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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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Like wise, still on the first key from when the bike was new. Yes there are a couple of really neat places to hide a key on the LT, but if I told you it wouldn't be a hiding place. But it does fit between rubber and metal - you figure it out.
 

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Like wise, still on the first key from when the bike was new. Yes there are a couple of really neat places to hide a key on the LT, but if I told you it wouldn't be a hiding place. But it does fit between rubber and metal - you figure it out.


I'll take a look, thanks for the clue.
 

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Like wise, still on the first key from when the bike was new. Yes there are a couple of really neat places to hide a key on the LT, but if I told you it wouldn't be a hiding place. But it does fit between rubber and metal - you figure it out.

I got it, in your tire! :histerica
 

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I had one on a short tether once that found it's way through a hole in the pocket of my vented Joe Rocket's. 45 minutes later found it in between the lining of said riding pants. Same type of frustration because I had a witness that saw me put it in my pocket at the table of the restaurant so we knew that it couldn't be far. I still have the original, one in my wallet, and a third backup at Fort Knox. I'm hoping that the 1600 will have retina recognition.
 

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Duct taped on the bottom of the right hand side case.

I live in Europe so you are welcome to come and steal it.

Oh, and spare alarm fob in tool kit in left hand side case.
 

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I just returned from a 10 day, 5643 mile trip with a friend from Germany, and I did loose my key once, from the parking lot of a motel to the front counter. It was a total of about 20 steps and I lost the key! I went through all of my pockets, looked in my boots, searched the floor, the planters, the parking lot...I was about to pull out the spare I keep velcroed in the one panniers that I do not lock (nobody knows how to get in the panniers anyways) when my buddy found the key behind a leg of a chair by the front desk. Whew!
I have another friend that keeps a spare hidden in the fuel door of his LT, which scares me a little bit, but he never had a problem with it hidden there. I usually travel with an extra helmet, and since not much more fits in the side box with a helmet inside, that's the box that remains unlocked so I could get the extra key when/if needed.
Now that you know, don't tell anybody!
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Always keep my key in my riding glove, but somehow managed to lock my side case before putting the gloves in there and closing the latch!!!!!!
Had to get the spare brought over 200 miles to me
 

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Many years ago, July 4th weekend start of a 3 week 5K trip, 3 hours in, stopped for lunch. I always put the key in right front pocket of leather overalls. Came out of restaurant, reach into pocket, no key. 2 hours spent on hands & knees in parking lot, restaurant, manager took booth apart,so I could look there, in men's room, including trash. Finally found it right where I left it... in the ignition. Wife still gives me crap for that one.
 

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Many years ago, July 4th weekend start of a 3 week 5K trip, 3 hours in, stopped for lunch. I always put the key in right front pocket of leather overalls. Came out of restaurant, reach into pocket, no key. 2 hours spent on hands & knees in parking lot, restaurant, manager took booth apart,so I could look there, in men's room, including trash. Finally found it right where I left it... in the ignition. Wife still gives me crap for that one.
GREAT STORY.
 

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I just returned from a 10 day, 5643 mile trip with a friend from Germany, and I did loose my key once, from the parking lot of a motel to the front counter. It was a total of about 20 steps and I lost the key! I went through all of my pockets, looked in my boots, searched the floor, the planters, the parking lot...I was about to pull out the spare I keep velcroed in the one panniers that I do not lock (nobody knows how to get in the panniers anyways) when my buddy found the key behind a leg of a chair by the front desk. Whew!
I have another friend that keeps a spare hidden in the fuel door of his LT, which scares me a little bit, but he never had a problem with it hidden there. I usually travel with an extra helmet, and since not much more fits in the side box with a helmet inside, that's the box that remains unlocked so I could get the extra key when/if needed.
Now that you know, don't tell anybody!
Rick
INSIDE HELMET LINING GREAT IDEA, FUEL DOOR DOESNT SOUND LIKE THE BEST MOVE> SOMEONE MENTIONED DUCTAPE INSIDE A TURN SIGNAL,, you can always find a screwdriver on the road. Not sure what the panniers are. Guess the Forum is a little over paranoid on bike theft and hates giving up a secret code. Thanks for the suggestions.
Anyone wants to steal my bike, I'll forward you the address and hide key as Forum comes to a best idea practice..
 

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Never actually lost a key..... but I left one at home once
and that caused me a lot of grief.

The setting: 25 years ago, had a fight with my (ex) girlfriend.

Went to a topless bar, chained my Harley to a pole out front,
came out at closing time and realized I had left the key to the chain at home.

Humbly called and had to ask her to bring me the key,
man was she pissed!
 

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It is entirely possible to open the trunk by turning they key and pushing the button, then immediately turning the key back to lock it again. Then you can pull the handle and tilt the trunk open and place the key on the now-horizontal section of the trunk lid (are ya with me so far?).

After rummaging around for gloves or whatnot, you simply close and latch the trunk, realizing before your fingers have even let go of the latch that the key is now inside the locked trunk. :(

Of course, this usually happens at some dumpy little gas station in the middle of nowhere.

It is also entirely possible (and way too easy) to grasp the trunk handle firmly with both hands and force it open swiftly, thus breaking off the two little plastic pins that keep it locked. Problem solved, although the trunk never did lock again after that . . .
 

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Interestingly, I FOUND a key to my bike in it's proper hiding place. The PO had hidden a key on a small (breakable) zip tie inside one of the mirrors. I found it the first time I stripped her down for some work. I thought it was an excellent place to hide a key, as a non-BMW owner would probably not know that you can remove the mirrors with a good hard slap to get to the key.
 

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Upon arriving at a hotel I will wheel the luggage cart to the bike (LT) and unload the bags from the side case and the bags strapped to the back seat. Lastly I remove the tank bag and key and go check in. Final look around, OK where's the key. After undoading the luggage cart, opening all the pockets & bags, just happen to unfold the magnetic flaps on the underside of the tank bag and out falls the key.
 

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Don't have a story . . . yet. I wear ATGATT and keep the spare in my jacket pocket. Put the spare in my pocket when locking the helmet and jacket on the cable.
 

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Here's your sign!! (Bill Engvall)

Just got back from a 2 week job in south Texas and always kept remote and key on belt loop for work truck. One hour after getting home, I went to town to run some errands on 2005 K1200LT. Standard procedure for me to start bike is to turn key on then press 'unlock' on remote then start bike. Then decided it wasn't cool enough for leather jacket so I swapped it for old blue jean jacket. Well, guess where the remote stayed - in the leather jacket. Everything felt normal until I left bank to start bike up without the remote. The key ring in my belt loop was for the pick up truck I used for work. It was an expensive taxi ride home eleven miles out of town to retrieve BMW remote and back to bank. Now I keep spare keys and remote in saddlebag which I usually lock. If needed, saddlebag can be opened with ignition key. :(
 

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It was the night before my move to Seattle. I was helping a friend find point locations for a 12 hour rally that would occur in Idaho after I moved. My wife had the U-Haul truck at the house awaiting my return home from my last day at work!

As a favor, I rode the LT up the mountain to the ski resort 20 miles outside of Boise after I left work. I had left a little early so I figured I could get the ski resort scoped out, find something obscure to put down as the item neeeded for the points and scoot home before my wife discovered what I was up to.

The ride up was amazing. Last day of April, absolutely no traffic, warm, twisty mountain road and a new job on MOnday. I arrived at the ski resort, found the item I needed on the emergency call board on the backside of the lodge, wrote down the detail and made my way back to the LT. Did I mention that this was a ski resort, early april and there was absolutely no traffic on my way up?? Jumped up on the seat, went to put the key into the ignition...and dropped it...down into that space under the handle bar, above the tank, but out of reach.

I looked, shook, reached, reached some more. FInally hit it with a finger tip, but couldnt get two fingers on it to get it out. After 45 minutes of trying, I admitted defeat and went tot he phone on the lodge to call my wife. Did I mention I was moving the next day??? I told her of my predicament and asked her to bring the spare key to me so I could get home. Have I mentioned how much I love this woman???

After a very short discussion about my ability to lose my head if it wasnt attached, she agreed to bring the spare key up. I knew that the temperature of the hot water I would be in would be directly related to my location on the hill when she made her way up, so I went to work. I found a wire securing the rain gutter on the lodge that I could remove to use as a reaching tool. I hooked the end and started the process of teasing the key into an area where I could grasp it. After about 10 minutes I had freed the key. I secured the gutter with the wire, donned my helmet and went tearing down the mountainside. I met her about a quarter of the way up the mountain...and I must say she did not appear amused in the least. I pulled over, told her I loved her and took off down the mountain in an attempt to get home before she did. Well, that and I wanted to keep a safe distance between myself and her car!!!!

By the time SHE arrived home, I had te U-Haul packed, dinner made, the bubble bath ran and the wine chilled. She laughs about it now, but I must say she was not amused with my last night in Boise antics! I told her that one never ignores a commitment made to a riding buddy. I told him I would get the information before I left town and felt obligated to follow through!
 

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Hey, I remember that ski resort. :) That was my first Rally, which I thoroughly enjoyed (despite getting barely an hour's sleep the night before). There are a lot of great roads up in Idaho. :bike:

And now that look she gave you in regards to the ski resort bonus makes a whole lot more sense . . . :histerica
 
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