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post #1 of 14 Old Sep 1st, 2013, 3:26 pm Thread Starter
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Dealing with keys...

The LT has a nasty habit of getting the other keys trapped under the radio control. It's really not designed to have anything but the ignition key there. I guess they expect the butler to open the door when we arrive home.

Has anyone tried this http://mykeyport.com/ on their bike key as a solution? does it work well if you have it? I have only 3 keys on my keychain. Bike, House, and lock on the 1 wheel motorcycle trailer. And I have not found anything that keeps the keys from dangling and getting trapped under the radio control head top section.

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post #2 of 14 Old Sep 1st, 2013, 3:38 pm
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Re: Dealing with keys...

MY '02 came with a key that had no hole for any type of ring.

I drilled a small hole in the rubber piece and placed a small ring with a small rubber key fob on it. No other keys on that ring, just the LT key.

I think it's a German thing, no ring, that is.
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Re: Dealing with keys...

I have one of those devices that separates a key ring. It's the type with a sleeve that you pull back to separate. The other keys (and club membership cards with bar-codes etc) go in my pocket, just the BMW key is on the ignition and it completely clears the gap. When I get off the bike I reconnect the two halves back together. If I recall correctly the little keyring separator was about $2.

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Re: Dealing with keys...

I have nothing attached to my key. I keep my other keys in the stingray storage compartment.

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Re: Dealing with keys...

Both LTs I have owned had keys with no hole and keys with a hole. I always used the keys with no hole so as not to be tempted to put a ring it and end up with a problem. The rest of my keys and Y membership tag stay in my overpants pocket.

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Re: Dealing with keys...

I would not recommend any key ring configuration except for the ignition key only. Engine running, bike in gear, rolling backwards down the driveway. Reached the street still pointing nose up in the drive way. Let clutch out, started sharp turn to port, and the thing just died. And fell over in a heap. The reason it died is that the second key on the ring got caught on the stuff below the ignition switch and turned the ignition off. Game over. Switched to single key and no more problems.

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Re: Dealing with keys...

I only remove the key to my bike when it's out of the garage and it's the only one on the ring with a return to sender address.

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Re: Dealing with keys...

I keep one of the flat spare keys on my keychain and use it to lock and unlock the bike. I use the rubber topped key in the ignition and just lock it up on the bike when I park it.

This has the added benefit of me always having two keys on me. I don't have power locks and a fob however.

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Re: Dealing with keys...

My solution for the past 10 years - if there is no hole drill one!!

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Re: Dealing with keys...

I have a small BMW key case holding the fob and the garage key which I wear around my neck, on which I can clip the main key. I always wear the key case around my neck, because I have too many pockets which I most of the times forget to zip up...

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Re: Dealing with keys...

I do not put my LT key on a keyring for the very reason we are discussing here. Since I'm usually wearing jeans, it stores in my watch pocket where I can easily retrieve it without having to sift through all the other stuff I carry.

I used to just leave it in the bike when at home but had to change that when my grandson got big enough to climb up on the bike without assistance. Keys seemed to become hard to find at about that same time and he was the prime suspect even though his mom assured me that she never let him get on the bike without me around. I found two keys during a maintenance project last summer that required the usual tupperware removal. Some mom's are more trustworthy than others - no 3 year old kid is.

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Re: Dealing with keys...

Just take a look at most bikes that have the ignition on top of the triple tree and see the myriad of scratches caused by key on a ring with other keys.

Not for me. I keep my moto key separate from all other keys.
That thing linked in the OP looks like a good way to snap a key off in a lock cylinder. Way too long.

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I agree with all the reasons not to have a wad of other keys attached to the LT key but I will never carry a bare LT key again. I fumbled the rubber key into the darkness under the stingray one evening away from home.

Fortunately I had a spare tucked away in a secret place to get home. I found the fumbled key after removing the sting ray et al, at home. I now carry the key attached to a rubber rally fob ('03 Charleston MOA). I've mishandled it a couple of times but it was easily recovered.

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Re: Dealing with keys...

I have one of those silver BMW key knobs I think from Wunderlich that clamps the key and make your key look like an ignition switch. When I stop I toss it in the odments box and lock the bike with the fob. I keep the fob clipped to my jacket. That way it reminds me to always wear my gear. I'd post a picture if I knew how.

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