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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-04-2009, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Bent key

I was at the shell filling up and while trying to close the gas cap i bent the key.I was able to get home but still bent.The last key i bent back broke and i do not want it breaking off in the ignition.so i am switching to my spare.Just wanted to know if this is a common occurance and if i should invest in an couple spare keys just incase
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-05-2009, 12:44 AM
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They are easy to bend, and hard to starighten up. CrazyCarl should still have some quality Italian Silca key blanks available. Price is 6 bucks for two keys shipped in CONUS.
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=2724

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What invader said!
I got one of the new ones cut and carry it (hidden) on the bike at all times.

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-05-2009, 11:59 AM
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Got to carry or hide spares. Could ruin a trip over something that simple.
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-05-2009, 04:49 PM
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I keep a spare in the luggage and keep the luggage key separate from the bike key.
At some point I'll need to find a sneaky yet clean hiding spot for the key.
Under the seat is out, you need a key to get to it.

If you put graphite powder in your ignition and gas cap they'll turn easier and hopefully this doesn't happen again.
It's also good with the gas cap to press it down with your thumb while you turn the key to take pressure off the mechanism.
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I use fishing reel grease on all the locks. It is water proof and stays put.

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I think the reason locksmiths use graphite is because any kind of liquid or gel lubricant will collect dirt and sand and grit up the works.
I got some graphite from the hardware store for 99 cents and I could tell the difference immediately.
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My main keys are fine but when I tried using the extra spares we bought they just would not go in the ignition OR not open the gas tank. They did bend after trying to get them in. But one thing that my father and I did when we got the bike was spray the ignition and tank top with silicone spray. That makes them work much easier.
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I have ordered new keys from Motocyclops they are 6 bucks for 2.I am considering getting Digital Guard Dawg keyless system to try and solve any future key issues
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I know exactly how you feel as I did the same but I put it in the vice and very gently got ot unbent and so it works fine again. I agree with all thje post replies that you need to keep the ignition Tank and seat key holes lubricated to avoid bending the key again.
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The key is also very easy to bump into and bend if left in the seat lock.
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-06-2009, 09:57 AM
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You guys finally inspired me to order a pair of the steel key blanks from Motocyclops.

I don't quite see the Digital Guard Dawg helping the bent key problem with respect to the gas tank and seat removal.
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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-06-2009, 10:49 AM
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I was rather fortunate in getting extra keys from the dealer when I bought my bike used.
They couldn't find the keys when I wanted to test ride it. So they let me ride a new one instead. Meanwhile they had 2 keys made at a locksmith. When I went to pick up the bike they couldn't find the manual either. I made a joke about them probably being with the keys. Sure enough, the manual and the keys were together in the accounting office of all places. So they let me have all 4 keys. I make my wife keep one with her in case I ever have an issue, she doesn't have to go home and look for one, she can just meet me. Fortunately that hasn't happened yet. After reading this thread, I like the idea of hiding one on the bike somewhere. Now I just need to figure out where.....
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-07-2009, 09:40 PM
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Where to hide a key? hmmm, I always ride with my jacket on so, here comes the breakthrough, why not keep a spare in my inside jacket pocket.
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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-07-2009, 09:52 PM
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Hah, why didn't I think of that?
I can't remember the last time I was on the bike without my trusty Kawasaki jacket.
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