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Old 05-27-2013, 06:17 PM   #1
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Broke my only key.

Hey guys. Been away for awhile. I got the bike running great. Fluids, timing, and some fuel flow fixes sorted her right out.

Well I went and broke my only key in my wheel lock assembly.

What are my options?
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:27 PM   #2
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Locksmith. And have extra keys made.
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:29 PM   #3
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Hey guys. Been away for awhile. I got the bike running great. Fluids, timing, and some fuel flow fixes sorted her right out.

Well I went and broke my only key in my wheel lock assembly.

What are my options?
Turn the bars hard? Supposedly you can break the wheel lock assy and keep riding.

Or dig the remains of the key out. (toothpick and superglue surgery) then take to a locksmith.

or take to a locksmith with tape over it so you don't lose the thing and have them repair.

Or abandon it and put in a kewl hidden ignition switch somewhere.

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Old 05-27-2013, 06:31 PM   #4
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Turn the bars hard? Supposedly you can break the wheel lock assy and keep riding.

Or dig the remains of the key out. (toothpick and superglue surgery) then take to a locksmith.

or take to a locksmith with tape over it so you don't lose the thing and have them repair.

Or abandon it and put in a kewl hidden ignition switch somewhere.

Know what tuition is?

Had a brain fart. Stuck the key in the wheel lock and turned the wrong way. Snapped like a twig.

I can try and fish the remnants out. If I can't get it out. Can A Locksmith use my ignition key slot to make a new key. And can you find blanks with the plastic bmw housing?
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:03 PM   #5
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Had a brain fart. Stuck the key in the wheel lock and turned the wrong way. Snapped like a twig.

I can try and fish the remnants out. If I can't get it out. Can A Locksmith use my ignition key slot to make a new key. And can you find blanks with the plastic bmw housing?
Blanks from any parts house.

Ask the locksmith. try very carefully supergluing the part you have to the part that broke off.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:18 AM   #6
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try very carefully supergluing the part you have to the part that broke off.
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otherwise the key might get stuck to your finger.
It's not all bad tho' I can still ride. I just can't use the clutch.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:51 AM   #7
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I did that way back in about 1977 or 78.......never done it since.
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:10 AM   #8
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I did that way back in about 1977 or 78.......never done it since.
You too!

I thought I was the only one. Things are looking up!
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:05 AM   #9
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Thanks guys. Will try the superglue technique. Not sure it will be successful cause its so flush in the lock assembly. Will look for blank online
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:12 AM   #10
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Thanks guys. Will try the superglue technique. Not sure it will be successful cause its so flush in the lock assembly. Will look for blank online
use a dental pick ... betcha you get it out. here BMW keys are hard to find... only one locksmith in town that's got special BMW blanks. save your pieces, locksmith can use pieces to help make another key.

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Old 05-28-2013, 05:38 AM   #11
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Nother option.....buy another switch with keys. Just an option. Not sure what a locksmith charges these days.
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:15 AM   #12
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I'm searching for key blanks. I've found the folding keys. Will they work on my R90? I'd love to get a exact match to the round plastic cap bmw emblem key I have. Any suggestions.
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:37 AM   #13
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I'm searching for key blanks. I've found the folding keys. Will they work on my R90? I'd love to get a exact match to the round plastic cap bmw emblem key I have. Any suggestions.
Keep looking. Try Bobs and Capitol Cycle, both regular dealers.

Also get some cheap flat blanks as spares.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:31 PM   #14
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I'm searching for key blanks. I've found the folding keys. Will they work on my R90? I'd love to get a exact match to the round plastic cap bmw emblem key I have. Any suggestions.
The folding keys are easy to find, the knob keys not so much.
BTW, the folding keys will clear when left in the steering lock, that's why the left headlight ear has the dents on the inside.

Anyway, my buddy did exactly what you did but luckily had a spare. But like you wanted the knob key.
Here is what I did. Clamp the remaining portion of the broken key into a vise, leaving enough room to get fuel line pliers between the vise jaws and the knob. Squeeze the pliers and the knob will come off. The key is vaguely shaped like a T which is what holds it in the knob. Take the new key and duplicate the shape of the old key. Insert the key into the knob using the vice or an arbor press.
Lube the key with epoxy glue so that it goes in easier and stays in once it's in.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:27 PM   #15
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We had a number of customers do that exact same thing. We were usually able to get the remains back out using a dental pick or a straight nut pick (yeah, the ones you use at Christmas).

Things NOT to do, DON'T try to snap the lock by turning the bars hard, you will ruin any chance to get it back out PLUS you will damage the steering stem.

DON'T try to use "super glue" you will end up making the remainder of the key impossible to get out.

A locksmith may be able to extract the old key from the lock but it will cast about $60. You can do it yourself with a pick.

If you can't get the old key out, Just leave it alone and use a screw driver to opperate your steering lock.

A locksmith CAN'T make you a new key without the code and he will still charge an arm and a leg!

If you want to pull out the lock out, just drift off the chrome cover (held in place with a rivit, use a drift from the back-side), turn the tunbler with a screw driver and it will "pop" out.
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