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    Some jerk tried to steal my 2007 F800 ST from my storage garage. He didn’t get the bike, but he did take my only key, along with the key for the factory saddle bags.
    What is the easiest way to get replacement keys, or have new keys made?

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    I would recommend contacting the nearest BMW dealer. With your bike's VIN number and proof of who you are and that you are the owner of the bike, I believe that they can order you a new key or two from the factory or your country's distributor. (You should add your location to your member profile.) My 2016 R12RS only came with one steel key (the plastic emergency key was useless as it would bend before being able to turn the seat lock) but I was able to order a new spare steel key from my dealer for a reasonable price. They were able to order it directly from BMWNA who made the key after reviewing my ownership documents (copied and faxed to them by my dealer). I received the new key within a week, as I recall.

    Just be happy that you don't have the BMW keyless push-button system. A new fob for that would need to be ordered from the factory at great expense and then programmed by your dealer for your bike (more expense) after it arrives, which will take a month or two.
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but his bike still has a chipped key that needs to be programmed for his ring antenna right? Except the cost of the actual key, how is this any different than the newer keyless systems? The keyless systems use the same tech, in fact my keyless bike still has a ring antenna under the seat so that I can start the bike with my plastic key (with chip) in the event I lose my fob. Yes the fob is $350 and it looks like the older chip keys are $100, but I wouldn't say that's 'great expense' for a BMW. What am I missing here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcb78 View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but his bike still has a chipped key that needs to be programmed for his ring antenna right? Except the cost of the actual key, how is this any different than the newer keyless systems? The keyless systems use the same tech, in fact my keyless bike still has a ring antenna under the seat so that I can start the bike with my plastic key (with chip) in the event I lose my fob. Yes the fob is $350 and it looks like the older chip keys are $100, but I wouldn't say that's 'great expense' for a BMW. What am I missing here?
    You are right. I had forgotten that the F800 keys were chipped. Those replacement keys seem expensive to me, compared with hardware store cut keys. I guess the next move for the OP is to check with a dealer and see what they say. Perhaps it can be programmed by his BMW distributor without having to deal with the factory. The duplicate key that I bought for my RS was a dumb key that I can use to open up the seat so that I can lay the plastic chipped key on top of the receiving antenna located under the seat if the key fob is lost or dies.
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    i would get replacement keys and locks. From the dealer you will need a new Ignition key (chipped), ignition barrel and antenna ring (unless they can code yours to work). For the luggage you can buy new lock barrels and the sliders to make it work with your new key.

    Alternatively look on eBay and the alike to find someone selling a set of the above.
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    No need, your dealer can deactivate the key that was stolen/lost so that the chip in it is no longer functional. A key that turns but won't start the bike is useless.
    If you want to be really careful, then you could rekey (not replace) all the cylinders (ignition, fuel cap, luggage). Don't forget that cylinders for luggage are sold blank and need to be keyed when new. The instructions that come with them differentiate between luggage and ignition cylinder, this tells me it's possible to do the whole bike with that kit.

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    I bought a re-key kit because of a problem with my seat key.
    It was easy to use. When I looked for a part number I realised that there are a couple of different kits.
    If you are in the uk then the theft of keys should be covered by your insurance. Here the keys would cost about £100 each, the re-key kits about £25 each plus there would be about an hours labour to re-move the old keys and set up the new ones.
    So, you could be looking at £500 bill.
    Defo a (UK) insurance claim.

    I did look at getting a key cut by an independent locksmith here in the UK. However, the cost was similar to the factory charge. It was not a simple transponder code job so not cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ123 View Post
    i would get replacement keys and locks. From the dealer you will need a new Ignition key (chipped), ignition barrel and antenna ring (unless they can code yours to work). For the luggage you can buy new lock barrels and the sliders to make it work with your new key.

    Alternatively look on eBay and the alike to find someone selling a set of the above.
    Absolutely replace the locks and keys. The thief has your's now and could ride away if you leave it somewhere.

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    Getting a replacement key isn’t complicated. Take your bike registration to the BMW dealer and they will verify your ownership and put the key on order. If they take pity on you, they might even help you with the reprogramming. I decided to get an additional key fob for my bike (yes, not cheap) and after ownership verification (formality since they know who I am) and the fob arrived in a few days. Reprogramming was done without additional cost to me. Good luck with the process of getting the replacement, but please don’t leave the key with the bike next time. 😉

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    That is the nice thing about the keyless system. You can keep the fob somewhere on your body where the sun don't shine and just leave it there. When You walk a meter or two away from your bike it will stay locked. Very convenient - as long as you don't loose or misplace the fob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kr4mo View Post
    Absolutely replace the locks and keys. The thief has your's now and could ride away if you leave it somewhere.
    No they can't. Even with my GS911 I can disable a key, the bike will no longer start with it. If I can do it, then I'm sure the dealer can too. The most they could do is unlock the steering, maybe a 1 second faster than they could by kicking the bars. The key isn't what starts the bike, the chip is. You also don't need new locks if, you can rekey your existing cylinders and BMW sells the parts to do it. No need to spend more money than you have to.

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    The best way to get a new one is through the dealer store where you purchase it.

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    Any dealership Or specialty BMW bike shop can rekey them for you. It’s not a crazy deal but may cost for an hour of shop time. That sucks what happened man. Glad your bike is ok.

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    Get ready to pay up the nose for it. I had to get an extra key from my BMW dealer and it was $110 and ordered and set from Germany.

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    @Richard230...yep the key fob is very convenient...and yes it is possible to misplace it or lose it. But then again that same issue exists with the “standard” key right? Remember, it’s the reason you have kids or grandkids. They remember where you’ve left all your crap that you can’t remember you even had. 😜😂

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingbartman View Post
    @Richard230...yep the key fob is very convenient...and yes it is possible to misplace it or lose it. But then again that same issue exists with the “standard” key right? Remember, it’s the reason you have kids or grandkids. They remember where you’ve left all your crap that you can’t remember you even had. 😜😂
    What I was thinking of is that when you are on a ride and park your bike and walk away, you can forget and leave the key in the lock. Having the key fob not leaving your pocket means that you don't have to worry about forgetting the key in the ignition lock. Every weekend I see one or two bikes at Alice's Restaurant with a key still in the ignition lock while the owner is eating breakfast. In some cases, like last Sunday, I actually saw a bike with the ignition and the headlight still on, which I took the liberty of turning off. That won't happen with a keyless fob that never needs to get pulled out of your pocket.
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    I ordered a second key for my 2007 F800ST 6 months ago from the dealer. As mentioned, the VIN and proof of ownership was required. The key arrived within a week with the chip already programmed for my bike. I picked it up at the counter and it fit and started my bike right away. It was around 80 bucks. I was grateful for the second key as not a month later I lost my first key only to find that I had left it in the seat release key slot. Lol At least I found it!!!

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