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Question Versys 650 pannier keys

Hi guys,

I just upgraded my little VTR250 to a Versys 650 and itís fantastic. Even came with the panniers/saddlebags. I took it out for its first proper ride yesterday and discovered the plastic ďkeysĒ that lock the panniers had both disappeared.

Theyíre a simple black plastic thing that fits snugly in the hole pictured. This is not the type that fits the ignition key by the way, it can now be used with a quarter turn of a screwdriver - not ideal but at least Iím not locked out of the panniers.

If anyone has any advice on where to find some replacements online that would be awesome.

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Welcome to the forum! Your bike looks great

It looks like the whole lock cylinder is missing from the pictured bag. I was able order new lock cylinders and re-key used KQR bags I purchased off a forum member. With no lock cylinder in the bag it is an easy process, less than a half hour at the worst, and your ignition key will lock your saddlebags. I paid $42 from RMATVMC.com for a pair of lock cylinders that come with the keying supplies. A dealer might sell them to you but they also probably insist on installing them for double what they cost. Good luck!

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You may consider looking for a cheap lock cylinder that fit your box.
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Langers...welcome to the forum and congrats on your new Versys!

Yeah, those little "plastic locks" are just for temporary getting into the side cases. I bought the OEM side cases and had to order the locks that go with it. (Just like the rubber mounts - $39 - that you need for these specific side cases AND the color panel set - $149 - that Kawasaki doesn't really mention you NEED until you discover afterwards...grrrr!)

You can order a set from Kawasaki, or get it through your local Kawasaki dealer like I did - with a discount!

https://www.kawasaki.com/accessories...stem/999940407
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Thanks for the welcome and the info everyone. I didnít know those plastic ones were only temporary placeholder keys, although the fact they both decided to wiggle out certainly suggests so!

A set that fits the ignition key seems like the way to go. Asphaltaddict33, do you reckon those OEM ones Devilsfan linked are likely a half hour DIY job as well? I suspect postage to Aus from Rocky Mountain ATV would make the Kawa ones a cheaper option, especially if itís possible to do the install myself. Kawasaki say it must be done by a dealer, but of course they say that (ay Devilsfan).
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