I looked at the scooter today, specifically at the latch and yes it is a cable that runs up the right side of the scooter an it may be possible to run a second cable so you can use it as a pull cord and have it hidden. I was also thinking of hiding a second key in or around the steering head area (lots of space). I would still like to have a key at home in my safe. In Germany they have eight more keys for the scooter as they made ten for each and every scooter. When I got my Z3 I got 4 keys and from what I gathered 6 more in Germany. I only got 2 with the scooter as I would think you all got the same.
This happened to me and it is easy to do and I probably won't be the last. Could you imagine you are a thousand miles from home at a rally, oh crap. When you hide your key make sure it is secure you would not want to lose your key or lock it under the seat and go to get the spare and it not be where you left it.
I normal think of cycle thefts being of the "2 or 3 guys and a pickup", not really "rummaging around for a spare key or hotwiring".
How about one of those spare key holder boxes, and hiding it in a tricky location like in the glovebox that doesn't lock? Hiddin in the upper "ceiling" of that glovebox where it's not readily seen? Of make a tricky false floor for in there to hide it under?
"You are limited only by your imagination and the laws in your municipality"
This key, would you think that the top end of this key would have metal going through and just covered with plastic or just plastic (what I have the zip tie pointing at). I do not want to try and bend or twist it. As if I am to hide the key I would want to make sure it is secure in its hiding spot and will not wear through plastic.
I think it is just plastic and can break or wear through. If I was to use it, I think I would zip tie the key to a frame member along with a zip tie through the hole in the key. Yes the more secure the better.
Those zip ties are pretty tough, you sure if you need the key you will be able to get the zip tie broken?
[QUOTE=Gilly;836708]Those zip ties are pretty tough, you sure if you need the key you will be able to get the zip tie broken?[/QUOTE]
If you are near civilization or camping there would be a good chance someone would have a pocket knife, scissors or something that would cut or break the ties. My idea is that at least you have a key to get home that would be accessible if you are away from home. I have never lost a key or locked one in the trunk until this time. If you leave the key just hanging or dangling I think there is to good a chance to have it wear through the top of the key and fall off.
I may be over thinking this issue.
That key is intended to be placed on a key ring where it is expected to dangle, or have the weight of all your other keys dangle from it. Tie it down and check for wear yearly. I suspect you will sell the bike before the keyhole wears out. If you are really worried about it, just duct tape it in place so it cannot move.
My bike came with an extra thin key that I keep in my wallet. If the scooter doesn't have a thin key, maybe you can get one cut.
[QUOTE=osbornk;836819]My bike came with an extra thin key that I keep in my wallet. If the scooter doesn't have a thin key, maybe you can get one cut.[/QUOTE]
We have the coded keys that match the ignition/computer. My old bike also had a thin key. My Z3 has a key they call a wallet key but it is no thinner than the regular key. A key without the chip won't work. I tried to put a blank key into the ignition and I could not even put it in. It is almost as if a magnet opens the keyhole when you have the chip.
rear view mirrors are nice looking but a little too far forward - need to be able to move them outboard a couple of inches to get my arms out of the view. Also i could get by occasionally wearing dress shoes on my prev maxi (say lunch run etc) - but not this baby! Heavier and a little higher center of gravity means good grip necessary on stopping. Horn sucks! One of 2 headlights out. Brake tension adjusted - now much easier with on brake twist settings. Installed lic plate photo defeater and radar detector! A reverse would of been nice but then again i coudda bought a 'real' motorcycle! Ave about 45 mpg. Hid my spare key nicely under front fork.
july 2013 - so i shimmed the r view mirror outward with a small ss bolt - it tilted out about 4 mm but it really helps!
[QUOTE=quack;837639]rear view mirrors are nice looking but a little too far forward - need to be able to move them outboard a couple of inches to get my arms out of the view. Also i could get by occasionally wearing dress shoes on my prev maxi (say lunch run etc) - but not this baby! Heavier and a little higher center of gravity means good grip necessary on stopping. Horn sucks! One of 2 headlights out. Brake tension adjusted - now much easier with on brake twist settings. Installed lic plate photo defeater and radar detector! A reverse would of been nice but then again i couldda bought a 'real' motorcycle! Ave about 45 mpg. Hid my spare key nicely under front fork.[/QUOTE]
I agree about the mirrors (i thought about bar end mirrors) as I look at my elbows. As for the headlights one is for low beam and both are for high beam. As for economy I got 303km (188 miles) on a tank and still had 1 litre of gas left (about a quart) this is 62 miles a gallon Canadian although the computer and readout on the dash tell me something different.
On the mirrors, they list "Aspherical Mirrors" as a GT option, I am interested in these as onmy roadtest I never got the mirrors to where I really liked them either. But then there was the little accident I got in, so maybe I would have gotten them better adjusted.
But still interested in them, I did see them on various Euro cars back when I was wrenching, and they might help. I don't know if it's the whole mirror assembly or just the mirror part itself.
The seperate bulbs for high and low beam is a fairly common Euro practice, you just notice it more on the bikes with 2 lenses. On my K1200GT it was the one "main beam" and 2 high beam bulbs, just all looked more symmetrical the way they did it (see the picture below my name)
roger on the lights - thanks! Further inspection of rear v mirrors - would take a custom mount extension . . . BMW i would think will get a lot of feedback on this one. My prev post of gripes r not meant to malign the scoot - its is great in all other aspects: solid, powerful, agile for a maxi. I am even addicted to the handlebar and seat heaters in the balmy winter of the fl panhandle.
Maybe in a few months I can find out more about the mirrors, just not sure how much info they have on them but over the winter maybe they'll be up to speed. Might be better off that they were introduced now, in this area of the country anyways as I'm sure they don't have a lot else going on than learning about new products. If the price is reasonable I'll probably have them get the Aspherical mirrors for mine. As far as the distance of the mirrors away from the rider, it seems a lot like the K1200GT, yeah pretty far away, but they didn't seem to vibrate too much either.
PS am hoping the aspherical design would make it not neccesary to try to widen the mirror stems themselves.
I was at the dealer about a week ago and he was telling me the guys (sales and service) are going out in January (when it slows down) to class for about a week to get educated on the scooter.
I installed a new accessory outlet today so it is more accessible when riding. If you go to the right or left you may get interference. From the brake lines. I wanted to install it down and near the seat and will install it when I find a location. All the spots I found so far there is no room so if anyone does find a good location let me know. You need about 2" in depth and about 1.25" in diameter.
The location is fairly well weather protected and will be good for a gps when I get a bike gps
Take note the outlet in the glove box is only rated for 4 amps so if you use 18 gauge wire with a 15 amp fuse you can go straight to the battery and then use this for heated clothing.
[attach]34258[/attach] now this is a perfect rv mirror - close, tight and without optical mumbo jumbo!