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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 2018, 11:27 pm Thread Starter
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Key Code location

A family member lost the only key to my bike so I need to have another cut. For a 2001 K1200RS, does anyone know where to look on the bike to find the key code to have a replacement key cut?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 2018, 11:25 pm Thread Starter
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Ok. Did I phrase the question improperly? Not one single reply?? I can't be the only person that this has happened to.

I bought an older pre-owned bike and only received one key. Tried a few places to have it copied, but no one could do it for one reason or another. Then someone borrowed my keys and the only key to the bike was lost. After speaking with BMW of San Francisco, they can't [or won't] order a key by VIN# even with the bike title in hand. There is no transponder chip, so it should be fairly straightforward.

Has anyone else with a bike 10 years or older had any luck getting a key ordered through a dealership by providing the VIN# and proof of ownership?

If I could find the key code somewhere on the bike, then I could have it cut by a locksmith.

Come on guys help me out, please.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 2nd, 2018, 9:00 am
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Go to the dealer with your registration and VIN #. They should be able to order the key for you. Mine took about three days and my bike was eight years old.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 2018, 1:07 am
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I just got a second key for my 2007 K1200S with just the VIN. Ordered Saturday, came in Tuesday.
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Another vendor?

Maybe give Max BMW on the E coast a call to see if they can help. They seem to do everything else pronto! Good luck!

https://www.maxbmw.com/

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Local BMW dealer supplied extra for my 99 K12RS confirming with my registration.
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Try Scott the service manager at Sierra BMW in Reno NV 775-355-0655 he has had several made for me.
Although I don't remember the exact circumstances!
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the guys are right, vin and documentation will get you a key. Order TWO and hide one with sturdy velcro or tape to the backside, unviewable plastic part that you can easily locate. Then if your key slips out of your grasp and into a storm drain (that's my story) you still have a key you can relocate and ride away.
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Hey K-bikers-- Thanks for all of the suggestions and referrals. I ended up trying the dealership again and this time went down in person. They took care of me quickly and efficiently for about $40 with a turnaround time of 5 days.

However, I am still wondering about the location of that key code. With the code, I could have had a locksmith cut a new key for under $10 and no wait time.

Thanks again to all.
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Hey K-bikers-- Thanks for all of the suggestions and referrals. I ended up trying the dealership again and this time went down in person. They took care of me quickly and efficiently for about $40 with a turnaround time of 5 days.

However, I am still wondering about the location of that key code. With the code, I could have had a locksmith cut a new key for under $10 and no wait time.

Thanks again to all.
Nowadays BMW may have change their practices, but for new BMW models of this era (late 1990 to 2004), the dealer would give a keyset (2 or 3 new keys) including one that had a metal tag attached to a ring loop. On this metal tag was the keycode to re-order same key.

Of course, when bike are traded in or sold used to a 3rd party, this tag is often missing. To avoid this, in 2002 my dealer wrote the keycode on the final sales contract (including VIN and other relevant info).

Many years ago, some bike from JAPAN had this special keycode stamped in metal on a hidden part of the barrel for seat or gaz-tank lock. The idea was that it was much easier to remove these than the main ignition barrel. Not sure if they still do...

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