Inside the Mind of a Motorcycle Thief

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by ThatOtherGuy, May 5, 2012.

  1. ThatOtherGuy

    ThatOtherGuy Been here awhile

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  2. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    Thanks for posting!
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  3. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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    I worked with a guy who had done something like 5 years for motorcycle theft.

    He was doing his best to work a real job, but I think he was realizing the job we had was shit... and that crime, done right, could pay.
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  4. alvincullumyork

    alvincullumyork I wish I was cool

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    Very good read. Makes me feel paranoid, low on ammo, and missing having a garage.
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  5. Dekatria

    Dekatria Ad Astra Per Aspera

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    Let me just copy-paste the essential bits here:

    The bit on the clutch lever is quite brilliant, actually :D

    Thanks for this though, it's a really handy piece of information :thumb
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  6. wmax351

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    I keep thinking something that activates a taser if it isn't disabled.

    Also, maybe loosening the rear wheel bolts could do the same thing. Just don't forget to tighten them back up.
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  7. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware

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    No one wants an old BMW K bike like mine. :lol3

    I do have two bicycle projects going on and will be buying another mc,
    so this thread got me thinking once again about an alarm with two way paging.

    I did read the whole thing and no mention of a paging alarm was made iirc.

    Bully makes a U-lock with pager that would be great for bicycles as well as motorcycles.
    It does not have a long range however. I think it said 400 meters.

    On a quick search there was one, installed on the bike pager, that has a 5000 meter/3 miles range.
    One like this should get through concrete codo parking structure walls.... just a thought.
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  8. Bronco638

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    What about pulling the shifter (instead of the clutch lever)? True, it's easily replaced with a small vice grip but it would make it more difficult to steal. And, isn't that the object here? I'm just referring to day-time parking, say, while you were at the office, not over-night.
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  9. mattjw916

    mattjw916 never wears lip balm

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    Won't matter if they just throw the bike into the back of a pick-up truck... which is what happened to my Ninja back in the day.
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  10. ragtoplvr

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    I remembered a very nice custom honda 750 chopper from long ago that had a nicely polished and chromed vise grip shifter and also vise grip highway pegs.

    Back to the story, bike thief should be staked out on a fire ant mound. Just once for about 20 minutes for every bike they stole.

    Rod
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  12. Homey

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    I take the ignition switches off my bikes. None of them even have a key, just a little hidden switch. When I was in college at San Diego St. I had a very nice 86 GSXR (Yoshimira engine, Olhins suspension front and rear) that I used to ride to school every day. There were motorcycles stolen right next to mine. I'm sure it was because they went to look for the ignition switch and there was nothing there for them to hotwire so they just went to the next easy target. Funny thing is that if they knew what they were looking for they could have drove the thing off in about 2 seconds.
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  13. Zerk

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    The guy claims, the pros ride them off. Which probably draws less attention. Then 4 guys walking up and picking up a bike.
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  14. Jacl-Kampuchea

    Jacl-Kampuchea Booze Merchant

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    I could probably steal up to twenty bikes a day if I wanted without spending any time at it.

    Half the bikes I see daily will start with the key to just one of my own bikes.

    That said, I live where most people drive bikes and a small, but growing, minority have cars.

    In fact, I often steal friends bikes for fun, then return them:norton.
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  15. Bronco638

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    That's one of the reasons I lock my bike to a light pole, with a Kryptonite u-lock and Krypto-cable. It won't stop a pro but will certainly deter the 'opportunist' thief. Isn't that the thought here? Make it just difficult enough for them to pick another target?
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  16. farqhuar

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    Don't believe a word he says, and don't waste your time reading any further - this guy is just a publicity seeker wanting to big note himself.
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  17. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    Than.

    Also, to have four guys pick up a bike, you need three more guys. More difficult to organize and fewer $$ for each.
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  18. viverrid

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    Why take it off, disconnect it further back, leaving the normal wiring attached to the back of it, and still use your hidden switch. Then you have two layers of delay.

    The thief will try futilely to hot wire it working from the stock ignition switch.
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  19. duck

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    Agreed.

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  20. Homey

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    That's just extra weight to slow me down. :thumb
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