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I have a 1982 cb450t and it did not come with keys/ignition. It had a switch and anyone could ride away if I left it in the parking lot. I've since replaced the switch with an aftermarket ignition and I just randomly just mounted in any available hole. I think the original ignition slot was integrated into the cluster. I eventually want a cleaner look and am looking for ideas to mount the ignition key so that it if flush... With something. Ive done a bunch of research and am coming up empty. Does anyone have suggestions? I'll post a picture soon.

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I have a 1982 cb450t and it did not come with keys/ignition. It had a switch and anyone could ride away if I left it in the parking lot. I've since replaced the switch with an aftermarket ignition and I just randomly just mounted in any available hole. I think the original ignition slot was integrated into the cluster. I eventually want a cleaner look and am looking for ideas to mount the ignition key so that it if flush... With something. Ive done a bunch of research and am coming up empty. Does anyone have suggestions? I'll post a picture soon.

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...I just randomly just mounted in any available hole....
Dear Penthouse forum....

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the stock location was at the bottom of the stock dash just in front of the handlebars. If you don't have a stock dash then you can mount it anywhere. Most 70's hondas have the key mounted under the tank by the front frame downtube. most BMW's have it in the headlight bucket with a trick flat key.


if you just bought a generic flush mount key switch, most guys in the 70's made mounts like this to mount the key to the top clamp:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-IGNITION-SWITCH-RELOCATION-PLATE-BRACKET-FOR-HONDA-CB750-CB-750-/161690444669

I did see one once where the owner mounted the key switch in the triple clamp stem nut. he machined his own aluminum nut with a housing for the keyswitch and since steering stems are hollow he ran the wires straight down through the bottom of the triple clamp. Wish I had a pic of it because it was trick.
 

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Dear Penthouse forum....

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the stock location was at the bottom of the stock dash just in front of the handlebars. If you don't have a stock dash then you can mount it anywhere. Most 70's hondas have the key mounted under the tank by the front frame downtube. most BMW's have it in the headlight bucket with a trick flat key.


if you just bought a generic flush mount key switch, most guys in the 70's made mounts like this to mount the key to the top clamp:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-IGNITION-SWITCH-RELOCATION-PLATE-BRACKET-FOR-HONDA-CB750-CB-750-/161690444669

I did see one once where the owner mounted the key switch in the triple clamp stem nut. he machined his own aluminum nut with a housing for the keyswitch and since steering stems are hollow he ran the wires straight down through the bottom of the triple clamp. Wish I had a pic of it because it was trick.
Can you link me a photo of the key under the tank. I like that idea and have heard of it in forums but could never find a picture.

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Another place could be under the saddle, as Norton did. By placing it there you get a nice cable layout, having it close to the battery.
 

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Alternatively you could mount a non working ignition switch in an obvious location as a decoy
and make the real ignition switch a toggle or even better a magnetic tether switch somewhere no thief will notice it.


Remember when they used to mount the key on the left side panel where it would hit your leg? That was about the worst location ever.



We have to put these on all our competition dirt bikes this year: https://www.trialstoreusa.com/jitsie-magnetic-kill-button-with-lanyard/
 

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I am going to run into a similar issue when i replace my gauge cluster with a new digital one. My solution will be to fabricate a new mounting bracket that will hold the new speedo/tach, likely from some good aluminum, or Vibranium if I the King of Wakanda ever pays up after losing that poker game. I like the key right above the handle bars so I dont forget to turn pull it out when I get off my bike.
 

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I welded a small mount next to the battery box hidden away, but in retrospect, it's better in a position you can easily see and reach when sitting on the bike. Trying to insert a key into a keyhole you can't see is stupid. Flipping a switch is OK...
 

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I am going to run into a similar issue when i replace my gauge cluster with a new digital one. My solution will be to fabricate a new mounting bracket that will hold the new speedo/tach, likely from some good aluminum, or Vibranium if I the King of Wakanda ever pays up after losing that poker game. I like the key right above the handle bars so I dont forget to turn pull it out when I get off my bike.
Yeh I would like to fabricate one myself but I got no tools or storage. I ended up just getting a mounting plate from eBay. Will post pics this weekend.

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I welded a small mount next to the battery box hidden away, but in retrospect, it's better in a position you can easily see and reach when sitting on the bike. Trying to insert a key into a keyhole you can't see is stupid. Flipping a switch is OK...
On my Sportster the key was located right under the triple tree, I would hit the kill switch and walk away, came back to a dead battery a lot.
 

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I don't know where you are or how experienced a rider you are but you might want to consider a speedometer. On a dark road at night it is hard to judge your speed on a bike or coming off a highway and slowing to town or school zone speeds. You can do it with a tach but it you need to pay attention to what gear your in, a speedo just takes a glance. Here tickets are tied to insurance rates, if your 30mph(50kph) over your done biking, insurance companies close the door. And the crew in blue that caught you, financially they will bleed you like a stuck pig . Race track or road, speed costs money.
 

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I don't know where you are or how experienced a rider you are but you might want to consider a speedometer. On a dark road at night it is hard to judge your speed on a bike or coming off a highway and slowing to town or school zone speeds. You can do it with a tach but it you need to pay attention to what gear your in, a speedo just takes a glance. Here tickets are tied to insurance rates, if your 30mph(50kph) over your done biking, insurance companies close the door. And the crew in blue that caught you, financially they will bleed you like a stuck pig . Race track or road, speed costs money.
Completely agree with you. The bike was purchased like that and I've already ordered parts . I prefer it that way because the bike was discounted and I would have eventually replaced it with an aftermarket one.

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Yeh I would like to fabricate one myself but I got no tools or storage. I ended up just getting a mounting plate from eBay. Will post pics this weekend.

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You don't need many tools or much space to make a simple bracket. Or do what you can bending, shaping and take it to a shop to get mounting holes drilled or whatever done. Planning and patience will get you a long way in metal work. The other option may be a business that rents space and tools for the dyi people.
 

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Also if you can find a template online, there are a lot of machine shops that can crank one out on a CnC. It may be cost prohibitive, but it would probably be damn nice.
 

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You don't need many tools or much space to make a simple bracket. Or do what you can bending, shaping and take it to a shop to get mounting holes drilled or whatever done. Planning and patience will get you a long way in metal work. The other option may be a business that rents space and tools for the dyi people.

You need to insert a photo of that little fellow sitting in a back alley of Dubai holding a lump of steel between his bare feet and using a dull file to whittle out a 38 revolver. Geeezuz...
 

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You need to insert a photo of that little fellow sitting in a back alley of Dubai holding a lump of steel between his bare feet and using a dull file to whittle out a 38 revolver. Geeezuz...
Aluminum factory in Madagascar
they could do it for you too!
 

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You need to insert a photo of that little fellow sitting in a back alley of Dubai holding a lump of steel between his bare feet and using a dull file to whittle out a 38 revolver. Geeezuz...
We need to sell T shirts "Western and Wimpy". When I read Ews's "a template online and a CNC machine" I wept.
 

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We need to sell T shirts "Western and Wimpy". When I read Ews's "a template online and a CNC machine" I wept.
Hey not everyone has teh skills/tools to make such things on their own. Im fortunate to have a nice big shop thats full of tools I can use... Just as soon as I clear out all the other junk that has found a home there
 
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