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post #1 of 26 Old 03-01-2011, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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advice for lost key

Hi guys,

I have an 1990 KLR 650 that I had loaned to a friend who had fallen on hard times. I didn't know how bad it was and unfortunatly my friend chose to end his life.
This happened over a year ago. Some friends and I carried the bike ...loaded on a truck... and brought it home with it's forks still locked. There was no key found.
Well now the time has come that I have to deal with the bike in the corner with locked forks. Should I call a locksmith? It's an old bike but I do have the title...would the dealer be able to help?
I haven't decided if I am going to sell or keep. At this point I would like to be able to roll it.
I miss my friend. I wish I could have helped him.

I would be thankful for some advice.
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Do you have title / registration to the bike?

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Yes..as I said above I have the title....I am not sure the dealer can go back to 1990
for key replace. I would be happy just to be able to roll it around...it's a Bi#@h to do so with the forks locked. It's a pretty clean example of that year...thinking of moving and we have to do something with the bike. I hate to part it out but may have to.
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Get a locksmith or check the cost of a replacement ignition switch with key ($85).

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post #5 of 26 Old 03-01-2011, 03:16 PM
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a lock smith

my guess is $100 for a lock smith to get er done
biggest problem will be scheduling a convenient time
I also taken a small drill bit (same width as the key) straight into where the key goes and drilled some locks open
can't say if works in this case
if they are harden tumblers ... forget it
brass tumblers ... piece of cake

sorry about you friend ... always hard
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trapper -

My condolences on the loss of your friend; that's never an easy situation.

Take your title down to the dealer. They may be able to resurrect the key code from the VIN#. It's worth a shot. Once you have the key code, a locksmith can make a key. You may have to buy a blank at the dealer. My locksmith had Kawasaki blanks, but only had one in stock, so you can't count on all locksmiths to have the blanks.

Failing that, if you can get the cylinder out of the ignition there should be a code on the back of it. That's a tough job (they are designed to be hard to remove), and you'll have to take your title with you. The locksmith may refuse to work on an ignition lock that's out of the bike, so check first.

But, before all that, if there is any chance you can find the original paperwork on the bike, it would have the key code on it. I know, the chance of having the paper after 20 years is Slim and None, and Slim just left town...

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Thanks Guys for all your help. I was a member here years ago but went ahead and re-registered...my email has changed along with alot of other stuff.
So it was less difficult to redo as opposed to try and figure out my old user name/password.
I will try the local K shop tomorrow. It was easy to forget about the old KLR because I also have an 08. I may renew my intrest with my first love (motorcycles) The friend I lost was my riding buddy. He would go anywhere at the drop of a hat. Didn't matter if it was raining or snowing he was always ready.
The old bike looks pretty good cleaned up...I may have to keep her too.
This forum was always a friendly place to come. I am glad some things stay the same.
Thanks Again!
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Welcome back!

Let us know how it goes at the Kawaski shop. This could add to our knowledge base. You're not the first to lose a key and very likely not the last.

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Have not seen to many lock smiths that can not key a ing. right in a bike.

BTW: instead of trying to pull the ign. Take the seat lock assem. to them.........same as the gas cap and ign. easier to pull also.

Most can and will.

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Have not seen to many lock smiths that can not key a ing. right in a bike.

BTW: instead of trying to pull the ign. Take the seat lock assem. to them.........same as the gas cap and ign. easier to pull also.

Most can and will.

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Keying an ignition to the gas cap or helmet lock is not a good answer. My 06' KLR key will open half my friends KLRs gas caps of years 99 to 07. It won't start a single one of them. Just a thought.

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