I agree. The FOB is not necessary to start the bike. Mine was defective and had to be replaced but I could still use the PIN or the red "extra" key to start the bike. I think you had, or maybe still have, some other problem.Hmm... no you should check into that more... the code and nearfield are there exactly FOR when the fob is out of commission (it's the only time I've needed to use them... dead fob batteries). Maybe something else was going wrong too?