Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Sussex County, NJ, USA
Silly key fob question
This is probably one of the dumber questions I've asked but here goes:
Earlier this year my MTS (2013 PP) started giving me trouble with starting in that it kept requiring me to enter my PIN code. It eventually got to the point where it would only start by me using the PIN. Because my fuel gauge is on the fritz for past year, i thought this was a software issue. Yesterday, I went to take the bike out and the key was nowhere to be found but I was still able to start the bike with the PIN.
Here's the dumb part of my question. I thought that the key had to be within so many feet of the bike in order for it to start, so I thought my key must've fallen out in the garage. I spent an hour looking for it when the light bulb went off. I realized that I never need my key to start the bike as long as I use the PIN. Is that correct? I took the bike out and went for a 200 mile ride, all without the key fob. I brought the red key with me so I could fuel up.
Am I correct that you do not need the transponder key if you use the PIN?
Do I just take the red key to any dealer to get a new key? Do I need to bring the bike? What can I expect to pay for the key fob (I've seen various prices from $87 to $168 on this forum.
I'm assuming now that the reason I had to use my PIN even when I had my key is that the battery in the key was probably dead, so it was like I had no key at all.
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