How to Get a New Key for a Motorcycle

Updated April 17, 2017

Losing a key to your motorcycle can be frustrating. If you have another key to use, this frustration can be minimised because, not only will you still be able to start your bike, you'll also be able to get another key fairly easily. If you've lost both keys that came with your bike, you have fewer options in order to get a replacement key.

Take your existing key to your local hardware store. Stores that sell things for home improvement should have a key cutting machine.

Ask them if they can cut you a new motorcycle key. Most hardware stores should be able to cut another key for you if you have an original one to copy.

Make sure your new key works in your bike. Some keys that are cut at hardware stores won't be as exact as if they were cut by the dealership, which can cause them to fit in the ignition but not start the bike.

Find the key tag that came with your motorcycle keys. This is a small tag that has an identification number for your keys on it.

Call your local motorcycle dealership that is dedicated to the brand of your motorcycle. Dealerships are the only places that can cut a replacement key for your bike.

Give the dealership the key tag number you have for your bike. They will use this number to cut a new key that will fit the ignition on your bike. Some dealerships can only make one replacement key for your motorcycle so keep track of your new key.

Locate the vehicle identification number on your motorcycle. This can be found on the frame or on the engine of your bike.

Call your local motorcycle dealership. Explain to them that you don't have the original key tag number for your motorcycle and see if they can cut you a new key with your VIN.

Give the dealership your VIN. You will have to give the dealership proof of your identification and proof that you own the bike. Some bike keys cannot be cut without the key tag, so check with your local dealership to see if your bike is one that can.

Things You'll Need

  • Motorcycle key
  • Key tag number
  • Vehicle identification number
  • Personal identification
  • Proof of ownership


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Lindsey Fisher began writing professionally in 2010. Fisher has been published in the online magazine “Domestic Driver.” She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and technical communications with a minor in sociology.