Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: western Massachusetts
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We had a keyless ignition on my wife's Toyota and found it to be one of those solutions to a question no one was asking. The whole system seemed to think it knew what you wanted but often was wrong. I'd pull into the driveway on a nice day and have the windows down, go into the house for a couple minutes and come back to find the car windows up and the car locked. Good thing I didn't have a dog in the car. This was not an adjustable setting, that's how it worked. That's probably not an issue with a motorcycle lacking doors and windows (ha), but it came across to me as applying technology because it's possible rather than because it makes sense. One of my friends was riding his R1150RT on a Saddle Sore 1000 to get his Iron Butt Certification and a guy he was riding with had a K1200GT with keyless ignition. A couple hours into the ride the K bike wouldn't start...then would...then wouldn't. The guy called BMW road service who suggested a fix (disconnect battery, remove main headlight bulb, reinstall headlight bulb, reconnect battery) but couldn't get it going. He had a flat bed to take his bike to the nearest dealer in the next state. He got a ride home (two states away) and when he got there he found in the day's mail a recall notice from BMW covering a fault in the keyless ignition system that could leave the motorcycle inoperable. You don't say!
You may find keyless ignition is a good farkle, and I hope whatever you do works. I find simple is good.
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2008 Versys (SOLD 11/19)
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Last edited by Bones; 10-27-2011 at 07:47 AM.