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post #11 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-17-2011, 07:28 AM
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Hagatha in USA they retail for $13k or so. The same bike here in OZ retails for $23k which given the current exchange rate should really be around $12.5k for us but that's the price we pay for living in god's country (and a population of only 25 million people)
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post #12 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-17-2011, 09:27 AM
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Can I summarise my attitude to this?
Clearly if your bike is parked at home it's best in your locked/alarmed garage.
If your bike is parked up away from home for short periods then you are best served by parking in general view of people and not out of sight in an alley and use either a disc lock (preferably the alarm type) or a padlock for the Thunderbird steering (not that fragile thing that they call a steering lock). In this situation you ideally need a locking device which is easy to carry which is where a big U lock or chain is inconvenient to carry unless you have panniers, not to mention potential scratches on your wheel alloy.
If your bike is parked up away from home and it's going to be left for long periods, say all day, and you use the same parking location often/every day, resign yourself that one day it will be gone.
Of course, determined thieves will get your bike whatever you use and stopping that is difficult. But what you need is a lock to deter the opportunist which is easy to carry and use so that you will use it.
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post #13 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-17-2011, 10:53 AM
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Try this
http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64457

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post #14 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-17-2011, 04:56 PM
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If someone really wants your bike, they are going to get it. Around here, this is how its done: A team of guys steal a pickup truck, throw a mattress in the back, ride up beside your motorcycle, huck it into the truck bed .... and that's that. They go around town rinsing and repeating for a night and then disappear.

That being said, an alarm and a cable through the frame secured by an Israeli made Multi-Lock is about the best option in my opinion. You can key the padlock to match your home and garage key (no need for extra keys). I've used that system for many years - the locks cost roughly the same as a regular top of the line lock from Home Depot, but they are much better.

http://www.mul-t-lock.com/73.html

And then - get theft insurance on your bike, so if someone steals it, well ... its brand new Thunderbird time!

What if there were no hypothetical questions?
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post #15 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-18-2011, 11:23 AM
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Blindaussie, apologies... I did not see where you are from...

And I would debate the "Gods Country"...

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I'm sure the shrink-wrap would not work well on hot exaust....lol

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post #17 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-18-2011, 01:10 PM
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Around here guys take an enclosed trailer like an old horse trailer - modifiy it so it has no floor, and hinges in the front - then they can just lift the back, roll right over your bike, hide it from view and a team of guys lift it on slings and they drive away. Anyone found a way of Lo-jacking your bike? The challenge would be to hide the transponder where the thieves wouldn't think to look for it.

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At home I use a Xena alarmed disc lock + a padlock on the steering as well as a 3/4 inch cable lock thru the rear wheel/belt drive. All in a locked shed
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At home base, protection is provided courtesy of 10 rather large dogs and Mr. Beretta and one locked work shed. On the road, it is a bit more difficult. :-) The dogs won't all fit on the bike, especially the 155 pound one.
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At home base, protection is provided courtesy of 10 rather large dogs and Mr. Beretta and one locked work shed. On the road, it is a bit more difficult. :-) The dogs won't all fit on the bike, especially the 155 pound one.
ahh, but is Mr Beretta always a pillion
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