May 6, 2008 at 1:12 am #1337ShannonGParticipant
What’s to keep someone from loading my bike into the back of a truck and stealing it when I’m, say, at the movies? You know, when I’m capable of riding it to the movies.May 6, 2008 at 1:19 am #6035megaspazParticipant
Most bikes can lock the steering mechanism and that’s the basic antitheft device. An add on device/service would be lojack. There’s 2 kinds, basic and early warning. Basic is just when you notice your bike missing and you report it. Early warning is where the bike is moved without the transmitter in the vicinity and you get email, text, phoned about the move which you can report. The recovery time with lojack’s supposed to be really fast. But it is $$$. The basic lists here for 795.00 USD while the early warning lists @ 1295.00 USD. And for your garage/driveway you can get a chain and lock and fasten it around the tires to something that isn’t going to move. Those are some of the ways I can think of. Although, there’s nothing that will prevent someone from taking your bike apart for parts though (spark plugs for instance).
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…May 6, 2008 at 10:42 am #6046smadaakramParticipant
this would b one of the few downfalls of motorcycles as a means of tranportation
//@R!<May 6, 2008 at 3:47 pm #6054BenParticipant
For a while I was really worried about someone stealing my motorcycle, I had heard stories of thieves just getting 4 big guys and lifting it into a van and driving off in under 30 seconds! I even think there is a video on youtube of some security tape showing a theft like that.
Eventually though I got over it and took more of a Buddhist perspective on the whole thing. Basically i’m just using the bike until it is destroyed, stolen, or I choose to sell it. If the first two happen then my insurance will cover it, and if the latter happens then that means I still get money.
You can get disc locks, big chains, lojack, perimeter alarms, etc… but some people go so crazy trying to keep their bike from being stolen that I wonder if they even enjoy it? The only thing I do is I try to park it in my garage when i’m at home, and somewhere public when I am out like in front of a store. Other than that I don’t bother with disc locks or anything of that nature.
I’ve heard on other message boards of thieves breaking into locked garages, cutting locks off the bikes, and then taking them away in a big truck. Basically if someone really wants to steal your bike there is nothing you can do, but by adding something like a disc lock you can make your bike more unappealing compared to the brand new GSXR parked next to you with no lock on it.
~Best Beginner Motorcycles AdminMay 9, 2008 at 12:39 am #6141kirkParticipant
I live in a border town and the auto/motorcycle theft rate here is just crazy. I have a wheel lock on my GS500F but I know that if they want the bike enough they will get it. I know of two people that have had thier ride stolen in the last year.
I agree with Ben that if you worry too much you won’t be able to enjoy the bike but damn it hurts to think of these peckrwoods enjoying my bike.May 9, 2008 at 5:39 pm #6169ShannonGParticipant
I think my plan once I’m riding out in the world and parking in public places (the movies keeps cropping up in my mind, I mean, you’re away for minimum 1 1/2 hours and no one leaves the movies to check on their vehicle) is to just bring along my bicycle lock and lock it to a railing. Just that little bit of deterrent may keep the spontaneous thief from grabbing my bike. Obviously it wouldn’t stop a pro, but my bike is entry level and not screaming ‘steal me’ (yet).
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