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post #1 of 12 Old 07-31-2013, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Expensive mistake lost ignition key

Well I was too lazy to make a spare when I bought the bike with only one key. Lost it last weekend. Now the joy of removing the ignition to have it re-keyed.
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-31-2013, 10:49 PM
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If your anything like me, as soon as you get the new key's you'll find the old one...
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post #3 of 12 Old 07-31-2013, 10:58 PM
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My dealership records and files the key codes of the new bikes it sells. Don't know if others might also; worth checking out (you may have to research the original buyer and dealership).

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I also zip tied a spare to my frame for my Alaska trip ..

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I keep my spare in the factory tool kit.....No one would ever think to open THAT!!
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Sorry to hear about your luck, Mango Tango.

For what it's worth, I just keep my spare in my wallet.



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post #7 of 12 Old 08-01-2013, 08:38 AM
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I keep my spare in the factory tool kit.....No one would ever think to open THAT!!
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Hmmmmm. Next time I'm in Lac La Biche I'll be looking for a KLR. Just thinkin'

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Just a couple of additional comments; I mentioned my dealer's policy records key codes of new bikes; Kawasaki's does NOT! You can't correlate key codes with VINs through the manufacturer.

Next, stop me if I'm wrong, but . . . I THINK a key code can be read from a disassembled lock cylinder.

No need to mentin, both left-hand and right-hand key blanks exist.

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Haven't lost a key (yet!), but . . . parked outside my house; dashed in to change jackets; returned immediately, and . . . local malicious mischief pre-delinquent overprivileged high school kids on their way home had LIFTED the key from my bike . . .

(MORAL: NEVER leave your key in the lock.)

Had spare key; rode straight to my Kawasaki dealership and got a replacement; blanks aren't that common that your local Ace hardware's likely to have 'em in stock; I think BigCee FAQ's lists some sources, other than Kawasaki dealerships.

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Can I use a different key blank for the ignition?
If you don't want to shell out the big bucks for a Kawasaki factory key blank, here are some alternatives that should work. Of the keys listed below, the Silca KW14 and KW14R are the only truly correct ones. It would probably be best to take the whole list to your key shop, and let them pick the one that will work the best. NOTE: The KLR comes with both right- and left-hand keys (the direction of the offset in the cross-section). So, not every blank will work.


SILCA KW14, KW14R Curtis YM-58 (Yamaha?) Ford 5-cut primary blank
ILCO KA15 X106 ILCO YH38 X77 ILCO X120 YH46
Taylor X90, X91 Curtis SU-9 (Suzuki)

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local malicious mischief pre-delinquent overprivileged high school kids on their way home had LIFTED the key from my bike . . .

Those are the same folks who are going to be running the country some day.

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Those are the same folks who are going to be running the country some day.
They might be running your country in the future!

They are already running ours....

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