Harley Davidson is a world-famous motorcycle company running since 1902. They have a world-class ignition security system. However, there are ways past it. Let’s learn more about this.

How to Hotwire a Harley Ignition Switch?

Remove the panel from the ignition system and trace the wire to where it disconnects. The end will have a connector with 4 or 8 prongs.

Then use a copper wire and connect the pairs of prongs and as you do, watch the screen.

If it is green then go onto the next pair. When the red lights come on, you would have successfully hotwired a Harley Davidson.

How to Bypass a Motorcycle Ignition Switch?

You would have to go to your local dealers and buy a new OEM replacement key blank that contains a transponder inside of it.

You take that, along with the spare key you already have, to any lockmaster store and have the new key cut to match the spare one.

After that, you can ride your motorcycle back to the dealers and get one of the tech support workers in the service department to program the new key. This is to match the transponder code of the spare key you used to ride there. That will cost you around $120 or so.

If you don’t have a spare key then it is very difficult, really. There isn’t any way around it that doesn’t cost thousands of dollars to put right, especially if you ride a Yamaha and lose the red master key.

This is because you have to replace the whole lock set, transponder receiver, and ECU to get the bike to start again. That will cost you around $3000 or so.

How to Start a Harley Davidson Without a Key?

If you have a security-equipped bike, you know that without your key fob, the bike cannot start.

What you have to know is your PIN number, just in case you lose your key fob on a ride. If you bought the bike new from a dealer, this information should have been given to you, but it is not true for every customer.

If your bike has security, as well as a fob it can be started by the backup PIN. It is usually a five-digit number that your local dealer can reset or set for you using the Digital Tech system. Once you know the PIN you can change it yourself; follow the instructions in the manual.

The process is very easy. If your fob is missing, turn the ignition switch to “on” and the security light will begin to flash. Press and hold the left turn signal until you can see these words on the screen “Enter PIN” flashing on the speedometer.

Using the left turn signal to cycle through the digits and the right turn signal to select and move onto the next slot, then you can enter your own five-digit PIN and your bike is running again.

So, if you don’t know your PIN, go on down to your local dealer and get one of your own choices. This is so you can be sure never to be stranded on the side of the road because the fob gets left behind or is lost.


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