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Offline Alister

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AS3 Steering Lock keys
« on: January 10, 2022, 05:40:55 PM »
Hello all,
I'm looking for information on where I can source steering lock keys for my '73 AS3. Has anyone found a place that can reliably cut keys for such a lock? Looking around people have sourced them from America, are these cut or just NOS?
Attached below are images of my steering lock and its number (3217), I don't know if this is the original lock but I suspect not. My AS3 has a fair amount of AS2 and RD transfused.

Perhaps anyone can identify if it is genuine AS3 from the photos?



Offline Gr8uncleal

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Re: AS3 Steering Lock keys
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2022, 06:17:47 PM »
There are various places advertising on fleabay that can cut a key from the number. If you have a good local master locksmith, then they can cut one, or you can order one through your local bike dealer (this will be a little more expensive).

The AS3 parts manual suggests that the frame with a steering lock was for the West German market only, but no way of telling if any of those ended up here in the UK.

I seem to recall already asking you if your bike might not be an early RD125, so I won't go down that road again!  :D However, photos of it would be great.  ;)
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Offline Alister

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Re: AS3 Steering Lock keys
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2022, 07:12:13 PM »
You're quite correct I believe I have mentioned in a previous post it is a genuine AS3 and not an RD125, but being owned by teenagers for all of its active life has left it with a few different parts, based on what was available.
I would have thought a dedicated key blank was needed to cut a new key; perhaps most companies nowadays use a 'Silica' blanc, such an example of a blank is used on my ignition key. If this is the case and people can cut such a key provided with just a number it significantly simplifies this endeavour.
If I get time I will post some pictures of my AS3, albeit it still looks fresh out of a damp shed mais c'est la vie.

Offline AndyW

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Re: AS3 Steering Lock keys
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2022, 07:20:24 PM »
if you want a key that works, as opposed to one that would  pass an original,
take a look at
I've had two keys from these folks:
the first was an ignition key for my RD125A, all I provided was the lock number;
and the second was an ignition key for a Honda for which I had no number details and simply provided a photo of the key.
got to be worth a phone call if you're stuck

Offline ozm29c

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Re: AS3 Steering Lock keys
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2022, 10:58:08 PM »
In my case I took my RD200 steering locks to a Master Locksmith who made short work of making a new keys.

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Re: AS3 Steering Lock keys
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2022, 08:01:32 PM » will cut a key to the lock number.
Very helpful ex biker with many many years of locksmith experience. He identified the make and year of my bike from just seeing the steering lock.
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Kawasaki KH250 1977
Kawasaki Z900 1976
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