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Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by JoeFab, Nov 10, 2017.
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I used to keep my phone & wallet in my tank bag on longer trips.
But recently I hear about bike jackings: some guys stop next to you at a red traffic light. Then one pulls you off your bike and another rides off with it.
(Surprise is essential for succes).
Fortunately I've never experienced this myself.
But, on future trips, I'll make sure that my phone and wallet are inside my coat.
If you have comprehensive insurance on your motorcycle in Ontario, it's covered for theft in N.A. For Mexico, you can buy theft insurance for your bike when you purchase collision insurance but there is a maximum limit of coverage (if my memory is correct). South of that and anywhere else in the world you are S.O.L. with an Ontario plated bike. That said, on trips where you are outside N.A. you have to mentally prepare for the unlikely scenario of getting your bike stolen or having a total loss. The first can be mostly avoided by common sense and the second by riding way within your limits.
Didn't have one stolen, but did get rear ended and bike and girlfriend got banged up enough that we ended up spending a week in a hotel recouping. Then a Uhaul to load the bike up and drive home. Sort of puts you into your place and how lucky you are when everything in life is going smoothly.
Big thing is to see if your insurance covers storage fees in a tow lot. Got hit for $50 a day, and $50 for hotel a day... Plus $600 or so for the Uhaul ride.
Always have a thousand bucks liquid outside of what you've got for planned expenses. I've always figured a one way rental car ride or one way airplane ride would do the trick... But it still sucks.
If you have state farm for insurance coverage, find someone else... They don't cover medical very easily on bikes. Only way we got covered was it was a hit and run.
Go on a rampage
If I can't find happiness wielding baseball bats at random kneecaps or other such jolly stuff....
Well essentially I treat all my stuff as just that: stuff. sure bummer if it's stolen, broken, lost or destroyed in any other fashion.
I think in most situations, prioritising is what you're after:
- WHAT NEEDS to be done...
- CAN YOU REPLACE IT?
So say you're in a foreign place, definitely spent quality time with the local authorities. Will it get your bike back? nope. 99,999% not... will it make you as happy as archer on a rampage? certainly not... (and if you haven't been in rampage mood before, you certainly will after four hours of silly forms and questions).
But it will DOCUMENT the theft... it will also make sure that when you leave the country other than in a coffin because your rampage didn't go as planned, you will not be accused of having SOLD your bike (or other item)... which can become VERY costly... so having proper doucmentation is important in case of a bike theft.
Depending on your insurance company at home, there's some options of financial reimbursement... again, not without good documentation.
Depending on where you are and what your plans were, the bike-theft has the certain possibility to derail your travel plans, itinerary, time-frame etc... take necessary arrangements and decide IF you want to push on with your trip by different means... I would....
afterall it's not a proper adventure if nothing has gone "south".
Options for replacing... sure a beat up 400cc Honda will not make a jolly replacement for that 1200GS... nope. and you may look ridiculous in a 1500$ Adventure suit on a 250cc bike... but so what.
Any bike is better than no bike, and often something beat can be had for a small sum.
Maybe consider that EXPORTING IT may be a huge problem! (or rather re-Importing it into your home country)...
Other than that... the best option is not to get shit stolen from you.
I know, shit advice - especially in hindsight.
but in essence, being vigilant about what you do, where you park, how you "lock it down" etc can go a LONG way.
Also riding something that is a bit old, beat and thus doesn't provide a good resale value, has its merits in terms of theft-safety.
a good idea (I've been doing that for a long while) is to keep DIGITAL COPIES of your ID-Cards, Passport, VISAS, Carnets, Insurance card, title, etc... somewhere "safe".
There's a lot of good cloud storage options ... you could mail the stuff as a pdf to your own email (albeit it's not my recommended method).
I for one have it on my google drive and on my drop box... I store those documents as ENCRYPTED PDF Files (pdf can only be opened with a password - can be cracked, but only known method for newer PDF versions is through brute force and if you've got a proper complex password that would take MASSIVE computing power...)
so even if ALL your shit gets stolen, at least you can easily enough get copies of your ID / Documents etc... will make all the shit with the authorities and embassies etc. much much easier and faster.
Last but not least, think about BACKUP options before you head out..
backup (not as in DIGITAL DATA) but as for a plan...
your bike can break down, suffer a fatal ending ... etc... it doesn't need to be stolen to become a useless paperweight.
planning for such an eventuality will make your decision on what to do if the shit hits the proverbial fan, much quicker and easier.
and last but not least: RAMPAGE MODE
I think about this all the time when I travel. I usually pay a little extra for a hotel with a nicer location. I try to park by the door when possible. I also remove all the tempting stuff off the bike and pull it in for the evening. I figure that's what insurance is for. call insurance and see what they pay for. plane ticket, rental car... some people aren't nice but most are. I always chat up the front desk for a couple of minutes, then ask if they would keep an eye on my bike. They usually tell me where the best place is to park or where to park so it's in line with their cameras. I have never had a problem. I figure if I come out and don't see my bike, that just means I get to go shopping for a newer model.
Insurance if applicable.
Price rental cars and airlines depending on distance involved.
Depending on what the first two phone calls yield and financial situation I'll decide whether to give it a day or two for the cops to recover, shop a replacement, or drive/fly home.
Regardless of the value of your bike, and whether or not you have theft insurance, if you aren’t in your home country and something happens, I would make sure the theft is reported and a police file created so that sometime down the road your bike shows up at DMV for a license, you don’t get accused of selling it without properly importing it.
Bike wasn't stolen but I hit a family of deer second day of 3 week trip 400+ miles from home. Got out of the hospital few hours later, rented car come home.
I heard a story from a friend who's work buddy decided to take a long planned trip on a brand new bike. At the first gas station he stopped at his bike was stolen, and the entire trip was cancelled. Not sure what the details were, but you have to be careful out there and I never hop off my bike without locking the handle bars up. Especially at gas stations, which are a notorious spot for criminals and idiots despite the quality of security cameras these days.
Riding solo makes you a bigger target. It can be a hassle to stop and make sure you got everything you need whenever you walk away from the bike for a minute, but my tank bag doubled as a backpack so I knew that I could keep my valuables in it because any time I stopped I'd remove it and wear it. My tablet, phone, backup ID's, go pro, and sometimes wallet were stored in it... If you leave that stuff on the bike and it gets stolen you're really fucked.
I don't loose any sleep over it, if it happens, it happens. Like some have said, have extra funds available for air or buss fare make a police report and deal with insurance when you get home. I love my bike but it's replaceable. I worry more about someone walking off with my jacket or helmet on trips. If your in a sate that requires a helmet and it walks off your kind of screwed if there is nowhere near by to replace it. Albeit most stores like walmart will have some cheap option to get you buy.