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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-06-2010, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Where to hide a spare key?

Sorry if this has been brought up before: Any suggestions on where to stash a spare key? Would the tool pouch be a bit too obvious?
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My bike was supplied with 3 keys. One of them seems to be a reduced version, with the plastic "handle" part missing. No idea what its purpose is. This is so small and slim that it would comfortably fit anywhere really. Did you get one of those?. You could turn an ordinary key into a "slimline" one by removing the handle part.

One suggestion is inside the seat tubes. If you look under the rear of the seat, where the seat bolts are, you'll notice a pair of frame tubes that are closed off with rubber bungs.

Remove one of the bungs and you can insert all manner of things in there, the tube is 20 mm inside Dia and 0.7 metres deep, so ensure that whatever you keep in there can be retrieved easily. I would attach the key to some string and trap that against the rubber bung.

This reduced key is so small that it could also go virtually anywhere really: inside headlamp shell, under lid of fusebox, under the battery, etc.


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I did not get the reduced key, but I was thinking of making a spare and grinding it down. I guess I need to spares, one for the bike and one for the disc lock. Er... or make that three spares... one for the bike, one for the disc lock, one for the fork lock... errrr... make that four spares... one for one for the bike, one for the disc lock, one for the fork lock and one for the aftermarket helmet lock. Although, being able to crank the bike sans helmet isn't the my worst fear in the world.
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Inside fold of your wallet!

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Heck, my wallet has a little holder specifically for a spare key!

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I once lost the key to my Tiger, whilst in the south of France. The result was a tale of such epicness, that it would take me all night to tell. My spare key was, of course, back home 1000 miles away. My spare key nowadays, lives in my wallet. Oh yes. Won't do that again!
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This is probably sounding pretty goofy - but I've always carried two sets of duplicate keys - since I'm a blue jean guy - and all blue jeans come with 2 front pockets - I keep two keys of all my cars, motorcycle, house, etc.... one of each on each set and keep a set in each of my pockets. My wife and kids thing that's silly - BUT I can honestly say that I've never been locked out of my house, nor my car, nor my motorcycle. Been doing this for years. I also have duplicate keys on top of that - and always have a complete set of all my keys in the safe deposit box at my bank ! I guess the old saying - better safe than sorry does make sense !

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I have a spare set up at my mates workshop, in the tool chest.

Two weeks after i bought the Thruxton, i lost the ignition key when i was on a ride in the mountains, about thirty miles from my place.
No problem, i phoned my mate and he brought the spare key for me.

Whilst waiting for him, i went to buy a coffee and when i put my hand in my jeans pocket to pay....yup, t`was there!
Thing is, i never put the bike key in my jeans, it ALWAYS goes in my right hand jacket pocket, must be an age thing.

I didn't tell my mate until a few week later...he's still my mate by the way.

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Wrap it in a scrap of oiled paper and tape it to the wiring harness.
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