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I just read a post by one of our members who just had a very bad accident (emergency airlift, broken bones, hospital for a week - but recovery prospects looks good, thankfully). His question to the forum (while he's lying in his hospital bed) was how to open the trunk to get his stuff out. (LeDude posted pixs and instructions, natch! ).

My question: is the ignition/cable lock & release system simply too complex for the straightforward task of locking the trunk? Wouldn't a simple barrel lock mechanism (keyed to the ignition) on the trunk suffice?

The only advantages I see to the current system is a slight operational convenience and very strong security. The disadvantage is huge should there ever be a problem - you can't get into your trunk without partially disassembling your bike (assuming you know how to do it). Some things you need right away. What's in your trunk - proof of insurance? the meds you just picked up from drug store? your tuna salad sandwich from Subway?

I also wonder if taking this function away from the ignition switch (which already performs ignition, steering lock and emergency lights) will make the switch more reliable - as I've seen a good number of switch failures.

Any thoughts?
 

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The trunk latch cable is just on a lever on the backside of the ign switch and has no electronics.

The problem I had in my accident was the tupperware's sub-frame was tweeked sideways and the key and lock was buried under. Had to pry the tupperware to the right a bit to get the key out.

The main failure is cable rust. The best fix, BEFORE YOU NEED IT, is to do the emergency trunk release cable.
 

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Been there ...done that. Next time I lock my keys in the trunk I am prepared with an emergency release. :)
 

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During a hurricane - a large tree branch fell on my scoot smashing my Coocase and mounting plate..(Both have been replaced) but I later discovered that the trunk latch was also bent......so the trunk no longer locks.....!! NOT a problem for me at all, now.....:)
 
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