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post #1 of 12 Old Jun 9th, 2009, 10:44 am Thread Starter
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Long Trip? What about bike security?

When you go on a long trip, how do you protect your bike from thieves? If you stay at a motel do you have and extra lock or chain, or do you use Lojack or some kind of warning device?

What works enough to make you sleep peacefully at night knowing your bike is safe?

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I remove GPS, Sat radio, & Radar Dect. Then cover the bike & set the alarm. Next say Nighty Night & go to bed.

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Re: Long Trip? What about bike security?

Same here, just remove the gps and go to bed. I've been lucky. I try to park under the light and sometimes the clerk lets me park up front in their view. Also, I stay away from the seedy parks of town.
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Re: Long Trip? What about bike security?

The last two posts say it all. I follow all those suggestions and have had no problems on numerous trips. Stay out of harm's way (bad looking areas), make it somewhat more difficult (locks, covers, alarms, take grabbable stuff like GPS) and you increase your odds of a problem free trip significantly.

Also, like cars, some models, brands are more desirable to theives. I suspect BMWs are way down that list.

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your kidding right?

With 123+k on my 02 LTC and near 60k miles on my 06 K12S, I put them in the middle of the parking lot and leave the keys so there easy to find!

ok ok, just kidding about the keys...but not the bike!
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Re: Long Trip? What about bike security?

I also read somewhere that BMW's are way down on the list of bikes getting stolen. Don't know why, but good for us. What kind of sound alarm do you use?

I've read in several places that the most stolen motorcycles are Japanese sports bikes. I guess they are light enough to just pick up and throw into a truck or van.

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Many times when we know where we will be the next night, we call ahead for reservations. When we call we ask to speak to the manager. We explain that we are on a BMW motorcycle, and ask if we can park within sight of the front desk, knowing it will be manned 24/7. The entrance is usually under cover & well lit. If they say we can't we tell them we will stay elsewhere. They usually relent, especially when they see how good the bike looks, & hear how quiet it is.
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I also read somewhere that BMW's are way down on the list of bikes getting stolen. Don't know why, but good for us. What kind of sound alarm do you use?

I've read in several places that the most stolen motorcycles are Japanese sports bikes. I guess they are light enough to just pick up and throw into a truck or van.
EXACTLY!

But seriously it's true. When I was in Auto Theft, sport bikes were stolen from within parking decks a lot. Victims would were marveled that "That nice big Harley I was parked next to is worth more and wasn't touched!" No one beleived me when I'd explain that 2 guys can pick your GSXR up and put it in a truck and sell your plastic but there's no way they're lifting that Ultra Classic up by themselves and carrying it anywhere.

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I use alarm integrated disklock (Xena)

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When you go on a long trip, how do you protect your bike from thieves? If you stay at a motel do you have and extra lock or chain, or do you use Lojack or some kind of warning device?

What works enough to make you sleep peacefully at night knowing your bike is safe?

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Re: Long Trip? What about bike security?

I park it and don't worry about it. Its an LT. The average knucklehead trying to steal stuff won't be able to figure out how to open anything, let alone try to start it or steal it.

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Re: Long Trip? What about bike security?

I am on night three of a five day business trip in San Francisco. My LT is parked a couple of blocks away in a parking garage. It is on it's center stand with the bars locked to the left and in site of the 24/7 manned booth. Other than that I figure is somebody gets on and rocks it off the center stand it is going straight to the ground hopefully trapping the SOB. Honestly, I lock it and don't worry. It's a bike, a great one, but still a bike.

I drive a Jeep Wrangler when not on the LT and I have had everything not bolted down stolen out of it. Now everything left is bolted down. Just be aware of the area you park in and don't worry.

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Re: Long Trip? What about bike security?

I just cover it up and lock it. Except in Gallup, NM. There I left the key in the ignition and didn't realize it until the next morning when I couldn't find my key!!!


I guess it is kind of like Mac's and viruses. Not a big market for stolen parts.

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