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Old 06-24-2014, 04:15 PM   #1
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Question How do you keep your bike secure?

Methods of on-bike security, type of bike housing, upgrades, how much $$, etc.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:16 PM   #2
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Faith and insurance.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:45 PM   #3
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I take my key with me (sometimes...).
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:50 PM   #4
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Lots of dirt and bug guts. Park next to the popular sport bike this year for racing.
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:47 PM   #5
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I bought one of those lock to the rotor things. Not sure where it even is. Don't think I ever used it. I don't even lock the saddle bags. I would prefer they just take the stuff than to tear into my Hepco Becker bags. Maybe I should be more careful.
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Old 06-25-2014, 05:29 AM   #6
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Lock the bars. Heavy cable lock through wheel and crash bars, fixed object or buddies bike. Then cover against prying eyes. And of course take your keys.
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Old 06-25-2014, 05:44 AM   #7
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Methods of on-bike security, type of bike housing, upgrades, how much $$, etc.
This.


Or this.
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:11 AM   #8
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Check out this thread

Reddit had a good discussion from an ex-motorcycle thief. That is, if you believe who you talk to on the internet...

http://www.reddit.com/r/motorcycles/..._operator_ama/

I have researched this one to a half-assed solution... Most people either say:

1. Insurance and don't worry about it, because if someone really wants it they will get it. Most thiefs are petty criminals and steal something out of opportunity or for drug money. Comparatively, however, there are not that many professional motorcycle thieves out there. They are the dangerous ones.

2. Use everything at your disposal... audible disc lock, cable to an IMMOVABLE object, cover, gps system, the works.

Personally, I will go for option 2, as I don't trust my own species and will do everything I can to protect my bike.


Every method has it's downsides, but using a few in tandem with each other seems better to me.
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:14 AM   #9
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Actually...

I am looking for an on-bike alarm and GPS system to use in Europe, so I'm with you on the $$$, etc. part.
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:18 AM   #10
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I am looking for an on-bike alarm and GPS system to use in Europe, so I'm with you on the $$$, etc. part.
http://ridescorpio.com/shop/build-ride/
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:22 AM   #11
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Thank you

Well, that was quick! Thanks for the suggestion. Have you used this, or know of its success? The website is not very detailed, which is actually good.
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:24 AM   #12
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i sometimes cover my bike with a bike cover.

It REEKS. of that sewage water that sits between the curb and the asphalt. Sometimes i drag it across really flithy one and then let it hang in the sun. and i make sure its as sticky as possible right where it covers my license plate.

When i dont cover my bike, i leave a dollar bill in my tank bag.

Ironically no one has taken the sacrificial money yet, even though I live in NYC. I bet your ass if i left a cigarette there someone would take it though.
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:36 AM   #13
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Well, that was quick! Thanks for the suggestion. Have you used this, or know of its success? The website is not very detailed, which is actually good.
No, no personal experience. As I said previously, my personal security is taking the key with me (or maybe leaving my gloves covering it). I saw a blurb about this in a mag a couple of months ago and thought it was interesting, but not worth the $$$. YMMV.
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:23 AM   #14
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Ah, gotcha. Thanks for the info, I'll look into it!
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:48 AM   #15
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Lived in a relatively high crime section of Tampa once.

One night, two vehicles pulled into the apartment complex and stole 9 bikes in under an hour. (By police estimates...)
The first vehicle had a boom with a winch attached. Very crude device that swung out and lowered a hook and cable. Second vehicle was a commercial size truck. The boom swung out, picked up the bike, swung it into the truck bed, detached the bike, and moved on to the next bike. They got 9 bikes that night. No one heard a thing.

If preventing theft is a high priority and you can't put the bike in a protected garage, get a cable and chain your bike to an object that can not move!

Or do as I did and put a big sign on your gas tank saying, "For Sale, Blown Engine".

Now, I'm older. Insurance is cheap. I park it, cover it to keep the petty theft faggots off of it, and don't worry about it...
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