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post #4291 of 4728
But they have the little squiggly orange bar loop thingy...
post #4292 of 4728
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

Speaking of security and such, how many of y'all have had a bike stolen? Now that I have a flashy new bike I'm trying to figure out how to protect her best without going overboard. I was thinking a rotor lock and a big chain. Thoughts anyone?

Not a bike, but a bum did steal my bike cover once. Nobody wants my bike, which is OKish with me.
post #4293 of 4728
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Not a bike, but a bum did steal my bike cover once. Nobody wants my bike, which is OKish with me.
My buddy who used to live in Bushwick had a sweet Cannondale he rode around on. To protect it from theft, he covered the entire thing in stickers so it looked like a piece of shit.
post #4294 of 4728

i live in the suburbs in southern NJ, so my bike is pretty safe, i have plenty of neighbors with sportsters/cruisers sitting in their driveway. i park mine behind the house with a cover.  when I start taking her into philly for work, ill park her in a garage for safety. i was thinking about getting a xena alarm for the rotor...but if someone is going to pick up my bike and throw it in a truck, i dont think thatll do much?

 

 

so then i was thinking about a chain, but theres not a whole lot to chain to in the city, maybe a street sign?

post #4295 of 4728
first 100km drive behind me. She still starts a bit tricky, but I hope that with an oil change another can of fuel system cleaner that will be cured.

promised a picture a while ago, this was when the carbs where still off for cleaning..

post #4296 of 4728
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Originally Posted by dohare View Post

i live in the suburbs in southern NJ, so my bike is pretty safe, i have plenty of neighbors with sportsters/cruisers sitting in their driveway. i park mine behind the house with a cover.  when I start taking her into philly for work, ill park her in a garage for safety. i was thinking about getting a xena alarm for the rotor...but if someone is going to pick up my bike and throw it in a truck, i dont think thatll do much?


so then i was thinking about a chain, but theres not a whole lot to chain to in the city, maybe a street sign?

The reddit AMA with a motorcycle thief made it sound like loading the bike into a truck is a rookie thief move. Requires multiple people and a truck/van, and then leaves you with a getaway vehicle that is slow and not maneuverable. Much easier to quickly break the steering lock, hotwire it, and then zoom away on a vehicle that is capable of escaping even the police.

The truck thing is more of an issue with things like scooters that can be grabbed by a single burly dude, dragged into a wide range of vehicles, and in the case of actual Vespas, have a pretty decent resale value (and there are areas where title requirements might be nonexistent on 50cc scooters).
post #4297 of 4728
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The reddit AMA with a motorcycle thief made it sound like loading the bike into a truck is a rookie thief move. Requires multiple people and a truck/van, and then leaves you with a getaway vehicle that is slow and not maneuverable. Much easier to quickly break the steering lock, hotwire it, and then zoom away on a vehicle that is capable of escaping even the police.

The truck thing is more of an issue with things like scooters that can be grabbed by a single burly dude, dragged into a wide range of vehicles, and in the case of actual Vespas, have a pretty decent resale value (and there are areas where title requirements might be nonexistent on 50cc scooters).

i cant pick philly as having "experienced" moto thiefs. haha. but, id like to kill the moto thief on the other end of the AMA. its like conversing with the enemy.

post #4298 of 4728
In Toronto, the truck theft method is used to steal bikes out of underground garages, etc.

Also, it's the first nice day of spring here so I decided to pop the batteries back into both my Bonnie and my scooter.

Scooter battery was only put on the tender in late January - started right back up.

Bonnie battery - on tender since early December - enough power to get the lights on, not enough to turn the engine over and there's a loud clicking sound.

FML.

Time for a new battery from the (clicking) sounds of it.
post #4299 of 4728
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

In Toronto, the truck theft method is used to steal bikes out of underground garages, etc.

Also, it's the first nice day of spring here so I decided to pop the batteries back into both my Bonnie and my scooter.

Scooter battery was only put on the tender in late January - started right back up.

Bonnie battery - on tender since early December - enough power to get the lights on, not enough to turn the engine over and there's a loud clicking sound.

FML.

Time for a new battery from the (clicking) sounds of it.

there aren't gates in these garages? lol

post #4300 of 4728
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there aren't gates in these garages? lol

They usually follow a resident in and then scope it out.
post #4301 of 4728

that is some serious shit. and is making me paranoid.

post #4302 of 4728
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

In Toronto, the truck theft method is used to steal bikes out of underground garages, etc.

Also, it's the first nice day of spring here so I decided to pop the batteries back into both my Bonnie and my scooter.

Scooter battery was only put on the tender in late January - started right back up.

Bonnie battery - on tender since early December - enough power to get the lights on, not enough to turn the engine over and there's a loud clicking sound.

FML.

Time for a new battery from the (clicking) sounds of it.

You need kick start on that ish! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #4303 of 4728
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

They usually follow a resident in and then scope it out.

Often the concierge/security guard is in on it too. I just bought a condo in Toronto and this will be my first summer with a bike in underground parking. I'm a little worried.
post #4304 of 4728
A lot of it depends on the bike as well.

Sportbike parts are more in demand than a cruiser.
post #4305 of 4728

Yeah, I've never really heard of someone getting their cruiser stolen. Mostly tend to be supersport bikes or exotics under 4 years old.

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