How to Keep that New F800GS Reasonably Safe from Theft???

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by LDHunter, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. pervasivelight

    pervasivelight Adventurer

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    Agreed, I do the same and not with some fancy pants BMW cover, but the cheapest looking, dirtiest cover i could find. So far (knock on wood) to pretty good effect.

    I also lock the steering, chain the rear wheel and set the factory alarm. To my mind the alarm is less for anti-theft effect and more for moron control (I've come out of my apartment to see people sitting on previous bikes I've owned **GRRRRR!**) and to keep the Braille parkers at bay. There's nothing worse than some jagoff trying to parallel park his Datsun knocking over your bike. Last week in fact, I heard the alarm going off, ran to the window and had to (ahem) educate the moron stepping out of his Ford Escort to figure out what that noise was that "Gee, I didn't mean to touch it" is not an acceptable response.:boid
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  2. everywherevirtually

    everywherevirtually In Omnibus Caritas

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    I use the steering lock, a disc lock and insurance. Thats it. I'm 5' 7" so when I stand next to the bike it looks massive. Most people are intimidated by their size so I'm hoping that's deterrent enough. Without the key it's useless anyway and so I only have to worry about kids. It was parked outside my brothers recently and some kids pissed on it.

    I have to give them extra points for having such a high aim. One bucket of water later I was on the road. I guess they figured if they couldn't wheel it away they would spoil it. :bluduh
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  3. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Here's what I do when travelling:

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  4. tmex

    tmex Long timer

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    Mossberg Persuader with duck loads, a Glock .40, and a locked garage do the trick for me. If we hear noises coming from the garage I grab the Glock to investigate. GF backs me up with the Persuader, and she is really good with it (I would not want to take her on with only the Glock).

    Bike locks provide almost no deterrent to the professional - they are OK for keeping honest people honest. I never ever leave my bike(s) unattended outside of my garage. When traveling, I sleep with it. I will park the 12GS at work since it is so fugly no one would want to snatch it.
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  5. The Jerk

    The Jerk Bring us some fresh wine!

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    I think the BMW roundel on the tank is all the anti-theft protection you need. Really, does anyone steal BMW motorcycles? :D
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  6. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

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    So does anyone actually know if you can get the BMW alarm installed after the fact? If so, how much is it installed? Thanks. :)
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  7. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    I think so. I have an accessory (UK) list that quotes £151 but that's not installed.
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  8. tmex

    tmex Long timer

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    At least they don't leak lubricants all over your garage like Brit bikes...
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