Bought a 2008 250cc mp3 a couple weeks ago that didn't come with a master key. I ordered the key clone form AF1, but don't want to send away my only key, so I figured I'd bite the bullet and find a local locksmith to clone a key so I'd have one during the time my original was away. In NYC I have some options, as they say: If you can't find it in NY it doesn't exist.
I did find a reputable locksmith, they made me a key using an ilco honda key. It worked first try, and then again. The 3rd time the bike would not start but I turned it on and off and there we go, started right up (I do need to replace my regulator so I didn't immediately think it was the key that was the issue). I started it two more times, but finally it stopped working permanently when I killed the engine at a red light and tried to start it back up. The spare key actually stranded me! I'd already secured by oem key at home, I was planning to leave the original at home since my boot cable assembly is broken anyway and the button on the OEM key doesn't do anything.
I'm going to call the locksmith back tomorrow and hopefully get the key re-coded and figure out what's wrong, but wanted to post here in case anyone had any relevant experiences.