How To Program A Harley Davidson Buttonless Key Fob?

Harley-Davidson motorcycles are equipped with an immobilizer system that disables the engine to prevent unauthorized starting. The system uses a key fob with a built-in transponder chip that sends a signal to the motorcycle’s ignition system. If the correct code is not received, the bike will not start. The key fob can be programmed by following a few simple steps.

  • Purchase a buttonless key fob from a Harley Davidson dealership or online retailer
  • Locate the small black programming button on the back of the key fob
  • Press and hold the programming button for five seconds, then release it
  • Within 30 seconds, press and hold the lock button on the key fob for three seconds to program it to your motorcycle’s ignition system
How To Program A Harley Davidson Buttonless Key Fob?

How Do I Reset My Harley-Davidson Key Fob?

If you need to reset your Harley-Davidson key fob, there are a few simple steps you can follow. First, find the small button on the back of the fob. Once you have located this button, press and hold it for approximately five seconds. After five seconds have passed, release the button and then press it again for three seconds. When you release the button for the second time, your key fob should be reset.

How Do You Program a Harley-Davidson Button Less Key Fob?

Harley-Davidson button less key fobs are programmed using a special code that is entered into the fob. This code is usually provided by the manufacturer, and it must be entered into the fob in order to program it. Once the code is entered, the fob will be programmed and ready to use.

How Do I Override My Harley-Davidson Key Fob?

Assuming you would like tips on how to override your Harley-Davidson key fob: If you have a Harley-Davidson key fob and you want to know how to override it, here are some tips.

First, if you have the owner’s manual that came with the bike, look up the instructions on how to do this. If not, no worries – we’ll walk you through it. The most important thing to remember when overriding your Harley-Davidson key fob is that there is a specific order in which the steps must be followed.

If done out of order, it will not work and could potentially damage the fob or the bike. With that in mind, here are the steps:

 1) Sit on the motorcycle and make sure it is in neutral gear.

 2) Turn off all accessories including lights, radio, etc.

3) Insert the key into the ignition and turn it to the “run” position without starting the engine. You should see all lights come on except for the check engine light.

 4) Press and hold both buttons on the key fob at the same time for 5 seconds (the big button with the HD logo and the small panic button).

After 5 seconds have passed, release both buttons simultaneously then press and hold just the panic button for another 5 seconds until you hear a chirping sound coming from under your seat – this indicates that successfully programmed your new personal code into the security system memory module located under your seat. If successful, all lights will flash 3 times and then stay solid for 30 seconds before going out completely

 5) To test if the programming was successful – turn off the motorcycle then attempt to start using the new personal code (i.e., holding down just the panic button for 3-5 seconds).

Can You Ride a Harley Without the Key Fob?

No, you cannot ride a Harley without the key fob. The key fob is required in order to start the motorcycle.


If you own a Harley Davidson, you may be wondering how to program a buttonless key fob. While it may seem like a daunting task, it’s actually quite simple. All you need is the key fob and the ignition key. Here’s how to do it:

 1. Insert the ignition key into the ignition and turn it on.

2. Press and hold the “set” button on the key fob for three seconds.

3. Press any button on the key fob once; this will activate the system and allow you to program your desired functions onto the buttons. If you want to cancel at any time, simply press and hold the “set” button again for three seconds.

4. To program a function onto a button, press and hold that button down until you hear a chirp (around five seconds). Then, release the button and press the desired function – either “lock” or “unlock.” The system will chirp again to indicate that it has been programmed successfully. Repeat this process for each of the four buttons on the key fob.

Alston Seymour

A Harley-Davidson Motor Company certified Master Technician and avid biker, I love to write about everything and anything related to biking.

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D C - January 31, 2023

Now how do you hold the set button on a buttonless key fob?????

    Alston Seymour - June 4, 2023

    If your key fob does not have a physical set button, it is likely that the set button function is accessed through a combination of other buttons on the fob. While the specific method can vary depending on the make and model of the key fob, here are some general steps to try:

    Refer to the owner’s manual: The first and most reliable source of information would be the owner’s manual that came with your key fob. It should provide detailed instructions on how to access the set button function or any other programming features.

    Identify multifunction buttons: Examine the key fob for any buttons that serve multiple functions. These buttons may have additional labels or symbols indicating their secondary functions.

    Press and hold specific button combination: Based on the information in the owner’s manual or any labeling on the key fob, try pressing and holding a specific combination of buttons simultaneously. For example, you may need to press and hold both the lock and unlock buttons together for a certain period of time.

    Observe the key fob’s response: While holding the button combination, pay attention to any visual or auditory feedback from the key fob. This could be in the form of flashing lights, a beep, or other indicators.

    Follow any additional steps: Depending on the programming procedure, there may be further steps to follow, such as pressing certain buttons in a specific sequence or within a specified time frame. Be sure to carefully follow any additional instructions provided in the owner’s manual or on-screen prompts.

    If these general steps do not help, it is highly recommended to consult the specific instructions for your key fob model or contact the manufacturer or a dealership for guidance. They will have the expertise to assist you with the programming or any other functions related to your key fob.


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