Originally Posted by GillyWI
Never thought of that since I don't have a top case, but if I did I sure as heck would rekey it to match the bike, unless this is impossible.
My top case was keyed to match the bike. I bought it with the bike, and I paid the dealer extra money to rekey it ($25? $40?). I remember thinking that they shouldn't have charged me for such a simple, stupid thing as a rekeying. I also remember being angry that I had to pay an extra $50 to order a metal spare key. That was in 2007.
Rekeying a lock isn't rocket science. I have done it many times, on many different types of locks. Often it is cheaper to buy the rekeying kit for your lock than to pay a locksmith to do it, especially if you move often, or help out family and friends by rekeying their locks. (If you time it right, you can be rekeying their locks while the others are moving the heavy furniture. At least that's how it works in theory. In practice, after helping move the furniture and everyone else goes home, you get to stay late and rekey the locks.)
I just bought a helmet lock from Pirates Lair.
It came in the mail yesterday. A BMW key cylinder was included, and packaged separately with a key inserted. Remembering that I paid a lot for a simple lock rekeying, I called the local locksmith. They said they would "try" for $49, but would have to see the cylinder first to know whether they had the parts for the lock. Next, I called one of the local dealers (not the one where I bought my KGT), and they told me that they would do it as a courtesy, no charge. I brought it to them yesterday afternoon, and it was done in five minutes. Nice people.
I am probably the only person to lock their key in a motorcycle.
I was having breakfast at yet another dealer in my area. At the time, I had the habit of turning the key to open, pushing it in with the key so the latch flap pops up part way, turning the key back to lock, and then putting the key in my pocket. I took my overpants off and put them in the side case, with the key still in the overpants pocket. The instant I clicked the flap closed, I knew I had locked the key inside. Even the dealer didn't know you could do that. I had to call my wife and ask her to bring the spare key to me. (I have never locked my key in a car, by the way.)
The same thing is possible for the glove box and top cases, too. You can set the key position to "lock" while they are still open. Click them shut, and they are locked at the same time, without needing the key. Consider it a feature, but it is a double-edged sword.
These days, whenever I take long rides, I wear a small badge holder with a zipper pocket. In the badge holder I keep emergency medical and contact instructions, a backup credit card, a small amount of cash, and the BMW "plastic" spare key to the bike.