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Old 05-07-2020, 04:54 PM   #1
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I finally Got My First Bike...big problem

I'm so stoked that after months of looking at overpriced, crusty, roached out bikes I got a good deal on a 1995 Kawasaki Vulcan 800! What a horrible process.
I got a beautiful bike but I'll have to do some carb work and some other things.
The big problem is the dude lost the key so all my "carb work" will be fruitless without that precious key.
Need help from MH with any solutions that aren't expensive (or are) as I blew the savings on the bike.
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Old 05-07-2020, 05:50 PM   #2
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Go to Tigger @ Houston Motorcycle Salvage and see if he has an ignition w/keys for sale. He's located in Pasadena off Red Bluff... Really nice fella!

Used to be fun looking for something to buy... Now you have to screen the sale over the phone or through the internet, before making a wasted trip to find out a vehicle/big is clapped out.
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Old 05-07-2020, 06:06 PM   #3
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YES, you are so right! Drive across town, when you don't have the time, to find a parts bike they want $2000 for.
Thanks for the tip, Flip.
Thinking of lock picking until I get her running but more ideas are welcome.
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You know as long as you have a title for the bike, you should be able to remove the ignition and drop it off to a locksmith. They can make a key for it and you wouldn't have to pay them a trip charge.

Oh yeah, on the sweet bike!
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Yep, got the title, bill of sale, and TDL of the seller.
Thank you so much, Flip.
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I'm not familiar with the Vulcan 800, but a lot of Kawasaki models of that era have the key number on the back side of the helmet lock.
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I'm not familiar with the Vulcan 800, but a lot of Kawasaki models of that era have the key number on the back side of the helmet lock.
I'm not familiar with vulcan of that year either. What I do know is that the ninja ex250's and 08-12 250r's have a key code stamped on the lock cylinders. Helmet lock, seat lock, ignition etc... Locate the code and then order a key from ebay. I've done it twice now and its literally one of the easiest things I've ever done. Didn't have to find a lock smith no VIN/title paperwork. On the 250r I didn't even get my hands dirty.

I'm not sure at this moment who I used exactly on ebay but this is a quick search result of one that can do it. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-Mo...gAAOSwUCZasqcA

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Had this happen to me back in the day. Took the bike to a locksmith and had a key in 10min. $20.
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Mine broke off in the gas tank once , we just hot wired it and I rode it that way for a long time before fixing it, the ignition on that bike should be very simple, good temporary free fix.
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Mine broke off in the gas tank once , we just hot wired it and I rode it that way for a long time before fixing it, the ignition on that bike should be very simple, good temporary free fix.
I've done this before too. Just make sure you tape the wires really good, or they could short out while your riding.
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Is Japawhat02 still doing the locksmith gig?
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Old 05-08-2020, 09:37 AM   #12
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I've looked for the key code stamp on every lock on the bike and can't find one but I did not look behind the helmet lock. Good tip.
If I have to load her on and off a trailer again I'll have a heart attack and die.
Is it hard to re-wire once you hot wire the bike? Don't want a new wiring harness.
You guys are great thank you so much.
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no key codes...wa wa waaaaaaa
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Old 05-08-2020, 05:57 PM   #14
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For the future when someone else endures this:
I found an alpha/numeric code on the inside of the ignition but the locksmith said it isn't published but they did say to just bring the ignition in and they would make a key for $50 and spares for $5. Taking the ignition off is one allen and two phillips screws.
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