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post #1 of 18 Old 10-17-2019, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone else had this problem?
Do you know how to keep it from happening again?

It took me about 15 minutes of trying before the key finally moved to the on position so I could start the bike. It was sort of cold outside. Could that have done it?

Note: The key was pushed in correctly.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Travis

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Might want to make sure it's pushed all the way in.
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give it a big shot of wd40
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give it a big shot of wd40
I'm not sure I'd do that. WD-40 is not a lubricant, and it gets gummy with age. If the OP has problems with his key sticking now, just wait till the WD-40 gets gummy.

I always used Pedro's Extra Dry Lube but that's not sold anymore. Today I'd suggest Boeshield T-9, recommended by Boeing for protecting and lubricating mechanical and electrical parts. Many cyclists use it to lube chains, cables and derailleurs.
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I'm not sure I'd do that. WD-40 is not a lubricant, and it gets gummy with age. If the OP has problems with his key sticking now, just wait till the WD-40 gets gummy.

I always used Pedro's Extra Dry Lube but that's not sold anymore. Today I'd suggest Boeshield T-9, recommended by Boeing for protecting and lubricating mechanical and electrical parts. Many cyclists use it to lube chains, cables and derailleurs.
i knew someone would say that about wd40......it will dissolve dirt grease dust tape stickers ect ...many thoughts on all subjects in life .... my bike the poor thing lives outside most of the time no key issues....now lets take this outside and swing our walking sticks at each other
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....now lets take this outside and swing our walking sticks at each other
I'd win, I have a walking stick (crutch) under each arm right now!
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My ignition barrel locked up after 4k miles. Love everything about the bike except for the cheezy locks they use. I was starting to experience some problems with the second barrel so I doused it with silicone spray. I also alerted my dealer as to the problem but the bike is out of warranty and I didn't purchase the extended warranty. If it happens again I'll just replace the barrel with a button or switch. Not the greatest approach but I rarely leave my bike unattended. Any other suggestions?
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Others on the forum have noted this issue.

You could always install a keyless ignition. https://www.digitalguarddawg.com/motorcycle/

They don't have a harness specifically for our model, the universal harness will fit.
If i ever suffer from ignition barrel issues, this will be the first thing i do.
You will still need your key for the fuel cap and seat removal, of course you could always install a keyless fuel cap.

When life throws you curves, lean into them.
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Long shot suggestion, simple and stupid ... did you try both "sides" of the key? Sometimes my key won't enter, I flip it 180 and it slides right in. But once in, never had a situation where it wouldn't turn to on.
If your bike is still under warranty, take it to the Dealer and show them, or video it, as of course when you take it to the Dealer it will work perfectly. This issue is definitely not normal!
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I had the same problem you describe (twice now in fact), and I squirted


into it and it solved the immediate problem. I'm still concerned that I've had to use it twice now (when will it quit working?), but as an interim fix it works great. I also tried WD40, silicon lube, and assorted other light lubes I had around that didn't work, but Houdini did the trick.

I was a skeptic of this product, but I bought some as a trial on some other lock that I was having a problem with and it worked great for that too. I'm sold.
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