HOW TO: MATCH A LOCK TO A KEY
If your bike’s keyring looks like a jailer’s chain, you need to start matching your locks
Too many keys on your chain? We’ll soon sort that
It’s a mystery to rival that of 10 and 12mm spanners that have the capacity to take on instant cloaks of invisibility in the workshop, or teaspoons that disappear from the kitchen – how on earth do bikes end up requiring more than one key to operate all of the locking functions? A mystery but still a fact of old bike life. A few years back we bought a Ducati ST4 that needed a different key for each of the ignition barrel, fuel cap and seat lock. You might not have encountered a bike with such diverse key requirements, but we’ve all had one that’s needed at least two keys. Sometimes in the course of a restoration we might need to source and fit a new fuel cap or ignition switch, say. Life is a little easier when just one key is required so the best policy is to make all of the locks match one of the keys – remembering to get a few spares cut, of course. Here’s how to get all Houdini on your locks.
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