August 23, 2008 at 6:33 am #1956smokeizfireParticipant
I’m sure not everyone may have this problem. But I was wondering what was the best kind of security for bikes(like chains, wheel locks, or alarm systems) these days? Los Angeles is not a place where you want to leave your bike somewhere random and disappear. I don’t want my cruiser to end up on a milk carton.August 23, 2008 at 6:56 am #11017megaspazParticipant
them screamer disk locks seem appealing to me. that and maybe some tracking thing. but i don’t think anything’s gonna be 100% successful…
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…August 23, 2008 at 7:21 am #11020ShaneParticipant
Park it in your living room.
If you are married, tell your wife it is a conversation piece.
Btw, don’t knock my reasoning….it’s a work in progress.
The birds are calling my name, thought Caw.August 23, 2008 at 7:50 am #11023nau_lax21Participant
I have a disc lock, and i can turn the key back an extra click to lock the handlebars… i think thats enough security. the fact that I park in a motorcycle area with an r1, an r6, and some big suzuki cruiser, i think that adds a little security to my gs500.
like megaspaz said, no security can be 100% safe, so id say the best security is comprehensive insuranceAugust 23, 2008 at 4:54 pm #11033smokeizfireParticipant
That tickled the funny bone.August 23, 2008 at 11:12 pm #11038AmorylParticipant
my college algebra prof had the greatest alarm system for her truck, too bad it won’t work on a bike. 3 labs and a german shepherd in the back.
honestly I’m not sure what I’m going to do once I manage to get my bike. while at home I’m hoping to chain it in somewhat excessive ways to my jeep. but out in public…
what are these screaming disks that were mentioned?August 24, 2008 at 12:10 am #11040JirikiParticipant
something like this, going to buy one soon…
http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/Xena_Disc_Locks_XR1–505044.htmlAugust 24, 2008 at 12:55 am #11043megaspazParticipant
That’s the exact same one I’m looking at. They have them at Santa Clara Cycles on El. Camino. Hit up Doug and see what he can do for you on it.
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…August 24, 2008 at 4:43 am #11057BuddParticipant
If you have one that looks nice take a hammer to it and spray paint it. Then no one will want to steal it. Honestly, other than the wheel lock on the ignition, I have never even thought about it.
“I am the best there is at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-WolverineAugust 24, 2008 at 2:49 pm #11069RobbieJParticipant
I suggest getting some sort of chain or cable to lock it to something that cannot be moved, if you’re in an area of worry. Even with disc locks, they can still pick the bike up and worry about the lock in a different place. Most bikes are small enough for 2 men to pick up and put on the back of a pickup. Otherwise, I suggest you spend the money on an alarm.August 24, 2008 at 5:50 pm #11083BoOZe P-ti MotardParticipant
or have a tracking device installed yeah well here we usually do a chain tie ritual between the bike and an electric pole or something in the genre…
Solomolo RiderAugust 24, 2008 at 6:47 pm #11093
I used to know a bar owner that would park his very expensive sport bike in a corner of his bar with mood lighting trained on it.
It wasn’t so much for security though, he was just an incurable flash b******August 24, 2008 at 7:04 pm #11095
I have a Xena disk lock/alarm; ‘ got it cheap on eBay a while ago. Make sure you get the right size though.
The lock appears to be very strong (they’re heavy) and the alarm works good. The button cell batteries last for ages (they also supply a spare set and a storage pouch with the lock ).
‘ Only problem is that the alarm goes off for no reason sometimes (common to all of them I believe). If that becomes a problem for you, you can actually remove the alarm mechanism from the lock and use the lock on its own.
The alarm has actually saved me a couple of times, from riding off with the lock still on the wheel (which could really have ruined my day). To be extra safe though, you should get one of those orange coiled string things to remind you that the disk lock is on the wheel.
If you have a bike with front drum brakes (vintage bikes or the current Honda Nighthawk 250), you could use a bicycle U-Lock.
Better security might be a chain or thick cable so that you can attach the bike to something immovable as even disk locked bikes can be lifted onto a trailer. A real pain to carry around though.
Bottom line, if they really want it, they’ll get it, but if you’ve taken at least some precautions, they might move on to the next guy’s bike instead.
Always set your fork lock whatever you do, even at the gas station if you have to go into the kiosk. It only takes a minute to run the bike up a ramp and into a waiting van.August 24, 2008 at 7:42 pm #11097BankParticipant
And if nothing else, park it in a pretty open place. My cousin parked hers deep in a wal mart parking lot because she didnt want someone hitting it or fooling with it, and when she came out, it was gone. Luckily she had some kind of gps device or something like that to track down the guys that did it, but i tell you man she almost died of a heart attack. And i live in Valdosta, Ga. Its no where near the size of LA or Miami.
I usually park mine on the those lines usually found at the front of the parking lot near handicapped spaces (not sure of the real name for it) and ive had no problems with cops or anything like that. Most places would rather u do that than to take up a space for their precious cars. (And its a nice little way of showing off your baby) Plus, sometimes if u park in the normal spaces and you get surrounded by big autos, someone might pull into your space thinking its open and before you know it….BAM!!!August 24, 2008 at 8:03 pm #11099
At first, I used to use that white slant-lined area next to the handicapped spaces too, until I realized that those white-lined areas are there to allow space for the handicapped to get their wheel chairs out of their cars and set-up without worrying about some yayhoo (as Festus calls them) pulling into the next space.
Best to avoid those spaces, but yes, don’t bury your bike where no-one can see it and do park towards the front of the space for visibility.
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