Traveling in the US solo motorcycle securing and theft prevention advice needed

Discussion in 'Americas' started by The Raven, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. gasandasphalt

    gasandasphalt Been here awhile

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    Whenever I do a road trip, I always get a motel with a outside door that is on the ground floor.. After dark when most folks are inside, I push my bike in the room... I first lay out some newspaper so as to not get dirty tire tracks on the carpet,, place the phone book where the kickstand will be and early next day roll it out... Now you say,, what if no front door motel is available??? I travel with soft bags inside my hard bags,, I remove all my "stuff" and leave the empty bags wide open,, no reason for anyone to bust into them for a look-see... Never "ask" if you can roll the bike into the room,,, it is better to ask foregivness than permission,, :1drink NEVER EVER,,, use any of the hotel towells for cleaning the bike,,, not even the windshield.... this will ruin the relationship Motorcyclist have with Hotel owners.. then we will all have to sleep on the side of the road....

    Many hotel managers will,, if asked provide a rider with old damaged towells or rags for cleanup,, just ask...
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  2. Roam

    Roam If you want to

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    I wouldn't worry about it. If you're riding a Ducati or Bimota than maybe a little but if you're on a KLR you can just leave the key in the ignition.
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  3. Zerk

    Zerk DILLIGAF

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    Theft can happen anywhere, but I try not to stay, on vacation or my life, in place where I have to worry to much.
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  4. The Raven

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    After reading the thread I am getting the following plan

    1. Reputable hotel in good area
    2. Motorcycle cover
    3. Park in well lit area by door or other travelled area
    4. Bring luggage inside
    5. Use obvious disk lock and steel cable.
    6. Never leave gps (what if in locking mount?)
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  5. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    I have a locking Touratech mount for a Zumo on two different bikes

    With an allen key and a pair of snips I can have the entire cradle and mount off the bike in less than 60 seconds...

    Ergo, I wouldn't leave a GPS unattended for long periods - this cycles back to the advice: take all of your valuables off your bike, lock the forks, and cover it.

    Then go inside and relax...you've done as much as you can do
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  6. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Sounds like a reasonable start. You'll get a feel for things as you go along.

    One more tip: don't forget the disk lock is on.:deal

    :lol3
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  7. The Raven

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  8. Zerk

    Zerk DILLIGAF

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    When I used a disc lock, I ran a cord to the handlebars.
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  9. EvilClown

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  10. The Raven

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    Yeah, those work too. My cover has some tie down holes. I'll probably run the cable through them to the disklock so in order to pull the cover I'll have to remove the lock.
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  11. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Don't forget to read all the foreign state department warnings about travel in the United States :deal

    :rofl
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  12. The Raven

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    Hell, I'm more worried traveling stateside than anywhere :lol3
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    Durangoman Yeah its me!

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  14. njd

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    What do you guys do when you're at a rest stop and have to take a shit? That translates to 5-10 minutes of being away from your bike along the interstate, where people can escape pretty quickly. I'm talking specifically about your loose items. Obviously you can lock up your bike, but what about tank bags, compression sacks, etc.
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  15. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    This may be simplifying things, but I just use the men's room :dunno
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  16. njd

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    That only solves 1 of 2 of my problems.
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  17. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Ex-Lax?
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  18. kennyanc

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    If it takes you that long, you really didn't have to go at all. Get back on your bike and ride for another couple hours. Wait 'til you REALLY have to go.....then you can be in and out in under a minute.:rofl Unless of course,,,, you wait too long...
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  19. njd

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    Guess you've never tried the "marathon-road-trip-protein bar-diet." :rofl
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  20. EvilClown

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    Good stuff right there.:lol3

    Only thing I can add is after you're on the road a while you'll start to get a good read on things. You'll 'know'.

    I often leave everything right on the bike, sometimes draping my jacket over everthing on my bars including a helmet on a mirror - key often in the ignition. Other times I take the GPS and throw it in the side case and bring my helmet with me. YMMV.

    One nice thing about an epic road trip is it has a tendency to restore your faith in mankind. I highly recommend them.:deal
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