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Old 02-13-2006, 06:44 AM   #11
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LOL Cause I'm an idiot and gullible... April 1 is the most miserable day for me... Little did I know Buz and longride would use the battery thing in some 20 posts...I need to give them another bone
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Old 02-13-2006, 06:52 AM   #12
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My bikes are both Japanese and really are not worth anything, so I don't ever bother to lock them even when I travel. I figure the only folks I have to worry about are the joy riders, and therefore, I take the key out of the ignition.
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:02 AM   #13
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"Who would steal a 91 GSX1100G or an '84 Magna 700?



Somebody that has a very heavy door they need to keep open?



Possible someone has a large yacht they need to keep in one place in the ocean?
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:03 AM   #14
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Hell, leave the key in. They'll bring it back.
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:04 AM   #15
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Your bike has been in the garage so long it sneezed when it saw the sun last week.
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:17 AM   #16
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I learned years ago in Philly that the best way to keep paws off my old Ford Mustang (stolen and recovered in Camden NJ - my favorite town) was a combination of several low tech devices.



When I park my Harley in places where it could be nicked I use the following; a Brinks pad lock (~$12 from a hardware store), which goes through the front disk brake, a cheap bicycle U-lock (~$12 also from the hardware store), which goes through the rear wheel. Then I shut off the kill switch and gas tap.



The idea behind all this is that the would be casual thief finds more things he has to deal with as he gets closer to the bike and, hopefully, finds it too much to mess with.



In Philly the professional thieves, just pulled a flatbed pickup next to your car, put a chain around the frame or axle and hauled it up onto the bed. They could pull a car out of a line of them against the curb without touching the other cars.



Same with bikes , except that 3 or 4 gorillas would just pick it up and throw into the back of a truck and be off in about 1 minutes time.



Or...just ride an old Suzuki Madura - the ugliest bike in the world!
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:36 AM   #17
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Just make certain (particularly with disk locks) that while you're getting used to incorporating locking and unlocking the bike into your routine that you always remember to remove the lock before your hand touches the throttle. A younger (and less patient) version of me once ripped a front disk brake clean off by forgetting about the brand new disk lock he had just installed... if that's not stupid enough for you... I then drove the bike some 50 odd miles to my mechanic with only the back brake working *ahem*.
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Old 02-13-2006, 08:26 AM   #18
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Ditto on similar experience! Have taken to tying an extra bandana around handlebars as a reminder.
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Old 02-13-2006, 08:29 AM   #19
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Ditto on similar experience! Have taken to tying an extra bandana around handlebars as a reminder.
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Old 02-13-2006, 08:30 AM   #20
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That, or if it was my 750 Shadow, they may not have the patience to wait the full 7.5 seconds to get to 60 mph and pull over 100 feet from where I parked it.
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