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I came back from a weekend camp on sunday evening. Took my camping gear off the bike but left some gear in the left side pannier. Went to get it on Monday morning because my hikers were inside with my orthotics (much foot pain otherwise). The pannier was missing! The bottom latch was locked but flicked up, like I'd locked it but not properly engaged it.

I know I didn't drop it off so can only conclude it was stolen. I also have to think it was targeted because it was the only thing taken. The bike and car are behind a roller door. My back shed was open, car unlocked, even had a suitcase outside with some kit in it and to get the pannier off of course you have to release the bottom latch.

So on the off chance that some guy in Adelaide has just picked up a silver left hand 04 pannier, please return my shoes and orthotics. :mad:
 

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That sucks mate!
Just about to go on a trip myself, might consider adding a chain or cable from each pannier to the subframe now...
Use orthotics too, but to help my spine, so know how much i would miss them too!

Good luck getting it back!
 

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Check auction sites like EBay to see if your bag is up for sale. Also contact local Triumph dealers who may have a customer who needed a left side bag. Make out a police report to legally establish your loss in case the bag is found.
 

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So on the off chance that some guy in Adelaide has just picked up a silver left hand 04 pannier, please return my shoes and orthotics. :mad:
Since nothing else went missing, it appears that someone specifically targeted your pannier , possibly for use on his / her own Sprint. Have you seen any Sprint's in the neighborhood recently without panniers ?

Many years ago, I found my MG with one tailight missing when leaving the house in the morning. I reckon it was targeted by someone local as I had just washed the car the night before and if it were missing at that time, I'd have easily noticed it. I hadn't driven it after washing it so it couldn't have simply fallen off.

Though not nearly as expensive as your pannier, I've never forgotten about it and became much more aware than before.

Sorry for your loss :(

Tom
 

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Thanks for the condolences. Appreciate it :)

JohnD, I wasn't going to bother reporting but I think I will now. Never know what will turn up and one of our panniers is a bit specialised. When I add it up, pannier, orthotics, new shoes and tripod it's close to a $1000 replacement. Adds up bloody quick!

Forgive, forgive, forgive "I will not be a victim" "I will not let the bad guy be a centre in my universe". Okay, over that - now can I kick him in the nuts?
 

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Forgive, forgive, forgive "I will not be a victim" "I will not let the bad guy be a centre in my universe". Okay, over that - now can I kick him in the nuts?[/QUOTE]

Thats some mean hearted prick to do that.....but your right, don't be the victim.....karma will surley get em!! I have some contacts with 3M and I hear they are developing a track and trace tape/sticker that will allow you to locate anything tagged...if/when I find out more I'll post the details. It won't get this stuff back but could help in the future. Stay tuned.
 

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I expect someone has a damaged pannier they want replacing.

cheers
Dave
What are the odds? Let's face it our Sprints are not an everyday occurance, they are few and far between which suits me fine.
I do hope it turns up somehow some where.
 

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That sucks.

What color is your bike? I have a spare set of Red side cases for that generation Sprint. Some scuff marks, but in good shape. PM me if interested. I'll be putting them on Craigslist soon along with my 2001 Sprint.
 

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Sorry man!

Just BLINK and stuff gets stolen over here -- even if it were locked down, bolted into the ground and guarded by 10,000 vicious German Shepherds!



 

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AFAIK, South Africa is the only country ever to market a flamethrower-based theft deterrent system for cars! :eek:

Cheers,
-Kit
 

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AFAIK, South Africa is the only country ever to market a flamethrower-based theft deterrent system for cars! :eek:Cheers, -Kit
You have an extremely good memory. It was advertised way back in 1998! Designed by South African inventor Charl Fourie the 'Blaster' was a flamethrower that was installed on the door panels of cars to help prevent carjacking.

Every day we hear of extreme cases of car-jacking, so-much-so we barely even take notice any more -- until it happens to us -- which in all probability IT WILL sooner, rather than later!



Here is the link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/232777.stm

 

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That could come in handy on the bike!
 

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Some interesting ideas. I would be very happy having a flamethrower on my bike/car. I think it would go well with the forward facing surface to surface missiles (little ones only) and the rear oil slick dispenser. I'm thinking about fitting an ejector seat to the Sprint; an option not yet offered by Triumph but indispensable IMHO. :D
 

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I propose the simpler "Kalashnikov" solution . Failing that, purchase a set of less expensive top loading
Givi E21's to replace the OEM panniers.

 
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