Originally Posted by GMack
I think that's what I paid for my extra metal one as well. Problem with the BMW chipped key is that you need to wait until a dealer can order one and get it in. Pretty quick, but better not lose them! I think I got 3 metal ones now and the plastic one too.
The Toyota Prius key was nearly $300 with the programming the dealer needed to do when it showed up. Somehow I lost one and thought the spare would maybe get lost too. Ugh! Pretty neat that you can leave it in your pocket and never need to take it out to do the old twisty-key starter thing; just punch the boot-up button and you're off. I've managed to wash and dry the keys in the laundry room with no damage to them - thank God!
I think Kawasaki's Concourse is similar to that Prius design as well. BMW needs to catch up on the key and it would get rid of the immobilizer ring (issues) as well. Don't know how they'd do the bags and their removal though with an electronic key.
Mack is right about delays. It took about two weeks to get the spare metal key that I ordered. For obvious reasons, you are required to pick up the key in person, and present photo ID.
My wife's Infiniti car has a keyless system, like the Prius. The car senses the key in your pocket or purse. In general, it knows where the key/fob is (inside or outside) and supposedly has a 1 meter range outside, so a thief can't open and possibly steal the car if it is parked in front of your house with the key in the house nearby.
You have to be careful, though. It is possible that the car will be mistaken about key location. Under just the right circumstances, it may see the key through the window and think that it is inside the car. The dealer told us a story about how that happened to a customer, who drove a long distance away and then found themselves stranded without the key.
It seems to me that a similar event could happen much more easily with a motorcycle, which can't distinguish "rider with key in pocket" from "key on shelf next to bike". Imagine starting out on your first IBA SaddleSore 1000 ride, and finding yourself 200 miles (350 miles?) from your starting point with no key... Ouch.
If I were designing it, I would include a one time "key check" that happens right after startup, when the ABS wheel motion sensors pick up the moving wheels. Flash a big red light on the panel if the ABS check completes, the bike is moving, and the key is not there.