Motorcycle Locksmith Services
List of Motorcycle Locksmith Services
- Motorcycle key replacement for lost or broken car keys.
- Motorcycle key cutting.
- Making duplicate keys.
- Roadside assistance.
- Transponder key programming.
- Motorcycle key extraction.
- Ignition cylinder replacement and repair services.
- Ignition switch replacement and repair services.
- Rekey ignition.
Motorcycle Key Replacement
Motorcycles that cannot be opened by any of these means will most likely need a key to be made. This can be done even if there is not and extra key, by using what is called a code machine. The code machine allows a replacement key to be cut by code, which is also ideal if you have lost your keys and do not have a duplicate. The key making service is also perfect for being secured against most types of lockouts. Having an extra key at home or in the hands of a friend or family member conveniently allows for lockout protection near and around your home. The key making process will vary in time needed, depending on how complex the key is.
Motorcycle Key Cutting
The process of cutting a motorcycle key uses specialized machines. These will use metal cutting tools to grind away the softer metal of the mechanical key. The metal of the key cutter’s blade must be harder than the metal of the key. The average key is made from brass, which is a metal used for key making due to its machinability. It is hard, resistant to weathering, and does not corrode easily, but it is still easy to machine. This makes it the ideal material for a key. With a key cutter that uses a hardened steel blade, shaping the physical key is very easy. The key cutter takes a full blank, which will have the proper warding for the motorcycle cylinders.
Within general standard cut that a particular manufacturer uses, some models will have a different key blank. Often the different key will be based on the year of the motorcycle, but higher end models may also have dissimilar keys as compared to lower priced models from the same year. A locksmith’s expertise will be needed in order to guarantee that the correct key blank is being cut. Without the correct blank, even if the key is cut from code, it will not have the proper shape to open the locks or work in the ignition of the motorcycle.
Duplicate Motorcycle Keys
Duplicating a motorcycle key is a very specific type of key cutting. When an auto locksmith duplicates a key there must be a working key present at the time of the key cutting. Duplicating a motorcycle key uses a key duplicator. This is different from something like a code cutter, which can be programmed to cut a key based on the numerical representation of its physical appearance. A key duplicate may have some amount of automation, but it needs a key to examine in order to cut a copy of that key. When there is no extra key present to be read by the machine, the duplication process cannot be used. This is not to say that the key cannot be copied. It will just need to undergo a different process in order to create a new spare.
A key duplicator takes the knowledge of an experienced auto locksmith in order for it to work correctly. The machine needs to be oriented properly between its blade and the key reader. The keys must also be set up correctly in the key duplicator. Between these different calibrations, a lot could go wrong for a novice. Because this process uses a bit of artistry, it is not an exact science. This will not stop your key from working correctly unless you are using a copy of a copy to make your duplicate. The farther removed a particular copy is from the original, the greater the chances of it not working in the motorcycle. Always give the auto locksmith the original key (or the closest to it that you have) when you are requesting motorcycle key duplication.
Transponder Key Programming
Beginning in the late 90’s transponder chips began to be integrated into motorcycle keys. This was done to provide additional security to the vehicle. With this chip installed in the plastic cover on the bow of the key, a message could now be sent to tell the motorcycle that this key was more legitimate. This was meant to prevent things like hot wiring and slide hammer attacks. With a transponder key, simply copying the bitting on the key blade will not give you the ability to start the vehicle. When the motorcycle has the properly shaped key inserted, it sends out an electric charge. This powers the transponder chip, which allows it to send a message to the transceiver of the motorcycle.
When the transponder is not programmed or non-existent, the transceiver of the motorcycle will not get the correct message. This message is a digital key. The motorcycle will not start without both keys. Most often, transponder key programming will go hand in hand with cutting a new motorcycle key, but this is not always the case. Keys can be cut at a different location and then brought to the locksmith for transponder programming. This will require that the key that has already been cut does have a transponder chip in the assembly. If it does not, a new key that has a transponder will need to be cut. With the programing service customers can also elect to have the existing transponder keys removed from their motorcycle’s computer, so that no keys will work except for the new ones.
Motorcycle Key Extraction
Motorcycle key extraction is used when your key has become stuck or broken in one of the locks to the motorcycle. This could be in a door or ignition, but regardless of the placement it is best for the motorcycle that the key is removed promptly. In the case of a key stuck in the ignition your battery may drain causing further hassle and repair. To get the key out the Locksmith Service™ service technician will begin by applying lubricant to the lock. The tool used for this job is simply called a broken key extractor and functions with ease when used by an experienced locksmith. The tool is lined up along the flat edge of the lock as if an additional key was being used. Once the tool is flush against the broken key, the locksmith will hook the key without pushing the broken metal farther into the lock. Once the broken key is hooked, it is simply slid out from the lock. The probe method might also be used depending on the situation. This method uses two metal locksmithing tools to grip the key and pull it free. Locksmith Service™s can also make a new vehicle key (process described above) if this is the only key or a duplicate is desired.
Ignition Cylinder Replacement
There are many signs that you may have ignition problems. A worn key or worn pins inside the ignition cylinder may be causing a connection failure that has the unit theft functions of the ignition preventing the motorcycle from being started. Sometimes the engine will not crank even though the key turns in the ignition, and this is usually caused by an issue in the ignition switch. Even if the engine cranks it may still have a problem starting and this may be due to a malfunctioning receiver in the ignition system. A worn ignition switch may even cause your motorcycle to die once you have started the vehicle and have already begun to drive.
Igntion Switch Replacement
One of the biggest differences between a standard locksmith and an auto locksmith is the understanding of the automobile. The ignition switch is not technically a lock, but it does dictate whether or not your lock is performing properly. Because the ignition switch is so important to the ignition lock, our team of professional auto locksmiths learn to troubleshoot these issues and find out the exact problem that your lock is having. What can appear to be a problem with the cylinder may be an issue with the electronic connection between the device and the motorcycle’s starter. The best way to find out the type of service that you need is to go with the company that knows motorcycles and knows locks.
Replacing the ignition switch is no hassle for an auto locksmith because it is a very similar process to changing the ignition cylinder. All it takes is a few extra steps and some additional knowledge about motorcycles. This work can be done by an amateur, but going to a professional will ensure that the work is done fast and properly. When you choose an expert auto locksmith to remove your ignition switch, the process is handled with care. That quality care protects your motorcycle against aesthetic and structural damage, which may be incurred while dashboard panels are being removed, or while hardware is being replaced.
An auto locksmith can also rekey your ignition. Rekeying is the process of changing the internal components of a lock so that it works with a new key. There are a couple reasons that this may be needed or requested by the customer. The first is that it may be easier than replacing the ignition cylinder altogether. This is rare, but it can happen. More likely, ignition rekeying is carried out by an auto locksmith so that the customer will not need two keys to operate their vehicle. The reason that a motorcycle owner would need two keys is that a replacement ignition is not going to be keyed alike to their broken one. New ignitions come pre-coded with a few new keys.
How much does a professional auto locksmith cost?
Locksmith Service™ offers a variety of auto locksmith services, and prices are based off the type of work required. All standard service calls are priced at $15; the price of extracting the motorcycle key has a starting cost of $65; ignition replacement pricing begins at $95; and pricing for creating a new key for the vehicle starts at $120. For more on pricing, and the services we offer, visit our prices page.
Do I need a specific motorcycle locksmith for my make and model?
Locksmith Service™ is able to handle all motorcycles with our multitude of methods and services. Our massive team of technicians have tons of experience in every make and model imaginable.
How long does it take for the motorcycle locksmith to get to me?
It will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes depending on your proximity to our available auto locksmiths. Our auto locksmiths are on the road all the time so it’s likely that they will be there sooner than later. The auto locksmith technician is trained to communicate with you.