One of the leading Italian motorcycle manufacturers, Ducati was taken over by Texas Pacific Group of Fort Worth, Texas in 1996 and since then there has been an improvement in the technology, efficiency and fine tuned production. Buying a Ducati motorcycle is one of the best purchases you can make. They are quality, dependable means of transportation that gives your freedom back to you.
When you purchase one of the Ducati Motorcycles, you want to be able to operate your bike any way you want to. There are three separate keys that you should get with your bike. One key, the red key, is one that you will need if you are going to make any adjustments to your bike for any reason. If you don’t plan to change or adjust anything on your bike then the black keys will be all you need.
If you are purchasing your bike new or used, you want to make sure that you have a red key however, if a red key is not available don’t assume that the bike is stolen. There are a lot of things that get in the way of keeping up with the key. It does get lost on occasion. Unfortunately, the OEM Ducati key cannot be reproduced once it is lost, stolen, or destroyed. In order to use the red key again, you will need to purchase an entirely new electronic system.
When you buy your bike from a private seller, make sure that the seller has three keys to give you- two black keys and one red key. The red key, or code key, will be the only way that you can reprogram a replacement to operate the immobilizer circuitry, which is electronic. If you have lost the red key or it needs to be replaced for any reason you will end up paying almost $3,000. This can be too much to spend on something that you didn’t have anything to do with to begin with.
You don’t need the red key unless you need to reprogram any of the electronics on the bike. If this is the case then you will need your red key. However, if you don’t have it you can always buy new electronic devices including a new ignition and ECU, which will give you a new set of keys. Chicago locksmiths have highly sophisticated equipment that can read the code on the black keys to make duplicated and cut reprogrammed Immobilizer keys.
A Chicago locksmith is able to reproduce a new Ducati key and it can read the code. The original red key is the only key that can do everything to the bike. The black key may be easier for you to access. If you have a black key you will need to have a blank Silca KW17T5 transponder key so the locksmith can clone the key using Ilco/Silca – RW2 or RW3, Jet-Smart clone, Strattec – Quick code, or Bianchi – Repli-code. Most good locksmiths in Chicago can help you replicate or cut a spare Ducati motorcycle key.
If the Ducati motorcycle key breaks off inside the ignition you will need to remove the key otherwise your bike will stay locked. Take it to an experienced locksmith as it only takes two small tools. They usually extract broken keys by using hi end tools. A small probe tool is used that will hold up the part of the key that is blocking it and usually the locksmith uses hi-end extractor that will bring the key out.
Contact Chicago locksmith if you want to replace the keys or you may need to buy a complete electronic system in order to have a red key. It is cheaper and faster to get the job done by a locksmith than get the electronic set replaced by the company.