Lock up your bike!!

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by RFVC600R, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. racer

    racer Long timer

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    A few years ago, when Harley's were in big demand, we pulled into an underground hotel parking area in Daytona during bike week. The police had just left and the owner of the stolen Harley was just standing there. We asked what happened and he told us his bike was just stolen and it had a locking cable on the wheels. The police to him the thieves M/O was to have a rider ride into the the under ground garage and wait until no one was around, then ride out. That was the signal for a van and four guys with two pipes to drive in, jump out, and put the pipes through the wheels, lift it in the van and leave. Takes about 30 seconds.

    Lots of bikes were stolen that year.
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  2. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    Who would want a Harley ?
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  3. Jnich77

    Jnich77 Been here awhile

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    Better question... who can lift one... they are not exactly light and nimble...lol.
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  4. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    I was wondering about that -- even four guys would have their work cut out for them trying to lift one into a van! For the average HD that's 170-200 pounds per dude
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  5. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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    Lots of folks COULD do it -- but why? Plainly there was a considerable market fpr stolen HD parts...
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  6. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R GOT SAND? NO!

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    Small 1 bedroom apt with a preggo. When we go out of town, I wheel it into the kitchen.

    Here's when I first bought it doing some new ownership maintenance.

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  7. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Yeah, but after a couple of uses the theft rates dropped a lot. :eek1

    --Bill





    Oh, before y'all think I'm a wacko, just kidding about the shaped charge... :D
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  8. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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  9. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R GOT SAND? NO!

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    So I can shock somebody with my seat?? I just changed my seat cover last night, I'm sending the old one to Zombie_Stomp so he can start producing them. So I'm not worried about seat covers :evil

    You can shock your homie when you trade bikes :lol3
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  10. kamikazekyle

    kamikazekyle Been here awhile

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    I have three bikes, all parked outside in the driveway since I don't have a garage and they're not about to fit up the stairs and inside the door. Everyone's constantly surprised that I haven't had any bikes stolen yet. I do a few things.

    All my bikes have a pin-based steel brake disc lock with anti-drilling keyhole. They're also sized so that you can't get a blade/saw/other cutting tool between the disc and pin -- at least one that's sufficent enough to cut the pin in a respectable amount of time without melting the pin. I also locate the disc lock on the *rear* brake, not the front. Swapping out a front wheel on most bikes takes under 30 seconds if there's two people involved and they have a spare wheel ready. Most rear wheels take more time, espeically if you have some weird setup like my Ninja's odd-ass brake holders and chain aligners. YMMV on this depending on your swingarm/rear brake/rear wheel setup, of course, but in general the hassle of a disc lock on the rear wheel is enough to deter all but dead-set thieves.

    Secondly, all my bikes have covers. This is due only to having to protect them from weather, but the side effect is that it prevents opportunist thieves. The effect is minor as most of the time you can tell the general type of bike underneath a cover, but hey, it's a side effect only.

    Third, the driveway is just wider than an average car. There's only enough room to ride a motorcycle down the driveway, and not with side bags/cases. As my property is fenced to the edge of the driveway, this means someone can't walk beside the bike, let alone four people carry it out on pipes. At least one car is in my driveway at almost all hours of the day.

    For all my bikes, I carry the disc lock when touring. It's small, can be worn on your belt, stuffed in pocket, or stashed in a bag. My Ninja -- looking the most like a supersport and thusly close to the main target cateogry for bike thefts in my area -- is also fitted with an alarm (triggered by hotwire, power loss, tilt, touch, and motion; I've set it off by touching my tank bag). Said alarm is also totally isolated with the battery under a screwed down seat, screw which in turn are covered by the locked pillion seat. Somebody would have to do a lot of work with a saw or crowbar to get to the alarm. Though I only really activate the alarm when I'm leaving the bike uncovered while touring.

    Finally, in case a bike *does* get stolen, they all are covered by insurance.

    I also believe that keeping the bikes in plain sight helps to deter casual thieves. Sure, your average passerby wouldn't know that the stranger mucking around with the bike's rear tire isn't the owner, but most casual opportunistic thieves would be scared of someone seeing what they're doing.

    In reality, a simple disc lock on the rear brake is enough to deter the majority of theives. Even a chain and U/pad lock is enough of a generla deterrent. I prefer disc locks over a chain and U/pad lock because *good* chains and resistant padlocks take up too much space while touring for my tastes. That and I don't have anything to tether a chain to at home. Though I'd use one if I didn't have a rear disc brake since locking just the front tire of any motorcycle (or bicycle for that matter) is kinda pointless.

    Besides, if someone is really deterined to steal a moto, they'll do it. There's an article on Reddit by a reformed professional motorcycle thief that gave out a lot of tips of what pros look for.
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  11. ChadHahn

    ChadHahn Been here awhile

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    I went to Home Depot and got some heavy duty chain and a lock without a shackle to cut and a cheap bicycle tube. I cut out the valve and slid the rest over the chain so it doesn't scratch the bike. It's good for the home but would be a pain to carry around.

    Chad
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  12. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware

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    5/16" liftgate chain from McMaster-Carr. It takes a 250# man on a new 4' bolt
    cutter to bust it and the chain has to be flipped, heaved on again to get it done.

    This type of chain has forged links and hardly rusts.
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  13. Domiken

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    I keep mine outside in NYC with the biggest chain made by Kryptonite mounted on a bicycle U shaped beam woh the ugliest ripped cover on it. There is also a camera facing it, and lots of people walking around. The only issue is that the projects are two avenues away, but so far (knock on wood) people would probably rather steal the ducati behind my bike than this one (hopefully). If all else fails, I have insurance. The article by that thief definitely provides some good insight into how the thief thinks, and what are easy targets, but if he wants it, he will take it.
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  14. Kommando

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    My bikes get locked in a garage, with an alarm turned on.

    When parked elsewhere, I use a Xena lock, Xena Claw, and a 15' cable that is adjusted tight. Any movement of the cable sets off the Xena alarm and/or bike's alarm. A $20 cover from Target is also easy to carry. My bikes are insured too.
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  15. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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    lol, jogged my memory... decades ago, we all had Pioneer Super Tuner under dash stereos screwed underneath our metal dash boards of various muscle/just old cars. High theft rate... one guy at school took single edge industrial razor blades and screwed them to the bottom rear edge of said Super Tuner. Can you guess what happened when the theif grabbed it and YANKED (preferred method to unscrewing) on it to extricate it?
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  16. 150ron

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    Even tho my bike is garaged, i have lots of dumbass wannabe gangsters that live around me, the kind that can barely walk their pitbull cause they are too much of a pussy, so i lock my shit up.




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    Kryptonite chain and lock,
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  17. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R GOT SAND? NO!

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    oooh i like that. is that in the ground? I shuld do something like that. How'd you do it?
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  18. 150ron

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    Its a boat anchor epoxied into the foundation, So if they really want it, they need to bring a jackhammer with them, that kryptonite chain is huge too btw, cant really tell in the pics, search your local cl, thats where i got mine.
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  19. car94

    car94 What's this Box for?

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    This looks pretty solid!
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  20. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    I installed a Kryptonite floor anchor in the garage and use the biggest Kryptonite New York chain and lock setup through the back wheel of the Ducati. The anchor requires drilling three holes in the floor and inserting expansion anchors. The assembly is bolted down with countersunk allen bolts and then hard ball bearings are driven into the hex recesses in the bolts. A cover bolts down over everything.

    It takes about a half hour to install if you have a hammer drill.

    My philosophy is that if you make it difficult enough to steal, they'll look for an easier one.
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