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Feb 15th 2018, 08:26 AM   #1
 route246wraith's Avatar
 
  Jan 2018
  near the Socialist Republic of Seattle

  '13 BMW S1000RR
Paranoid?

I wonder if it is just me? When I see a van or any vehicle that I can eyeball-measure and determine that a bike could fit, I get a tinge of nervousness. I rode into work today; parked the bike fitted the disk lock and then saw a Microsoft catering van with two men in the front seat pass across my bow. The passenger in the van was eye-ing the bike.
After seeing countless YouTube security-cam videos of bikes being abducted, I understand that the world is not as safe as we hope it to be, and I don't think complacency or ignorance will make the reality go away. ...or am I a wee bit too nervous about the new (to me) bike...?
Fully insured, yes, but no one wants to go through the ordeal.
Feb 15th 2018, 08:32 AM   #2
 SilvieFox's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
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Originally Posted by route246wraith
I wonder if it is just me? When I see a van or any vehicle that I can eyeball-measure and determine that a bike could fit, I get a tinge of nervousness. I rode into work today; parked the bike fitted the disk lock and then saw a Microsoft catering van with two men in the front seat pass across my bow. The passenger in the van was eye-ing the bike.
After seeing countless YouTube security-cam videos of bikes being abducted, I understand that the world is not as safe as we hope it to be, and I don't think complacency or ignorance will make the reality go away. ...or am I a wee bit too nervous about the new (to me) bike...?
Fully insured, yes, but no one wants to go through the ordeal.
no im the same way, when i lived in japan my secaII got stolen in a van in 5 seconds flat, so now my bikes all have a stupid load alarm (was only like $25) and its already prevented one of my bikes from getting stolen twice that i know of
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Feb 15th 2018, 08:43 AM   #3
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
i bought a bike that weights 650 lbs and has an electronics system that cannot be bypassed or disabled (#kipass). it sucks to live with, but there's no good reason to steal my bike because you won't be able to start it. ever.
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Feb 15th 2018, 08:49 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
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Originally Posted by Sentinel
i bought a bike that weights 650 lbs and has an electronics system that cannot be bypassed or disabled (#kipass). it sucks to live with, but there's no good reason to steal my bike because you won't be able to start it. ever.
can still be parted out....... tweekers have to have no real reason for the stupid crap that they do
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Feb 15th 2018, 09:01 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

  Aprilia Tuono 1100
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Originally Posted by Sentinel
i bought a bike that weights 650 lbs and has an electronics system that cannot be bypassed or disabled (#kipass). it sucks to live with, but there's no good reason to steal my bike because you won't be able to start it. ever.

Unfortunately, the dirtbags have figured out a work-around.


https://rideapart.com/articles/bike-thieves-bristol-uk
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Feb 15th 2018, 10:04 AM   #6
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  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
City living has it's drawbacks. I live in a rural area and forget to lock my shop with 3 bikes and expensive convertible plus $1000's in tools. But then the tweekers know I keep a loaded shotgun and will use it ( long story). No pro thieves cruising for easy pickings here. And it would be easy for them out here. Glad they stick to urban areas
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Feb 15th 2018, 10:26 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
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Originally Posted by Skiffman
City living has it's drawbacks. I live in a rural area and forget to lock my shop with 3 bikes and expensive convertible plus $1000's in tools. But then the tweekers know I keep a loaded shotgun and will use it ( long story). No pro thieves cruising for easy pickings here. And it would be easy for them out here. Glad they stick to urban areas
ya same here , when i lived in portland had someone try to steal a tool chest off my porch with me 5 feet away, moved up the mountain and i leave 4 bikes out front of my garage with keys in the ignition and can be on the other side of the house with no worries even with a house of tweekers a couple houses down (also know that my house is full of guns and a large dog and always someone here ) and also when i was in portland day one that i moved in i had my security camera system up and ive been here for over a year now and still haven't got it set back up
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Feb 15th 2018, 11:28 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
paranoia big destroyer...

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Feb 15th 2018, 02:30 PM   #9
 
  Mar 2016
  Columbia River Gorge

  Ninja 1000
Theft drives me crazy, but it is less about the loss of stuff than the sense of invasion of privacy- And the lack of respect- And the greed/selfishness- And whatever else it is that drives people to steal other's stuff.

But, I don't "love" my bike or any other thing. Stuff is stuff- and my bike is one more piece of stuff. Some douche decides to steal my bike, I same F' him. Not because he took that thing, but because he is a douche.

Mine is in the garage, key in ignition. Have at it. I will not shed a tear for that big, beautiful, bad-ass mo-fo of a Kawi. But I will make a claim, get an insurance check, and use it as a down payment for a new one. I won't miss a beat.
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Feb 15th 2018, 03:40 PM   #10
 Gremlin's Avatar
 
  May 2016
  The Socialist Republic of Seattle

  SV650 X 2
On the subject of motorcycle theft. My two SV650s are in a locked garage with disc brake locks on them with the keys in a separate part of the house. There also blocked by a Gremlin, the one made by American Motors. Also the owner has a tool called a Kimber .45 semi auto to protect himself, home, motorcycle and other private property.
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Feb 15th 2018, 03:41 PM   #11
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  Feb 2016
  Rent'n

  2002 Honda RC51, 2005 Honda RC51
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Originally Posted by Bugaboo
Mine is in the garage, key in ignition.
Me too.

However, a RC 51 may not be on the hot list of rides to steal.

Just like I use Windows Phone, wear off-brand sneakers, don't drive a Honda Civic, and listen to tapes on my Walkman. These are items that a thief do NOT deem "kewl" to steal.

OK, full disclosure..my Walkman was stolen in 1990 my first year in college :-(
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Feb 15th 2018, 03:46 PM   #12
 Chrishil54's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
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Originally Posted by Naza
Just like I use Windows Phone...
So you are the other person that's still using the Windows phone.

Glad to meet you!
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Feb 15th 2018, 04:20 PM   #13
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  Feb 2016
  Rent'n

  2002 Honda RC51, 2005 Honda RC51
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Originally Posted by Chrishil54
So you are the other person that's still using the Windows phone.

Glad to meet you!
Hey man, not to hijack the thread. But hell yeah! The best OS for phone and the most easiest to use. EBay is lousy with them and you can get em for $one-two hunny.

There is such an underground support that, for example, Phillips does not have an "in house" Win Phone app for the Hue smart bulbs (I have 13 in the house), but the Windows Phone community developed app is light years better than the native one installed on my wife's Android. I installed it ONCE and it is on my phone, laptop, and Xbox. I control my lights from anywhere (plus Alexa).

Again...sorry OP for the hijack, but seriously smh...there are solid products out there that just seem to not be cool or something not get really accepted.
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Feb 15th 2018, 04:29 PM   #14
 unicykle's Avatar
 
  Sep 2017
  milwaukie oregon

  gsxr600 gsxr750 gsxr1000 i like gsxrs
Even tho my bikes arnt on the desireable list i still worry, more about vandalism than theft. I havent had one stolen but a friend has and twice ive come out to some asshat sitting on my bike testing it out and somebody set a cigarette on my seat and burned a hole. I keep them in a shed thats tight for 1 bike and a trick getting them both in so it takes a fair ammount of time to get one out.
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Feb 15th 2018, 04:33 PM   #15
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
i bought a bike that weights 650 lbs and has an electronics system that cannot be bypassed or disabled (#kipass). it sucks to live with, but there's no good reason to steal my bike because you won't be able to start it. ever.
Many years ago caught a good look in a van at 6 in the morning as it pulled up to a stop sign and went through. No cell phones so that tells you how long ago... Saw two guys in the front and at least 6 in the back with a bike (looked HD but could only see the bars and tank) in the middle between them. 'IF' it was stolen it probably took ten seconds to get it in there. With my eyesight (back then) I never got a plate either as it was too far away by the time it registered what I had seen.
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