Best License plate helmet lock?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by AngryScot, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. AngryScot

    AngryScot .

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    So the one thing I knew when getting into my jesse bags is that my helmet would no longer fit (10: odsseys). Just small trips to the store etc, and I find myself looking at locking it to the bike. I "hate" the underseat thing!
    So I have seen a number of license plate brackets, 2 locks etc. a few different designs,.
    What have you found that works best?
    Since I ride one up 99% of the time I only really need 1 lock but I was going with a dual lock so I can put a small lock wire if I thread it through my jacket or tail bag etc.
    Nothing to stop a determined asshat from grabbing the stuff, but just enough peice of mind will going into the store etc.

    Thanks!

    here are a few I am looking at
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    single lock but interesting, I think it might interfere with the bags though.
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    Also thought of attaching to the small extra space at the botton the jesse license plate bracket, trashing the pipe connector?
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    http://www.lockitt.com/accessories_helmet_holders.htm#kur4248

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    http://www.ztechnik.com/products/html/Z5505R.html

    Mount this on the jesse's themselves?
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    http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/Helmet-Bolt-Lock-Kit-p-18969.html

    For keeping the helmet nice and dry and safe?
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    http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/Pacsafe-Helmet-Bag-p-17648.html


    Anyone use the above options and what do you think, what would you do next time!

    Thanks! :thumb
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  2. Hooksta

    Hooksta Hook

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    I use the helmet guardian and really really like it. But to be honest, I didn't know there were this many options. Nice work on pulling them all together!:clap
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  3. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    How about a retractable cable lock? Nothing's totally secure, and the little cable locks are probably less secure than most. But it'll stop your helmet from just walking away.

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  4. ylexot

    ylexot Super Genius

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    I like that bolt lock from Aerostitch, but for $60? No thanks. I'll just get a cable and padlock for $20 and loop it around the frame.
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  5. AngryScot

    AngryScot .

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    Thank for the suggestions, I want something that will remain on the bike with minimal fuss and banging about while riding. I intend on the wire loop for the jacket but wrapped around the jesse bag mounts and locked to the helmet lock device I end up running with.
    As for $$, there are lot cheaper options, but I normally go that route and end up spending more later to make up for the lack of an elegant solution or short comings of the cheap version.
    Not that they are not valid of course :thumb

    When out on a trip I would much rather quickly lock up the lid rather than pulling out another bit of kit to secure it to the bike.

    Keep the suggestions and comments coming!!!
    :lurk
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  6. MCP

    MCP Been here awhile

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    I had my Arai full face locked onto the licence plate style unit you show in your post. That was in Krakow Poland.

    They cut the strap and left me with 2 D rings.:asshat

    Have never used it again.
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  7. NJ-GS

    NJ-GS Been here awhile

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    I have the ZTechnik and like it.

    Hint: don't leave the key in and drive away. I did and lost the ZTechnik key and several other keys that were attached to it.
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  8. AngryScot

    AngryScot .

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    That sucks, I am normally not anywhere were I have to worry, infact most of the folks that are with me don't secure anything and it has been fine, I am just a paranoid sucker and perfer just an ounce more protection/piece of mind.
    For places were it is a bit more suspect I take as much in with me as I can. I or just the top box. But then again if they want it they can get it.
    If your is available, maybe I can try it out? :deal :lol3
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  9. AngryScot

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    :huh :baldy :lol3
    sorry but that is funny and sucks all at the same time!
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  10. marchyman

    marchyman DR and GS

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    I have one of those coiled, plastic coated cable locks wrapped around my luggage rack. The few times I feel the need to lock anything to the bike I uncoil as much as I need to hold jacket, pants, helmet, whatever I can loop the cable through.

    Hint.... leaving the keys to the lock inside the jacket cabled to the bike does not provide much security :lol2
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  11. R_W

    R_W wannabe

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    You do NOT want to hang your helmet from the license plate unless you are a blue-sky only biker. It will fill with dirt and mud dripping from the fender really quickly. Plus you have to think about where your pipe is.

    To clear my bags, I remounted the KLR helmet lock (just like the Lockitt ones) to the back edge of the cargo rack. It keeps the helmet high enough to not get all muddy too quickly.

    I have also seen the bar-mount locks mounted on crashbars. Or you could drill and mount it directly to the jesses.

    Keep in mind they are all pretty cheesy locks, not made very weatherproof. So if it is mounted in the elements make sure to treat the lock with some weatherproofing.
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  12. AngryScot

    AngryScot .

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    Good tip, thanks!

    :thumb
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  13. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    I've had this one for two years:

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    It has held up great!

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    Jim :brow
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  14. AngryScot

    AngryScot .

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    Thanks, the picture is worth a thousand words.
    Clearance - check :D
    Fit - Check :D
    Look sweet - check:D

    I am leaning this direction so far.
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  15. ghostryder

    ghostryder Long timer

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    Gotta order one of theses.....
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  16. Random

    Random Quiet Adventurer

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    A couple of thoughts...
    My dad always said "Locks are there to keep honest people honest." My experience has been that most people are honest.

    If you hang one of those chrome helmet extender thingies (you know those T shaped things that go through the D-rings/) from them, people behind you will notice you. The light flashing off of them, even in daylight, makes anyone behind you wonder what the heck it is. I followed a Gold WIng rider from St.Louis to Sturgis one year...he had them hanging under his trunk...very eye catching.
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  17. The Jerk

    The Jerk Bring us some fresh wine!

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    I have been using the Helmet Guardian as well, first on an R1200GS and now on a Triumph Tiger (also had one on my Scrambler when I had it). Works great, holds up well, very convenient place to lock your helmet to if it won't fit in your luggage or your luggage is full.

    Cons: it does hang the helmet upside down, so if it rains the inside of your helmet is gonna get wet. If it's raining, I usually just bring the helmet in with me or if I'm somewhere I can keep an eye on the bike, I put it right-side-up on the mirror.

    As mentioned, someone could just slice your chin strap and take the helmet but then people can do similar things with most helmet locks.

    Depending on how robust the tail section/license plate mount is on your bike, someone could probably just grab the helmet, give the whole thing a good yank, and break off the plastic that the helmet guardian is bolted to. Have not yet heard of that happening though.

    Also, don't lose the little security allen key that comes with it or you will never be able to take your license plate off again :D
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  18. AngryScot

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    Mine has been on for a while and I really like it.
    One side has helmet and the other has a cable going through my dry bag as a quick snatch and grab avoidance thing.
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  19. Iaone

    Iaone And there I was!

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    I use one similar to marchyman. Only mine has a combination lock like they used to use in schools. I can lock a jacket and helmet or 2 together.
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  20. Xplorr

    Xplorr hoi polloi

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    FWIW, I mounted the Cyclebitz double to a rear platform so things hang off the back of the bike. I've gotten in the habit of hanging jacket and helmet there because its handy. I also took the lock unit to a locksmith and had them key it to my ignition key; so one key works it all. Cheers.
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