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Let me start off by saying the bike is a '06 FLSTFI with the factory security system. I've had it since August and it has 4,900 miles on it as of tonight.

A few months ago, the key fob that I primarily use didn't work, so I went to the second one, which worked fine. then the next day i checked the primary one and it worked ok, and i've been using it ever since without a problem whatsoever.

Tonight, when fixin' to leave work (in North Miami) I double clicked the key fob and the alarm did not go off. I tried and tried and then panic set in, as everyone was already gone and it was getting dark (kind of in a secluded location at a construction site too). My wife ended up driving down (45 miles each way) to bring me the other key fob. it didn't work either!!

my brother happens to have the owner's manual in posession, and he gave me instructions on how to do the code trick. I never set the code, so he told me the default code it had somewhere in there, and that did not work!! (I'm sure he didn't read something right, no clue).

So I bit the bullet and decided to get the bike towed. progressive insurance has roadside (for the bike), but no one would tow it that far without raking me over the coals..

So I then chose to leave the bike at the site in a secure location. After pushing the bike through 200 feet of grass and damn near having an asthma attack in the process, I tried the primary keyfob before locking it up and walking away and it shut the alarm off!! WTF!!!

So I rode it home and am NOT using the alarm until I get it checked out and sort out the personal code ordeal.

There are several towers with antennae nearby within a 1/4 mile radius, at least 4. my cell phone hardly has a signal at this spot. could this be a cause of the problem?
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Draggin' Floorboards!
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so i whipped out the service manual and put a personal code in on the bike, and tested it, and it works fine.. for grins I checked the key fobs again just now and they both work like normal. GRRRR!! :unsure:
 

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Are you running any kind of tail light modulator? I had problems with one that I installed. It wouldn't let me shut the alarm off sometimes. I can't remember which kind it was now as I tossed it a few years back.
 

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I have had mine not activate at work but no problems deactivating. I held the ke fob just above my saddle bag on the left side where the split is for the seats and worked everytime. This problem has only been at the office I think that there might be something at the office interfering with it. Lucky for me the day I picked my '06 Roadking up the salesman walked me through the process and gave me a quick reminder card for my wallet. Good luck, Tod.
 

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04GLIDE said:
Are you running any kind of tail light modulator? I had problems with one that I installed. It wouldn't let me shut the alarm off sometimes. I can't remember which kind it was now as I tossed it a few years back.
bone stock electrics. no add-ons. just stage 1 and exhaust
 

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that happened one time to me...came out of a restaurant and couldn't deactivate it...i thought maybe the keyfob battery died.
i was walking around to see if it would pickup from a different spot and it finally worked after about 5 minutes.
no problem since...
 

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Sounds like the battery on your key fob could be going... or maybe the transmitter inside. Could also be your reciever on the bike. Might also be some kind of electrical interferance in your area... I'd take it into a dealer and have them run an electrical diagnostic on it and to change the battery on both your key fobs. Good luck...
 

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it's those antennas

this happened to both me and my wifes bike once when we went up mount soledad in san diego. we parked and our alarms set automatically because we have them configured that way. when we came back neither of our fobs would work. we had to pull out the little card that comes with the owner's book that tells you how to do it by entering your code on the turn signals.

mount soledad isn't much of a mountain its really just a high point here in san diego so there are a bunch of microwave or cell phone repeater antennas up there, on like five or six towers.

funny thing is about a year later my wife started working down in that area and where she works her alarm fob doesn't work. needless to say she's gotten pretty good at entering the code via the turn signals. takes her about ten seconds.
 

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Memorize your "SECURITY CODE" so you can manually "OVERRIDE" at all times. Its critical.

I have noticed that (as I ride heaps) dust can actually ingress the battery compartment. SOoooo, first thing I do is snap off the cover and wipe the contacts good, then try. Usually works.

Been warned about certain areas where major COMMS antennas will cause interference. Fortunately that place is on top of Mt. Wellington and I do not go up there all too often and if I do its short enough that I usually leave the ignition ON so the alarm does not arm. Have heard from others that if you arm up there, you will have to coast a ways down the mountain prior to being able to disarm.

My system only came with one "FOB", does that mean the dealer still has a second one???

CHEERS
 

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I made a wallet card with the code and instructions after mine failed several times. Every time it has not worked it has been in front of the dealer. I found several other people have had the same problem. No one has officially diagnosed it. Some think it may have something to do with road crown - bikes at the curb are pointing up hill and not "level". Others think some form of radio interference in the area. Regardless, having the code and instructions handy is a very good idea, as illustrated by the beginning post!
 

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Well Thank You Captain Obvious!!

all is well now. the default code was NEVER INPUT into the bike by the dealer for some reason, which is why it never worked. i put in a code last night according to the service manual and it works fine.

it's been pinpointed (in a previous post) that it is the communication towers, and not a fault key fob.

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seamonkeyman said:
Memorize your "SECURITY CODE" so you can manually "OVERRIDE" at all times. Its critical.

I have noticed that (as I ride heaps) dust can actually ingress the battery compartment. SOoooo, first thing I do is snap off the cover and wipe the contacts good, then try. Usually works.

Been warned about certain areas where major COMMS antennas will cause interference. Fortunately that place is on top of Mt. Wellington and I do not go up there all too often and if I do its short enough that I usually leave the ignition ON so the alarm does not arm. Have heard from others that if you arm up there, you will have to coast a ways down the mountain prior to being able to disarm.

My system only came with one "FOB", does that mean the dealer still has a second one???

CHEERS
 
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