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Last Saturday I had the misfortune to lose my transponder fob on the 10 mile journey from home to a petrol station. As I switched off, I saw the 'transponder missing' message flash up, but failed to react in time by switching back on. The fob must have fallen out of the jacket pocket I forgot to zip up. I had to phone my wife to come by car and rescue me with my spare, thank God I'd not gone a lot further before stopping.
Today I contacted the main dealer to order another - and was absolutely gobsmacked to be charged GBP240!!!!! I have to go in next Tuesday to collect it and have it registered/coded to my bike.
My insurance company aren't interested as the bike itself isn't lost or damaged, and even though I have the personal possessions extension to cover helmet & clothing, that doesn't kick in unless the bike is damaged, and the same excess applies (min £250). Fortunately, it appears I can claim against my household contents - personal possessions cover which has an excess of only £50.

The main issue though is - how the hell can Kawasaki justify £240 for a poxy little transponder containing probably less that £10 worth of components?
I will never buy another bike fitted with this system until the replacement pricing is more reasonable. :rant
 

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You could have purchased the cheaper fob from the 2010 and 11 GTRs. It looks like a credit card and will only work by holding it against the ignition switch, but as a spare it is perfect. Because it doesn't transmit like the more expensive fobs it is also a lot cheaper.
 

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They charge it because they can, and because you can't use the bike without one so you've no choice but to buy it. The list goes on and on €140 for 1 tyre pressure sensor, €240 for touring screen( it's a piece of plastic ! ), €400 for a pannier LID !...will I continue ?
 

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You could have purchased the cheaper fob from the 2010 and 11 GTRs. It looks like a credit card and will only work by holding it against the ignition switch, but as a spare it is perfect. Because it doesn't transmit like the more expensive fobs it is also a lot cheaper.
Is that for certain? If so, I might switch.
My household insurers have changed their minds, and now say as a vehicle accessory it's excluded from my policy. :angry

Last chance, I took my spare fob into a metal detector shop and found that it can easily trigger a metal detector, so I've borrowed one and this afternoon I'm going for a long (hopefully not too long) walk!
 

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I bought a used 2010 Concours with no spare FOB. I never heard of the credit card thingy but discovered it accidently looking on the computer. 2 different Kawasaki dealers in Las Vegas didn't know about it either until I showed them a part #. It cost me $35 and a half hour labor ($65). Much cheaper than a new FOB and it fits on my regular key chain and I don't notice it in my pocket.
 

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Have you had to purchase a replacement car key fob lately. That's another rude experience, especially for the European marques. I had to pay $450 dollars for a replacement Audi key fob. I new I was going to get bent over ... but really. :surprise:
 

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They charge it because they can, and because you can't use the bike without one so you've no choice but to buy it. The list goes on and on €140 for 1 tyre pressure sensor, €240 for touring screen( it's a piece of plastic ! ), €400 for a pannier LID !...will I continue ?
But the price of the GTR1400 was the cheapest price ever for the best bike i ever bought... If you know this, try to not loose the key. Kawasaki can not be held responsible for anybody loosing his keyfob. Nobody stole my GTR1400 yet... +je
 
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