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Does the key fob's battery wear down quicker when it's close enough to your bike to be recognized?

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I have been told by a tech that it does, as supposedly the key and the bike continually 'read' each other. The fob for my '10 lived in the handlebar bag. When the bike's battery went dead (not the fob battery), the tech said it was because of this.

Dunno... But I now keep the key in a cabinet away from the bike when I'm not riding.
 

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For nothing other than peace of mind I store it 10 feet away at least.
A Multi urban legend in the making...
 

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'13 Battery / Fob

The battery in my '13 GS went south this spring....it's a little sketchy to say that it was a premature demise as battery life can vary so, but I always keep the Fob in the dash box on the bike....I've replaced the Fob battery once so far. I guess that I have some doubts about this supposition though as long as the bike battery hasn't become totally discharged...seems like the minor drain from the Fob countered by frequent recharging while riding or on a tender would not really affect the bike battery life.... dunno.
 

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For nothing other than peace of mind I store it 10 feet away at least.
A Multi urban legend in the making...
Time to place a call to Myth Busters ! :nerd:

+1 on keeping it some distance away I think and as experienced owners before me suggested.

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My bike will recognize my key fob 15' away, found that out this weekend when my key was in my jacket which was inside a camper.

My friend has been replacing batteries on his key fob, two or three times a year. He keeps his key fob on his Multi when not in use.

He asked me how mine was doing and I mentioned I had heard if you keep it close by it would consume batteries so I always keep mine in the house and I'm still on the original one several months later.
 

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Keep it in your jacket hump.
 

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I've ridden off on my Multi having forgotten the key in my seat lock and also my top case lock and have the bike warn me it can't find the fob.
 

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I've ridden off on my Multi having forgotten the key in my seat lock and also my top case lock and have the bike warn me it can't find the fob.
That's normal. The bike wants the key fob to be close to the dash. Leaving the key in your luggage or in the seat lock is too far away.
 

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I've ridden off on my Multi having forgotten the key in my seat lock and also my top case lock and have the bike warn me it can't find the fob.
This. Day 1. I knew exactly what I did when I got that warning...

The key hole is pretty tight though, so at least the key wont fall out (probably).
 

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Talking to Ducati Tech this morning and was told the key only communicates with the Dash, once the power-up button is pressed. The bike will than search for the key and not continuously, so it should have no effect on either battery to leave the FOB close by.
 

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Talking to Ducati Tech this morning and was told the key only communicates with the Dash, once the power-up button is pressed. The bike will than search for the key and not continuously, so it should have no effect on either battery to leave the FOB close by.
This makes the most sense to me....:think:
 

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Talking to Ducati Tech this morning and was told the key only communicates with the Dash, once the power-up button is pressed. The bike will than search for the key and not continuously, so it should have no effect on either battery to leave the FOB close by.
Hmm, that does make sense but doesn't explain people's experience of the battery's going dead quickly when the fob is left on the bike.
 

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Hmm, that does make sense but doesn't explain people's experience of the battery's going dead quickly when the fob is left on the bike.
True, but that experience seems not to be universal; e.g., I have replaced my fob battery once in three (3) years and the key lives in the dash box.
 
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