hard to see

It is amazing how well the key, covered with black electricians tape will blend in. Most of the time when I fuel, I don't even notice it.

Just curious, and this is another topic, has anyone ever heard of someone stealing a K1200LT? Bet not!

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I now carry a magnetic wand in my tool bag.
I'm not taking my new magnetic wand out of the bike. I don't know if the magnetic or the stickly work, but need the wand for both.

If I left the key in (used a second key) would that have been a problem. Where would it have gotten in to.
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just tie a long piece of nylon or silk string to you key. let the end flap and fly. mine string is probably about 6" long that's 150mm for the metric crowd. it is also a loop so, it is 12" all told with a knot in the end. omurphy
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It surely is a basic design fault with the LT......not even room for a standard key fob.

I have a 2inch coiled spring and I have 2 keys and the alarm unit attached. They are rigid and are kept up well away from the bars. So everything is kept together and neat and tidy. BMW might get wind of this and market the $500 The BMK K ey spring.

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Not sure if this is what you meant, but stashing the key in the mirror housing seems the most stealthy & convenient. Few non-LT riders would even know the mirror goes on & off without tools. Also you'd easily be able to make sure it's still there - you'd see it every time you took off the tupperware.

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when I bought my bike, the spare key was attached to the wire that holds the headlight bulb in. It is invisible (unless you are changing the headlight), I did not know it was there until I changed the bulb

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Not sure if this is what you meant, but stashing the key in the mirror housing seems the most stealthy & convenient. Few non-LT riders would even know the mirror goes on & off without tools. Also you'd easily be able to make sure it's still there - you'd see it every time you took off the tupperware.
That's what I meant. I had to use it once and was really happy I knew it was there!

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I keep a flat one under the rubber of the left drivers foot rest. Fits nicely as there is a beveled place there and only the people reading this post would think to look there.
I DO NOT keep my spare key there. Nope. You don't even have to look if you want to steal my bike. It's somewheres else. No sense in gettin down on your knees and trying to pry up the edge of that stiff rubber form fitting foot pad. Waste of time.

I carry a spare on a second key ring when I'm riding more than 50 miles or so from home, and always have a hidden spare on the bike (but NOT under the left side pilot's foot pad, no sir).

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I also keep a spare key in my tank bag on the little clip that is attached to the bag. Isn't that what it's for?

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Hey all-

I keep a spare key just below the ignition tumbler in that little space...way down there.....somewhere.

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When traveling with friends we swap spare keys, and when alone it is hidden on me or the bike, in one of the afore mentioned locations, I wish all boot makers would add a pocket, so don't have to cut my boots.

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