How do I use the steering lock (Yes I feel like an idiot)

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by alvincullumyork, May 6, 2012.

  1. alvincullumyork

    alvincullumyork I wish I was cool

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    I have a 1992 R100GS and I can't figure out how to lock the bars. I know where the lock is but turning the bars to either side I can't get it to lock. Is there a trick to this? Am I just an idiot?
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  2. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Turn the bars to the right. Push in on the key (to engage the lock into the hole in the steering stem, & then turn it to lock it. You may need to move the bart slightly to get engagement.

    BTW, DON'T ever leave the keys in the lock. If you turn the bars back you'll snap the key off in the lock.
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  3. Ben Carufel

    Ben Carufel Boxer Addict

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    Supposedly this is the reason for the folding keys!
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  4. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Ok....am I an idiot to wonder why they lock to the right??? I mean, it makes way more sense to have it locked to the left. Why did they do this???
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  5. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    I suggest a hacksaw to cut the thing off. This makes more room for cables through that area. :evil
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  6. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    What ^ said; don`t ask me how I know this.
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  7. lkchris

    lkchris Albuquerque

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    Biggest problem with most Airhead steering locks is that there's a key broken off in the cylinder.
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  8. batoutoflahonda

    batoutoflahonda Long timer

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    I read in some motorcycle travel book that a condom inserted into the lock and filled with hand cream will unlock the steering.

    Myth-busters?
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  9. bPat

    bPat n00b

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    I posted this question on a different forum, but this is the right one. I too have problems with the steering lock on my new used 92 R100R. The key goes in all the way just fine, but I can't then "push it in". When I turn the key it only goes half a turn and it feels pretty solid after that, like it just doesn't want to go further. I've tried all sorts of key jiggling, pushing in hard and turning the handle bars slightly at the same time.

    Any ideas of anything else I could try or do you think it's just pooched. The rest of the bike is in excellent shape.
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  10. Biebs

    Biebs BMW Airhead

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    Don't use it!!!!!!!


    If concerned about someone stealing your bike get a cable lock and lock Tito something!!!!:freaky
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  11. Warin

    Warin Retired

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    Ok.

    1) Handle bars turned fully to the right.
    2) key into lock
    3) turn key
    4) push key in (keep key turned)
    4a) if key refuses to go in then trun barz slowly to the left.. thjey should have been fully right.
    5) when key/lock is in, turn key back to rest position and remove key.

    If you cannot get the key/lock to go in then the slot for the lock hasp (on the tube attached to the lower triple tees, no you cannot see it with teh bike assembled) has been incorrectly positioned .. probably by someone replacing the steering head bearings.

    A determined theft will break the lock. You are better off with a cable and lock as people can see what the theft is upto, rather than assuming the rider is playing with the bars.
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  12. orangebear

    orangebear Long timer

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    My key broke off in my lock so I just drilled it out and fit a u lock thought my wheel and fork leg as that works best.
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  13. ME 109

    ME 109 Long timer

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    Used my RS steering lock once.
    Haven't used it since the.......incident.

    Went to my wife's work one day to swap the bike for her car to go house hunting.
    Was gonna be away for a few hours so I thought I'd lock it.

    I got back after a while and got my gear out of the car, walked out to my bike and started putting my gear on, preparing to ride off.
    This was all happening under the unblinking gaze of a big fat harley riding looking dude sitting in a fair size mobile crane in the car park about fifty feet away from me. Sitting there, arms crossed just watching me.

    I thought 'I'll show you what a real bike sounds like, harley dude'.
    Thumbed that starter as I stared at him, unblinking..............yeah, fuckin' sounds all right don't it, fat harley dude.
    The bars were pointed to the right and that's just where I was heading.
    Pushed forward off the centre stand, giving the fat fuck one last look as the bike roared off to the right.
    Well, I roared off straight ahead didn't I, over the handle bars, kicking and cracking the RS perspex with my right boot on the way over.
    I was taking the hugest steps I've ever taken with my heavy boots doing circles over my head I reckon, my arms flailing about trying to keep some sort of balance and not go arse over head.

    I was heading straight for the fat fuck, still sitting up there with his arms crossed just watching me.
    I regained my composure about twenty feet away from him and with the last flailing of my right arm before coming to a stop, defiantly raised my index finger to him and said "The one fuckin' time I use the stupid fuckin' steering lock"!

    I turned around and walked back way over to where the bike was laying on its side, picked it up, turned the ignition off, got the key out and unlocked the stupid fuckin' steering lock.

    Yeah, fuckin sounds all right don't it fat harley dude.........as I roared off with my cracked perspex flappin' in the wind.

    I don't lock my RS. Perspex is too expensive.
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  14. Darryl's bmw

    Darryl's bmw Darby

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    In the 27 years I have owned my 1977 R100RS I have never felt the need to use the steering lock. In fact I leave the key in most of the time!

    I only ever remember one BMW being stolen.
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  15. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    If you break your key off in the steering lock, it's no big deal. Just carry a screw driver to operate the lock and just leave the broken key in there. No theif is going to bother to look.

    All a steering lock does is keep the honest people honest or stop some fool from moving your bike so they can get their car in your spot. No amount of locking or alarm is going to stop someone who is intent on getting your bike.
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  16. Zodiac

    Zodiac loosely portrayed

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    So wtf is a Perspex? :lol3
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  17. Airhead Wrangler

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    Here's my take. Motorcycles sometimes get parked on hills. Pointing uphill yes, pointing downhill no. Since the majority of the world drives (and parks) on the right, if the bike were to start rolling while parked on a hill with the steering locked to the right, it would roll back and hit a curb, fall on it's side and cause relatively little damage. With bars locked to the left it would roll back and out into traffic where it would probably fair much worse.
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  18. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    It's what the limey's call plexiglass. He's referring to his windshield.
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  19. darklight79

    darklight79 drink it , ride it , nail it

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    DONT use it reciepe for troubles. Broke key left side tip over
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  20. bPat

    bPat n00b

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    Thanks to everyone who posted. I will try Warin's suggestion and if it doesn't work then I won't bother with it. I hear ya, if a thief wants your bike a steering lock is not going to stop him. It just bugs me when something on a bike doesn't work even if it's something small like this.

    ME 109, really funny story, I can just picture it.

    Gotta say, I love this 92 R100R, it's my first BMW and I'm hoping my last. My buddy and I both decided (after flying to Arizona and renting 1750cc Harleys) that we would buy bikes again after a 20 year kid raising break. He bought a 2008 1200cc nightster harley and I bought this BMW. While his bike has way more power and debatably cooler looks, it's a spine killer on the smallest bumps. I couldn't be happier with my decision.
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