Seized Handlebar Lock


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Seized Handlebar Lock

Postby zimage » Tue May 01, 2012 3:46 pm



Anyone have any tips for fixing a seized handlebar lock? I can push in the key and turn it counterclockwise a tiny bit, then it doesn't move beyond that. The key can be removed from the ignition at any point (even in on, acc, and p) so might it just be a worn or badly copied key?

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Tim Nowaczyk



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Re: Seized Handlebar Lock

Postby virgilmobile » Tue May 01, 2012 3:56 pm

Try your key on a helmet lock or the false tank lock, etc. If it works there,you may have to pull the ignition switch out to get to the lock mechanism to free it up.
Also,just like a car,if there is a bind on the mechanism the lock will be hard to release.Be sure to pull on the clutch side to release any back bind it may have.

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Re: Seized Handlebar Lock

Postby zimage » Tue May 01, 2012 4:43 pm

Yup. I already pulled out the switch to see how things looked. I blasted the handlebar locking pin with WD-40 and it still won't move. I tried to remove the back where the wire harness connects, but only one of the plastic locking tabs will move. I had hoped I could look inside to see where the mechanics are binding up.

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Re: Seized Handlebar Lock

Postby virgilmobile » Tue May 01, 2012 5:40 pm

I've got one in my hand.the lock pin sets between the two bolt holes and 1/2" below them.removing the electrical part of the switch will not give you any acess to the lock.It appears to go in before the tumblers and chrome cover.Personally,I'd soak it including spraying into the lock.Push and hold tension on the key and wiggle the handle bars.this may jar it enough.as far as I can see,you'd have to destroy the whole thing to get it off the upper mount with that pin engaged.if it comes to that,I have one from a 80 if you need it.farm fresh too, corrosion included with a key.

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Re: Seized Handlebar Lock

Postby zimage » Tue May 01, 2012 6:03 pm

I guess I wasn't clear. The lock is stuck unlocked, but can't be locked. Bike starts and rides and everything. Neighbor mentioned that his son's bike was stolen (different part of town) so this was a good kick in the butt to see if I could get my bike's lock to work.

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Re: Seized Handlebar Lock

Postby virgilmobile » Tue May 01, 2012 6:23 pm

Oh...different process.unbolt the switch.2 10mm. ones from underneath.Pull it out and soak in MMO overnight.Wiggle jiggle to free the pin.

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Re: Seized Handlebar Lock

Postby virgilmobile » Wed May 02, 2012 9:02 am

One last thing...to get the actual switch off the housing,turn the key to the ON position and then you can depress the 3 tabs to release the switch body.You might as well take it apart and clean all the copper contacts while your there.I posted about how to do that somewhere on this site.I'll try to find it.

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Re: Seized Handlebar Lock

Postby warnett » Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:24 pm

I wish virginmobil had some pictures posted of the pin. Mine will lock but hard to turn.

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Re: Seized Handlebar Lock

Postby thrasherg » Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:21 pm

zimage wrote:I guess I wasn't clear. The lock is stuck unlocked, but can't be locked. Bike starts and rides and everything. Neighbor mentioned that his son's bike was stolen (different part of town) so this was a good kick in the butt to see if I could get my bike's lock to work.


If you are trying to get the lock to work as protection against theft, forget it. It's quite easy to grab the handlebars and with a forceful jab, break the lock (when engaged). If you are worried about theft, you would be much better off getting a good disk lock, or better still a chain and lock and securing the bike to something solid!! Many disk locks even have alarms built in so you will hear if someone tampers with your bike.. Steering locks are a VERY minor inconvenience to a thief.

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Re: Seized Handlebar Lock

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:23 pm

Ill look tonight to see if I still have the assembly.




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