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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-02-2008, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Best way to lock up your bike.

I know there is no fool proof way other than maybe Lo-Jack, (btw, how much does that cost?) But what other best options are there for keeping the bike locked up?
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I've used a few different devices in the past. I really don't use anything anymore, but the biggest problem was carrying around the device. I ended up settling on a disc lock. It is a small, easy to carry, device that fits onto the disc brake. The key is to remember that it is on, before riding away!! The one I had came with a coil that you attached to the handlebar as a reminder. It was bright yellow. I always figured that as long as you were using something, a would be thief would move to the next bike that didn't hve anything. Ultimately, if someone really wants to steal the bike, the best you can hope for is to slow them down a little. Just my $.02.

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my bud has a hidden deadman switch.

in addition to the ignition switch he has a switch that is under the seat that wont let the bike run without being switched on.

it wont keep someone from rolling your bike onto a trailer, but screwdrivering the ignition should fail.
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A large hardened steel chain (3/8" minimum linq thickness) with a big ass Master Lock. Chain through the frame to a non movable object like a tree or telephone pole. Make sure to run the chain in such a way that it can not touch the ground, as this will discourge anyone trying to use the big bolt cutters (with on handle on the ground and using their full weight on the other)

Add to this a motion alarm , and that is about as good as you can get other than hiring a sniper to guard the bike 24-7.

(Do make sure you have theft insurance at replacemant cost)

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I had Lojack installed on mine when i bought it, it cost me like $800
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I've read that, while certainly not as bulletproof as the above suggestions, for overnite use a bike cover (especially with a locked cable thru it) will also discourage theft.

Yet another reason to keep your "baby" covered when left outside and not in use for any real length of time.

Also: since our bike is not a sport bike...or a Harley...or an Italian stallion (Ducati, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi)...I would think the odds of a VN750 being stolen (versus other potential targets) are on the lower end of the scale.....comments?

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I saw a guy jump on his a bike, (a Harley no less), and try to ride away without removing the disc brake lock...he didn't get a foot I don't think before he was spitting gravel, dirt, and maybe a tooth or two. I felt bad for him.....until he admitted it wasn't the first time....

Most things just help keep honest people honest. If somebody wants it, they're gonna get it. Personally I'm not to hip on alarms, I don't know about anybody else, but around here, nobody gives a second look when an auto alarm is going off.

Do what feels best, and leave the rest.
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There is a weak system that comes with the bike, don't seem to be too much, and I don't use it, but probably would under certain conditions, hopefully my insurance will take care of the better part of the loss... I guess the worst place I leave my bike is in the china-mart parking lot, but not often...
But I hope they don't get caught stealing my bike, remember the 340PD .357 mag. & the 125 Gr. Jacketed hollow points, well I hate a theif, and they do have a little stopping power, not as much as a .44 mag. but enough...
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I have a 5/8" galvanized chain and same lock. It would take forever for someone to cut it. If you lock it on the belly stand they would have one Heck of a time taking it. Try it and see.

The Wrecker driver who takes cars and such from our lot tried to take mine since I have no windshield for the sticker, when I noticed and confronted him he said he had tried for almost an hour to cut the chain and couldn't. He even tried the lock. So I still have it.

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When you come out those glass doors with guns a blazing, just don't shoot the bike.

The bad is if locked up outside they can still steal parts off of it. It really needs to be inside...out of sight. Even with everything else, a locked cover would help some. If they don't see your custom seat they may not want it as bad.

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