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Expensive blank for forklock key.
11/02/12 at 12:33:34
 
I went to a locksmith to have keys made.  The ignition key was no problem,.. a few bucks.

Before he cut the fork lock key, he warned me the blanks for that key come from Germany in small lots so they are expensive.  He was going to charge $12 for that key because he says the blanks cost him $10.

Do any of you know anything about this?

Where can we get blanks for the fork lock at a reasonable price?
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Re: Expensive blank for forklock key.
Reply #1 - 11/02/12 at 13:14:04
 
Gyrobob wrote on 11/02/12 at 12:33:34:
I went to a locksmith to have keys made.  The ignition key was no problem,.. a few bucks.

Before he cut the fork lock key, he warned me the blanks for that key come from Germany in small lots so they are expensive.  He was going to charge $12 for that key because he says the blanks cost him $10.

Do any of you know anythng about this?

Where can we get blanks for the fork lock at a reasonable price?



I see em on ebay ... but it is a funky weird key I should say.
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Reply #2 - 11/02/12 at 14:51:38
 
It's a Neiman lock, they're on BMW's. It's $40 for the lock so $10 a blank doesn't seem that far off.
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Reply #3 - 11/02/12 at 17:22:01
 

IF you are handy with your dremel and small file set, you can take a cheap Access 93 blank, flatten & widen the bottom of the tilted groove to be flat and get the blank cut on a key machine to match your fork key for both stop and overall length (the blank is too long too).

A bit fiddly and requires some patience, but a couple of tries gets you a fork lock key.

My opinion?   $10 is a deal compared to labor converting an Access 93 blank, take it and count yourself lucky.
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Reply #4 - 11/02/12 at 18:52:20
 
Gotta admit, I sure like my Ninja on which the ignition switch and the fork lock are in one and the same place, and use the same key. There are a lot of ways in which the 250 Ninja is superior to the S40. Still, the S40 is a fun ride.
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Reply #5 - 11/02/12 at 19:28:13
 
Charon - FSO wrote on 11/02/12 at 18:52:20:
Gotta admit, I sure like my Ninja on which the ignition switch and the fork lock are in one and the same place, and use the same key. There are a lot of ways in which the 250 Ninja is superior to the S40. Still, the S40 is a fun ride.


It's a sport bike. I don't know any sport bikes that DON'T have the feature of the key on the tree that also locks the forks. Comparing a sport bike to a cruiser doesn't make any sense - they were created for 2 completely different purposes. For starters - people either like to see the mechanical bits of their bike and buy cruisers or people like the shape of aerodynamic shrouding(fairings) and buy sport bikes. And I haven't even gotten started on the ergonomic differences of the two...
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Reply #6 - 11/02/12 at 19:45:03
 
Cavi Mike wrote on 11/02/12 at 19:28:13:
Charon - FSO wrote on 11/02/12 at 18:52:20:
Gotta admit, I sure like my Ninja on which the ignition switch and the fork lock are in one and the same place, and use the same key. There are a lot of ways in which the 250 Ninja is superior to the S40. Still, the S40 is a fun ride.


It's a sport bike. I don't know any sport bikes that DON'T have the feature of the key on the tree that also locks the forks. Comparing a sport bike to a cruiser doesn't make any sense - they were created for 2 completely different purposes. For starters - people either like to see the mechanical bits of their bike and buy cruisers or people like the shape of aerodynamic shrouding(fairings) and buy sport bikes. And I haven't even gotten started on the ergonomic differences of the two...


I am well aware of the differences, since I have both. I cannot see any reason why cruisers cannot have the "key on the tree" as well, since it is considerably more convenient. I suppose styling is more important than function. At least on my other cruiser, a Yamaha, the fork lock uses the same key as the ignition.
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Reply #7 - 11/02/12 at 19:50:32
 
My daily driver, an FJR-1300, uses only one key for five different locks.

It annoys me to need two keys for three locks.
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Reply #8 - 11/02/12 at 19:51:53
 
Srinath said, "I see em on ebay ... but it is a funky weird key I should say."

I searched for Neiman key blank.  They have them for $9 with free shipping, so I guess the locksmith was not the one who is gouging me.

One entry on ebay says this blank is interchangeable with HD-666, BOERKEY 666K, SR61N, B69K, Silca NE5, and Ilco N2M.

Update: I found some for $3.50.   I bought four.  free shipping.

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Reply #9 - 11/02/12 at 20:58:10
 
Charon - FSO wrote on 11/02/12 at 19:45:03:
I suppose styling is more important than function

Bingo.
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Reply #10 - 11/03/12 at 06:18:33
 
Roman's locksmith in Sheffield, Al made my extra keys. The ignition keys were about $2. She was having trouble finding the forklock on the computer and kept mumbling about the key looking familiar. She picked up a dog eared manual and flipped through it until she found a replacement...said it was the same as a BMW...cost $4 cut and out the door.

Also nearby Honda dealer wanted $30 JUST FOR A BLANK for my daughter's ATV. Romans cut one for $5-6. The difference in price was waiting about 2 weeks until I was in the area. It's about 25 miles away.   Wink  

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Reply #11 - 11/03/12 at 08:04:54
 
Gyrobob wrote on 11/02/12 at 19:51:53:
Update: I found some for $3.50.   I bought four.  free shipping.


It would be nice if you actually shared where you got them from. After-all, that is what forums are for.
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Reply #12 - 11/03/12 at 09:00:23
 
Cavi Mike wrote on 11/03/12 at 08:04:54:
Gyrobob wrote on 11/02/12 at 19:51:53:
Update: I found some for $3.50.   I bought four.  free shipping.


It would be nice if you actually shared where you got them from. After-all, that is what forums are for.


I like to be as nice as the next guy, so,.... ebay item #350586664228
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Re: Expensive blank for forklock key.
Reply #13 - 11/03/12 at 09:43:49
 
in a few years... when you've lost your key... you may need the description.

Silca Key Blank for MC Fork Lock/Moped NE5 SR61N B69K

cause I doubt it'll have the same ebay number.
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Reply #14 - 11/03/12 at 09:46:55
 
verslagen1 wrote on 11/03/12 at 09:43:49:
in a few years... when you've lost your key... you may need the description.

Silca Key Blank for MC Fork Lock/Moped NE5 SR61N B69K

cause I doubt it'll have the same ebay number.



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