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Old 04-25-2013, 11:34 AM   #17101
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So I've had a new (to me) bike for barely over a week, parked in front of my building in south Brooklyn, and already someone stole the license plate. Damnit, WTF is it with people out here .
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:44 AM   #17102
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So I've had a new (to me) bike for barely over a week, parked in front of my building in south Brooklyn, and already someone stole the license plate. Damnit, WTF is it with people out here .


Do you cover your bike?

Maybe time to move it to a different spot. People are watching it.
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:52 AM   #17103
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Maybe time to move it to a different spot.
So other people can watch it?
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:56 AM   #17104
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I forgot to tell ya, I was the one who scratched your face shield. Sorry bout that. Oh and I sneezed in it too.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:56 PM   #17105
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I forgot to tell ya, I was the one who scratched your face shield. Sorry bout that. Oh and I sneezed in it too.
Well, I guess that makes up for when I stuck my finger up my ass then smeared fecal matter on your cigarette filters, and wiped the remnants onto your helmet's chin guard.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:18 PM   #17106
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Well, I guess that makes up for when I stuck my finger up my ass then smeared fecal matter on your cigarette filters, and wiped the remnants onto your helmet's chin guard.
good god man, TMI.

anyway, anyone here own a ninja 250? my attempt to figure out my no spark issue points to a CDI box. Easiest test is to use a known good one so here i am. can supply beer, love advice and back scratches.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:40 PM   #17107
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Do you cover your bike?

Maybe time to move it to a different spot. People are watching it.
I don't normally cover it. But that would be illegal, wouldn't it? Unless the plate is showing.... but then we're back to where we started.

It's in front of my building; where am I gonna move it, a block away? I don't see how that would make a difference. I asked my super about the available spot in my building garage, but was told that he doesn't think motorcycles are allowed in it. Ridiculous, but an unfortunate reality.

And frankly, beside the inconvenience of being effectively grounded until I can get a new plate, which includes waiting for the police report to take its sweet time being entered into the system, the frustrating thing about all this is that the guy who really needed that plate is going to run from the cops next time he's getting pulled over. Then, people like me end up being left to wonder why they're being pulled over in an overly aggressive manner and being treated like scumbags by the highway patrol.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:51 PM   #17108
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A rider I run into every now and then had his plate stolen. He submitted a copy of the police report with the various tickets he received and hasn't heard anything back about fines. That usually means they're dismissed.

Get yourself a small lock or two to secure the plate. That'll deter the casual thief, or the ones with a wrench in their pocket. But, if someone really wants your plate, they'll get it. And covering your bike isn't illegal, but pulling the plate basically makes your bike an abandoned vehicle.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:56 PM   #17109
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If you live in or near Astoria, I recommend Rapid Performance, 23-73 48th St (just off Astoria Blvd/BQE), for tires and inspection. They are primarily oriented towards performance work. It's two guys, Jimmy & Greg, and the shop cat Jack.

Also, when I got my new tire put on there today ($75+tax) Jimmy/Greg (can't remember which one) told me that their neighbor has a '07 R1200GS with 600mi on the clock that he doesn't ride. It's one of those "why did I buy this?" bikes. He's asking $10,000.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:17 PM   #17110
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So I've had a new (to me) bike for barely over a week, parked in front of my building in south Brooklyn, and already someone stole the license plate. Damnit, WTF is it with people out here .
Been there, done that.

1. You can make a cardboard-magic-marker plate if you're brave and can talk nice to cops just in case. "Plate Stolen New York ABC123" Keep the police report of the stolen plate on you.
2. Covering a bike is technically a violation but I have never heard of anyone getting ticketed for it. If an agent lifts your cover to write you a ticket, they've solved the problem, haven't they?
3. I had 2 plates stolen and finally solved it by rummaging through the bin of the oddest hardware I could find. Torx-pin, Robertson, pin drive, whatever, in weird sizes. Even anything that requires a hand tool is better than someone working the wing nuts off with their fingers.

Good luck.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:45 PM   #17111
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:51 PM   #17112
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And covering your bike isn't illegal, but pulling the plate basically makes your bike an abandoned vehicle.

Covering your bike isn't illegal but covering your plate is illegal. Some covers have clear panels for plates.
Can't blame the traffic cops for giving you a ticket if they have to move your dirty, dog pissed upon cover.

As the weather starts warming up, plate stealing season begins. The idea for using unusual hardware is a good one.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:47 AM   #17113
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Guess if you're really running into license plate issues, you can do a few things..

I've seen them attached with padlocks, for instance. The little gold ones that people use at the gym. Sure, it rattles around, but it will hold the plate.

Another option I thought might do would be to rivet it?
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:09 AM   #17114
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Damn... there really are no new ideas....

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Old 04-26-2013, 08:14 AM   #17115
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They sell a wheel lock style license plate nut kit with its own key stick at any pep boys, autozone etc... for like $3, I have never had an issue with my plate because of it, well worth it IMO
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