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Old 04-04-2010, 09:48 PM   #1
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So, I did something smart today, and I figured I would share it with everyone so they will not be doomed to repeat it.

I ride to PP1 early this morning, and decide I want to grab a hot coffee from the StarBucks. I swing the handlebar to the left and lock it -- as I would normally do. At this point, I attempt to multi-task. So, I pull the iPhone out of my jacket pocket and begin to pull the key from the ignition. In doing so, the key slips out of my hand and lands somewhere on the bike -- no where to be found!

I never heard the key hit the ground. I can only assume the key landed somewhere inside the fairing. I will have to spend this week tearing the bike down in hopes of finding the key.

I do not have a lanyard on the key at all. If I were to have had something tied to the key, it might have been easy to locate the key and remove it. So, please! Put something on your key to assist if you ever drop it like I did.
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:57 PM   #2
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I've done this before but a GSXR doesn't have that much space for a key to hide. Who knows where it could be on the Busa. Kinda interesting.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:00 PM   #3
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i lost a one of the mirror nuts like that..just dropped it while i was takin of a mirror...it hid behind my fairings. fell out once i started riding.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:16 PM   #4
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my kawi key is huge...
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:29 PM   #5
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i have a motorcycles unlimited key ring on mine. its all plastic and rubber so it wont scratch
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:39 PM   #6
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ouch. all I have on my bike key is a gremlin bell I got at awesomecycles. I need one of the big rubber or foam ones so I never lose it.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:57 PM   #7
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It will give you some good practice on removing the farings
Start with the right side , you can do an oil change too.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:59 PM   #8
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how did you get home? i imagine it would probably rattle out on the ride home
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:32 PM   #9
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i think yo beast of a bike ate the key man, hopefully its still somewhere in the fairings though and didnt fall out when we were riding
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I'm guessing the Busa coughed it back up because I saw you later on today

I was soOo close to passing you up twice today but Ali had block me
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Old 04-05-2010, 01:42 AM   #11
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you need safety wire on your key dood
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I'm guessing the Busa coughed it back up because I saw you later on today

I was soOo close to passing you up twice today but Ali had block me
Chris was nice enough to allow me to borrow his bike. I went home to get my SPARE key. I will begin removing the fairings today when I get home from work.

I only allowed you to get close -- just to tease you!

Had fun! We gotta do it again, sometime!
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Dood, always have a spare!

Hard learned lesson.. While getting things together after exiting my car, wind blew the door closed. Unfortunatley for me my fingers were pinned in the locked door, and the shock of pain caused me to drop my keys... After much cursing and stretching for the key, I finally had to pull the door open as much as I could and yank the fingers free.
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I only allowed you to get close -- just to tease you!
I'll let you keep thinking that
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:22 PM   #15
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I'll let you keep thinking that
Thanks! It does not hurt to massage my ego at times.

Great news! It is a miracle! I begin disconnecting the plastics on the right-side. I broke one of the tabs!

At any rate, I continued on my quest. As I removed the two tabs at the bottom of the bike and separate the two halves -- near the radiator, I hear this beautiful thud with the type of sound you hear when a quarter hits the ground. I think, can this be it? It is! I have found the key. The key survived several passes through Racer's Road, etc., and made it all the way home. Muhahahahahaha!!!!

I need to bring the bike to the shop tomorrow to enquire as to how much the replacement tab will cost -- I hope it will not be as expensive as asking for a key replacement.
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At any rate, I continued on my quest. As I removed the two tabs at the bottom of the bike and separate the two halves -- near the radiator, I hear this beautiful thud with the type of sound you hear when a quarter hits the ground. I think, can this be it? It is! I have found the key. The key survived several passes through Racer's Road, etc., and made it all the way home. Muhahahahahaha!!!!
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:20 PM   #17
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Great luck! thanks for the idea though - I'm going to look at a lanyard of some kind.... maybe a spring-tie on a carabiner clip...
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:18 PM   #18
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Consider this a lesson learned. Now, I have something attached to my key that might enable me to find the key easier -- the next time I decide to drop it.
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Thank you even had a spare, because thats a whole other ordeal trying to track down an OEM key from a dealer.
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Old 04-14-2010, 02:37 PM   #20
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Sorta like teh day I tore my house aprt looking for my key that I had in my hand for half an hour?

Dont think the key can be lost on a Ninja.. trade teh busa in!!!
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