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    Key chain damage

    OK, so what are some things members are doing to keep the area around the ignition key from looking like it was shot peened after a few hundred miles? Obvious answer is a soft fob without any additional keys but that's not always practical. Any favorite protective solutions?
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    Nothing is attached to my key. Problem solved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Talmadge_W View Post
    OK, so what are some things members are doing to keep the area around the ignition key from looking like it was shot peened after a few hundred miles? Obvious answer is a soft fob without any additional keys but that's not always practical. Any favorite protective solutions?
    There are several ways to protect it but all I know of, with age and wear, discolor or also take on that shot-peened look you refer to. 3M Clear film does ok for a while.

    That said; it's generally unwise to have other keys or metal key chains on BMW keys. There's a possibility that they can interfere with the EWS ring picking up the signal from the ignition key. If you don't know about this potential issue, hit the link.

    This is 'THE LINK'.

    If there is nothing on the key, the problem you're asking about is solved....
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    Zagg makes plastic screen protectors for cell phones and tablets. They claim it is made from a material designed to protect the leading edges of helicopter blades from damage by wind an debris. The stuff is a bit pricy, but I'll bet it would protect your bike from flapping keys.
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    I get more damage than that from bug and stone impacts. I like mine clean- it makes looking for problems and working on it easier- but I've never found a way to do many miles withoujt a bit of that showing. Even car glass windshields get chip blasted sooner or later- getting a bike through everything unscathed is impossible.

    I carry a fairly fat key chain but there is little evidence of that on the bike- maybe its weight keeps it from flopping around so much that it scratches a lot of stuff? I noticed that when I used only the bike key on a ring with a couple others that they flopped a bunch in thwewind but my larger keychain does not.

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    I have a simple leash clip on my keys. I attach them to the key for which ever vehicle I take out of the garage. If it's one of the bikes, only the bike key is in the ignition.

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    Bicycle shops sell sheets of clear material used to cover mountain bike frames for rock protection, funny it works on motorcycles too. Can be double layered

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talmadge_W View Post
    OK, so what are some things members are doing to keep the area around the ignition key from looking like it was shot peened after a few hundred miles? Obvious answer is a soft fob without any additional keys but that's not always practical. Any favorite protective solutions?
    I don't see why that's not practical. The only keys on my motorcycel key ring are the keys for my motorcycle and one house key. Any other I mignt need are on a seperate key ring, either packed away or in a coat pocket.
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    I use this idea from Mark on another website. It works great for me and my key and fob lay flat in my pocket.

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