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Key for vetter

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I have a 1980 GL 1100 with Vetter trunk and saddlebags that lock to the frame and unlock like suitcases. I do not have keys to unlock. I did pick the locks to the bags but can't get to the ones that hold them to the frame. I am hoping to buy a key from someone to be able to match blanks to it. I have found a locksmith to do Impressions on blanks but I need about 10 to make it work and I'm hoping that the bag locks are the same as the key to the frame. Any ideas? Anyone can help?
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The Bags-to-Frame locks are different, All locks use the same Key blank (Ilco X-234) but the Frame locks have two more pins in the tumblers.

I found that out this year - Years ago I had taken the Vetter bags off the 1100 to be replaced with a "cage" style saddlebag arrangement with trailer hitch from an Interstate model, keeping the Vetter trunk. Well, a few years ago I managed to lose the keys (I had spares for everything except the Vetter stuff), so I took the bike to a locksmith and he managed to make me a working key for the trunk.

Fast forward to this year, I now have the 1500 with trailer hitch, and hitch is no longer needed on the 1100 so I decided to remove the Interstate cage and put the Vetter frame and bags back on. To my dismay the key would open the bags, but wouldn't work the mount locks.

So I removed both a bag lid lock and frame lock and took both to locksmith, He told me the key I had cut for the trunk was missing the extra cuts for the additional pins in the frame locks. So now I have keys that work everything!
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Thanks for the information it's very helpful and I will work with the locksmith on it to see if we can come up with a fit thanks again have a great day Cordell
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Okay........I don't think I'm giving up any "secrets" here, but I bought 2 early 80's Goldwing trunks at a garage sale and used them for "trunks" on my lawn tractors.

ANYWAY......to get into the locks, put one of the keys you have into it, then lightly turn it while tapping the back of the key with a tiny hammer or something similar.
This will "jar" the tumblers and you should be able to turn and open the lock. You will STILL NEED TO GET THEM RE-KEYED, but you should be able to open the lock.

It worked perfectly for me. And I got this info from YouTube.......so like I said.......it's not exactly a "secret"......hahaha

OH......if the locks are a little sticky or dry......a shot of PB Blaster will make things a whole lot easier.
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Thanks I will give that a try but first I need to find a key to fit into it.
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If you are trying to get the Vetter bags off, take a mirror and look around the backside of the lock. All the lock does is spread a pair of stiff wires when you turn the key. These stiff wires grab into slots on the "Pin" protrusion from the bags. If you can figure another way to spread the wires you might be able to get the bag off.

If this explanation isn't very clear, go take a look with the mirror and it may make sense.

Might be able to get pictures later if needed.
♫ 99 Little Bugs in the Code, ♪
♪ 99 Bugs in the Code. ♫ :(
♫ Take one down, Patch it around, ♪
♫ 127 Little Bugs in the Code. ♫ ♪ :shock:

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Thanks for the helpful hint I will go try this and hope that it will work thanks again Cordell have a great day.


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