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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-13-2020, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Do you use any kind of Lock to prevent theft?

I am planning on driving to some new areas and spend the night in a motel/hotel. As l have had the pleasure of having my bike stolen before, I thought l would look at some preventative measures:

#1- https://securityforbikes.com/proddet...prod=RoundLock PRO- good for locking your front disc AND it can be used with a chain, no alarm, Made by Pragmasis (they even make a padlock that weighs 5 lbs and cost $375). CON- they can still pick it up and carry it off. $60 & on backorder.

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PRO- disc lock w/siren and the Stolen Motorcycle Recovery in London use on theirs. CON- cannot be used with chain. $133 on amazon for orange ($172 any other color)

#3- https://biketrac.co.uk/hard-security/ PRO- disc lock that can be used alone or with chain at the same time and includes a bag of goodies. CON- no siren. $220

#4- https://www.oxfordproducts.com/motor...ns/beast_lock/
Pro- I do not think they can get thru it, looks REALLY cool. CON- $195 for the lock, chain is $185, WAY OVER THE TOP, weighs 35lbs, but this would be carried in the pickup.

So if any of you have used devices, don't think you need them, or have any other ideas- please share them.

P.S. where would you even run a chain through the frame on a FJR? And which wheel front or rear?
P.S.S. a lot of this came off of Bennetts Bike on Youtube in England. Apparently England has a plague of Motorcycle thefts.

Thank you. Michael
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Do you use any kind of Lock to prevent theft?

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I am planning on driving to some new areas and spend the night in a motel/hotel. As l have had the pleasure of having my bike stolen before, I thought l would look at some preventative measures:
Thank you. Michael
Michael,

Sorry for your bike loss. Really, I believe that you can only slow down a theft, not prevent one. High-tech alarms are probably helpful, though. If I were to spend that much money on bike security, I would also have a GPS tracker installed that talks to my cell phone or a security service. It's a James Bond gadget to me, and they are expensive. A good one will report its' location for maybe a week or three, with the bike battery removed.

I have a common disk lock with a cable, no alarms. The cable is intended to remind you that the disk lock is installed, not really to secure the bike to a post, although that precaution can be done, too. I can lock the steering at the ignition, in case somebody defeats the disk lock. I'm not too concerned about theft of the bike, but the tank bag has no realistic protection, so I don't keep much in there. I also do not ride with the panniers, because a thief may break into them. I only add the panniers when I need some extra carrying space.

I do have a fabric tail bag, like a Boston bag, not a tail box, which does most cargo duties for me. A tail box probably looks like a treasure chest, to any thief. My tail bag is kept flattened with bungee cords, so it is obviously empty for most days. I can easily remove the tail bag and take it with me, if anything is in it. So far, so good, but I'm not in a high-crime location.
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Nope ! If someone wants it, itíll be gone. Might as well save my lock money for a new bike.
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Nope, use the fork lock and that's it, but usually ask if I can park under front cover or by front door at motels. They usually say yes.
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I have the panniers and top box at all times, not the tank or tail bag, take them with me or lock them in the pannier.
I don't think anything will keep it from getting stolen except the bike's weight. Nobody wants an FJR anyway.....
Yes to what Ferret says too... and pick the neighbourhood for the hotel/motel.
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Nope, use the fork lock and that's it, but usually ask if I can park under front cover or by front door at motels. They usually say yes.
Like this, though I do add a disc lock with a built-in alarm. I run a piece of highly visible flagging tape from the lock to the throttle grip to remind me to remove the lock before riding away. I carry the saddlebags into the hotel like suitcases. Tank bag etcetera comes in too. I also put a cover over the bike.

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Michael, like the others I do carry everything in to my room and do try to park under the canopy near the entrance, most motels/hotels will work with you but some just wonít. Stay in a well lit area. Try to get a 1st floor room where you can park your bike just outside.

England indeed has a serious bike theft problem, I have a friend there and years ago he explained to me how bad it is, my friend has a device cemented into the floor to secure each bike that he sent me pictures of that for me seemed way over the top but he assured me that it was totally necessary...... a real argument for the second amendment here imho.

But as I stated earlier that if they really want it they (whoever they are) will get it.

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I will echo some of what @the Ferret and @RaYzerman said. Ray hit it on the head, nobody really wants to steal an FJR. There are things folks might steal from an FJR such as the GPS or a tank bag but the bike itself really has no value to a bike thief. There are many other bikes that are more valuable to steal.

A few years ago I was reading a discussion similar to this one on a Harley Davidson forum. Folks were worried about their bikes on the long trip to Sturgis. With no malice or ugliness, one of the guys said that he purchased a Yamaha bike cover with the Yamaha logo large and prominent on both sides. He covered his Harley with it each night.

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Thanks everyone. I had the same feeling that a FJR wasn't really a target, but l just didn't want to come out and say it. GREAT feedback!
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