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Old April 9th @ 05:46 pm   #1
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From: Las Vegas

Motorcycle: 06 1000 rr bone stock 01 F4I
Cut and paste but still good stuff since we live in a high theft area




Motorcycles are an attractive target for thieves. They are comparatively small compared to their four-wheeled counterparts and have a high value to weight ratio. A machine can often be disassembled to the frame by the experienced in a matter of hours. So how do you mitigate this risk of theft?

• There are several different types of locking mechanisms. Most are inexpensive and can be stored in the pillion compartment or tank bag. There are disk locks, wheel locks, and U-locks. Some riders implore the use of chains. Chains can vary in girth and resistance to chain cutters. There are motorcycle anti-theft specific chains that can be purchased and typically retail for over $100. If you are going to use a chain, the front or rear wheel should be wrapped around the frame and then attached to a fixed object like a lamp post or grounded anchor. This will prohibit a thief from moving the machine.

• Lock your forks. It’s free. Check your motorcycle owners’ manual for details on how to lock your forks. Flip your engine run switch from “run” to “stop” when parking your ride. If the front end can’t be turned, it will be a very difficult machine to steer.

• There are several manufacturers of motorcycle alarms. They can range in price from $50 to $400, varying in features. Most of these alarm systems can be installed in less than an hour and come with a remote to activate/deactivate the system. Some of these features include ignition kill switches, motion detectors, tilt sensors, and auxiliary batteries. If a thief tries to pound a screwdriver through the ignition, the alarm will sound. Thieves embrace conspicuity and do not want others to be alerted.

• Where do you store your machine? They can’t steal what they can’t see. Store your machine inside! If you don’t have the use of a garage, an outdoor shed will be acceptable. If that’s not a possibility, consider using a conventional motorcycle cover. Provided that it doesn’t violate any state or municipal fire safety codes, store your machine inside! Your GSX-R will complement your nightstand nicely.

• Install a vehicle recovery system (e.g. LoJack). You may qualify for a discount on your insurance policy if you have one installed on your ride. Although not really a “preventative” measure to reduce the likelihood of theft, a vehicle recovery system increases the odds that you will recover your machine and can expedite the vehicle recovery turnover process. These systems are more expensive than an alarm and chain/lock combination.

• Insure your motorcycle from theft! If you’re financing your machine, you probably already have full insurance (this should include a provision for theft of the machine). If you have the title to your machine, and depending on state law, you may have the option NOT to purchase an insurance policy. However, this is the ONLY sure way that you’ll recover the value (or a portion) of the machine in the instance that it is not recovered by the police.

• If a thief wants your machine, they’ll take it. If you have your machine chained, locked, alarmed, LoJack-ed and stored in your secured garage, chances are that the thief will look for an easier target. And if it’s insured against theft, you’ll recoup some or all of the value of the machine.

 
 
Old April 10th @ 12:30 am   #2
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great info! I'd also add a gps locator system to the lojack section.. Lojack needs to be location by the cops and we all know how quickly they respond to our needs.... with most the gps systems, you can log online from any computer (even some mobile phones) and it'll give you the location of your bike so that you can tell the cops that...
 
 
Old April 10th @ 10:57 pm   #3
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From: Henderson

Motorcycle: 06 SV650s
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Originally Posted by melophat
great info! I'd also add a gps locator system to the lojack section.. Lojack needs to be location by the cops and we all know how quickly they respond to our needs.... with most the gps systems, you can log online from any computer (even some mobile phones) and it'll give you the location of your bike so that you can tell the cops that...
I love how point B always goes back to point A... I've never had anything stolen, but relying on the cops sounds so...promising. Not that it matters much, but some of the gps units you can buy you can not only locate your bike from online but also disable.
 
 
Old April 11th @ 04:14 pm   #4
jwd
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From: Vegas Knights MC

Motorcycle: 2004 GSX-R 600
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Originally Posted by Equanimity
Quote:
Originally Posted by melophat
great info! I'd also add a gps locator system to the lojack section.. Lojack needs to be location by the cops and we all know how quickly they respond to our needs.... with most the gps systems, you can log online from any computer (even some mobile phones) and it'll give you the location of your bike so that you can tell the cops that...
I love how point B always goes back to point A... I've never had anything stolen, but relying on the cops sounds so...promising. Not that it matters much, but some of the gps units you can buy you can not only locate your bike from online but also disable.
screw that, RTC .. remote throttle control!! muahahha
 
 
Old April 11th @ 09:09 pm   #5
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yeah, but you do that ad the bike crashes, you're gunna be pissed.... well, YOU'RE no JWD, in fact, it may be an improvement, but most the rest of us will be ;-)
 
 
Old April 17th @ 10:28 pm   #6
jwd
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From: Vegas Knights MC

Motorcycle: 2004 GSX-R 600
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Originally Posted by melophat
yeah, but you do that ad the bike crashes, you're gunna be pissed.... well, YOU'RE no JWD, in fact, it may be an improvement, but most the rest of us will be ;-)
haha pfft. shut up and give me some bolts.
 
 
Old January 26th @ 02:48 am   #7
 
Don't leave your keys with family, they will mess it up.
 
 

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