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Should you be able to take key out with ignition on?

I have recently replaced and cut a new key because old ones are all bent and getting stuck.

However, now I noticed that I can very easily pull the key out with ignition on. Is that something you are normally should be able to do or not? I am slightly worried now of losing a key mid ride
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ON normal operation , you should not be able to take key Out. It's not just about losing a key but the ignition will be alive and drain battery. It may not be you key problem , but the ignition thimble might be worn out.

How old is your bike and where did you make the replacement key. If the key is not made to standard grove then it might be the problem.
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I have recently replaced and cut a new key because old ones are all bent and getting stuck.

However, now I noticed that I can very easily pull the key out with ignition on. Is that something you are normally should be able to do or not? I am slightly worried now of losing a key mid ride
Turn it on, put the key in your pocket, and go for a ride.
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ON normal operation , you should not be able to take key Out. It's not just about losing a key but the ignition will be alive and drain battery. It may not be you key problem , but the ignition thimble might be worn out.

How old is your bike and where did you make the replacement key. If the key is not made to standard grove then it might be the problem.
Thanks for confirming that.

Bike is 2010. I got original blank Kawasaki key and got a copy made at shop Timpsons in uk.

You are right, I've tried it with original and it cant be pulled out from ON position

I only have 1 original key and one copy (the one that can be removed with the ignition on). The locksmith at the shop said he wasn't sure if he can make a good copy because original is quite bent but still working (with some struggle). I guess he failed to make a good copy after all

So any suggestions how to get a good copy if original isnt in the best shape?
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Turn it on, put the key in your pocket, and go for a ride.
As funny as it sounds, I think I may need to do that on long trips

I normally put on tank bag which definatly blocks the view of ignition so I will live in constant fear if I cant see if its still there or not
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Thanks for confirming that.

Bike is 2010. I got original blank Kawasaki key and got a copy made at shop Timpsons in uk.

You are right, I've tried it with original and it cant be pulled out from ON position

I only have 1 original key and one copy (the one that can be removed with the ignition on). The locksmith at the shop said he wasn't sure if he can make a good copy because original is quite bent but still working (with some struggle). I guess he failed to make a good copy after all

So any suggestions how to get a good copy if original isnt in the best shape?
Only option , i can think of is to remove bend from original key as much as possible and make another copy , since you have a not so good copy ( just in case it break during bend removal). take the bike and talk to the locksmith and he should be able to help you. (You don't need original blanks from kawa for this.)
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Thanks for confirming that.

Bike is 2010. I got original blank Kawasaki key and got a copy made at shop Timpsons in uk.

You are right, I've tried it with original and it cant be pulled out from ON position

I only have 1 original key and one copy (the one that can be removed with the ignition on). The locksmith at the shop said he wasn't sure if he can make a good copy because original is quite bent but still working (with some struggle). I guess he failed to make a good copy after all

So any suggestions how to get a good copy if original isnt in the best shape?
you can order the key from kawasaki, if you have the vin number you can get the key cut using a key code. At one time Crazy Carl was selling blank steel keys. That is finished with.
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K2C supplies virtually every type of classic and modern motorcycle key from Aprillia to Yamaha. Rest assured we only use high quality KEY2CODE, HD JMA, Errebi, Keyline or Silca branded key blanks to ensure perfect fitment and cut every time. We guarantee a perfect key cut exactly to the manufacturers original specification as we have unrestricted access to the majority of motorcycle manufacturers key code data.

https://www.key2code.co.uk/motorcycle-keys.html#/
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K2C supplies virtually every type of classic and modern motorcycle key from Aprillia to Yamaha. Rest assured we only use high quality KEY2CODE, HD JMA, Errebi, Keyline or Silca branded key blanks to ensure perfect fitment and cut every time. We guarantee a perfect key cut exactly to the manufacturers original specification as we have unrestricted access to the majority of motorcycle manufacturers key code data.

https://www.key2code.co.uk/motorcycle-keys.html#/
So, leaving your key code on the key ring that you use with the bike not such a good idea?
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