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Old 10-05-2012, 01:57 PM   #1
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How to lock the Navigator IV

Just installed the Nav IV and noticed how easy it would be to pop it off and make a mad dash to the Pawn Shop... Other than spending another $180 for the Touratech Locking version or removing it everytime I am away from the bike are there any penny tech ideas out there and or a link to another thread?



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Old 10-05-2012, 02:02 PM   #2
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just take it with you in situations where you are unsure. As you said it only takes a moment to pop it on or off. also bear in mind that locks will only stop the honest theives, and in order for someone to walk up and grab it they would likely have to know what they were doing. The average joe would probably need a moment to figure it out.

If im leaving my bike for more then a a couple mins i pop it off and throw it in a saddle bag.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:06 PM   #3
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just take it with you in situations where you are unsure. As you said it only takes a moment to pop it on or off. also bear in mind that locks will only stop the honest theives, and in order for someone to walk up and grab it they would likely have to know what they were doing. The average joe would probably need a moment to figure it out.

If im leaving my bike for more then a a couple mins i pop it off and throw it in a saddle bag.
Hey thanks, thats my go to right now, and I'm also using a short silicone coated twisted #6 wire with loops to lock the helmet when out for a walk or shopping, and was looking for something similar, I even thought of cutting the unmount tab flush and then using a bent tool to push it in when I want to unmount from the cradle. Sort of hide the button it if you will... Still any and all ideas are appreciated.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:08 PM   #4
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Do like AMERICAN EXPRESS...

Never leave home, I mean your bike, without it!
Penny tech cost: $0,00

Leave it and guaranteed you'll lose it eventually.
Penny tech cost, if you don't :$700+

Worse part...can you even READ MAPS anymore?
More importantly...do you HAVE any maps that you carry with you?
You DO know what MAPS are? Right?

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Old 10-05-2012, 03:17 PM   #5
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Never leave home, I mean your bike, without it!

Leave it and guaranteed you'll lose it eventually.

Worse part...can you even READ MAPS anymore?
Believe it or not, I was just off the ferry in Mazatlan and stop in for dinner, took my Michelin Road Map book with me and walked off and left it... 2 months later, guess what shows up in my mail box at home!!! GPS's are great but you still need back-up!

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Old 10-05-2012, 03:40 PM   #6
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How to lock the Navigator IV

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Hey thanks, thats my go to right now, and I'm also using a short silicone coated twisted #6 wire with loops to lock the helmet when out for a walk or shopping, and was looking for something similar, I even thought of cutting the unmount tab flush and then using a bent tool to push it in when I want to unmount from the cradle. Sort of hide the button it if you will... Still any and all ideas are appreciated.


George, pop that sucker off and stick it in you pocket or put it in a pannier. I had a zumo 550 on my bike with a very nice locking mount and, while having lunch at a fast food joint, someone used a sharp object to scratch the screen all to hell.

Mike

PS: Take your helmet with you, too.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:49 PM   #7
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[QUOTE=BigShow;19756684]Hey thanks, thats my go to right now, and I'm also using a short silicone coated twisted #6 wire with loops to lock the helmet when out for a walk or shopping, and was looking for something similar, QUOTE]

I use one of these to lock the helmet when I don't have room in the saddlebags:

http://www.jensonusa.com/!3bqgHh7jo6...FcxAMgodLEYAmw

I loop it through the passenger grab handles on either the GSA or RT and around the chin bar of a full face helmet.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:52 PM   #8
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In case there's 1 HONEST person left...

Yes have the SAME sticker on the OUTSIDE of my panniers...in case they take an 'unauthorized walkabout'.

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Old 10-05-2012, 05:07 PM   #9
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Worse part...can you even READ MAPS anymore?
More importantly...do you HAVE any maps that you carry with you?
You DO know what MAPS are? Right?[/QUOTE]

MAP: Mass Air Pressure???
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:39 PM   #10
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I use a ziptie

If I am out on the road and going into a fast food place or gas station where I can watch the bike, I use a small zip tie around the cradle button pulled tight and cut off short. Can't push the button in, and keeps you from brushing the button by accident. Takes a really small pair of side cutters to clip it off. Keeps the honest people honest. If I am going to be out of sight for any length of time I take it with me.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:42 PM   #11
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Buddy had the Touratech locking mount on his Zumo 660. He litterally stopped at truck stop, kick stand down, went to the bathroom. And came right back. It was gone that fast. Looking how they stole it, it they just bent two of the flanges and it was theirs. Anytime I can't see my bike, the Zumo goes with me.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:57 PM   #12
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Zip ties sounds like a quick fix, but...

Sounds more and more like I need to just take it with... At the least I can maybe put a zip tie around the entire body and cradle for back roads so it won't rattle itself loose. The cradle just makes me nervous, it seems to pop off pretty quick when you push the release....

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Old 10-05-2012, 06:30 PM   #13
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Wow, I park in all the major bay area cities all the time for 8 hours + at a time, and have parked in several states with my 550 in the stock cradle with the goofy screw. Never taken in off... in fact in all the years i've been riding, I only had a bike messed with once. A guy siphoned gas out in downtown sf.

Guess I've been lucky.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:36 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by LaurelPerryOnLand View Post
Never leave home, I mean your bike, without it!
Penny tech cost: $0,00

Leave it and guaranteed you'll lose it eventually.
Penny tech cost, if you don't :$700+

Worse part...can you even READ MAPS anymore?
More importantly...do you HAVE any maps that you carry with you?
You DO know what MAPS are? Right?
When in the US Navy and working on Lake Boats on the Great Lakes, we never used maps. We used charts that told us where it was safe to navigate. Of course, we also had RADAR and were tooling along at the ridiculous speed of 20 Knots...plenty of time to make a decision as to which way to wiggle the tiller. On board a motorcycle at 80MPG with traffic 3 feet away from you likely about to kill you while the cage driver is texting, you need GPS with turn-by-turn voice to guide you safely on your way. Looking at a map is like fitting a carburetor and a carbide headlamp to your motorcycle. I haven't consulted a map for 12 years.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:41 PM   #15
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BTW, here in Alabama, the dumb ass thief wouldn't steal the GPS, he'd take the bike and throw the GPS away when he couldn't figure out how to make a phone call on it. Here in Dixie, if it isn't a pickup truck or a piece of construction equipment, it doesn't get stolen.
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