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ignition key question

Postby Uncle Fester » Thu Oct 29, 2015 3:43 pm



Hey all, easy questionsn, I hope !

Are you SUPPOSED to be able to remove the ignition while it is in the RUN position?

Reason I ask is going down the highway, my key came out and disappeared to who knows where. . . .I covered my who 20ish miles ride 3 times looking for the keys with no luck.

Luckily there is nothing distinctive about the keys, just 3 silver keys (one with a black rubber head) and one black one with a painter on skull. No dog tags, or Car Club (AAA)scan tags, nothing but a $2.00 squeeze led light. . .add to the luck, I have a full back up set of keys for the bike, house, and shed.

If the keys are supposed to be removable while running, do you do.anything special to keep them from blowing away ?

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Re: ignition key question

Postby wingman12 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:37 pm

The keys are not supposed to be able to be removed when bike running, however I did notice several years ago that apparently over years of use I am able to remove my key with the engine running. It must be something inside of the ignition switch because I have used an original spare key and it is easily removed also. I tested to see if a screw driver would turn on or off the ignition and it will not work. moral of the story - :cry: only use a key with nothing else on the ring. :cry: :cry: PITA but it is what it is. :D :D

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Re: ignition key question

Postby robb » Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:02 pm

Not had this happen on the Wing but it has on side ignition setup. For this reason I carry a Keychain landyard. Once looped around the handlebar there is more than adequate length to safely secure keys. Seen a lot of stuff lost at 80mph, but keys ain't one.

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Re: ignition key question

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:10 pm

I use one of these on each set of my Goldwing keys. 3 sets total. It allows me to put only the ignition key in the ignition, eliminating scratches and scrapes from a complete key set, while you bounce down the highway. It also allows me to use the alternate gas door key (mine is different) while the bike is running. I wear the rest of the keys and what-not on my belt loop via a stainless carabiner. The brass quick releases are far superior to the Chinese 'plated' ones, if you can find them. I suspect the reduction in weight and mass on the ignition key might help your issue.


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Re: ignition key question

Postby Uncle Fester » Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:44 pm

I like the idea of the coupler, and will look for a brass one or two.
Until then, I picked up a $1.50 red, so I can see it good, lanyard that reaches from my stereo controls on the left hand grip to the key switch, and allows full lock to lock turning with out binding.
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Re: ignition key question

Postby robb » Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:15 am


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Re: ignition key question

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:51 am

No it should not come out while running, and the fact that it is indicates that the pins in your ignition lock cylinder are excessively worn. This also means the lock is exceedingly easy to pick - continued wear will get to the point where the bike can be started with pretty much ANY key (or even a screwdriver).

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Re: ignition key question

Postby Uncle Fester » Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:26 pm

robb wrote:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fire-Flames-Lanyard-Neck-Strap-Keychain-ID-Badge-Holder-/191726676794

This is what I use. 18"


That is basically what I got, but solid red. . . Very easy to see IF I do drop it.

I guess it is time to start looking at how hard it is to.replace the switch, and how much one costs. . . .
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Re: ignition key question

Postby robb » Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:35 pm

Biggest reason I keep one close is so I can find my keys, an age thing. Rarely ever remove the key unless it's an unfamiliar area.

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Re: ignition key question

Postby Uncle Fester » Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:04 pm

Good gawd ! Key switch, new, only available from Honda. . . . $200.00 and some wrench time. Any one know of a aftermarket one ?
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Re: ignition key question

Postby MikeB » Sat Oct 31, 2015 2:46 am

There are several on Ebay with keys.


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