15th August 2012, 18:29
Creating a dedicated key for the storage compartment
On long rides I have already found out I can open the storage compartment to drink some water or grab a snack while riding. The air flow around the bike does not lift open the door when left unlatched but I still did not want to leave it this way. If the door flies open when riding the windblast would probably damage the tether or hinge. There are also times when stopped that I'll want to access the storage compartment or open the gas filler compartment without having to turn off the bike and use the ignition key. I made a key with a knob for this and the key can stay in the lock when I am riding or the bike is out in my garage. This key is not long enough to start the bike.
I started by getting a spare key made. The blank is an Ilco x265, also known as an HD109. This blank is not long enough to turn the ignition switch so a thief could not start the bike. The knob is a standard black plastic cap used on many cleaner or chemical products. When I leave the bike out of sight this key drops into the compartment and is locked away or slips in my jacket with the ignition key.
I cut the key blank down so the completed key knob fits close to the top of the compartment.
I mixed up some 5 minute epoxy and poured it into the cap and set the key upright.
The finished compartment key in place. I think it blends in well.
Last edited by dduelin; 15th August 2012 at 19:52.
15th August 2012, 19:22
That is a great idea...thanks for sharing! I have seen this done on Goldwings also where they use a radio knob in place of the cap.
15th August 2012, 19:44
I actually bought a Radio Shack universal radio knob and was going to use it but the key has to be cut down even more and then filed down narrower so the upper part of the blank fits into the set screw of the knob. I made one of these for my ST1300 and did it using a Radio Shack knob. For this one I saw the cap on a can of window cleaner and thought to myself that the width of the blank was just right to fit inside the cap - and it was. Pure laziness on my part.
Last edited by dduelin; 15th August 2012 at 19:53.
15th August 2012, 21:02
It was a great, simple solution.
15th August 2012, 22:06
I like next time I drive up north ill stop by.
15th August 2012, 22:23
Great job Dave! I found that the cover will open at certain speeds, conditions. You saved me some time!
15th August 2012, 22:59
Great idea, thanks for sharing!
15th August 2012, 23:05
Nice job! one of my riding buddies has done this on his metric cruiser using an old plastic chrome bar end cover. So, the chrome cap looks like it's part of the ignition switch on his bike.
Fast, Cheap, Reliable............you can only pick two!
16th August 2012, 06:15
16th August 2012, 13:31
Originally Posted by FlaNC700X