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Mine a lil too but a lil wiggle of the key gets it loose
My dealer couldn't get it out for five minutes at delivery time. Embarassing. Now, I have to wiggle (hard) two to three minutes... I don't want to break the key off under there. Seems like a very poor design. What with the dirt and mud under the fender - why put a lockset there?
 

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My dealer couldn't get it out for five minutes at delivery time. Embarassing. Now, I have to wiggle (hard) two to three minutes... I don't want to break the key off under there. Seems like a very poor design. What with the dirt and mud under the fender - why put a lockset there?
I know...I thought it a poor location too
 

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I think there was a lot of oversight on "where does mud really get flung?" on this bike. I'm considering trying to retrofit my scrambler with some other way to release the seat. Push button or pull cable. I'm only storing my sunglasses under the seat anyway.
 

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I think there was a lot of oversight on "where does mud really get flung?" on this bike. I'm considering trying to retrofit my scrambler with some other way to release the seat. Push button or pull cable. I'm only storing my sunglasses under the seat anyway.
The thought of a pull cable hidden from view has been on my mind too
 

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I would try a bit of dry lock graphite on the key then insert it a few times. Dry lock lubricant unlike something like WD-40 won't attract grime in the mechanism, as well as someone mentioned a quick piece of duct tape placed over the keyhole for me would be preferred to electrical tape and it's stronger but still removable.
 

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These are all great suggestions, and I will try them. But, really, my problem occurred with a pristine 0 mile Scrambler. They have a problem. And it should be remedied under warranty. Ducati, are you listening?
 

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I've been using a piece of mailing string and it works perfectly to get the seat open with no key. I put black tape over the keyed portion inside the fender. I'm thinking of a permanent retrofit but the string is working fine for now. It saves me time when I get off of the bike and have to swap my sunglasses for my normal glasses.
 

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old thread but i used some hillmans dry lock graphite lubricant (tried to spray a bunch on the key and then insert it since the seat lock is upside down) and while not perfect, i can definitely insert the key in and out a lot easier now!
 
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