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Motorcycles

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Tck13, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. dohare

    dohare Senior member

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    that is some serious shit. and is making me paranoid.
     
  2. blue collar

    blue collar Senior member

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    You need kick start on that ish! :slayer:
     
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  3. alvin545

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    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.
     
  4. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    A lot of it depends on the bike as well.

    Sportbike parts are more in demand than a cruiser.
     
  5. BostonHedonist

    BostonHedonist Senior member

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

    dohare Senior member

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    http://www.stellardecals.com/lojack-cf.html

    what if i put these all over my bike cover? maybe one on the skid plate? is that ridiculous to think itd save you from the rookies? hahha
     
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  7. MarioImpemba

    MarioImpemba Senior member

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    God damn mother fucking brakes keep slowly locking up anytime I ride the thing 15 minutes. Then I can pop the bleeder and it'll spit some fluid out, and I'm good to go again. I've bleed them (3) times now. Don't get it. Never did this before I bled them. Driving me nuts.
     
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  8. Matto

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    I always used a rotor lock, and never forgot it. But it was bright F-OFF orange, too. I do know someone who rode off with one on though, so understand that even the best of us have times when we're busy and things simply slip our minds. WRT the lock itself, I work on the theory of "I don't need to make anything of mine impossible to steal, just harder than my neighbour's. Same theory as outrunning a cheetah - not necessary, I just have to outrun the slowest person I'm with.

    I always made sure that whichever way I needed to roll the bike to leave, I had the rotor lock against either the calliper or fork. So if I did forget it, I would roll straight onto it and realise without damaging anything. I've seen a few rotor locks that now come with curly bungee cords for you to tie up and onto your brake lever as another visual reminder that it's on.

    Something like this, actually:
    http://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Ro...bs_misc_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=0Z955YHBZ4CEVRRQCP31

    In the end, if they want it they're going to get it. Keeping it out of sight, under a cover, with something like a rotor lock will deter most casual thieves. If they're serious and they're looking for exactly you bike then they'll get it regardless. As has been mentioned, serious thieves will be able to extract big $$ cars or bikes from secure parking with very little trouble, so insure it and don't get so attached to your possessions that if they were to go away your life would end. Sure, have nice things, but don't let them own you. After all, it's a motorcycle, it's meant to be fun to ride, not to keep you up at night worrying about whether it's safe right at this minute.

    Cheers,
    Matto :)
     
  9. BostonHedonist

    BostonHedonist Senior member

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    Hey you might even convince an insurance agent that you have LoJack. Now that's what I call two birds with one stone.

    Yeah I have the same thing basically, with the bright orange cord. But now I'm wondering... Maybe I should just use a big chain... which would suck to carry around. Gotta do SOMETHING to protect it, even if it's not all-out.
     
  10. dohare

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    so, this happened yesterday.
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    my advice to everyone, ride with a helmet cam or bike cam. It caught the entire thing, I was not at-fault, a lady jumped across an intersection into my lane because she didn't 'see me." Video caught the entire crash and audio caught her apology and admitting fault.

    hopin the bikes not totaled, we'll see tomorrow when the insurance guys come out.
     
  11. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Damn.

    Hope you're ok.
     
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    +1
     
  13. rohde88

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    glad you're ok. Thats encouraging about her admitting fault
     
  14. Matto

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    Hope you're not badly hurt.

    Good advice about the helmet cam. I hadn't thought about leaving it running to catch the subsequent conversation. Having her on video admitting fault should help your claim no end.

    All the best for getting both yourself and the bike fixed.

    Cheers,
    Matto :)
     
  15. MarkI

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    Fuckin a, hope you're alright, bike is secondary in such situations.

    Really strengthens my idea to get a go pro
     
  16. dohare

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    it's what, 300-400 bucks? could save you thousands from your insurance being raised over a wrongful citation or your deductible.

    in my town, its very bike-friendly, the cop was on my side. other places I feel like the rider is always looked at for the blame. so it's just a good way to hedge your bets.


    PS: thank god for total loss coverage, getting MSRP + Tax for a 2014 cb500f, but im going to cough up some dough to get ABS. considering i paid 4k for the 2013, there is a silver lining.
     
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  17. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Took the bike out today for the first time since last December...it felt glorious.

    Also, I tried on the Bullitt yesterday. The leather interior's nice and it's not a bad looking helmet but the girl at the shop reminded me that I'd just got a Gringo...
     
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  18. BostonHedonist

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    Sorry to hear of your off, @dohare . Hope you're not too banged up. Good advice on the helmet cam. I think I'll have to pick one up later this season.


    @TRINI - I'm right there with ya buddy. I had my first 100-mile day of the year today. What's more, I just put my first 100+ miles on my new bike, found a new waterside road that was just paved, made friends with a pack of riders I crashed and was lead to the only motorcycle apparel store around here open on sundays. Then I went home, hopped on the cruiser, and took my girl for a ride.

    My new ride:
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    Moving from a cruiser to a sportbike (or "sport standard" technically) was not as difficult as I had imagined. After about 50 miles, my muscle memory had adapted about 70%. Still going to have to do some parking lot training for the fine details and a track day to explore my new higher set of limitations. This bike.... really is something special. It's probably the most enjoyable vehicle I've ever had the pleasure to pilot. It just does anything I want it to effortlessly. The only bottleneck is me.

    My only complaint is the wind noise on my helmet, not being able to duck behind a windscreen and all.

    Seeing news of Dohare's off has me praying to the gods of road karma. I'm sure I am not the only one who gets very attached to a bike...
     
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