I need help/advice with my lost key situation. The locksmith is telling me it will cost $300, no way!!! I am looking into replacing the ignition/gas cap/ fork lock/ and helmet holder.
Has anyone here done this?
I haven't, and I wouldn't attempt it. Of course, I am
a locksmith, so I'd just fit a key to it. Still, what you're thinking of doing is hours of work, coupled with frustration, and in the end you'll end up with four different keys to lose, and that's only if you get the correct properly working used locks (with keys) to begin with.
It sounds to me, judging by the quoted price and by the fact that the fork is locked, that the locksmith is going to charge you a service call to come to the bike. Can you and a buddy muscle your Rebel onto a trailer or truck bed and drive it in to get serviced? You might save some money that way. Also, call around to get different quotes - prices in this industry vary greatly from shop to shop. Still, it's not terribly hard to impression a key to a Rebel, so you shouldn't have to pay more than an hour's labor.
One last thing, if you have to have a locksmith come to you, watch out for a nationwide scam that's been growing. Try these tips to protect yourself:
0) Be wary of full sized ads in the yellow pages with many different phone numbers listed
, especially ones that don't list a business address. If a lock shop is successful enough to afford all that, you should be able to easily find out more about the company via search engine.
1) If an address is provided, look it up on Google street view or MS Live Bird's-eye view. Does it look like a lockshop? If it looks like a gas station, or a library or an empty lot, etc, don't bother.
2) Ask to talk to the person that will be coming to meet you. If that's "not possible", keep calling around.
3) When the locksmith arrives, and before they start working, have them tell you again how much it's going to cost. If it doesn't jive with what you were told over the phone, politely decline service. If they try to collect money from you at this point "just for coming out", offer to call a police officer to explain to them what "bait-and-switch" means.
4) Get a recommendation from a friend, family member, or co-worker.
5) Of course, do not provide any payment information before the work is done.
If you want, you could send me a PM with your town and state, and I might
be able to recommend someone.