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Old 05-14-2015, 08:46 AM   #1
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Yukon thieves steal round the world motorcycle

Bostjan Skrlj has travelled around the world on his motorcycle, only to have it stolen during a stay in Whitehorse.



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Old 05-14-2015, 10:12 AM   #2
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Passed thru 41 countries... black eye for Whitehorse.

Never been there, but I wouldn't think a bike like that should be too hard to find.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:22 AM   #3
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Thanks for the heads up

I'll be traveling thru Whitehorse next month on my way to the D2D in Dawson. I'll be there long enough to have lunch with a friend. I'll keep both eyes open looking for your GS and looking out for mine.
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Old 05-14-2015, 11:42 AM   #4
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I've talked to a few world travellers and most will say North America is the most sketchy place to travel...
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:58 PM   #5
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How the hell can a GS1200adv go unnoticed like that in that region?
Let me tell you how.
1: police don't give a shit.
2: 10$ that bike is located in a region where police (RCMP) have no access/ authority.
ex: Indian /first nations reserve.
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Old 05-15-2015, 12:16 PM   #6
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Anyone going to D2D in Dawson? A stolen GS could blend in. Or not...

Keep an eye out, eh.
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Old 05-15-2015, 03:11 PM   #7
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While traveling through Canada last summer, Whitehorse was the only location where I double locked my bike and parked it directly in front of my tent.

My traveling partner and I commented at the time on the types of people that certain parts of WH attracted. They didn't appear to be locals, more like dirtbags passing through.

Who knows who the real thieves are--professional bike thieves or scumbag transients--that'll be seen, hopefully. I'm just commenting on some of the folks I had the displeasure of camping next to while staying the evening.

I sure hope he has his bike returned ASAP and the responsible parties brought to justice.
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Old 05-15-2015, 04:55 PM   #8
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I've tried telling people this for awhile, thieves steal what they can sell, or sell parts of. When adv bikes were rare and sport bikes were plentiful we were bypassed and sport bikes targeted. There has been a huge shift in the amount of market share that adv bikes command. More of our bikes out there, more of them will be stolen.

YT has a huge population boom in the summer months. A massive transient population will lead to more theft, and other issues.

In other countries they have fashione cranes in the bed of pickups. All they do is roll up next to the bike, put a strap on it and hoist it into the bed of the truck. No messing with the ignition or the locks (unless it's locked to something).

I hope the bike is found quickly and in one piece. It truly would be like the loss of a good friend at that point
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:41 PM   #9
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I don't like leaving my boring/average car alone in Whitehorse. Just being parked on the street while I'm at work it has been assaulted and damaged. Would never leave a unique & special bike in a driveway, especially in Porter Creek. There were numerous thefts in that area throughout the past year, including numerous car arsons. Whitehorse has some issues. Mostly bored youth, IMHO.

That's why we live in the bush 60 km from Whrs, with a GPS coordinate for an address. Prefer dealing with bears, elk, lynx, bison, hares, wolves, coyotes and fox. They're predictable and want nothing to do with machinery or technology.
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Old 05-15-2015, 09:12 PM   #10
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It is very disappointing as a Canadian, so see something like this happen, especially to a foreigner who has put so much energy in his world travels.

It is also disappointing to see a fellow Canadian in a post above to vent in a racist manner.
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Old 05-15-2015, 09:27 PM   #11
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Sucks Shit when this happens . I Too had my bike stolen in surrey BC Canada. I hope the RCMP up there aren't like down here where they don't bother looking for it. Really Hope It turns up . AT least with this there is some News coverage which should lead to someone whom knows something speaking up. I remember a couple of years ago out east the same thing happening to someone from Japan and they found it within 2 weeks locked up at someone house.
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Old 05-16-2015, 03:39 AM   #12
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That sucks. I followed the link to the news story, which also provided a link to his blog. It hasn't been updated much, but has a nice writeup of his trip to Deadhorse in the winter. Hope he gets it back really quick so he can continue his journey.
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Old 05-16-2015, 04:05 AM   #13
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Please keep the generalizations as to the ethnicity of the thieves to yourself. Some inmates take offence to it and report it.

Let's see, this bike cannot be started without the chipped key. The ECU is looking for matching code from the EWS ring antenna around the keyhole. Once the thieves realize this, will they try to part it out? I doubt there's a market for BMW parts in Whitehorse.

If anyone on here is a Whitehorse local, maybe contact the CBC reporter in the above link and tell them a group of fellow riders are putting up a reward for tips leading to the location of the bike, it might encourage the thieves to abandon it and call in a tip to get the reward. I'll throw in a $100 towards the reward. (yes, I know it might encourage more thefts but we're trying to help a fellow traveler who's a long way from home.)
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Old 05-16-2015, 06:51 AM   #14
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GB I like your style, enough bitching about the problem, focus on the solution. I'm in for $100
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Old 05-16-2015, 07:07 AM   #15
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GB I like your style, enough bitching about the problem, focus on the solution. I'm in for $100
Yup, lets get this guy going, I am in also.
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