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Why Does Honda Not Put Key Codes On Some Motorcycles And Scooters?

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The majority of Honda motorcycles and scooters in USA have key codes stamped on one or more locks, but not every Honda model is like this. Some models like the Honda Silver Wing scooter and Honda Reflex scooter don't have key codes anywhere on the bike. Why is this? I'm not sure, but I think it might have something to do with where the model is manufactured, or what lock manufacturer Honda used to supply locks and keys. Every new motorcycle and scooter sold in USA should include a key tag (see image below) with the key code stamped or written on the tag, or the key code is stamped on the original key.

It's always important when you buy a new motorcycle or scooter, regardless of the brand, to record the key code some where so you have it in case you loose your keys. A convenient place to write the key code is in the owners manual included with the vehicle.

Example of a Honda Reflex key tag. Photo by John Blankenship

Older Honda Motorcycle Key Codes

Most Honda motorcycle key codes begin with a letter 'A' through 'D' followed by two numbers. For example, the key code might be A54. However, on many older Honda motorcycles from 1983 and earlier key code formats were three numbers. For example, 111 is a key code found on a 1982 Honda CB650. You can [...]

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How To Find The Key Code On A Honda Shadow Motorcycle

You can find the key code on many Honda Shadow motorcycle's stamped on one or more locks on the bike. A lot of times you won't know which lock has a key code stamped on it, so it's always best to start with the easiest lock first. I would start by checking the bottom of [...]

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Two Things You Can Do To Protect Yourself Against The Frustration of Losing Your Motorcycle Keys

The first thing to do is write down your key code in a safe place. Key codes are used to generate a new key in the event you lose your original keys. A good place to store the key code is in the motorcycles owners manual. There is usually a place in the owners manual [...]

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DIY Remote Programming Instructions For GM Vehicles

This blog shows the On-Board-Programming or DIY programming for Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac vehicle remotes sold at carlocksandkeys.com. If you don't see your GM vehicle listed here, then your vehicle probably doesn't support On-Board-Programming and you need your dealership or locksmith to configure your car to recognize the new remote. Always remember your battery [...]

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Can You Make A Working Motorcycle Key Using Any Lock On A Motorcycle?

Can you make a working key for your motorcycle by disassembling any one lock to get the correct bitting (bitting means the correct cut position and cut depth for a key) for the key? The answer is probably not for most people. The reason for this is most locks on a motorcycle don't use every [...]

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How To Find The Key Code For 1984-2007 Honda Elite Scooters

The key code for many Honda Elite scooters manufactured between 1984 and 2007 can be found stamped on the ignition lock. The Honda Elite scooter models include the CH80, CH125, CH150 and CH250. The key code includes 3 characters and is part of a 6 character string stamped on the lock. The key code is [...]

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How To Find The Key Code For Many Harley Davidson Softail And Wide Glide Models From 1984 To 1994

Many Harley Davidson Softail and Wide Glide models in the 1980's and 90's used a round ignition lock with a flip open cover covering the lock key way. Many of these locks used an aftermarket key called HYD12 and were in use from roughly 1984 to 1994. The years these locks were in use is [...]

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How To Find Your Motorcycle Key Code - Lost Keys?

Most, if not all, street motorcycles still use keys for security, and all keys use key codes to identify how cuts are placed on the key. There are two types of key codes: blind and bitting. Blind codes are a string of alphanumeric characters that require a secondary source of information to translate the key [...]

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Key Blanks Used in All Harley Davidson Sporster Models From 1994 to Present (2017)

All 1994-2011 Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycles use HYD-13 key blanks. In 2012 Harley Davidson switched to a key blank with a longer key blade in 4 different styles or key-ways, and are used in all Sportster models from 2012 to the present. The correct key-way for your 2012 to present (2017 as of this writing) [...]

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