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It's always the stupid small problems...

I left my house this afternoon heading back to the office after lunch, look down and notice that I need fuel... I pull into the gas station to get some, shut down the bike, stick the key in the gas cap lock, twist... SNAP... Friggin key brakes off... Gotta be kidding me...

So, now I am on reserve, thankfully I only have about a mile to ride from the office to the house... But, no more riding this week, and it is suppose to be a beautiful week too...

Called the local Kawi dealership with the key code, they are ordering me a new one, should be here in 4-5 days... Until then, I am in the cage...

(And the misses is pissed at me for having to spend more money, even though it is only $20, on the bike just to be able to ride...)

It's always the small things that are getting me with this bike, it's killing me. But, my 600 mile round trip ride next weekend should put me in a better mood about it, assuming the dealership doesn't have any problems getting the key for me.

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Got it on 9/10/09
7683 original miles when I got it
7870 current (constantly adding more)
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Kuryakyn Iso pegs with heel rests
Windshield (not sure what brand or style, just look at my pic)
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Many more to come...
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Sorry to hear you're bike is down for a while. At least its not something expensive.

This is the reason I think we all to have 2 motorcycles in the garage at all times. For some reason, its difficult to make the wife go along with this plan.


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your local dealer couldnt cut the key in house, the last time i lost mine i had to take the lock cylinder off to get the code and they cut it for me on the spot took 10 mins.


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If his kawi dealer is anything like the one here it is just a showroom with service in the back and no parts or extra services offered. Consider yourself lucky if yours has the extra's.

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Speaking of which, can Lowes or Ace do copies of our keys? Been meaning to get an extra one.

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Local locksmith can cut keys for me from the key code, which is on the original keys I have. Keep a spare key in my wallet and wrote the key code # in the front of my service manual. Were you able to remove the broken off key?

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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Yeah, I was able to get the broken part out, as soon as I felt the key crack I pulled it back out... It broke the rest of the way in my hand.

Dealership is exactly that, small showroom with service.

1990 VN750
Got it on 9/10/09
7683 original miles when I got it
7870 current (constantly adding more)
Mods already on bike:
Kuryakyn Iso Grips with throttle boss
Kuryakyn Iso pegs with heel rests
Windshield (not sure what brand or style, just look at my pic)
Leather Saddle bags
Leather t-bag
Mods since I got it:
Wet Battery
Many more to come...
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LOL.

I am glad somebody else is having a crap day with their bike, it makes me feel so much happier about mine.

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Local locksmith can cut keys for me from the key code, which is on the original keys I have. ...
Is this the 5 character code I see on the key? I have a 2003 and 2006 and both have codes that start Z57xx. I've been putting off getting copies made because the locksmith near me is only open 9-5 on weekdays. After reading this maybe I'll take a ride at lunchtime and get it done.
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Yes, that's the key code. Call ahead and ask them if they can do it and have the Kawasaki blank in stock. Not all locksmiths carry motorcycle keys, but many do. If you are just having copies made, have them cut from the original key, it's much cheaper than having one cut from the key code. I keep the originals in a safe place and carry the copies to use.

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