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    That Tiny Plastic Key-like Doodad???

    When I picked up my new F800ST last week, they gave me two "real" keys and one plastic thingee about the size of a big paper clip. Salesman said something about it being "for emergencies only." I have checked it and it does indeed seem to operate the ignition, open the bags and unlock the fuel cap.

    Question: why is it only for emergencies? Does it self-destruct after, say, six uses?

    I actually prefer its small size cuz it fits very nicely on my dogtag chain, whereas the regular "spare" key is a tad bulky hanging around my neck.
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    My guess is that the plastic wears less well than the metal used in "real" keys. I carry mine in a jacket pocket as a spare.
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    Isn't the little plastic dooddad the key code to your bike to where you can give to BMW if you ever loose your keys to where you can get a replacement key? These keys are programmed to a certain code for it to work.

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    You get two metal keys, a plastic spare key, and the little tiny plastic attached to the plastic spare key. It says you can't have the plastic key with the metal key as it will mess up your electronics and bike won't start.
    Bye bye 2006 F650 GS for a 2011 F650 GS.

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    I carry my plastic key as a spare. The spare metal key stays at home. Why? I don't know...seemed like the right thing to do...

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    Guess I'm into overkill ... I put the spare metal key on my dogtag chain around my neck, and the tiny plastic key went into my wallet. Why? Dunno, seems stupid now that I say it.
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    Tried to start bike with it?

    Has anyone tried to start the bike with it? Since it's a radio wave activated key system, the plastic do-dad would have to have the built-in electronics to start the bike. I'm guessing the plastic key is just a mold to be used to make a new key. Does it actually start the bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by w9fcc View Post
    Has anyone tried to start the bike with it? Since it's a radio wave activated key system, the plastic do-dad would have to have the built-in electronics to start the bike. I'm guessing the plastic key is just a mold to be used to make a new key. Does it actually start the bike?
    what "radio wave activated key system" are you talking about? my 2009 F8GS is a basic standard physical key, no electronics whatsoever. bike is not EWS equipped.
    the plastc key is your "oh crap, I lost my nice solid metal one, but sure glad i stuffed this little plastc guy in my wallet" key. yeah, it might wear out or even break if used on a regular basis. or maybe not. and yes- it will indeed start the bike.
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    Ews

    Ahhh... I was assuming EWS. My 2011 F800ST does have electronics in the key.

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    try your plastic key, tell us what happens. maybe it is chip equipped.
    but regradless, i'll bet it works fine, as the plastic key is given as the wallet key. is skinny, with no extras, to fit in there nice 'n fine.
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    On my RT, I hid the plastic key behind one of the mirrors with a zip tie in the event that I lose my real key. I haven't had my ST for a while now, but I'm betting there's a place you could do the same in the event of a lost real key. A couple inches away from the EWS ring is all that's needed to avoid any problems.
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