Look at StarParts Orignals for some great knobs for thus purpose.
Black duct tape one to the inside fairing panels, inside a turn signal lens, inside a length rubber hose, liner of your riding jacket or helmet, flat key in your wallet, possibilities are endless.
Star Parts are great, I had a US Military one on my Yamaha Venture.
A huge thanks to dduelin for starting this thread, and being the pioneer inspiration!
So still feeling a little under the weather, (and the weather is awesome these past few days! ) I decided today would be "key" day.
Have been wanting to do this for ages, but always put it off. Dug out my spare Ilco key (it was the same as one of the taller ones shown earlier in this thread) I had bought months back, and poked around on my parts shelf for an old Home Depot threaded star knob I remembered having.
Heated the metal threaded bit with a heat gun, and pulled it out of the plastic knob. The threaded bit actually turned out to be a bolt, not a section of threaded rod like I had thought.
Cut down the spare key, put a few notches/grooves in it for grip, drilled a wee hole through the shoulder of the plastic knob and through the key. Heated up the key stub, and pushed/mooshed the hot metal into the plastic. Inserted a piece of broken drill bit through the knob and key to act as a secondary anchor, mixed up some quick set epoxy putty, and glorped a healthy amount in all holes and crevices.
Next on the list, was my saddlebags annoyance. I hate having to dig out a key every time I want to open/close the lids on my Trax panniers. I had heard that getting spare SW Motech keys for the locksets was difficult for some reason, and people usually had to buy spare ($$$) from 'Motech or go to a good locksmith.
hooie: to that, says I. lol
Found that Yale Y11 key blanks work perfectly, and I bought a pair of them for like $4.99 at the local shopping mall key store. I did discover that the "nose" of the Yale key is a little more rounded than the Trax key, and made it a bit sucky to initially put in the locks, though. So I just angled the nose profile of each key to a slightly sharper point with a couple quick swipes of the file, and they go in perfectly now.
I have an absurdly lazy yet cunning plan for the keys and the Trax boxes, so I can leave the keys in the locks, but not fear losing them, or carrying them on a key ring, or leaving them in the panniers when I leave the bike unattended. Heh heh heh. Stay tuned for this, I am waiting for my Ebay purchase to arrive before I can complete this.
Chillin' with Cybersix and Data 7 in Meridiana
I like that knob much better than mine.
Back in the day an older bmw I had used a folding key, will see if I can locate it and take a photo. I allowed the plastic top part to fold 180 degree so it laid flat once inserted, probably used on the /6 models back in the day.
I have a dedicated trunk key too. But left it just as a stock key. On trips it turns into my spare key. I keep it in a different location, or hand it to my travel buddy as a just incase scenario.
It is so useful, I can not imagine not having a trunk key all the time now. I'm in and out of the frunk so much I'd be shutting the engine down all the time. So in essence it is prolonging engine life too!