Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Saint Paul, MN, USA
Share your lost key story
A story that might be worth sharing.
Last night, I ran up to the local Holiday gas station to return a couple of movies and get gas... While I was there, noticed a guy with a VStar, one year old. Young man was on his hands and knees looking for the ignition key. He figured out it must have dropped into the engine housing. We looked literally for 45 minutes. Two Harley owners One Wing owner, One BMW owner- 5 guys looking for over half and hour. All strangers and all sharing odd motorcycle and lost key stories.
Meanwhile the owner took off every piece of clothing down to his shorts, even inside the boots to look. I love the occasional by passers who make the unique highly intelligent remarks like, "What are you looking for?",, or "what color is the key?" or "what does the key look like?".. came from a bright 18 year old high school girl. An old guy wanted to share his motorcycle days while we looked but was only good at giving direction and sharing the obvious. We tried tipping the bike, shaking it, used flashlights, a magnetic tool.. It was comical. 5 big duds looking for a single key.
The VStar owner was 30 miles from home, owned only one key, dealerships were closed.
Wife was pissed at him. After everyone gave up and discussed his evening options, I took one very last look, sure hell, found it lying on its side right next to one of the bottom engine ribs, stuck inside middle of bike.
Odd, i could even see it really. A pliers took it out. Man was he happy. Poor slug, reminded me of someone else I know. I of course, caught hell for being late for dinner. Price you pay for helping a fellow biker. But we were all pleased with the outcome.
It must not be that unusual of a problem because of the 5 of us, 4 had similar experiences with dropping a key inside the bike and having to dig for it. It happen to me just a week ago, (same gas station) that key flips out of your hand easily. The darn thing went inside the easter egg cover and i was just barely able to get it with my fingers. another inch it would have been a goner. I'm going to put a leather strap on it this week. And yes, I have two keys. A large key ring may not necessarily help, but you dont want something that will scratch the gas tank either.
Any similar stories or interesting endings the Forum might care to share?.. Any Fail-Safe system someone has? Is there a place on the BMWK1200LT where a ignition key could be hidden?,,, I'm not talking inside the trunk or wallet, assuming trunk is locked, and wallet lost the day before. Its always something.
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