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Hey guys, girls and monkeys!
Recently had a MSF class. The Ultimate Bike Bonding Class, which is supposed to be the top of the line class. Had a MSF instructor that was a former presidential escort officer and motorcycle officer trainer that commented on the course being more challenging than some of the officer training courses he taught/participated in.
Well enough rambling, we made introductions, relatively small class of 5 bikes. At the start of class one of the instructors was talking about his wife and how she left home to get gas and got to station, filled up the car and got ready to leave an the car would not start.. her key fob in her jacket at home in the garage so he had to take it to her. Apparently there is a combination of buttons you press on the steering wheel to start the car without the fob but she didn’t know the code.
4 bikes at the starting line, 5th biker looking for his keys. So a couple of us join in the search and ask where were you, what does the key look like? It was a HD... he says oh it’s a key fob... and we all go no way this is happening and we were just talking about it a few minutes ago.
We start class and one of the instructors also rode a HD went to help him and said the code should be whatever the generic code is unless it’s been changed. The guy said he was never given a code, they try but to no avail.
Son in law drives a hour to come get him to take him home to look for the fob because no one has keys to his place. By now he can’t participate in class and I felt bad for the guy because he was so excited about the class. He was so embarrassed that it happened and he couldn’t believe that he did it.
So I said all that to say if you have keyless start on your bike or plan on installing make sure it’s on you before you leave home or you will get stranded and hopefully not too far from home!
 

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A good reminder that not all new technology is good technology. I'ma key guy myself and yes, I have multiple keys cause i lay them down and forget were I put them. Getting CSR as you get older sux!
 

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Another problem happening, but with cars, is not making sure the engine is shut off when you get out of car. There have been stories of carbon monoxide poisoning because cars were left running in the garage.
 

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hate these keyless cars...probably just the curmudgeon side of me...modern technology...and yet the way I'm always forgetting where I put things one would think I would love it....bottom line in this scenario...always have a spare key with you just in case...


came in handy recently when I had a starting issue 2oo miles from home...stopped for gas, filled up, went to leave...turn the key...nada...finally got it to start...but did worry all the way home about turning the mc off...knew I would be making one more gas stop on way home...luckily had an extra key in my wallet, and used that to unlock the gas cap lid to gas up...had to leave the bike running while I filled up...not smart, but is what it is...got the bike home...took it in...checked it over...couldn't find anything wrong...glad I had that spare key with me.
 

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I always thought the engine would die if you got to far from the fob but it doesn’t because it’s a start function and doesn’t monitor proximity. It should at least have a warning light to say hey, you left the fob stupid... lolol
Cars are getting smarter and smarter leaving the loose nut between the seat and the steering wheel behind.. maybe we should have self driving cars since most do it now anyway since the driver is busy texting.. smh
 

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Some time back, my wife called from a parking lot in town.
She said the battery on the car died. It was an older Explorer.

I knew she had jumper cables in the car, so I told her to find someone to give her a jump.
She said that's what she was going to do, but the car won't open because the battery is dead.

I asked if she had her key fob, and she said yes.
I told her to look on it, and take that shiny metal thing, and stuff it in the slot on the car door, give it a turn, and see what happens. :)
 

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:biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh:
 

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not going to ask if she's a blonde...:roll:
In her defense, you really do get used to never using the key to get in.
 

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not going to ask if she's a blonde...
In her defense, you really do get used to never using the key to get in.
My wife had a Jeep Grand Cherokee that had remote locks. Left the lights on and ran the battery down. She tried to use the key and ended up breaking it off in the door lock because the mechanism was stuck from never being used in all the years she owned the car. Dealer said it was a pretty typical thing to happen.
 

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Not too long ago, I dropped my bike off to have some work done, the wife picked me up and brought me home. A few days later, she, I and our oldest grandson went to pick it up. The plan was for grandson to ride home with me, so we spent an extra minute or two making sure he had some suitable gear before going to the shop. We get to the shop, and all go inside, pay, do a bit of looking at the bikes there, and get ready to leave.
Grandson and I are mounted on the bike when my very upset wife comes over and says she can't open the car. We dismount, walk over to the car, and she hits the button on the door to unlock them. They unlock. She gets in and we head back to the bike. She comes back over, now the car won't start. I walk over again, and ask if she has her keys. She roots through the bottomless purse for a few minutes, and admits they are not in there. I hand her my set, which includes a fob for the KIA, and tell her I will meet her at home. My fob was what worked everything, so she did not realize that she did not have her keys.




A side not about spare keys: I accidentally locked a running tri-axle dump truck at a fuel island. I still have a spare key for that truck now, even though I have not worked for the company for exactly six years. I have a spare for the one I drive now as well, despite it technically being forbidden by company policy. :biglaugh:
 
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