These are the code cards for the immobilizer system on the 5.9 bikes. They have both the Mechanical key code and Electronic code for the bike in case you lose your keys. I would be going back to the dealer who you purchased your bike from and get it from them. I had ZERO success trying to get one from Ducati when I bought my 02 620. I got it with no keys, and you dont want to know how much it is to get a bike going with no keys.
I'm curious also. When I got my bike new the dealer went above and beyond impressing upon me how important that card and red key in. I was told if you lose it the new ECU you will need to buy is quite expensive.
Which brings up another point, what in the world is their logic for having the immobilizer anyway? Are Italian bike thieves too lazy or weak to roll the bike into a van/truck and sell the parts on ebay?
They instead like to ride away on their loot?
Heck for the amount of complexity involved could they have just put on a motion alarm which honks the horn?
My problem lies in the fact that I bought the bike used from a BMW dealer .Only had 455 miles but so far he has not came up with the code card which I did not realize that I needed or was supposed to get with the bike. My other Ducati is a 99 M900 so I guess it was my fault for not being up on the new tech stuff.
Just got my new bike!!! But where is my code card?
It is a pleasure to finally be able to join this list, since I picked up my new '03 M1000 yesterday from the dealer. Grey on grey. What a bike. And what a feeling riding it.
But when today I asked the dealer about the code card, they said that in the States you can't get one. Is this true? Has anybody in the States had any luck getting one? Will I need one? I got both black keys and the red "mother" key.
I talked to Ducati NA about the code cards and red key a while back. They told me it would cost $3,000 if you lost all your keys and code card and needed them replaced with a new set. I don't know if that is "really" what it would cost, but I think his point was don't loose them.
Now that depends on which bike you have RJ. From what Ive discerned, with the help of the S4 guys the 620 and 900s have a different immobilizer setup. For these bikes you need to replace the ECU, guages, and keys. As the immobilizer process "marries all 3 components together and they cannot be reprogrammed. Now the S4 from what I understand can be reprogrammed with out replacing all of the above mentioned components. You just need to buy keys and you can reprogram the ECU. (Chim in here S4 guys)
I simply solved my lack of key problem by buying and installing an FIM 5.9 ECU and a toggle switch for Off and On. (mine is race only) That was the far cheaper solution for me.
I understand that, but the immobilizer encompasses the whole line now and there are a couple of different systems in play as I described above. Mine is also an 02 620, and I went about getting the FIM unit rather than spending the $2600.00 I was quoted by a dealer to get the bike started. As I also stated mine doesnt see street duty and has a salvaged title so no recalls or warranty for me.
Good News! ..sorta :-\ The price list for parts has been reworked and the price for all the crud to get new keys is gone from 3000+ to 900 bucks! Thats more in the realm of sanity at least. Still sux but doesn't eclipse the value of your bike getting a freek'n replacement key!
What's the bottom line on this key card deal? As long as you keep the red key, are you okay as far as being able to reprogram it if needed?
My used 04 S4R also did not have the key card and I've gotten no response from Tallahassee Motorsports as far as obtaining another copy.......they're 7 hours away from me......a long ways to go to give someone a beatdown. >