Who's Had Shit Stolen?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by VStromTom, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    46 years of touring so far and only once have I had something stolen. Late at night at a rest stop on highway 5 in Oregon someone pried open the top box and stole a 35mm camera. At Crater Lake NP bear once knocked over my bike to get at some food in my top box. In the mountains of Northern California a raccoon unsnapped the vinyl cover on my Vetter fairing and ate my trail mix. At Scotty's Castle in DVNP a raven unzipped the tank paniers on my dual sport bike and ate some of my Goldfish. Yes, some ravens have figured out how zippers work.
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  2. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    I had a raven open my tail bag in Yellowstone. The guy who witnessed the brazen, egregious theft said that raven was a pro and had the zippers open in a few seconds.
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  3. Tim

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    At Le Mans, France I had this whole tent and contents stolen, Fortunately there wasn't that much in it, a Touratch top box inner bag, 2 sleeping mats, camera case (I had the camera with me) and a change of clothes. We just left it where you see it in the pic, came back an hour or so later and there it was, gone - the whole thing, not even a peg left in the grass. When we got back my wife thought that we were looking in the wrong spot but when I showed her this photo on my camera with the little tree next to the tent she had to admit that it was gone!

    This was 2 years ago. We returned to Le Mans this year and I jokingly said that we should go to look for our tent and when we went past the very spot a small chapel has been built in the exact place the tent was pitched!

    [​IMG]
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  4. seniorasi

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    I had a pair of O/A welding goggles taken from my 650 Bonneville while parked outside a bar. I removed the shaded lens leaving the clear and used them as eye protection. In nearly 50 years of riding that's all I've lost due to theft.
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  5. lhendrik

    lhendrik Truffle Rustler

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    LeMans is notorious for gangs of marauding thieves that sweep through the camping areas during and after race taking huge amounts of gear with them. This has been going on for years, and is now considered part of the culture of the race......sucks.
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  6. Foot dragger

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    A friend just had his 2012 500EXCR stolen from behind his house along with an XR400,he lives in such a posh neighborhood he had never heard of anything being stolen around there.
    Now he has.

    I see dirt bikes being reported stolen on craigslist a lot lately,best lock em up tight and insure em.


    (As far as leaving my helmet/jacket on my bike.........Never. Its a big old world out there and not everybody is a boy scout.)
    Ever try to find a helmet that fits on a sunday morning to continue the trip? I take it with me.
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  7. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    I feel the same way. While riding the Texas Hill Country a few weeks back, we stopped in a little podunk town and had lunch. I was locking everything down outside before we went in and an elderly couple walked outside to leave and stated I didn't have anything to worry about as far as people stealing. I kindly thanked them and continued locking everything down. Better safe than sorry.
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  8. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Yeah,some kid might want a helmet for a novelty item,or what ever. Either way its gone.
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  9. * SHAG *

    * SHAG * Unstable

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    My 85 V-Max was stolen twice out of the shed back in 85 when I lived in Raleigh. The first time the cops found it a hundred yards away with the ignition switch messed up. The second time, it was missing for a few weeks and the insurance was going to cut a check the very same day the cops found it a mile away. :cry
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  10. syzygy9

    syzygy9 Been here awhile

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    Damn, that was a beautiful bike, very sorry to see it suffer such an ignominious fate - a couple of minutes in a locked cell with a baseball bat would give some satisfaction (as well as saving the taxpayer a bucket load of money) . . .

    Touch-wood - although not being an extensive motorcycle traveler I have not had any issues to date and includes leaving my fully loaded bike parked in a shopping center car park while I was getting supplies. In my experience the vast majority of people are friendly, honest and upright citizens, it is the (very) few that spoil it for the many.
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  11. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    I've never had anything stolen off my bike in 20 years of riding and I will just leave my helmet sitting on the seat. However,about a month ago, for the first time in my life I was burglarized. Some pieces of shit broke in my garage during the day (we think my wife was home at the time!!!) and took a couple riding jackets, some other gear, tools, and other stuff. Those morons took some shitty harbor freight tools and left my freaking Zumo sitting on my workbench!

    Crackheads!

    I think they are pretty lucky, my wife is pregnant and will defiantly shoot first and ask questions later.
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  12. 62hsr

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    Just got into riding(drz400). Have been concerned with leaving gear on bike. Thieves range from idiots to genius. When I look at the bike's helmet lock, all I see is the idiot cutting the helmet strap.
    Here's my personal history with thieves:
    -Stereo & EQ from '83 GTI in college parking lot
    -Paycheck from glovebox, '85 GTI (thief's boss found useless paycheck in his locker and called me)
    -Hubcaps from '66 Bug(ground up resto) At a VW show!
    -Stereo, ratty sneakers, loose change from same Bug at work. Dicks smashed window, took metal shears and destroyed dash to remove unit. Crack was especially delicious back in '86!
    It' been a long time at this point and have become somewhat carefree with leaving stuff in the back of my truck these days. Hoping to never have to ride home without a helmet on!
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  13. thumpism

    thumpism Been here awhile

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    Nothing taken from a motorcycle while traveling or parked in my off-alley driveway, but I briefly rented a garage down the block many years ago and someone broke in and tried to get the dead battery off the bike, breaking a few small parts. Morons!

    Had a KLR taken from the same driveway with a U-lock on the front wheel and a disk lock on the back. Police recovered it four days later missing a few parts. Sounded like steal-to-order to me, considering what was missing. Cop who called me said he stopped the guy for running a stop sign in front of the parked police car while riding a bike with no plate, no muffler and no helmet. Also a moron.

    While living in Germany I had some small things taken from the handlebar bag I left on my commuter bicycle while parked for a few minutes in front of my apartment building.
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  14. outsidein

    outsidein Been here awhile

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    I read that states that have mandatory helmet laws have a significantly lower rate of motorcycle theft. Hard to ride off on a stolen bike when you did not bring along a helmet and not having one will get you pulled over by the first cop car that passes you.
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  15. mikegc

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    I've a good one for you. In August, I had business that would take me from St. Louis, Seattle, San Francisco with many points in between. I live in NC, so having previously experienced crossing the Great Plains in mid-summer, I decided to trailer my GSA to Denver. I finished business in the Mile High City late on a Thursday morning and didn't have to be in Salt Lake until Monday so I was really looking forward to the leisure time. I rolled the bike out of the trailer and went back to my hotel room to suit up. When I returned to the bike, all seemed okay until the gentleman striping the parking lot told me three kids entered my trailer and "it looked like they took some clothes." Sure enough, my trusty Darien jacket and my BMW Comfort Shell were gone. What a dumb ass I was to leave the door open!

    After the police report, etc., I secured truck and trailer (I was leaving them there for three weeks) and headed up Lakewood BMW for a new riding jacket. Thirty minutes later, I was heading for Ouray in my Klime Latitude, satisfied I'd made a good decision. For the next three weeks, I rode every single day in temps from 40° to 107° . . . yeah, 107°! The Latitude performed as advertised.

    The last day of the two-wheeled trip saw me heading for Denver after a few days of riding some of the passes around Ouray/Silverton. I knew a call had been made to my cell phone but didn't stop to check its origin until I was refueling just outside Denver. It was the hotel manager telling me my jackets were at the hotel. It seems one of the miscreant's dads had noticed his son's aquisition and got to the bottom of what had happened. When I got back to the hotel and retrieved my coats, the manager gave me a letter written by the boy's dad. In it, he gave me their address/phone number and said they would not stand in the way if I wanted to prosecute.

    I called the family on my way out of town and told the young man's dad I was confident his prosecution of the situation had been thorough. I thanked him for his parental skills. Lessons learned for those kids and me.

    Mike
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  16. thumpism

    thumpism Been here awhile

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    Sounds reasonable. The dumbsh*t who was apprehended on my bike is probably not the one who stole it. I doubt if he would have been smart enough to figure out that part.

    One valuable thing I did learn about the KLR theft was this: In the initial police report the VIN was incorrect, one character off. I made sure on a followup call by the local police that the correct VIN was on record. I'm convinced that had I not insisted on that correction the bike would never have made it home since they would not have known they found MY bike.
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  17. Dave in Wi

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    I agree, I don't know the origin of this saying but I've always liked it: "Trust in God, but tie your camel."
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  18. kuroda_tadayoshi

    kuroda_tadayoshi Kuroda

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    :rofl
    A few years ago, a buddy of mine and I stopped at Scotty's Castle. After exploring the area, we came back to the bikes. The ravens had forced the zipper open on his tank bag. They then dug a hole in the skin of a banana, and sucked the innards out.

    Oh, also, his jacket was ON TOP OF THE TANK BAG. They knocked it off before they started their work.

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  19. macd7919

    macd7919 Been here awhile

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    Here's one for you. Rode my ktm 525 up to the neighborhood bar, parked it right outside the front windows as the kickstand was broken and it was out of the way up against the wall. Went in, ordered a beer, went back out to the bike to put my gloves away and the air box cover was long gone. Who the hell steals a plastic air box cover?
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  20. wldct69

    wldct69 Been here awhile

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    I do this....never had a problem either. Sometimes I secretly wish that someone would steal it so I have an excuse Toby a new one. Lol. If I could I'd buy a new helmet every year.
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