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You guys at Suzuki have lost me. $53 for for a key blank is a chicken sh#* way to treat customers. Won't be buying another bike from you.
 

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Hi Arty,

I read your other thread on this topic as well.

Yes, it is a lot for a key [and you may well be able to find cheaper non genuine].

However........ if you think Suzuki is bad, DON'T buy a BMW :fineprint:

I spent about $6,000 in 12 months on basic maintenance and repairs on a 2k model R1150GS, then took it in for a check and service prior to a three state- 4600km road trip, they said I would need to spend between $5,000 to $6,000 in the coming 6-12 months with the projected problems it had. :jawdrop:

I traded it in on a brand new 09 Wee and did the road trip on it, have not looked back, the Wee has been far the cheapest bike to own and maintain that I have had in decades [it is bike #16 and sits alongside an old '87 KLR650 which became bike #17 a year ago].

The Wee will have 60,000km [35,000 miles approx.] on it by the middle of this week.
So far it has had routine servicing, tyres, rear and front brake pads [one set of each- @ 48k and 53k respectively], counter shaft sprocket and chain @ 52k, rear sprocket looks like it will last until the chain and counter shaft sprocket need doing again.

And on a side note, I hid all my spare keys prior to going overseas back at Christmas time...... f#*ked if I can find where I put them since then though. :headbang:

You will love the Strom, huge range of after market "farkles" and spare parts, great to ride and as cheap as chips to run. :hurray:

In the scheme of bike ownership, the key cost is a minor issue and probably still as cheap or cheaper than most other bike brands in the same category as the Strom's are in for a replacement key.
 

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Yeah $53 dollars is such a good reason to say piss on Suzuki.:frown:
 

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Had the same thoughts when I got my new Wee. Wanted an extra key to zip tie out of site. Commented on the +50 buck price and got it for "cost"-$35. Three attempts to get the key cut right with the magic nippers the dealer has instead of the typical grinder using the original as a template. Finally got it to work. Two or three days later it quit working (?). Went to Ace Hardware and they found a blank to match and 5 bucks later I had a new key. The Ace key was too wide to allow it to go all the way down into the ignition, 2 min. on my grinder and it's perfect.
 

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$35 whe i got one, my wife doesnt drive and we own a 2k1 BMW X5, $250 for a new key, wont get a complaint out of me, but i think i have heard that a Nissan Truck key? will work and can be cut for about $5 from home hardware. Honda uses chips in there keys now to so i think you can expect a big price tag on those.
 

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Hi Arty,

I read your other thread on this topic as well.

Yes, it is a lot for a key [and you may well be able to find cheaper non genuine].

However........ if you think Suzuki is bad, DON'T buy a BMW :fineprint:

I spent about $6,000 in 12 months on basic maintenance and repairs on a 2k model R1150GS, then took it in for a check and service prior to a three state- 4600km road trip, they said I would need to spend between $5,000 to $6,000 in the coming 6-12 months with the projected problems it had. :jawdrop:

I traded it in on a brand new 09 Wee and did the road trip on it, have not looked back, the Wee has been far the cheapest bike to own and maintain that I have had in decades [it is bike #16 and sits alongside an old '87 KLR650 which became bike #17 a year ago].

The Wee will have 60,000km [35,000 miles approx.] on it by the middle of this week.
So far it has had routine servicing, tyres, rear and front brake pads [one set of each- @ 48k and 53k respectively], counter shaft sprocket and chain @ 52k, rear sprocket looks like it will last until the chain and counter shaft sprocket need doing again.

And on a side note, I hid all my spare keys prior to going overseas back at Christmas time...... f#*ked if I can find where I put them since then though. :headbang:

You will love the Strom, huge range of after market "farkles" and spare parts, great to ride and as cheap as chips to run. :hurray:

In the scheme of bike ownership, the key cost is a minor issue and probably still as cheap or cheaper than most other bike brands in the same category as the Strom's are in for a replacement key.
BMW stands for, bring more wallet.
 

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