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post #1 of 19 Old 07-14-2015, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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How do you deal with idea of theft?

Hi y'all. I'm wondering how people handle threat of theft. Do you lock your helmets to your bikes or leave them sitting on the bike, or do you always carry helmets with you?


Do you leave your armored jackets draped on your bikes in warm weather or take it with you or????


Do you ever lock the bike to another bike or steel pole for fear someone will throw it in the back of a truck or van and steal it??


I'm curious how people manage these things like these or any other concerns about theft that I may not have thought of yet?

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I'm not too concerned about someone stealing the bike when I'm away from home. I carry a six or eight foot cable lock and run it through the helmet, one arm of the jacket, and a sturdy attachment point on the bike. At home in the carport, it is parked behind my truck, which makes it less visible. I turn the petcock to off, remove the key, put it on the center stand, and engage the fork lock. That makes it less convenient for one person to steal it. But two strong guys can walk away with a Rebel 250.

There are several higher priced bikes on my street that are parked in plain view. I figure anyone looking to steal a bike will try those first.

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[FONT=Comic Sans MS]Hi y'all. I'm wondering how people handle threat of theft.
I hang my helmet on the handlebars with my gloves and drape my jacket over the back of the bike. No one has ever bothered anything and I doubt they really want my bug splatted helmet and stinky jacket. If they gotta have that stuff that damn bad, they are pretty hard up. The Harley locks and has an alarm, so I doubt it will be going anywhere. If it does, it is insured up the yang anyway, and I could use a newer model.

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I have never had an issue with leaving my helmet and coat lying on the Old Warhorse but maybe that has something to do with the US .30 M1 carbine being strapped to the bike?
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I just lock the steering and take the other stuff with me, it is easer to carry the helmet than try to get it positioned to the helmet lock and lots of people ask me "what kind of bike do you ride" while carrying the helmet.
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For me it depends where you live.

When I lived in London, bike security was a top priority as theft rates were really high - when parking your bike at work or even at home (there were accounts of thieves breaking in to people's homes to get keys to garages and bikes).

Strangely, in Barcelona, which has 2nd most motorcycles on the street of any European city, people are much more lax with security - at least with the normal kind of bikes and scooters that are ridden for commuting purposes.
There is an understandable, but frankly reckless and stupid IMO, practice of leaving your helmet locked to the bike, often just resting on the ground! Some people just don't care about their gear.
I leave my Rebel parked in the street near the flat where I live (with steering lock and disc lock attached), but the GSXR sleeps peacefully in a nearby garage.

As @flitecontrol hinted, the harder you make it for thieves to take yours, the better the chances are that they will move to the next bike. However, if they want it, they will have it, so make them work for it!!!

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Hi y'all. I'm wondering how people handle threat of theft. Do you lock your helmets to your bikes or leave them sitting on the bike, or do you always carry helmets with you?
I might add that most of my gear is plastered with Grumpy Cat decals, and is pretty easy to identify. About the wrap the Harley with Grumpy Cat graphics, too. (Yes, I am over age of 5. So there.)

I figure no self-respecting thief will be seen trucking off with Grumpy Cat stuff....

Oh, did I mention the NRA decals, too?

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Part of the consideration here is cost. Last time I was looking into a bike, I considered getting it lojacked. Progressive was having a bit of a promotion where there was a rebate on the installation on top of the discount they provide for having it installed.

For Rebels and other low-cost bikes, I'm not sure it makes much sense, but it does tend to deter thefts in general and the cops often times manage to catch the person red-handed, so there is that.

I probably won't bother with that, I'll just trust that the good citizens won't steal my bike if I don't park it in a bad part of town.
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I never leave anything on the bike. Roadcrafter stays on the body, gloves get stuff in the helmet and I carry that with me. I usually have the locking HB panniers on the bike, so some stuff may get locked in there. I would rather be burdened with carrying stuff than come back to the bike and find stuff missing.
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I keep a well worn old holster that I secure in an obvious location usually (hanging off the handlebar).

The contents of the holster are actually carried on my person.

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