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Stupid, Stupid, Stupid! Key Word=Stupid.

It seems I have lost my last original key. The bike came with 3. I cut the plastic off one and hid it on the bike, put another in my key drawer for safe keeping and have been using the third for nearly thirty years.

That key wore to the point that it stopped working well, so I started using the spare. I fully intended to get a dupe made and put that spare back in the drawer, but today it turned up missing. I fear I threw it out with the trash, which the city picked up this morning.

I can hopefully get a dupe made from the hidden key, if vibration hasn't worn it out too. Too bad one can't buy the correct blank for these old keys.
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Don't get it duplicated, you just have a copy of a worn out key. Get a new one made from code.
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Don't get it duplicated, you just have a copy of a worn out key. Get a new one made from code.

I dug the hidden key out and it looks brand-new, so I can do a quick dupe from that. Where/how does one get a coded key?

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If your dealer still has the cutter, and someone who knows how to use it they can make you one, or a locksmith. I went to the local dealer for a key for one of my 1100s and the parts man just wanted to copy my old key, I said it wouldn't work and sure enough it didn't so I got him to cut one from code and it did.

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Well, I ordered a blank from Western. I don't know if it will match the originals or be generic, but it's my own fault.

If it does match, I'll buy a couple more as I don't seem to be getting any smarter.

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If you have the original owner manual or paperwork, the Key Code may be written in there
Or its stamped on an original key, usually several numbers/letter- Give those to any locksmith.

Beware of wear inside the ignition or whatever well used lock, the operating/locking pins may be worn as much as the key did!
Locksmiths can replace the pins inside a lock cylinder if needed, those guys are amazing to watch at work.

Could be wise to hide the key code on the bike, inside a side cover or written on the back of license plate for example.
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I have no problem with the key code. The two remaining originals have it stamped into them.

I can get a generic but similar-looking blank from the i-net and I think they cut them to code.

What really irks me, and was so stupid, is I fully intended to get copies made from the now lost key so I could put it back in the key drawer for safe keeping. I can't remember ever losing a key before and the one I start with is the last of its kind.

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Stop worrying. As soon as you get new keys made the "lost" key will turn up.

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Stop worrying. As soon as you get new keys made the "lost" key will turn up.
A friend of mine locked his keys in his Toyota truck. He had a spare key hidden on the truck but after awhile of looking for it he could not find it so he called AAA to unlock the door. Once he got in and got his keys he went and got a spare key made and put it in one of the hide a key magnetic boxes. When he went to hide it on the truck he found the spare he hid previously. He had a good place to hide it, he picked it twice, he just forgot where it was!!
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