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I purchased my 1989 GL1500 three months ago and was messing around with it today. I have never put the ignition in the lock position before but I wanted to see if the taillights worked in the park position. I turned the handlebars all the way to the left and pressed down on the lock with the key in it and it locked. I checked out the lights with the key in the park position and they worked fine. When I went to unlock the ignition I tried to press down on the lock with the key in it again but it wouldn't budge. I can move the key back and forth from park to lock but it won't let me unlock the handle bars. What can I do??????

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Welcome to The Forum Square Shooter . Try sitting on the bike, pull it upright, as your about to ride it, move the bars left and right as you return the ignition/key to the off position. I might take a couple of tries.

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Wow, I sat on it, rocked and rolled for a bit and the key worked. Thanks a million! Since I purchased my bike I have learned a lot from you folks. Thanks again.

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Square Shooter,

Welcome to the family!

You problem is a sign of another issue. Your key is probably worn and needs to be replaced. Mine was doing that in the spring. No problems with the regular positions, just with the lock of the bars and parking position.

Left unchecked, it will cause wearing of the whole system and the lock system and is a bugger to get at and replace. Time and money you don't have to spend. Just go to Honda or and good key house and have them cut a new key from your key code and not that key you have. Very cheap insurance.



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Square Shooter,



I got a PM from someone. I guess I ruffled someone's feathers by recommending that you should replace your key if it is worn. Apparently he had a key made up lately that cost him $80.00 and he though I shouldn't have recommended this to you because of its expense. I just had two keys cut at Honda a month and a half ago for $13.00 + tax.



I still recommend a key if it yours is worn. It is much cheaper than a lock. However, if you do want a new key, please shop around. $80.00 keys are a real rip off!



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