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Old 09-15-2014, 02:06 PM   #1
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How to find a stolen motorcycle?

I had a motorcycle stolen from my home a couple of weeks ago while I was away for a weekend. I filed a police report and insurance claim, have been checking eBay and Craigslist (800 mi radius), talked to the neighbors to see if they knew of anything, called the local dealers, and have been driving around the area to see if it might be visible.

Does anybody have other ideas for things to try? I would rather have the bike back than the insurance money.
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:12 PM   #2
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Use SEARCHTEMPEST.com to search ALL of the CL's nationwide (within 3,500 miles from YOUR designated ZIP code).

START checking EBay for YOUR bike...parted out parts?

POST a picture of your STOLEN bike...with your thread...LOTS of ADV'ers might spot it.

BTW...HOW did they steal it? Did you leave KEYS in the ignition?

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Old 09-15-2014, 03:51 PM   #3
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What kind of bike? Pictures, personal identifiers, area? Post an ad on craigslist saying your bike was stolen and for people to be on the lookout. The people here on ADV in my opinion watch for stolen bikes if you put the word out. Good luck with finding your bike, I hate thief's.
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:44 PM   #4
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BTW...HOW did they steal it? Did you leave KEYS in the ignition?
They broke into our house and found the keys on a desk.
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Old Yesterday, 03:33 AM   #5
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Very sorry for your loss. I hate thieves.

Was your bike in the garage or parked outside?
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Old Yesterday, 04:41 AM   #6
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Bike specific forums with for sale sections.

eg stolen 636 go to kawiforums.com
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Old Yesterday, 04:51 AM   #7
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Post a photo and description of stolen bike here along with your town in Eastern Washington. Local inmates need the information.
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Old Yesterday, 04:59 AM   #8
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You've heard the phrase "ride it like you stole it"?

Probably, you don't want it back.
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Old Yesterday, 08:31 AM   #9
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You're getting free exposure rihgt now to a lot of people who frequent all sorts of motorcycle sites and locations. So it'd be a good idea to update your original post with info of the missing bike, perhaps a picture, and maybe even the VIN. The VIN helps if someone googles your bikes VIN before buying it, they might see your warning about it being stolen and contact you.
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Old Yesterday, 10:45 AM   #10
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Look for the parts 'n pieces on eBay.
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Old Yesterday, 11:05 AM   #11
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A friend who had his Triumph Sprint ST stolen a few years ago got it back, thanks to an eagle-eyed reader of a local moto forum.

Assuming there is such a forum in your area, you should try posting there. You never know...
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Old Yesterday, 06:28 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the ideas.
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Old Yesterday, 07:02 PM   #13
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Sooo... are you going to post details of it?
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Old Yesterday, 07:05 PM   #14
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friend of mine got his stolen bike back, had to drive about 100 miles in truck to get it, and it had bent valves, rashed plastic, so was effectively totaled.

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