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Do you keep your Victory key solo, without anything on it, so nothing dangles around when you have it in the ignition? If so, what do you do to make sure you don't lose it? I am concerned with losing it, but I also don't feel comfortable riding with my whole keyring (4 keys and a small garage opener) dangling around and scratching that shiny cheese wedge.

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I keep a spare in my wallet. I took off the plastic head and that makes it flat. The one I run with I put a chrome eagle head on it , looks cool and harder to loose.

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Here is mine. I carry my other keys separate.
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If you keep another key on the ring while you ride you will beat the crap out of the the cheese wedge. My fancy little Victory plastic key ring that the dealer gave me with the bike did a number on the wedge on my JP.

It was no big deal for me since I do not like the cheese wedges and removed both and relocated the ignition up under the tank.

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Yeah, I was afraid to attach anything on my key so far (only had it for 2 weeks). But I am constantly worried of where the key is - I might look into one of those short, detachable keyrings, where you can remove it from your bunch of keys, and reattach it when done riding.
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Forgive the newbie, but I recently joined the forum in an effort to learn all I can about the XC before I buy one.

Dumb question: Does the ignition key have to remain in the ignition in order to operate the bike? On my "other American bike", I like being able to keep the keys pocketed until I park and want to lock the ignition.

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Does the ignition key have to remain in the ignition in order to operate the bike?
Yes, the key has to remain in the ignition while operating.

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One of my previous bikes was a big dog chopper that was the same way with a key that had to be in the ignition when the bike was operating. The problem with the Big Dog though was the key had a bad habit of falling out of the ignition and you would never know it until you got to your destination and you found you had no way to turn the ignition off!

A common "fix" was to attach a coil lanyard to the key like this one:



The clip would be attached to the spark plug wire or some other point on the bike.

Maybe something like this would work for the Vic?

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One of my previous bikes was a big dog chopper that was the same way with a key that had to be in the ignition when the bike was operating. The problem with the Big Dog though was the key had a bad habit of falling out of the ignition and you would never know it until you got to your destination and you found you had no way to turn the ignition off!
Ouch! Talk about a frustrating surprise!

Btw, if the key was able to fall on its own, why could you not remove it once you start it? Just wondering since you've mentioned that ;-)

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Btw, if the key was able to fall on its own, why could you not remove it once you start it? Just wondering since you've mentioned that ;-)
Well, it never happened to me personally; I was just relaying what I had read on some of the Big Dog forums. The key was not supposed to be removeable but supposedly the heavy vibration of the 117" motor in the rigid frame somehow messed with the key cylinder and owner's were frequently reporting lost keys.

Not wanting it to happen to me, I started using the coiled lanyard described previously.

Too bad that Victory doesn't use a barrel key in the ignition so that it wouldn't be a problem to remove it while running. I wonder if it's possible for a locksmith to retro-fit a barrel key cylinder in place of the OEM one. But then you'd have to carry at least two keys, one for the ignition and one for the bags / tourpak. Just a thought.

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