Q Will keyless ignition hit my dodgy ticker?
As a bike theft victim, I was impressed by the security of Kawasaki GTR1400’S keyless KIPASS set-up. Then I found a warning online and in the small print of the manual, that if the rider has a pacemaker or defibrillator implanted, you are not recommended to go within eight feet of the ECU. The salesman wasn’t aware of the issue, and I am now concerned that there may be many riders out there who are unaware of the potential danger they place themselves in. Trevor Thomas, email
A Answered by Chris Dabbs, MCN KIPASS is essentially the same as the security system fitted to tens of thousands of cars with keyless ignition, and from my research any pacemaker issues appear to be individual. My thoughts are that having a pacemaker fitted is the same as being on medication, and that it’s the individual’s responsibility (as you have done) to find out the effect of said meds or pacemaker on their ability to drive or ‘operate heavy machinery’. Therefore, I would consult my GP and the makers of my particular pacemaker to see if there were any known issues.
As no owner of a GTR has reported a problem in the 10 years that the bike has been sold in the UK, I hope that other prospective purchasers have been as diligent as you. However, I’ve suggested that KMUK circulate a bulletin to dealers that any future GTR buyers are made aware of the issue, which they have taken on-board.
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