Ride it Like you Stole It! (or hunting for Thieves)

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  1. Southest US Thumper

    Southest US Thumper Extreme n00b Supporter

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    Note to the Reader: I started this two stage report on another Site and figured I'd share with you all since many have access to weapons and free airfare passes.... Plus, I bought the bike from a fellow ADVrider.

    It's been over a week since my KLX 400 was stolen, I figured if the bike was around the thieves (witness saw two dudes) have had enough time to try to alter the bike and start riding it. Highly unlikely that I'll ever see it again but figured I'd take a ride.

    My Mom also told me about a
    <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City><st1:place>Dakar</st1:place></st1:City> she saw in a local Hardware Store parking lot "It had big aluminum boxes like in the back of a pickup with warning stickers on it". That's a first, I only heard of a Red F on the Kona side in the past three years. Another reason for a hunting ride!

    Here the KLX is the last time I rode it, up in the forest at the local ATV/Enduro Park.

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    A shot from the morning before, I had to stay at work since a guy called in sick and we have a two man rule…

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    Up to the park where I rode it last, raining and an empty parking lot, post a "Reward" Flier and I'm gone.
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    Down past the Zoo to see if the thieves were in cages, that Rainbow was close but there wasn't a KLX at the End.
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    Check in with the local constabulary, nothing new, sorry to interrupt your breakfast officer…
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    The local
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    A poorly composed shot of the former Sugar Plantation Owner's House, it was a B&B for a while, not sure of the current status.
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    The
    <st1:place><st1:placeName>Wailuku </st1:placeName><st1:placeType>River</st1:placeType></st1:place>, been raining a bit in the <st1:place><st1:placeName>Wettest </st1:placeName><st1:placeType>City</st1:placeType></st1:place> in <st1:country-region><st1:place>America</st1:place></st1:country-region>.
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    Cruise ship in town with another 1,200 potential searchers. In Highschool the Theme was "Tourists Go Home BUT Leave your Daughters!"
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    Well, I didn't find the Kawazuki nor the
    <st1:City><st1:place>Dakar</st1:place></st1:City> my mom told me about, if there are any inmates re-located to <st1:place><st1:City>Hilo</st1:City>, <st1:State>Hawaii</st1:State></st1:place> drop me a line, we can talk Heated Handgrip Maintenance or something…

    P.S. Mr. Sigfried Sauer Stayed Home.
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    I've got the rest of this week off so I figured after yard work all day yesterday I'd continue the Hunt for the KLX-400 and the Mystery Dakar today. I dropped my Jeep off at the shop and caught a ride home with my mom, she insisted it was a <st1:City><st1:place>Dakar</st1:place></st1:City>, seemed to think it was Black though it had the big warning labels that reflect…. Some sort of PD maybe???
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    I changed my tactics today, this time I'd go to where I know thieves hang out or do their dirty deeds.
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    First stop <st1:place><st1:placeName>Akaka</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType>Falls</st1:placeType></st1:place>.
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    With warnings. Summer of '04 my wife had our truck broken into here and lost her wallet, plus visiting friend's purse and wallet (they're a Federal Parole Officer and Deputy Sheriff from Michigan, some vacation). I fortunately was in <st1:country-region><st1:place>Iraq</st1:place></st1:country-region> at the time and didn't lose anything.
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    Heading to the main attraction, a little teaser.
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    And of course Akaka Falls.
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    A few twisties, it can be rough watching your line when the weather is great and the views distract the cages coming your way.
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    A portrait opportunity in Honomu, quant little town that now (legally) thrives on tourists headed to Akaka Falls.
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    Down the road to <st1:place><st1:placeName>Hakalau</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType>Bay</st1:placeType></st1:place>, they blocked access a few years back and now you have to walk about a 1/4 of a mile to the shore, it's a shady spot to leave your car.
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    The trestle of the <st1:place><st1:placeName>Highway</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType>Bridge</st1:placeType></st1:place>.
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    And the train loading ramp for a long gone Sugar Company.
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    Zip up to another bridge for a shot of the Gulch.
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    And the obligatory warning sign.
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    Heading home and a quick zip in to Honolii to check the surf, we had a friend get his six month old Tacoma get taken right out of here about a week ago, didn't even leave his towel so he could dry off. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know what you pervs are trying to zoom in on....
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    And some Wahine for JD (Ditto).
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    When thieves take credit cards they come straight here to start charging stuff to sell. The guy that took my wife's goods was here 40 minutes after the break in. Had a sharp clerk that let him run the card (wife's gov't work card!) for a TV, had him sign, and then told him he wasn't a she. The clown was paroled on Friday and ripped into our truck the next Saturday, they caught him at the Bank trying to cash one of my wife's checks the following week, and my wife was in the bank! He got 22 years; a .22 <st1:State><st1:place>Cal.</st1:place></st1:State> to the bean would have been a better solution.
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    And the final place to check for thieves, apparently my Carport. :eek1
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    I love it here but there are times when I'd just rather be some place else, Taman National Lore Lindu on <st1:place>Sulawesi</st1:place>, an Aman Resort Anywhere, or face down in <st1:City><st1:place>Makati</st1:place></st1:City> come to mind. I hope I haven't soured the Hawaii Visitor's Bureau's "Visit Hawaii" Campaign any….

    This just in: As I was posting this I got a call from somebody that "May" have seen the KLX. I really don't care though, they probably thrashed it by now...

    And I didn't see crap on the ride... But I did Ride!!!!
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  2. Hammer

    Hammer Hawlin' aZZ

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    But a few islands away, to Kauai. We like it there. A visit to spend money and relax now and then keeps the natives (what do you call the locals?) happy. Us too. No plans to ride. I ride lots on this side of the big pond.
    I didn't know they let citizenry pack heat, tho. I thought Hawaii was one of those liberal states that just about chased any semblance of reason away. Maybe they're just workin' on it.
    Thanks for the look at the riding on the big island!
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  3. Motoplaner

    Motoplaner PNW Heel Rounder

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    That sucks dude. I used to live on Oahu. Good luck. Watch that Dakar.
    Where was the original post? Anything different? Did you have the steering locked on the KLX etc? Fuckers.
    I heard that Hawaii leads all states for bike thievery and thought of you when I read it a ways back.

    http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2006/03/02/66086.htm
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  4. Southest US Thumper

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    Oh Yeah! We're Number One (well Oahu anyway).
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    I can't imagine somebody dumb enough to take the Dakar, what the Hell would you do with it???

    At least the nicely set up KLX I got from Razor has some worthy parts to strip. Either that or ride it in the back country until the battery dies and then torch it, or put it in a box and ship it to another island....

    Hammer-
    You can't pack heat around here, though there are times and places I'd like to.

    Kauai is a great place, we'll be there at the end of April (House Rippers, please ignore previous eight words).

    Robert
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  5. Southest US Thumper

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    Oh Yeah,

    Don't dwell on the thievery, check out the images!!!!
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  6. Motoplaner

    Motoplaner PNW Heel Rounder

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    Nice pics.
    Hawaii isn’t noted as the breeding ground of rocket scientists.
    And as to what they’d do with a Dakar; shit, they’d steal a baby buggy just to bomb down the mountain once.
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  7. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    it's easier to keep a fukin horse than it is anything on 2 wheels - I know your frustration and hope you get over it soon. don't snuff anyone over it, everybody pays in the end -
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    Oh, I'm pretty much Over It. Until Monday at least, that's when I get the Insurance Company Settlement Offer, main thing I got going for me is that Hawaii's market is so screwed up that I'll hopefully get a reasonable offer (please, please, please!!!!).

    I just wanted to use an excuse to get some riding with a camera in, I wouldn't snuff anybody, hell, you could get a ticket and house arrest for that!
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  9. GB

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    Nice pics and report. :lurk
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  10. Flyingavanti

    Flyingavanti With the Redhead on Back!

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    Sorry about the bike...

    Bought my first motorcycle (Honda 90) in Hawaii in 1968. Many good riding memories riding in circles around the island!

    I was a musician for Don Ho at the time, right out of college..... Is he still around? Heard he had heart problems....
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  11. lasvegasrider

    lasvegasrider To the edge of the continents

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    WTF?!?! THAT was one 'smart' thief - a member of Mensa I would wager:mulie .. Geez what an idiot :huh.

    Hey, that is sure a tempting Land Rover ya got there... I think I'd load a hungry pitbull into it, drop the windows down a few inches, and put "I like humans, with or without gravy" bumper stickers on the tailgate and doors.

    Then, I'd go the hospital and begin interviewing all the would-be thieves, who come in to the ER, about what their business associates in the cycle division have been up to.:deal
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    Avanti-

    Don Ho is still doing his gig in Waikiki, he had been under a doctor's care recently but I did just hear that he was back to work. We lived out in Mokuleia back in the late '60's, used to romp around on Bonanza Mini-bikes and Steen Mini-cycles all over the sugarcane fields and Kaena Point.

    LVR-

    Yep, real men of genius. My neighbor didn't help any by not calling the cops "Your dawgs wasn't barking, so I thought they were friends".

    I'm in the market for a replacement, I prefer a plated bike to avoid the trailer routine, ideally another KLX or DRZ since I still got the Motard Wheels (don't tell the thieves). So who know's, I've seen some Craig's List stuff in Vegas and may have to head your way.

    If the weather breaks today I'll probably do a little more hunting.
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    jp4evr I'm a dad, have a ceegar

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    Thanks for bringing me back... This was a nice recap of our last summer. Month on the big island and Oahu. I think South Point area of Hawai'i was the best. Nicest people, great fishing.
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    Nice pics. Sorry to hear about the KLX, glad you found a replacement.
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    Nice pics, sorry about your KLX................. fucking theives :evil
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    Kawi- This old thing?!?!?!
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    Unfortunately they were stablemates. I'm scouring the Flea Market, Craig's List, Cycle Trader, etc. for a replacement. If you hear of something set up similar to yours and at a reasonable price let me know. I'm planning to do the Mauna Kea 200 Hare and Hound this year and need a replacement NLT mid April.

    JP- That shot's from Manukaa, about 18 miles, as the Alala Flies (Critically Endangered Hawaiian Crow).
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  17. lasvegasrider

    lasvegasrider To the edge of the continents

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    Hey, are we looking for a KLX, or are we just exchanging fun thoughts?


    KLX PICS please- hey the bike parts are probably local as not many will pay the $$$ and the shipping charges to the non-islands.
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    KLX pics, Eh??? That thing was too much fun to stop and take pictures, let's see..

    Back when it was Blue:
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    As green as the day Suzuki built it:
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    A little beach break:
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    A track it passed thru:
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    And a Lava Flow it crossed:
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    Keep your eyes open Michael! You might be the guy that finds me a replacement to purchase.

    I really don't think I'll get it back unless it's in Rice Bags that are leaking oil, I just want a street legal bike for the MK 200 this year.

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  19. lasvegasrider

    lasvegasrider To the edge of the continents

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    OK. I accept that you are on your own on this, as no-one in the overpaid gov sec is interested in a capital loss that will not provide them with credits on the next bump-review in payscale..:pissed

    Island members 0 what ya think about the visuals?
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  20. Southest US Thumper

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    So the insurance came through, well at least to the point of getting a lawyer.

    But I did get an '06 recently:
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    Motarded it to save the wear and tear on the 606's during break in and slapped some protection on it.
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    Took it for a ride to Pohoiki and the formally "Red" road (it was red when the Coors Classic passed thru a few moons back).
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    Lunch of Ahi Poki and Poi.
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    A quick brew.
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    And then down to watch the Wife Unit paddle canoe in the Businessman's Race (she's the number 1 person).
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    Again, didn't find any thieves but I did get a call from a guy that said somebody offered him a "Hot" Kawasaki 400 for $600.00:huh

    Whatever, at least now I have a fun bike to play with (soon as the airscrew gets here I'll re-jet and slap the Yosh pipe on!:evil
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