Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
That was one of the things that annoyed me when i purchased my 2007 K1200GT new. It came with one metal key and one plastic key for emergencies. It is far too thick to keep in your wallet as a spare. The day I took delivery and learned about the keys, I ordered a spare metal key. I paid $50 for it in 2007.
I never regretted it. Twice I have put the key in my overpants, and then locked it in a side case. Someone had to bring me the spare both times.
I never understood why BMW would be so petty, and ruin the buying experience at the last minute when it comes time to hand the keys to the new owner. Whatever profit or savings that resulted could not have been worth it. I can't seem to forget it, and it has been over a decade since it happened. I wonder whether BMW lost future motorcycle sales as a result.