Lock Your Bikes

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Ullr, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. Ullr

    Ullr C+ Racing

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    Last night somebody pushed the R1100RT half way to the street. I guess they got lazy at that point and cut the ignition harness in a failed hotwiring attempt. There's absolutely no room behind the fairing and no slack in the harness so after cutting it they gave up. Now I'm learning the joys of trying to get the harness off the ignition switch to repair it.

    Oddly enough no tools were stolen out of the pickup, items that were more valuable than the motorcycle were untouched in the unlocked Jeep, and they left the little Yamaha enduro alone.
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  2. simestd

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    Word to the wise... Last week a friend had the ignition drilled on his Ducati in a theft attempt. Fortunately he still has the bike and there was no other damage (beyond the ~$1k to repair the ignition).
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  3. ThatGuy

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    It most always ends up with these turds just damaging things. Sorry to hear guys.
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  4. dapman

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    DAMN... Glad they didn't get her from you. Sorry for the headache of trying to fix it.
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  5. JagLite

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    I had one bike stolen years ago because I had not used the steering lock and they were able to just push it down the street and into some trees during the middle of the night.
    Yes, they cut wires trying to hot wire it without having a clue what they were doing.
    I always use the steering lock now...
    And a cable if parking anywhere other than my garage.
    Won't slow down a pro but I doubt a pro would want my bikes :loco
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  6. Ullr

    Ullr C+ Racing

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    In 40 years I've never used a steering lock. Thankfully it works wonderfully on the RT and I'll be using it regularly from now on. The GS/PD however has 3 different keys none of which seems to work for the steering lock. I'll leave the front tire off until I figure that out. From now on the bikes will also be corralled by locked trucks.

    In good news I got to buy a 14mm 1/2" drive socket, a 22mm wrench and got to use the 6 foot cheater bar.

    Stealing a motor vehicle in the state really needs to be a felony.
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  7. ThatGuy

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    Motorcycles are covered under Vehicle Theft 1st degree which is a Class C felony. Of course most cases get bumped down or dismissed altogether. However the sentencing guidelines have lowered the jail time. Plus under SB91, the thief can just receive a court summons and walk away from the scene. Supposedly it's gone back to having to take them before a magistrate but usually the bail is so small, it doesn't matter. The State has always been soft on property crimes and only has treated them softer.
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  8. nevgriff64

    nevgriff64 ɹǝpun uʍop ɯoɹɟ buıɥɔʇɐʍ Super Moderator

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    Disappointing when something like this happens.

    Sad part is there's no guaranty they won't return better equiped either. :(
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  9. Ullr

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    No matter how much the tweakers down the street manage to steal, they will never be able to afford a brain. Hopefully they'll get caught in the tweaker trap I'm setting for the weekend.
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  10. legion

    legion Ancient Chinese Stir Fry Tool

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    What this place needs is a good hanging judge... for all BS except the kinds I pull.
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  11. ThatGuy

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    Don't have much info but a guy driving a blue dodge truck just stole a 2017 Honda Africa Twin red/white from Providence Hospital today.
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  12. dapman

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    Greg Wyatt' s FJ was hit for the 2nd time last night... broke the steering lock and destroyed the ignition. Was saved from being gone by a disc lock added after the first attempt last week. Our Office at Warning lites was broke into last night as well... destroyed the lock on the door, walked away with 12K in cash, a stack of checks made out to us from customers and the endorsement stamps to deposit them. Also took a gas card and a debit card which was used at the Midtown Wlamart and Fred Meyer around 8am this morning... We had records of the checks and have notified the senders of the issue to have stop payments issued... all but 1 of them had recent stories of break ins of their own to tell... This town needs a serious case of vigilantism... don't call the legal system, call the morgue! I'm not blaming the police, their hands are tied...
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  13. ThatGuy

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    WTF?!?
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  14. Ullr

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    I just noticed somebody stole my Chrysler Sno-Runner. I wish them good luck with that. It's been in my way for 20 years, and I did want it gone but told the leg breakers to look out for it anyway.
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  15. ctfz1

    ctfz1 Long timer

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    Had a bike stolen last Sept. OnGuard chain and lock, 2 disc locks, locked fork. Two previous attempts.
    4 guys picked it up and loaded it in pick up.
    I use Pewag 7/16 square section surface hardened chain, post to frame. Gorilla Alarm. OnGuard chain over saddle and thru rear wheel and to frame.
    OnGuard chain thru front wheel.
    Friend made me a 250lb cast iron block to add on.
    PITA. But I expet to see my bike in the morning. Working so far.
    Pewag (or Pragmasis) seem to be the serious chains readily available in USA. 60 Rockwell, same as excellent bolt cutter jaws.
    Found Pewag (eventually) just under $17 a foot plus $20 shipping. Cover $2.80 foot extra. LeClede lock $42.
    OnGuard Beast chain 12mm with X4 Lock about $100+ (or a lot more). X4 lock about $32. Come with 5 keys. shop hard
    OnGuard Mastiff chain 10mm with X4 lock 6 ft about $70+
    I like Kryptonite locks better about $36, come with three keys.
    Kryptonite chain may be better, more expensive though.
    Abus is "top" of mid tier security, priced like it is

    Mastiff chain defeated bolt cutter attempt, do not know size or quality of bolt cutter.

    Garage (which I do not have, nor particularly great neighborhood) a good floor anchor and chain is worth consideration

    Basically I hope chains will slow down anyone till I can get there. Also GPS Locator.
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  16. legion

    legion Ancient Chinese Stir Fry Tool

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    Note to self: avoid CT
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  17. ctfz1

    ctfz1 Long timer

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    I am in senior housing near city center and park. Apartment parking lot.
    I believe any city with low rent and poverty areas is at risk.
    fwiw "SAFE" suburban areas are seeing more garage break ins where no one remembers it happening. Seems largely tool orientated theft, but it could reach your neighborhood.

    Seniors get attention as are not expected to be "problem."

    You've all seen theft reports across the country. Motel theft of trailers and or bikes is also rising.
    Am I paranoid? Yes.

    I n the old days I kept one rainsuit at home, one at work so as to be prepared.
    The day may have come when home and work require chaining up. Not just CT.
    fwiw I've lived in CT 68 years, never worried when I had a house, at work, or on a ride.
    Present location is pleasant and cheap, but it is close to druggies neighborhoods, and the park brings "visitors" close.
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