Keeping the bike theft-proof?
November 30, 2010 at 7:31 am #4280GrYmLockeParticipant
Hey, I’m going to go out and purchase my first motorcycle (2008 Kawasaki ninja 250/500r) in a few months. The biggest concern is keeping it safe. I live in an apartment complex. It’s fairly respectable, descent surrounding and acceptable services. But who knows how crazy it can get when eye candy such as a modern motorcycle is introduced to the area. At first I thought I could just park it into my living room for the time being but then I live on the second floor so that’s quite impossible. I have no plans on purchasing a house in the near future so a garage is pretty much out of the question.
There’s a guard-rail for the stairs that I thought about chaining my bike to but is that enough to deter a bike thief? How do you keep your motorcycle safe when a garage isn’t an option? Any advise would be appreciated. Thank you.November 30, 2010 at 11:56 am #28847Jeff in KentuckyParticipant
Good security for your situation would be a heavy duty chain to an anchor point. For a new 250 Ninja, the railing is probably good enough to chain to. For a new 600cc supersport or new Harley more likely stolen, I would spend the money for a stronger anchor point set in concrete under the bike and a LoJack system. A bike cover also helps- stupid people often think it is OK to touch and sit on an uncovered bike, without asking first.November 30, 2010 at 1:41 pm #28851MunchParticipant
Loud alarm and Lo Jack. Anything you can do to slow down their progress, but still be practical for you. Honestly at anytime someone decides they want it bad enough, it will be gone. Thats where LoJack comes in. Look it up.December 1, 2010 at 11:06 pm #28862TrialsRiderParticipant
I love the idea of GPS based tracking devices, the technology has certainly come of age. I like Jeff’s idea of the bike cover too:) …the rattier looking and more foul smelling the better.
Locks and chains are fine for deterring honest people, but the rest won’t stop at anything, short of earning the cash to buy their own stuff Loud alarm is good if you or someone who cares is close enough to respond, but when you live rural as I do the best cure is to park her close and keep the hunting bow close at hand.December 2, 2010 at 1:55 am #28864MunchParticipant
…….or near the dog (pronounced: dawg) pen.
…yes I am from the south.December 2, 2010 at 4:53 am #28871madjak30Participant
Remember it isn’t the one that is barking that you need to watch out for…
It’s the one that just lies there waiting for the “snacks” to come to him…
Of course neither of these two need to be worried about…the little one barks at you as he runs away…usually down the stairs…
And the big one would just bring you his bone for you to throw…
Later.December 4, 2010 at 11:23 pm #28889plasticParticipant
On a side note, does the theft insurance work? I was wondering about that (never had a stolen auto in my life, so not sure what are the “catches” about it… But I do wonder the same thing – a couple of times I wondered about drinking and grabbing a ride back with a friend but fear leaving the bike overnight on the street…
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