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

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Contents - Words and pic­tures: Alan See­ley

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.

Roll out the bar­rel, Gary’s a bar­rel of fun...

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