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Old 11-11-2012, 10:50 PM   #21
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aquire a second capable, but older bike nobody wants. use that for bullshit stuff around town. Keep your prize bike for the "rides"..
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i leave mine wherever....I don't care if it walks. It's why I have theft coverage....peace of mind.
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i leave mine wherever....I don't care if it walks. It's why I have theft coverage....peace of mind.
x2, mine has had the ridden out of it and it shows. Take it, I'm just looking for an excuse to get a new one.
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x2, mine has had the ridden out of it and it shows. Take it, I'm just looking for an excuse to get a new one.
Yep. I'm not going to stress over it. Keep insurance on it, and enjoy the ride... anywhere, anytime.
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Yep. I'm not going to stress over it. Keep insurance on it, and enjoy the ride... anywhere, anytime.
still the thought of some crackhead or taking something that belongs to me is upsetting enough that i'll be if i got mine taken....even if i wanted an new bike, it's still be pretty
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still the thought of some crackhead or taking something that belongs to me is upsetting enough that i'll be if i got mine taken....even if i wanted an new bike, it's still be pretty
Been there, done that. Some scumbag stole my ZX10. I was for a while. Not enough for me to not ride somewhere.
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It's an old question with endless responses that all boil down to one thing: USE COMMON SENSE.

1. Cage it. I love to ride every chance I get, but sometimes some risks just aren't worth it. Take the car. Stay out of high crime areas.

2. Full Insurance. 'nuff said. No measure of "theft prevention" is foolproof.

3. Visible or no?

Use discretion in deciding whether or not you want to keep your ride in a highly visible location, or tucked away/hidden.

Visibility If you're in public where you're near a window (or security camera) then by all means park where you can best keep an eye on your ride. Other times it's still best to park where your bike is in plain view, so as to discourage thieves because they cannot operate discreetly.

Out of sight, out of mind If you regularly park in a place where you cannot keep an eye on it and don't trust others to help you watch your ride, then park where others simply cannot see it (they can't steal it if they don't know it's there). This mostly applies to work: is there an area in the back that's not visible from the street? Is there a "blind ally" or a tucked
away spot behind a dumpster, or some niche in a parking garage?

Tools There's an endless number of security devices, and all are debatable.

- Cover Image is everything. Putting a cover over a bike turns it from a shiny, eye-catching piece of valuable equipment into just "something with a cloth over it." Yes, people will still know it's a motorcycle, but it catches their eye less. Plus, it demonstrates that you're a responsible rider - the kind of person who takes security measures, and therefore (possibly) the type of person who would install things like Lo-Jack or similar items. Plus, hey, it helps to keep your paint fresher longer.

- Extra Lock This could be anything from a chain or cable with a lock on it (so that you can affix the bike to something, like a light pole) to a wheel or handlebar lock. These are not foolproof, but make it take longer for a thief to make his (her?) getaway.

Accessability There are different types of bike thieves; methods that work against one type won't help against others. There is the possibility of some crackhead who tries to ride off in an impulsive decision; there's not much you can do about that. More likely, your bike will be targeted by a professional - and they'll load your bike into an enclosed trailer. Try to find parking locations where it will take the most effort to get a bike onto a trailer. PARK ON THE SIDEWALK! Consider parking where your bike is "wedged" in someplace. Sure it's more difficult for you to get in and out, but your effort may be worth it.

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On a final note, be considerate. Some people just flat don't like bikes, and don't understand why we do some of the things we do.

* Don't park where you block someone's path, and therefore temp them into spiteful vandalism (or encourage them to physically move your bike).

* Bikes are small and hard to see, and an inattentive driver may think a parking spot is empty and hit your ride before realizing you're parked in it. Again, park on the sidewalk, so long as you're not blocking a door or pathway.

* Be mindful of any children that may be in the environment. Bikes (sportbikes especially) look like pieces of playground equipment to little kids. Heaven forbid someone's child climbs on it, and pulls it over on themself.
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