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post #1 of 11 Old Sep 17th, 2011, 9:16 pm Thread Starter
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Ignition security

I'm wondering if the keyless entry can be adapted to a 2000 K1200 LT.

I ride my bike to work every day. Last Tuesday (9/12/2011) I lost my bike's ignition key. Yes, I know, I should have had an extra key hidden on the bike. But I didn't. So I left it chained to a post overnight and visited the same customers on Wednesday. No one found the key.

A locksmith was called and he did great work. Took him just over 2 hours to cut new keys (one of which is now hidden on the bike and secured by plastic ties).

Then I began thinking that I could have left the keys in the ignition. I don't know if I did or didn't. But if I did, then a potential thief could be riding my bike at anytime in the future.

Is there a keyless entry method that could be employed? Do you have any suggestions?

I was reading the "keyless entry" thread and saw that the 2005 K12's have a keyless entry system. Has anyone adapted that to an earlier model year?

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post #2 of 11 Old Sep 17th, 2011, 9:56 pm
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Re: Ignition security

My guess is that you have probably done the best thing you could do, hide a key. If you are wanting a keyless remote ignition system, I would worry that it could shut off at any time, if it encountered a random frequency while riding. If you want remote locking for your luggage, you might consider just selling the bike you have now, and buying a newer one that is set up for that. If you are concerned about your key being in someone elses hands, consider re-keying your ignition lock, or replacing it with a different one. Check with the locksmith that made your new keys.

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Re: Ignition security

I was thinking more along the lines of a device that would not allow the electrons to flow even when the ignition key was inserted and turned to "on" - like the switch beside the start button on the right side handlebar. Except the new switch would be known only to me.

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Re: Ignition security

There is an immobilizer that would not allow ignition until you press a button on a remote.

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Re: Ignition security

The 05 does not have "keyless entry" it does have remote locking of the side and top cases. Still need a key to start it. Don't think I have ever heard of a "stolen" LT ever on this site. Anyone ever have one stolen?

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Re: Ignition security

Hello one and all. I've been lurking on this site for quite a while gaining valuable knowledge about this terrific motorcycle. Purchased my 2002 LT two years ago with 48K miles on it and it has been a joy to ride. Thanks to all the great folks on this site and their willingness to share their wealth of knowledge, I've managed to do the regular maintenance myself and learn lots about this machine. It is a terrific forum. Thanks.

As far as this thread is concerned, perhaps you can install a toggle switch in the emergency cut-off switch circuit. I did that on a 1984 Gold Wing many years ago. It is cheap and effective and it worked for me. Basically, it would be a second cut-off switch, but hidden so that only you would know about it. Even if someone else has a key, the bike won't start unless this secret switch is turned on. Hope this helps.

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As far as this thread is concerned, perhaps you can install a toggle switch in the emergency cut-off switch circuit. I did that on a 1984 Gold Wing many years ago. It is cheap and effective and it worked for me. Basically, it would be a second cut-off switch, but hidden so that only you would know about it. Even if someone else has a key, the bike won't start unless this secret switch is turned on. Hope this helps
Now we're getting somewhere! I think I would like to have a push button switch that when pushed one time the ignition is "on" and the bike can be operated. When I get to the destination, turn off the ignition switch and casually run a hand over the push button to turn it off.

What would be neat would be to have one of those numbered pushbutton deals like on some cars where when the right combination of keys was pressed, the doors unlock. I think that could be done.

Anyone ever done that?

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Re: Ignition security

Throw one of these in line with the ignition.

http://www.iboats.com/Cut-Off-Switch...-view_id.45138

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post #9 of 11 Old Sep 21st, 2011, 8:33 pm Thread Starter
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Hey, Glen,

I'm the guy that bought your tank bag when you were 4 wheeling. Still using it too.

This boat switch looks interesting. I'll go by a boat dealer and take a look at the switch and find out exactly how it works.

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Re: Ignition security

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There is an immobilizer that would not allow ignition until you press a button on a remote.

I really like this idea. Quick, simple, no hassle. I assume the remote also sets the immobilizer as well as resets it. Right? Where can one of these be purchased? Any idea about cost in round numbers?

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Re: Ignition security

Jonny,

there is another option that I could not find yesterday.

A friend of mine has an ignition cutout on his Jeep and he has to touch a magnet to a hidden sensor before the ignition will work.

there is a bypass feature that allows him for valet or maintenance purposes. I will ask him where he got it.

I believe it was about $50 and easy to install.

Glad to hear that you are enjoying the bag.

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