Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Anaheim Hills, California, USA
I have the solution!!
A friend of mine took my spare key that I had made at a key smith shop for $1 (Not the spare key that comes with the bigger plastic Honda grip) and put it in the ignition. He then pulled it out 1 notch, marked it & cut it. He then made up a special concoction of epoxy. He got a spare knob from Honda (radio or passenger intercom knob). He put the epoxy in the back of the knob & put the cut key in the epoxy. Now I can put that key (with the radio knob) in the pocket lock OR gas lock and leave it in while I'm driving and just a turn of the knob & the pocket opens up without having to take the key out of the ignition. Especially nice at the gas pump. Because the key is cut one notch shorter than the regular length, the new modified knob key will NOT start the ingnition as it doesn't go all the way down to the bottom of the ignition switch. My friend has two of these on his bike that he leaves in all the time. One in the gas door lock & one in the right pocket. I'll do the same thing next time I see him. He also just informed me that he can rig up the left pocket to act the same way as the right pocket. He will order the Honda parts & install it in my left pocket. The button will be disabled and will we install the key under the pocket on the fairing so that it can locked & be opened with the dummy key. You can leave the dummy key in the lock or take it out and if you leave it in, no one will think that it is a key but just a knob & even if the take it out, it won't start the bike.
If you want more information or would like to see if my friend could make the key knobs for you let me know & I will have him contact you.
Now that I ride a Goldwing.... I wish my commute was LONGER!!