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Old 10-25-2011, 04:12 PM   #21
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Our apartment overlooked a biker bar, "The Back Room" off of East Riverside. One night someone cut my battery cables and stole my battery. I started removing the new battery every night after that.
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:14 PM   #22
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Flip Flop kick stand pad and all!
It's the stank from the flip flop that protects the bike
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:45 PM   #24
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I keep mine outdoors 24/7, under a cover and with a disc lock. However, I forgot about the disc lock at school today and dropped my bike
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:48 PM   #25
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Lol glad I don't live in Houston anymore. I don't even lock mine up here.
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+149949295 to keeping it inside the apartment if feasible. thats what i do currently. until i buy a house w/ a garage so i can get a nice workbench setup going.
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Well i located a storage facility and it's somewhat of a hassle that i rather just not bring the bike.

I live in a 3 story town-home and the main entrance is on the second floor so parking it inside is not an option.

Sighhh this is lame because i want to ride my bike! I feel that San Marcos is nowhere near as bad as Houston when it comes to theft. Plenty of riders around the area (mostly scooters though).

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Hey let's ride next time i'm back in Houston. PM me your number because i got a new phone and i lost your #.
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:54 PM   #28
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Instead of riding, all i can do is stare at pictures of the bike...
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:07 PM   #30
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Well, if you look at the posts where people are saying they lock their's up and have no trouble you will see a pattern...

An EX250 and a KLR650

Nobody wants to steal those (no offense) but a Ducati??

Oh yeah, you won't get back in your apt and it will be gone.
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My friend used a hardened u-lock to lock his to a pole at his apartment and they stole his bike
Locks just slow thieves down. Hardened u-locks are kind of a joke. There is a cheap work around for barrel key style locks, also brute force, and finally sawing the dang things off (which takes less time and makes less noise than you think at 0 dark thirty on a wednesday morning) I wouldn't trust anything I value to remain there over night if that was my security system.

If they want it bad enough it is gone.

I have read about someone taking a trash can from the local hardware store. Cutting two holes in it that form a 90 degree angle perpendicular to the base about midway up the trash can. Through the middle of the can you run a piece of pipe vertically. Get some industrial grade chain (not sure wtf that is) run it through one hole wrap it around the pipe then out the other. Now proceed to fill the can with cement. It isn't going anywhere easily. Keep in mind the chain can still be cut.

Or if you can afford a cargo container or one of them there pods, put that in front of your place and park the bike in there.
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Why not park it at a friends house in there garage ??? you could park it out of there way and lock and cover it even ??? How do you keep your sanity with out your bike ??? I would move to an apartment with a garage when your lease ends- problem solved.

When I lived in an apartment i rented a garage and changed the key lock- ground the number off the front of it, Locked the handle-rods for added comfort. Or parked it in the living rm when i lived on the first floor.

BTW parking a Harley in the house with a carb. you gotta turn the fuel off and run it out of gas or wake up to gas house and a headache
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:14 AM   #33
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Locks just slow thieves down. Hardened u-locks are kind of a joke. There is a cheap work around for barrel key style locks, also brute force, and finally sawing the dang things off (which takes less time and makes less noise than you think at 0 dark thirty on a wednesday morning) I wouldn't trust anything I value to remain there over night if that was my security system.

If they want it bad enough it is gone.

I have read about someone taking a trash can from the local hardware store. Cutting two holes in it that form a 90 degree angle perpendicular to the base about midway up the trash can. Through the middle of the can you run a piece of pipe vertically. Get some industrial grade chain (not sure wtf that is) run it through one hole wrap it around the pipe then out the other. Now proceed to fill the can with cement. It isn't going anywhere easily. Keep in mind the chain can still be cut.

Or if you can afford a cargo container or one of them there pods, put that in front of your place and park the bike in there.
Yea, I know U-locks don't work that's why I posted the example. An apartment complex might have a problem with someone keeping a trash can full of cement in their lot.
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:06 AM   #34
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chain only slows them down, but it doesn't prevent it.

My TL was chained, and they still took her,t...even the chain too, friggin A
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If you value your bike AT ALL do not keep it at your apartment complex. Check out the stolen bike section. At least 90% are stolen from apartments.
yup, but not just motos, a load of cars are stolen form appartments too.

I bet I could beat any chain with a $200 oxy/acetalyne tourch
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Ahhh good idea, i didn't even think about renting a storage facility.
Stroage facility for sure , it cost you a little ,but the peace of mind is well worth it.
Just make sure it is a good facility , mgr. on duty 24-7 , well lit , good working gate & secure.
I have had my bike in a storage unit now for 3.5 years , so far no regrets.
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yup, but not just motos, a load of cars are stolen form appartments too.

I bet I could beat any chain with a $200 oxy/acetalyne tourch
if not the chain, whatever the chain is connected to might be easier/faster to cut through (i.e. 1/2" thin wall tube used for fences)
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Do you have any friends in the area that would let you park your beast in their garage? That's the only thing I can come up with. No way would I leave a Ducati outside at any point, maybe after your lease is up look at getting room mates in a house with a garage or finding an apartment with a garage like someone else mentioned. I feel for you, it would suck not having my bike
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If you value your bike any then at all cost do not leave it parked outside unattended. Hire a over-night security guard lol or find someone who is willing to let you share a garage. Your bike, your money, your insurance and your decision.
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