Re: Do you leave key in ignition?
Back in 2008 I had my FJR1300 parked in my locked garage, key in the ignition. I went to the garage on a warm July morning to find the overhead door open, the backed door jimmied, my 1968 R50/2 on its side and the FJR conspicuously absent. To top it off.....no theft insurance.
Well it seems that the perps had pushed the FJR to the street (about 100 feet), started it, dropped it 100 yards down the road (too much for the morons to handle I guess) leaving behind a few pieces of plastic, and disappeared. This all apparently occurred while I slept in my 2nd floor bedroom.
The bright side is that three months later, in October, a fisherman walking to a pond about 2 miles from my house noticed a shiny object off in the woods. Turned out to be an FJR mirror.........connected to an FJR! After the police notification I arrived with my spare key, righted the beast, checked the oil level, fired it up, and rode it home. They had done some minor fairing damage, and stolen both saddlebags and the tank bag but all else was well! I sold it a short time later and the friend I sold it too is still riding it. I now remove the keys, lock the steering and set the alarm on my 14 R1200RT when ever I leave it behind.
Moral....... take the key!
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”