Locking handlebars with keyless ride

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by longtrip68, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. longtrip68

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    Looking at buying a 2017 GSW. I read in the owners manual that the handlebars can be locked to the left-like most bikes.

    If I end up buying one with Keyless Ride, can they be locked to the right as well? My 2009 GSA handlebars can be locked to the left or right which is very useful for me as it is easier to mount bike with bars turned to the right.

    Im not looking for opinions on whether I should or should not get Keyless Ride...I know that is a polarized topic. Just whether, the handlebars can be locked right OR left.

    Thanks!
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  2. Lead Wrist

    Lead Wrist More Gelände less Straße

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    yes!
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  3. Crazy Legs

    Crazy Legs Let's Ride!

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    Turn the bars far left or right after you park the bike and press and "hold" the ignition button when you shut it down and you will hear it lock.
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    And I just learned something new! Good to know!
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  5. DGraham

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    FYI it makes the locking noise but doesn't lock to the right.
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    Lead Wrist More Gelände less Straße

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    It should - if your bike doesn't, something isn't right... There's a bit of a play with bars locked so push bars far enough to see if indeed they're not locked... Depending on where I park, I keep using both lock directions randomly and haven't had issues - ymmv... :deal
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  7. miker325

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    Lead Wrist is right. The lock works (or is supposed to work) regardless of which way the bars are turned, but as he said, you do have to ensure they're turned out as far as they can go, or the lock may not engage. I also pull the bars hard against the stop when I release the lock too just to make sure there's no unnecessary resistance on the locking device when it's being pulled free from the slot it fits into.
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  8. khones

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    My 17 Rallye locks left only.
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  9. DGraham

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    I don't have one a (wc) but after reading this post I was at the dealership and tried several times. I suppose I did it wrong, but I can't imagine how.
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  10. miker325

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    I stand corrected! A check of the 2017 rider's manual shows the only option provided is to turn the column full left to engage the lock. The same for keyed and keyless ignition switches.

    Sorry for the bad info!
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  11. FL_biker

    FL_biker 2016 BMW R1200GS Adv

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    That's odd that you folks with newer bikes cannot lock with bars to right.
    I ride a 2016 R1200GS ADV low suspension (5'4" rider/27" inseam) and mine locks either direction - I just walked outside to try locking with bars to right and it worked just fine.
    I can also see the notch or bump-out on the top of steering stem (under top triple-tree) where it locks to...





    If you look closely you see the locking tab on both sides of my 2016
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  12. JimVonBaden

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    I don't lock mine, ever. But, if I did, it would be to the right.
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  13. Lead Wrist

    Lead Wrist More Gelände less Straße

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    It looks like 2016 may be last MY for GS/As where locking handlebars to either left or right was possible... Weird ain't it?! :dunno

    Well, my '16 is a keeper then - should be worth more, with that extra added feature, no?! :D
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  14. bikeroz

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    My 2016 lock either way. I did however find if I turn it to FULL lock and hold it there, the locking mechanism doesn't engage. It tries to lock and then unlocks.
    Mine needs to be a fraction back from the full steering lock position to engage the lock.
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  15. GreyThumper

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    Ok. that's kinda weird. My 2015 locks either way. How much money is saved by not being able to lock the handlebars to the right? :-S
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  16. longtrip68

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    OP here. Glad I asked this question:D Seems like a lot of folks like myself that didn't realize BMW apparently removed this feature (for unknown reasons). I will admit, my 2009 GSA is the first bike I have owned with the ability to lock to the right...and I love it! Sad to see that the 2017 I'm looking to plop money down on doesn't have that feature...what the heck BMW?!?
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  17. longtrip68

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    I was at the dealer the other day sitting on a 2017 Rallye and I could not get it to lock to the right...which prompted this question.
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  18. theborv

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    I have a 2017, only locks to the left.

    Edit: it's a 17.5
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  19. wonderings

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    Never on any bike have I tried locking on the right. I have a 15 GSA with keyless I will try and see. Not sure what the advantage is, I always unlock the bars before getting on the bike.
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  20. hammick

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    Looks like they removed the right locking feature for the 17.5 model bikes. My '17 GSA locks left and right. My '17.5 GS only locks left.

    The only time I ever lock right is if I am parking overnight and have an uneasy feeling about the area. I would put the bike close to a wall or car on the right side of the bike and lock the bars to the right. Probably really doesn't help since the thieves have figured out how to use a mattress and a van to quickly steel a bike. Locking the steering column won't prevent a pro from getting your bike.
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