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I'm taking the summer off work and I'm planning some quality time with me and my LT. After checking into some interesting destinations, I'm concerned that I may have to hold up in some neighborhoods that...shall we say...have a high crime rate. I don't want to come out of the motel and see that someone has loaded my ride in the back of a pickup or trailer.

What would you guys suggest is the best way to secure the LT? I have a disk brake lock, but that won't stop a group of guys from picking her up into a pick up or trailer.

And on a side note...has anyone taken the Cape May/Lewes ferry with a bike? Do I need to bring tie downs? Thanks.
 

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I'm taking the summer off work and I'm planning some quality time with me and my LT. After checking into some interesting destinations, I'm concerned that I may have to hold up in some neighborhoods that...shall we say...have a high crime rate. I don't want to come out of the motel and see that someone has loaded my ride in the back of a pickup or trailer.

What would you guys suggest is the best way to secure the LT? I have a disk brake lock, but that won't stop a group of guys from picking her up into a pick up or trailer.

And on a side note...has anyone taken the Cape May/Lewes ferry with a bike? Do I need to bring tie downs? Thanks.
I've never done any thing other than locking the bars/ignition. The chance of some one picking up an LT is slim to none...
 

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I've never done any thing other than locking the bars/ignition. The chance of some one picking up an LT is slim to none...
That's what I thought about my buddie's Soft Tail. He had a padlock on the forks while were overnighting in Poughkeepsie 10 years ago. We got up in the morning, his bike was gone. Cops said the MO is that several guys just heave 'em up into the bed of a pick up and drive off. Doesn't take any time at all.
 

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That's what I thought about my buddie's Soft Tail. He had a padlock on the forks while were overnighting in Poughkeepsie 10 years ago. We got up in the morning, his bike was gone. Cops said the MO is that several guys just heave 'em up into the bed of a pick up and drive off. Doesn't take any time at all.
Well you could always buy a 15-20' cable lock. I have one for the dirt bikes.

LoJack does M/C's now...

http://www.lojack.com/products-services/auto-security-system/lojack-for-motorcycles.cfm
 

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dlbushey said:
I'm taking the summer off work and I'm planning some quality time with me and my LT. After checking into some interesting destinations, I'm concerned that I may have to hold up in some neighborhoods that...shall we say...have a high crime rate. I don't want to come out of the motel and see that someone has loaded my ride in the back of a pickup or trailer.

What would you guys suggest is the best way to secure the LT? I have a disk brake lock, but that won't stop a group of guys from picking her up into a pick up or trailer.

And on a side note...has anyone taken the Cape May/Lewes ferry with a bike? Do I need to bring tie downs? Thanks.
Generally I just lock the handlebars. I've never had a problem with anyone trying to steal a bike (LT, or other).
Ironically, vandalism , in rural communities, has been more of a problem for me than theft , or problems in bigger cities. I figure if I insure why worry and if I worry why insure?
 

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You can carry a chain or cable and lock, but then you always have to find something to lock it to. Just running the chain through the wheels won't keep a gang of guys from just picking the bike up, although it won't roll too well once they get it into the truck. As Ted said, you usually need 15 or 20 feet to make it to something really immobile.

Alarms are good, although they only work if someone who cares hears it go off. I've been in places where people just ignore alarms 'cuz there's always one going off somewhere. But if you can park your bike right outside your hotel room, an alarm can work.

Here's a really cheap alternative:
http://www.targus.com/us/product_details.asp?sku=PA400U
They're made for laptop computers and such. just loop the cable through the front wheel. If the cable is cut or the device is moved more than a millimeter, a 95 db alarm goes off. This would be plenty loud inside a building, but outside, you need to be close by to hear it. Just make sure the wind or other disturbance isn't going to set it off.


Lo-jack. At least you stand a chance of getting the bike back, if the theives didn't locate the unit and toss it in the river by the time you discover your bike is missing.


Have you considered a rottweiller that loves to ride?
 

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Just get a Wheelchair accessible room and pop the mirrors off the LT and park her inside !

Last year on the way back from CCR we stayed in West Memphis, AR at a Ramada Inn that didn't exactly tickle my fancy, We wound up taking everything off the bike and even put the trailer in the room with us...

Put on the Full Cover and she was still there the next day...

Maybe you should adjust your plans if possible to wind up in a more suitable area..

If someone wants to steal your bike, Chances are they will figure a way out to do it...

An alarm sounds like the best bet, Especially if you park your bike right outside your room...

When it goes off, Come out shootin'..


Good Luck

John
 

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I use a plastic sheathed cable, get at home depot. I only take it when I have my trailer.
Then when I'm off and riding, the trailer is locked to a tree or other object, cable ran through the spokes in the wheels with lock tucked away up underneath. I overnighted inside once with trailer and bike,(remember why but not her name :) ) I ran the cable through both wheels on the bike and trailer, around a pole.
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I use a Squire SS65C padlock w/hardened chain if prudent for my anticipated itinerary. Have always found something to lock to. Made in England (squirelock.co.uk) and available in the US for something over half the cost in the UK (squireusacyclelocks.com). Heavy (20 lbs. w/6' chain), takes up 1/3 of a side case (RT), will withstand portable hydraulic cutters/torches and is as secure as you can get on the road when the bike is unattended and you can't be nearby. Do not ever lose the key (and don't ask). I ordered the lock/chain from Squire USA (a year ago) but had to order spare key blanks from England (local locksmiths couldn't find blanks in their catalogs).
 

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I'm just smart about where I park. Other than that, I don't worry about it.

From www.ncib.com:

1. California (9,110)
2. Florida (6,324)
3. Texas (5,755)
4. North Carolina (3,053)
5. Ohio (2,573)
6. Arizona (2,464)
7. New York (2,195)
8. Indiana (2,186)
9. Georgia (2,159)
10. Pennsylvania (2,021)

The complete list for 2005, as well as 2004, is available at www.nicb.org.

Nationally, 70,613 motorcycles were stolen in 2005 which is a slight decrease from the 71,108 stolen in 2004. This represents a loss of over $434 million to motorcycle owners and the insurance industry.


From the LoJack website:
Below are the top five stolen motorcycle makes:
1. Suzuki
2. Honda
3. Yamaha
4. Kawasaki
5. Harley-Davidson

Nobody seems to have information on numbers by brand.

The trend I notice is that if you worry about your bike getting stolen, it will happen. So don't worry about getting your BMW stolen.
 

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Who wants to steal an LT?

[/quote] I'm concerned that I may have to hold up in some neighborhoods that...shall we say...have a high crime rate. I don't want to come out of the motel and see that someone has loaded my ride in the back of a pickup or trailer.

What would you guys suggest is the best way to secure the LT? I have a disk brake lock, but that won't stop a group of guys from picking her up into a pick up or trailer. Thanks.[/QUOTE]

I used to carry a cable lock for the rear wheel, but I now leave it at home. No kid wants to steal one of our plastic BMW trucks. The might want the GPS or XM or pop open the cases to see what they might find. I just carry a shortie cover to cover the radio area. They want Harleys where you can strip chrome and sell it!! (or something that is easy to ride).

On this site I only recall one LT in NYC that had an attempt to pry the ignition switch out to jump it. I just lock the front fork and park behind the building away from passing traffic. Not to worry.
 

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Like some folks, I don't worry much about it. I think if I were travelin' solo and staying in a motel room and heard my alarm go off and there were 4 or 5 brawny guys pickin' ole Toad up to put in the back of a pickup, all I'm doin' is dialin' the phone! One thang that I do, however, assuming they were to find the spare key, or hot wire around the ignition switch, is leave ole Toad in reverse for the nite. No start in reverse. ;)


dlbushey said:
I'm taking the summer off work and I'm planning some quality time with me and my LT. After checking into some interesting destinations, I'm concerned that I may have to hold up in some neighborhoods that...shall we say...have a high crime rate. I don't want to come out of the motel and see that someone has loaded my ride in the back of a pickup or trailer.

What would you guys suggest is the best way to secure the LT? I have a disk brake lock, but that won't stop a group of guys from picking her up into a pick up or trailer.

And on a side note...has anyone taken the Cape May/Lewes ferry with a bike? Do I need to bring tie downs? Thanks.
 

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Don't know how to keep the Lt from being stolen. On the other other had if you want the insurance for a new LT put a Harley Davidson cover on your bike and I bet the crooks will the LT with out even taking the cover off. Boy will the be surprised :histerica
 

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One thang that I do, however, assuming they were to find the spare key, or hot wire around the ignition switch, is leave ole Toad in reverse for the nite. No start in reverse. ;)
Dick,
That IS a good idea; thanks for sharing that one!

Regards,
Curt
 

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I take an old scruffy bike cover with me. Looks like only scrap would be under it. I attatch it underneath with a pocket panic alarm. If you dont know what you are doing, it will go off and deafen you. No one has ever shown interest enough to set the alarm off yet!
 

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Wonder if I'll get a ticket for parking in Handicap zone?

Thanks for all the ideas guys.

About a year after my buddy's Soft tail was stolen, I had to ride from upstate New York to Lake Hurst NJ to take MSF IP. It was early April and raining, and I was on MY Soft tail with no weather protection. Long story short, when I stopped and got a room, I got a ground floor room and wheeled the bike inside with me.

I didn't think that was an option with the LT because of her girth, even with the mirrors off. But a wheelchair accessible room sounds like the ticket. With the mirrors off, she's only 36" wide, which I believe will fit through a wheelchair accessible door.
 

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dlbushey said:
....I don't want to come out of the motel and see that someone has loaded my ride in the back of a pickup or trailer.

What would you guys suggest is the best way to secure the LT? I have a disk brake lock, but that won't stop a group of guys from picking her up into a pick up or trailer.....
I assume that your LT does not have a factory Alarm installed. A motion alarm, factory or after market, would certainly deter someone from spending too much time to snatch an LT.

A long cable lock so that you could wrap it around a post, or the like, would definitely slow down the would be thieves that don't carry bolt cutters.

A lot of motels are very willing to let you park the bike right in front of their entry point. Don't be afraid to ask for permission to park in a high visibility spot. I haven't found a hotel or motel that wasn't very cooperative about that.

I keep my LT covered when on the road... a Geza. It shows enough of the bike that it is clearly not a Harley, but hides enough that people don't see the farkles and be tempted.

PS: I am much more concerned about the bike being "tipped" or having a farkle or two stolen than having the whole bike taken. It seems "young hoodlums" like to tip motorcycles for fun....kind of like "cow tipping". Hence the priority on parking in front of the lobby and in view of the staff.

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I had a Harley stolen from me in Phoenix back in 1974, it's a long story but I'll try to keep it short :) Two of us on Harley's were traveling from Michigan to California, Otis was relocating in LA, I was along for the ride, when we developed a problem, I called around and found a local shop (The Parts Bin) that would lend us the tools and sell the parts (front sprocket), we worked on the bike until dark, they invited us to camp in the back and "party" with them, I only had "one" beer, when I woke around noon the next day my head felt like I drank a twelve pack and my bike was gone.

Turns out, we had stumbled upon a "club" known as the "Dirty Dozen" they were "offended" that I was traveling with a black biker and wanted to teach me "a lesson", they did,
don't ever trust someone that calls you "brother"

After that I never let my Harley(s) out of my sight and developed habits I still use today,
at restaurants, park where you can "see" the bike and "request" to be seated accordingly.
Ride a "loop" around the motel if it is at all questionable, (see what the back looks like)
accept only ground floor rooms that you can park in front of and if possible open the window a crack.
With the LT I only use the fork lock and alarm set, the "Sig" under my pillow.
A lot of it is "gut" instinct" if I don't feel comfortable I won't stay,
because I know I won't get any sleep anyway.
 

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Dick said:
One thang that I do, however, assuming they were to find the spare key, or hot wire around the ignition switch, is leave ole Toad in reverse for the nite. No start in reverse. ;)
Oooh, I'll have to try this on the LT. The GL1800 has a switch to engage reverse as opposed to the lever on the LT and GL1500. On the new Wing, without the key on, there was NO way to disengage reverse, and when it was engaged and the engine off, the bike does NOT roll.

This is better than leaving it in gear since you can usually get the bike in neutral with the engine off.
 

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With many Hotels having inside room access, I have parked my LT under the covered entrance at the lobby. There is usually cameras and a desk clerk all night. Haven't lost a nights sleep yet and the "Beerburner" is always there in the am. I have checked out and start loading the bike to have someone waiting for me to ask about the LT.
 
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