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Old 28 Jul 2005
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Spare keys. We all take them but where do you hide them?

Ok, i'm not looking for exact details of where you hide you spare bike keys (unless your bike is better, newer, worth more than mine). My thought is, do you?
A) 'Hide' them on the bike, stash them behind a panel
B) 'Hide' them on you, stitch into liner of jacket.

Any pro's or con's would be great.

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As Chris Scott said when talking about this subject in the previous edition of AMH;
"I'll leave that up to your imagination"
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you would feel silly if you lost your jacket with your bike keys in the pocket AND your spare which was sewn into the lining. Hide them on the bike. I cut the plastic off and and stash the small metal part of the key.

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Mine are on a lanyard around my neck, i wear them whilst i sleep and shower etc i never take em off.
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Hi key bikers

1) When i ride with others we keep the spare key with each other.
2) When alone, The spare key is hidden on the bike separated from hidden money and copies of documents.
3)i've got a mate that hide things inside his bikes rear light reflector box.


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Hi, always on a string around your neck, as a previous reply has stated never take them off.

Have a nice one.

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under the footpeg rubber
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Pete, Pete, Pete: the hard men of the overlander world would scoff at the thought of rubber on the footpeg.

How about, inside the swing arm. They are usually hollow aren't they?

Of course, if you have an XR400, I believe the problem of keys doesn't arise.


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Inside the housing for one of the turn signals - depending upon the bike, there's plenty of room! Best case - find a screw driver. Worst case - bust a turn signal.

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Hi Simon, Yeah I'm home at last. House is in good shape, Melissa is fine, got my job back. Had a nasty case of malaria in Africa but got over it. So it's back to work.

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Good to hear you made it home Pete, I met you briefly in the Hadra hotel in Tashkent ('the darkest hole in all of Central Asia'). I made it to the UK myself, the R65 is still going strong and has been taking me on a few jaunts around Europe.
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I have a copy of all the spare keys (disk brake lock, TT fuel tanks, ignition, padlocks for TT cases) in a ziplock plastic baggy thats suffercated in duct tape. I wedge the whole unit up above the rear wheel and zip-tied 3x to a piece of the motos frame. Its usually covered in mud so to look inconspicuous, of course.
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Another places:
1) underneath the battery,
2) Underneath seat foam (between the foam and the seat pan.)
3) Taped / tied to the inside of the rear stop light housing.
4) Taped / tied between the License plate and its backing.

Ride On!

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Also, remember to leave master copies at home with a friend or family member who in a worst case scenario can courier them to you.
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If I were a thief, now i would know where to look.
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