Stolen Bike Recovery

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by TWC4, Oct 25, 2021.

  1. TWC4

    TWC4 FULL TILT BUGGY

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    My 11fitty was stolen this past weekend.

    Does anyone have experience in recovering a stolen bike where they took an active roll in the process?

    I'd like to know what if anything I could do to to find it?

    thanks!

    TWC4
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  2. beemerjim

    beemerjim Been here awhile Supporter

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    Well that sucks

    IDK what i'd do, maybe put an ad for parts wanted on CL, & see what turns up?
    good luck
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  3. wellcraft

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    Not much you can do once the bike is stolen unless you had one of those tracker devices installed. Most stolen bikes end up stripped for parts or some punk is using it as his ride now. Maybe keep an eye on Craig's List or similar classified and see if parts for your bike come up for sale or the thief could be dumb enough to try and sell the bike.
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  4. Lead Wrist

    Lead Wrist Mehr Gelände Weniger Straße

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    Post pics and relevant details about the bike, accessories etc etc in regional forum so inmates in/around Austin, Tejas are alerted if they see bike/parts for sale on CL etc...

    Get the claim through insurance if not already as well...

    Good luck :thumb
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  5. TWC4

    TWC4 FULL TILT BUGGY

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    Thank you, Already posted in the reginal forum...Insurance is being difficult.
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  6. 12pack

    12pack Been here awhile

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    How was it stolen?
    From house? work? parking lot?
    Yea keep an eye on craigslist etc....
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  7. FLY-DOG

    FLY-DOG Retired and enjoying it!

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    Why is insurance being difficult?
    What excuses are they using?
    Who is the insurance company?

    A reputable insurance company is paramount as bikes are rarely recovered.
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  8. TWC4

    TWC4 FULL TILT BUGGY

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    I had it covered under my renters insurance and they're saying that Auto Theft isn't covered.
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  9. MrVvrroomm

    MrVvrroomm Long timer

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    Also, remember: the first number your insurance company gives you is an offer. Never take first offer.
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  10. MrVvrroomm

    MrVvrroomm Long timer

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    Oh oh. I think you're f'd. Renter/Homeowner insurance usually just covers personal property inside of motor vehicle. Read your policy.
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  11. TWC4

    TWC4 FULL TILT BUGGY

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    YUP....I'm F'd
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  12. FLY-DOG

    FLY-DOG Retired and enjoying it!

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    If you had a loan on the bike, they should have required you to have proper insurance. If no loan; most states require you to show proof of vehicle insurance before registering the vehicle, I'd be surprised if Texas was different and they should have questioned your further if you tried showing them your renters insurance.

    Most of us have learned life lessons the hard way and are too embarrassed to admit to it, at least you're man enough to confess.
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  13. TWC4

    TWC4 FULL TILT BUGGY

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    i had vehicle insurance through Geico without comprehensive as I thought my renters insurance would cover theft. I screwed up.
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    FLY-DOG Retired and enjoying it!

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    Ouch, sorry for your loss. Good luck in your recovery effort.
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  15. Lead Wrist

    Lead Wrist Mehr Gelände Weniger Straße

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    Ouch... Sorry to hear that...
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  16. wellcraft

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    Tough lesson to learn but it pays to know exactly what is and isn't covered under renters or home owners insurance policies.
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  17. VertigoGSA

    VertigoGSA Been here awhile

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    Yep, anything with a VIN won't be covered under Renters or Homeowners policies.
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  18. VX Rider

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    Once reported to the police, there is little you can, and or should do.
    By that I mean any confrontation you might have with the thief may not go well.

    I've seen Craig's list adds listing "my bike was stolen" I'm not sure those help, or if they tip the thief towards parting out or destroying the bike?

    I had my bike stolen without full coverage, and was lucky it was recovered in Amarillo, TX.
    But the odds for bike recovery is very low.

    However listing wanted to buy adds for parts...might yield some action, are any parts unique enough to your bike to positively ID as from it?
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  19. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    I've always done fire/theft/vandalism for a small amount more, not doing the comprehensive. I figured if I crashed I'd pay. But I have little control over the fire/theft/vandalism so it was worth the bit more.
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    I’m all for Karma being dished out by a nice beatdown, to those desperately deserving it. That said, you can lose your life, or be put in jail for the rest of your life if you run down that path of retrieving the bike yourself. Is the wrong worth it? Is the money you lost worth it? That’s your call. But go in knowing injury/death or jail are real risks. It doesn’t go like in the movies.
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