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1984 Honda VT700C Ignition cylinder trouble

I always lock my handle bars as I have no garage to store by bike during riding season. Yesterday I was going to go for a ride, all happy as it was a beautiful day, low humidity, comfortable temperature and lots of sun. I turned the key and unlocked the handlebars, but that is as far as the key will turn. The cylinder will not pop back up allowing me to turn it to the off nor on position. This is the first time it;s ever happened. I also tried the spare key but no luck. Any advice what I can do other than taking it apart to see what the problem is?

I know it's an old bike, but I have never had an issue until yesterday.
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Re: 1984 Honda VT700C Ignition cylinder trouble

did you try some spray lube?
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Re: 1984 Honda VT700C Ignition cylinder trouble

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did you try some spray lube?
Yes, I sprayed in some white lithium grease but that didn't work. I also tried again several hours later but no luck. I tried again today but nothing.
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Re: 1984 Honda VT700C Ignition cylinder trouble

Can you remove the key cylinder from the bike
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Can you remove the key cylinder from the bike
I took the rubber boot off, looks easy, just unhook the wire and a few bolts.
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Re: 1984 Honda VT700C Ignition cylinder trouble

I'm thinking the plunger got stuck somehow.
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I'm thinking the plunger got stuck somehow.
Makes sense. Hopefully it;s an easy fix.
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