FOAK: Missing Ignition Key

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by FOAK, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. FOAK

    FOAK Guest

    I am now the proud owner of a Kawie KZ550M, a shaft drive '83 model.
    It's not running but I paid so little that I am not concerned if I
    can't get it going again.

    It does not have a key so I can't even raise the seat to install a new
    battery.

    Do the Kawasaki Dealers have access to codes to find a key for this
    lovely example of Japan's Finest?

    Should I remove the ignition switch and take it to a locksmith?

    Please, FOAK, tell me the easiest way to get me out of this
    pickle.....

    TIA

    Biker Dude
     
    FOAK, Jan 30, 2010
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  2. eBay for a used switch and key. I thnk the same switch was used on all
    the GTs as well as the GPzs of the era.

    Alternatively item 150408498447 for a new one

    Plus

    http://www.shopwiki.co.uk/Ignition+Switch+KAWASAKI+500cc+to+750cc

    http://www.gpzzone.co.uk/gpz500s/acatalog/Ignition_switches__relays_and_
    LT_ignition_system_.html

    http://www.wemoto.com/bikes/Kawasaki/GT_550_G7-G9/91-01/picture/Ignition
    _Switch/
     
    The Older Gentleman, Jan 30, 2010
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  3. All this assumes you're in the UK, of course. If you're a Yank, which I
    now think appears likely, do your own bloody Googling.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Jan 30, 2010
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  4. FOAK

    FOAK Guest

    Thanks for the info, but the same key is used for the petrol cap, for
    the seat, and for the ignition.

    One key for all three, otherwise I'd have to break in to the petrol
    tank and seat and I need to raise the seat to service the air filter
    and the battery.

    I would also like to point out that I am blessed to live in the Land
    of ZATAMM and that makes my situation superiour to your own.

    Thanks in advance!
     
    FOAK, Jan 30, 2010
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  5. FOAK

    Rusty Hinge Guest

    Same drillbit?
    Not what *I* raise the seat for...
    Can't be - doesn't render in ROT 13 innit.
    Timing out too?
     
    Rusty Hinge, Jan 30, 2010
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  6. I believe he's referring to the modern psychobabble "Zen and the
    Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert Pirsig, M'Lud.

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    KotPT -- "for stupidity above and beyond the call of duty".
     
    Dr Ivan D. Reid, Jan 30, 2010
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  7. FOAK

    Gael Guest

    The book is more about philosophy than psychology.

    Although it is revealed that the narrator is trying to repress
    memories of his failure to have his doctoral thesis accepted, the
    tension grows as the motorcycle tour
    gets closer to Bozeman, Montana, where his life changing rejection
    occurred.

    So far as the connection between Zen and motorcycle maintenance is
    concerned,
    read the final paragraph:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen_and_the_Art_of_Motorcycle_Maintenance
     
    Gael, Jan 30, 2010
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  8. In which case, take the lock to a locksmith and get a key cut. The whole
    ignition switch assembly just unbolts. The wires terminate in a simple
    jack plug. It'll be easier to remove than the seat lock (which will need
    the seat removing before you can access it, and so...) or the filler
    cap.

    The Japs stopped stamping key numbers on ignition switches decades ago,
    for obvious reasons.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Jan 30, 2010
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  9. FOAK

    Rusty Hinge Guest

    I am indebted to learned counsel's clrification. I will have the Usher
    bring me a map and shew me where it is.
     
    Rusty Hinge, Jan 30, 2010
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  10. FOAK

    S'mee Guest

    Oh look the blithering idiot...cut and pastes another answer with no
    knowledge of what he posts.
     
    S'mee, Jan 30, 2010
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  11. FOAK

    Mike Buckley Guest

    :) I sent a fiver in the post together with the key number of the CB72
    and got the right key back in a couple of days. Clever lock people can
    also match a single RD key to all three locking components on the bike
    (helmet lock, seat lock and ignition switch) even if it's the wrong key.
     
    Mike Buckley, Jan 30, 2010
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  12. FOAK

    Gael Guest

    Do try to conduct yourself in a more civil manner, my dear Shit Stain.

    M'kay?
     
    Gael, Jan 30, 2010
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  13. That works if you know the key number,,,,
    Keys Galore in London is brilliant.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Jan 30, 2010
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  14. FOAK

    Mike Buckley Guest

    It's stamped onto the ignition switch.....
    Never heard of them, I just rang a random who advertises in the VJMC
    Autojumble pages.
     
    Mike Buckley, Jan 30, 2010
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  15. FOAK

    S'mee Guest

    and such vulgarity! shame he doesn't leave...no person of intelligence
    wants one of his ilk around.
     
    S'mee, Jan 30, 2010
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  16. FOAK

    Krusty Guest

    How about you both take your little bitch-fest, cut-out the
    cross-posting shite & **** off to alt.lovers.tiff? Or are you
    determined to **** up yet another previously troll-free group with your
    pathetic point scoring? Either grow up or keep it in your own group ffs.
     
    Krusty, Jan 30, 2010
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  17. FOAK

    S'mee Guest


    heh...IF I were you, I'd be on that SOB's ass like white on rice and
    obtw just who started teh cross posting? Hmmm?
     
    S'mee, Jan 31, 2010
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  18. FOAK

    Krusty Guest

    I wasn't being funny.
    Thankfully you're not me. Are you seriously suggesting I should take an
    instant dislike to someone I know nothing about, & start slagging them
    off on Usenet? Like I said, grow up.
    The original crosspost was valid enough, as was Gael's first post in
    the thread. It was *you* who turned it into a bitch-fest. Is it really
    that difficult to remove the cross-post before you do that, or do you
    just like dragging your shite into other groups?
     
    Krusty, Jan 31, 2010
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  19. FOAK

    S'mee Guest

    neither, I admit I did not, repeat did not notice the cross post.
    Gael/gaidheal/krust kritter IS a racist troll with NO actual knowledge
    that he can't google and even then he get's it mostly wrong.

    more appropos..I still have the ORIGINAL key to my 72' Suzuki T-500.
    Now to get off my arse and rebuild the poor thing...it be shite a
    piston skirt some time back. New oil line needed etc. It's better ride
    imo than the RD400's I've been on and does a bang up job on dirt/
    gravel roads. 8^)
     
    S'mee, Jan 31, 2010
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  20. FOAK

    Gael Guest

    You just cross-posted *again*!

    You're dumber than dogshit, aren't you?
     
    Gael, Jan 31, 2010
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