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post #21 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-14-2020, 01:29 PM
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I have never had my tank bag (or other bag) stolen, but a fellow member of the BMW riding club I was in had his stolen. It was daylight and the bike was on the street outside a restaurant he was eating at. This was in the city. Security camera got an image of the person who took it. The tank bag was not recovered. He had kept his national park pass and stamp book in the tank bag.
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post #22 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-14-2020, 01:41 PM
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I guess I should have been more clear. I do not remove my tank bag when I stop unless I am stopping for the night.

Just went on a one hour cave tour boat ride at Penn's Cave in Pennsylvania and left everything on the bike, helmets, jackets, tank bags, tail packs (as did the 8 other riders with me) and all our gear was there when we returned.

I would probably take my jacket and helmet with me if parking on the street in a major city, but would most likely leave the tank bag. Not much in there worth stealing. Side stand plate, rag and squirt bottle for cleaning windshield, a small bottle of water, paper map, note pad and pen, small bottle of hand sanitzer..... that's about it.

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I ride with an Aerostich jacket, so if I have to leave my stuff on the bike for a while and I am concerned, I have a locking cable that I string thru my jacket sleeve or vent, helmet, tank bag handle and the Givi topcase rack. I also have a half cover that I generally only use over night. All valuables come with me.

I have only heard of one guy losing his helmet when left on the bike. It was taken by someone in a car while he was parked on the side of the road for a look-see. It was a good helmet and not a brain bucket.
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No, I have never had a tank bag or anything stolen from my bike. I too have left gloves, jacket, helmet and headphones on the bike. But that was always done in a environment I knew was relatively safe, and even then I felt sketched!! People steal, bottom line top of the page!!! If you don't want it or can't stand it being taken lock it up!!
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Someone had their Stich stolen during an IBR. I *never* (ever) leave anything unsecured on the bike when I'm not within 6' of it.
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I had my tank bag stolen along with the bike. Does that count?

And just to show that sometimes you sort of win, the a**hole that stole the bike t-boned a cop with it after running a stop sign six months later. While intoxicated. And in possession of a class 1 prohibited substance whatever that is. Judging by the way the tank was caved in, pretty sure he is still not walking right.
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Sorry, couldn't help it. I'm not a tank bag guy. Hate 'em.
I actually "lol-ed!"

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But, yeah, I use a tank purse, too!
Bottle of water, or two. sunglasses change to night safety glasses.

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post #29 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-18-2020, 09:56 AM
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Never had my tank bag stolen.
I carry extra gloves, drink, sunglasses, hat and a few instant access things. Wallet, phone and weapon all stay on me. It’s a small magnetic type which came with the bike and I like it.
I don’t leave it on the bike when out of view.
Good point raised about get off’s. If I’m ass-over-tea kettle, I’m sure the bag will too.
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45 years in the saddle and usually use tank bags on long trips (over 1000 miles). Nothing stolen EVER. I’ve ridden in what some people categorize as “Third World Countries” (e.g. Haiti, Mombasa, Namibia) and nada.....nothing. I’ve certainly had uncomfortable situations but to the question at hand.....nothing stolen.

I have noted lately in the US, and here in Tennessee where I live.....that I have been approached a LOT by folks asking me to give them money for various reasons. That can get uncomfortable in certain situations, especially when the folks persist after a polite no and when my wife feels afraid. Some are probably genuine, some not. I handle that on a case by case basis and we give to local charity when we can to help.

@Justoverthehill - I’m curious about the Glock 43 in the tank bag. How does that work on long cross country (Cross State lone) trips? And does the Concealed Carry permit allow that if the weapon is not on your person? Just FYI, it’s not a loaded question (No pun intended). I fully support the 2nd amendment , joined the NRA in 1973 and have a marksman ranking from my USAF days. However, I choose to not own a gun for personal reasons (gotta love this country!). I honestly am curious of how the interstate rules work with folks who lawfully carry firearms on a cross country motorcycle trip !!!
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