Thieves have many ways to steal your bike: First of all, if you didn't lock your parked vehicle, they can just load it in a van and drive off.
A few weeks before this was written, a friend of ours parks a new Honda sportbike in front of his bank's busy automatic teller machines, walks in, makes a deposit and, when he comes out a few minutes later, the Honda is gone.
If you did secure it, there's quick solutions. For instance, popular kryptonite locks can be sprayed with CF-12 (air conditioner coolant) and then shattered with a hammer. Bolt cutters are also a common, successful ploy.
Right outside the Motorcycle Online office, roughly on the same date as the Honda was stolen, a Kawasaki ZX-7--and it's lock--were stolen in about two minutes.
If CF-12 or bolt cutters aren't available, would-be derelicts can just leverage your locks off.
Fast asleep one night, a different friend hears a high-pitched banging outside his window. "Sounds like someone hammering on the kryptonite lock running through the front brake rotors," he thinks. "Nah, just being paranoid." The sound recurs. So he peaks out the window, and sure enough, two yuppies are hammering away on the lock secured between a Suzuki GSXR600's front brake rotors.
Your options, it seems, are bleak. Get a gun? Maybe, but that's not for us--with little experience, pundits claim that we're about ten times as likely to shoot ourselves than anything else. How about a big, mean dog? Again, a bad idea--legally, you can't sick your not-so-friendly mutt on a thief (unless he threatens your physical safety, but you're still likely to be in trouble and the dog would be put down). And the whole violence thing isn't a good idea, most notably because the thief is probably better armed than you and more prepared for a skirmish, among other reasons:
A thief kneels beside a motorcycle, hotwiring the ignition. The owner, shod in steel-toed construction boots happens to be on his way home from a class, and walks up behind the thief, then kicks him right smack in the rear. The thief rolls away, obviously in pain. Later that day, the police show up at the owner's house, battery charge in hand--the thief's tailbone was cracked in the incident, and he wanted to press charges. "He was rolling around in the dirt when I got there," the owner lies. Luckily, the thief was already wanted, and the police believed the Fine Upstanding Citizen. (Who's more of a criminal here?)
So, basically, you've got the legal right to call 911 and wish the thief a nice day as he rides off on your pride and joy. But there is an alternative--a Pro Sport lock.
This massive, hardened steel "snake" lock measures six feet in length, which allows you to lock your motorcycle to a secure object and prevents thieves from leveraging the long lock apart (ever try to get a good pry-bar angle on a six foot chain?). The Pro Sport lock is roughly one inch in diameter, preventing most bolt cutters from spanning it, and steel is much more malleable than "kryptonite" locks, circumventing the freeze-and-shatter trick.
To lock the Pro Sport, you slide the smaller-diameter end of the snake, which has a lip around the end, into the large lock section, push the outstretched key/slider into the lock and turn the round key. The key then extracts (the key won't come out while the Pro Sport is unlocked), and you can walk away confident that your motorcycle--or at least the part you locked--will still be there when you return.
Where to get this stuff:
The Pro Sport lock is carried by White Bros dealers worldwide. Call White Bros at (714) 692-3404 to find the closest one -- if a dealer isn't nearby, they will sell you one from the main wharehouse.
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