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Old 02-10-2009, 09:02 AM   #16
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I'll keep my KLR for times I have to ride to high crime areas or leave it unattended for more than a few minutes.
KLRs are good for that. I never have to worry about mine.

I've been lusting over this particular red Duc for sale locally and keep fretting about the need to keep it locked up.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:16 AM   #17
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The likelihood of someone randomly seeing your bike and taking it are slim. This is something that generally has to be planned. That or the thiefs are not very bright. So unless you park it or frequent some place very often I would not put much thought into it. In the end, if a thief wants your bike he takes your bike, period. I don't care what you have on it.

Alarms are a waste of time. People don't pay attention to them anymore. The thief can not start the bike without the factory key. So by the time you figure out what is going on, the bike is on the back of a truck, wastefully wailing away!
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:12 AM   #18
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some ideas

I was curious how other riders attempted to keep their motorbikes
from disappearing after a fellow rider's bike was stolen, seems that
some kids (yes Gadget Boy you were spot on!!) took his motorbike
and left their BMX in it's place....

so here's a link on how some of the Chain Gang try to keep others
from walking off with their prized possessions......

http://f650.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=223051&start=0

OH!!!! HE got his bike back
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Old 02-10-2009, 02:43 PM   #19
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Yup like Gadget Boy said without the Immobiliser key, no way the bike can be started.

The OEM alarm is extremely piercing and loud and would generally deter the casual punk trying to make off with it or just sitting on it. It was funny watching a friend of mine trying to get off my bike when the alarm went off, he didn't know it was turned on
Oh yes there is bright flashing red light on the rev counter with the OEM alarm also I thought that was a nice touch. Whether or not someone actually sees it in the daytime is another story. Night time that flashing light can be seen from miles.

But generally if I have to leave the bike overnight in a high pedestrian traffic area, I always cover it.
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Old 02-10-2009, 06:27 PM   #20
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I personally don't worry too much about going overboard to lock up my bikes with various gadgets. If I use anything I use a cable and lock the bike to something solid. One thing that I will not use is a disc lock. I saw a van pull up to parked bike with a disc lock.... four guys hop out with two baseball bats... they run one bat thru the front wheel and one thru the rear. On the count of three they lifted it up and put it in the van. The bike was gone is less than 30 seconds.
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:14 PM   #21
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I've always found that a bike cover is very cheap insurance. I've commuted to work for years and always covered the bike while at work and that tends to keep people away. If someone really wants it there's not much you can do but a simple out of sight out of mind solution works well.
Agreed, I do the same and not with some fancy pants BMW cover, but the cheapest looking, dirtiest cover i could find. So far (knock on wood) to pretty good effect.

I also lock the steering, chain the rear wheel and set the factory alarm. To my mind the alarm is less for anti-theft effect and more for moron control (I've come out of my apartment to see people sitting on previous bikes I've owned **GRRRRR!**) and to keep the Braille parkers at bay. There's nothing worse than some jagoff trying to parallel park his Datsun knocking over your bike. Last week in fact, I heard the alarm going off, ran to the window and had to (ahem) educate the moron stepping out of his Ford Escort to figure out what that noise was that "Gee, I didn't mean to touch it" is not an acceptable response.
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Old 02-11-2009, 04:43 AM   #22
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I use the steering lock, a disc lock and insurance. Thats it. I'm 5' 7" so when I stand next to the bike it looks massive. Most people are intimidated by their size so I'm hoping that's deterrent enough. Without the key it's useless anyway and so I only have to worry about kids. It was parked outside my brothers recently and some kids pissed on it.

I have to give them extra points for having such a high aim. One bucket of water later I was on the road. I guess they figured if they couldn't wheel it away they would spoil it.
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:30 AM   #23
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:31 AM   #24
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Mossberg Persuader with duck loads, a Glock .40, and a locked garage do the trick for me. If we hear noises coming from the garage I grab the Glock to investigate. GF backs me up with the Persuader, and she is really good with it (I would not want to take her on with only the Glock).

Bike locks provide almost no deterrent to the professional - they are OK for keeping honest people honest. I never ever leave my bike(s) unattended outside of my garage. When traveling, I sleep with it. I will park the 12GS at work since it is so fugly no one would want to snatch it.
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:11 AM   #25
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I think the BMW roundel on the tank is all the anti-theft protection you need. Really, does anyone steal BMW motorcycles?
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Old 02-11-2009, 11:07 PM   #26
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So does anyone actually know if you can get the BMW alarm installed after the fact? If so, how much is it installed? Thanks. :)
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Old 02-12-2009, 02:53 AM   #27
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So does anyone actually know if you can get the BMW alarm installed after the fact? If so, how much is it installed? Thanks. :)
I think so. I have an accessory (UK) list that quotes 151 but that's not installed.
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Old 02-12-2009, 04:27 AM   #28
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I think the BMW roundel on the tank is all the anti-theft protection you need. Really, does anyone steal BMW motorcycles?
At least they don't leak lubricants all over your garage like Brit bikes...
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