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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-17-2009, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone use a lock & chain?

When I bought my baby new in 2005 it came with a lock and chain inside the storage compartment. I've never used this and was wondering if anybody out there does or did.

Also, I've seen some other bikes with much stronger locks on the disk brake or something like that. Anyone recommend one of these?

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I like the look of those and I think they would be strong but i would have to have one that shocked me if I sat on the bike before removing it,There's already a switch on the kickstand that doesn't work and one on the clutch that doesn't either.one more thing to remember is too many.I know I could fix the switches but where's the challenge in that? I rode for years before the Government started trying to protect me from my self and I made it just fine.In a related note a friend of mine who has anew Ultra Classic Harley threw me his keys and said to start it and listen to the V&H True Duals he had just put on,it had so much electronic crap on it I had no idea what to do with the keys,it looked like a pop machine key and I didn't have to actually have it in the bike I just had to have it near it to not set off the alarm,any way if I were going to invest in any thing it would be one of those alarms that you mount on the bikes that is activated when some one monkeys withe the bike.At least it wouldn't wreck you and you would remember to turn it off after it screamed in your face once or twice,and lock the forks.My.02 worth,Denny




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Disc locks are great as long as you get one fitted with a coiled plastic strap which you hook on to your brake lever to remind you that it's on.

Also, if you do use one, put it on the front disc as close as possible to the opposite side of the forks to the direction in which you move the bike. By that, I mean if you tend to park your bike up and always move it backwards first, put the lock on the top of the disc up against the fork, so that you only have to move the bike back a foot or so before it brings you to a juddering halt! Conversely, if you move it frowards first, put the lock on the back of the disc as close to the caliper as poss. Remember to allow enough room to roll it off the centre stand.

The perils of putting the disc lock on in the middle of the disc then trying to ride off with it on, are well known!!

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The perils of putting the disc lock on in the middle of the disc then trying to ride off with it on, are well known!!
Been there, done that, didn't want to buy the t-shirt 'cause I was too embarrassed!!

If ya want to secure the bike, just use the steering lock
As they say, if someone really wants it, they'll get it no matter what ya do.


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I use a chain/lock by Bully called "Black Mamba". I usually put it through my wheel and part of the frame somewhere. The lock/chain is hard to miss (a good thing) so I don't really worry about not seeing it before I take off. I use it a home when I park outside and whenever I park my bike in an unfamilar/sketchy area.
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I've used the chain and lock, that came with the bike, a few times. I placed it around the rear sock and one of the rear wheel spokes. It is not a very strong setup, but it is a little added protection. I've seen the disc brake models, but I don't think I would every get the use from it, being mostly a weekend rider. There are also models with alarms built in.


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Couldn't agree more 'hyperbuzzin'!

Here in the good old UK, if you don't use every method at your disposal to secure your beloved, some low life will nick it just for a laugh!!

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Most thiefs are opportunistic -- nothing can stop a true professional but you are probably safer than most because a "true professional" is going to steal bikes that yield the highest possible ROI, namely high-end sport bikes, bmws, ducatis and more expensive cruisers. Nothing stops a punk though and there are a lot of dirtbags out there that just can't stand to see anyone else have something that they are proud of and will defile it just to be a jerk.

Also, putting a lock/chain on the bike may discourage thiefs who would otherwise break your steering lock (pretty easy to do) but won't take the time to work on a hardened steel lock.

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I spent $70 Ebay-bucks on an OnGuard Beast rig.
http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motorcycle-lock/
I've yet to use it.

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locks and chains do not make it harder for someone to steal your bike, it just makes it harder for you to ride them. The extra time needed to lock it up and stow away the stuff is just a waste of your time.

The cost of a decent lock and chain is likely higher than what it costs to add "replacement cost" insurance to your policy. But in some odd catch 22 way, adding a lock might reduce your insurance costs. Most places I checked will discount an alarm system, but did not a chain and lock...so it might be good to check with your insurance company.


The Vulcan 750 is likely at the bottom of a thiefs list of what bikes to steal. They would be more likely to take off with your neighbors 87 Toyota Tercel before bothering with your bike.

Save your money and save your time, make sure your bike is insured for what it is worth...and use the Kawasaki lock and chain as a paper weight.

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