So the locking mechanism on my '09 650 gas tank doesn't work anymore and no amount of graphite or WD40 seems to have any effect. I think I might have to replace the cap.
That being said, what's a good option? Is Vortex the best way to go? I came across a thread with a really nice looking Rizoma for $200, but I can't really afford that right now. What's the best bang for the buck?
More importantly, what does installing it entail? I unscrewed the hex bolts around the tank and all that does it pivot up half of the aluminum ring. How do I cleanly remove the aluminium ring and the locking mechanism without damaging something important? And then, having done that, is it easy to install the new cap?
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Best bang for your buck? Probably a cheap Hong Kong cap from eBay.
If you have the money, Vortex is better. Do not buy a colored cap, though. If your bike sits out in the sun while you're at work or you don't have a garage it will fade in no time. I had a red Vortex cap on my last 636 than was a badass shade of pink after not too long.
The cap has to be open to remove it since the lock actually engages the tank, not the cap base. As for installing the new on, all you have to do is replace the 3 long bolts that secure the base to the cap. The other two bolts are there for aesthetic reasons only.
I've contacted a few locksmiths and that's what they recommend. The problem is that I'm on very low E, so if I take it to a smith and they can't get it open then I am very likely to run out of gas before I can limp back home. Anyone know the ballpark price for what a towing company would charge to tow my bike like 10 miles?