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  1. There is a large back story but the short version is a friend of mine lost his bike because of his own fault. He got it impounded and now the fees are higher than the bike is worth. His sister wanted to buy him a bike to repace his and she came across this bike. She has some shady friends from a previous life and she had a line on a 2009ish CRF250 for sale for $250. I asked if it was stolen and initially it was said it wasnt but now it has come up that it is. It is a friend of hers and she has had her own problems with the law so I dont want to get her involved. I am trying to aquire the bike so I can attempt to return it to the rightful owner. I do not know the person at all and have not meet the guy who currently has the bike. I just dont want to get my friends involved so I am treading carefully. The bike was allegedly stolen out of Bakersfield CA. I would like to return it. Does anyone know of anyone who had a 2009 CRF250 stolen?
  2. 2015 thefts up six percent from 2014 DES PLAINES, IL – April 14, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released a report on motorcycle thefts inthe United States for 2015. A total of 45,555 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2015 compared with 42,856 reported stolen in 2014—an increase of six percent. Motorcycle thefts have been on a consecutive, nine-year decline going from 66,774 thefts in 2006 to 42,856 in 2014 for a drop of 36 percent. When we include 2015’s number, the decline is still a healthy 32 percent for the period. The top 10 states with the most reported motorcycles thefts in 2015 were: California(7,221) Florida (4,758) Texas (3,403) South Carolina (2,160) New York (1,902) North Carolina (1,866) Nevada (1,408) Georgia (1,393) Indiana (1,333) Virginia (1,253) The top 10 cities for motorcycle thefts in 2015 were: New York (1,340) Las Vegas (1,042) San Francisco (729) San Diego (717) Miami (713) Houston (517) Los Angeles (486) San Antonio (431) Indianapolis (375) Albuquerque, (373) The top 10 most stolen motorcycles in 2015 by manufacturer were: American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (8,674 thefts) Yamaha Motor Corporation (7,214) American Suzuki Motor Corporation (6,065) Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (4,920) Harley Davidson, Inc. (4,416) Taotao Group Co. Ltd (2,757) KTM Sportmotorcycle AG (630) Astronautical Bashan (620) Jonway Group Co., Ltd. (520) Kymco U.S.A., Inc. (512) >>>Related Content: How to secure your motorcycle against theft. The most motorcycle thefts occurred in August (5,269) and the fewest in February (2,093) which continues to reflect a weather-influenced pattern that is consistent with previous years. The complete report is available here or by pasting https://www.nicb.org/File%20Library/Public%20Affairs/2015-Motorcycle-Theft-ForeCAST.PDF into your browser. Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800-TEL-NICB (800-835-6422), texting keyword “fraud” to TIP411 (847411) or submitting a form on our website. Or, download the NICB Fraud Tips app on your iPhone or Android device. About the National Insurance Crime Bureau Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $395 billion in insurance premiums in 2014, or more than 78 percent of the nation’s property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 93 percent ($176 billion) of the nation’s personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Google+ Instagram Blog
  3. Looking to get feedback on what is being used for locks. I know if they want it they'll get it. I just want to feeel a little better about her being in the back of the truck overnight. Thanks
  4. MY BIKE WAS STOLEN LAST NIGHT…. 9/1-2/2014 Las Vegas. Please help and repost to other websites your on. Thank you.
  5. Got a brand new bike, and started getting concerned about it getting stolen. Whats the best steps to take to prevent this? I know insurance is an option, but I hate paying for insurance. My bike is kept in a garage, and I usually have two bikes, so I was thinking a thick chain locking them together would probaly spoil an attempt to steal them. Does that sound like a decent plan? I wouldnt think that bike theifs would plan on the bikes being chained together, therefor they wouldnt have bolt cutters, but they could always come back....... When I travel to ride and stay at a hotel I keep it in my locked motovan that has no stickers, etc. It also has no windows in the back, so I feel kinda safe with it since no one would know whats in there.
  6. yzmxer12

    03 yz shock dust covers?

    Howdy. Im in the process of replacing all bearings and seals for the rear linkage and swingarm as well as wheel bearings. Ive gotten all the seals and bearings out. While taking the lower shock bearings and seals out, i saw that the dust covers on both sides had the hollow part facing out. Were they installed backwards? Im wondering because none of the others in the linkage or wheel bearings faced that way. I cant tell the difference in the schematics or in the manual, nor could find any info in the forums. Any help is appreciated!
  7. Bryan Bosch

    How to spot on-line classified ad scammers

    ThumperTalk's classifiedsare a great way to sell your bikes, parts/accessories, gear, apparel and related items. Our site gets TONS of traffic from off-road enthusiasts that are highly likely to be interested in your item(s). However, the downside of our popularity is that we're going to attract scammers posing as buyers, looking to take you for a ride (not the kind you're interested in either). Scammers are depending upon your ignorance, hoping that you've not educated yourself on the classic scam approaches and want to exploit your honesty and trust. So, what can you do? The following are things to look for. The more items that are suspect, the higher the likelihood they are a scammer. This, coupled with a healthy dose of common sense should keep scum-of-the-earth spammers at bay. 1. Is the potential buyer's email address listed on the Official TT "Dirt Bag" thread? If so, delete the email and move on. Proof positive, they're trying to scam you. 2. Does the user have a post history? To find out, copy their user name and conduct and "advanced search". In our experience, scammers will almost always have zero posts. If they have posted, do they sound like someone that knows anything about bikes? 3. What domain did the user email you from? Most scammers will email you from @yahoo.com, @hotmail.com, @gmail.com or other domains offering freebie email. 4. Is the potential buyer from overseas? Ask yourself why they'd be willing to import a bike or part instead of buying locally. 5. How's their use of the English language? Peculiar phrases and simple spelling errors should heighten your suspicions. 6. Are they making lots of excuses to avoid a phone call such as, "I've recently moved, so my phone isn't hooked up yet and I don't have a cell phone." Scammers tend to stick to email. 7. Are they overly anxious to do a deal with little to no questions about your item and little to no haggling on price? Real buyers want to make sure they get the right item at a fair price, so most will have some questions before they make an offer. 8. Do they offer to send you a certified check, money order or want to wire funds (Western Union Moneygram), immediatley asking for your complete contact info? These are serious sign you're dealing with a scammer. Banks will cash fake checks and they will hold you liable when the fraud is uncovered weeks later! 9. Does the potential buyer refer to a shipping agent or that they are negotiating on behalf of their "client"? If so, bail! This is 100% a scammer! If you want to educate yourself futher (a good investment of your time), here are a few sites worth checking out: http://onguardonline.gov/index.html http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/consumer.shtm http://www.scambusters.org/ So, what can ThumperTalk do about scammers? You just read it! The best we can do is to educate our members. Our site is an open forum, so there is no way to know if a user registered for legit reason or purely to look for unsuspecting victims. If the user's email address is not already listed on the offical TT "Dirt Bag" thread, please add it to the thread and forward the emailto us, so that we can lock the account. Please do not post the contents of the scammer's email to you outside of the the Dirt Bag thread. We're trying to train our user's to look for this information in a central location. The more user that refer to this thread, the more success we'll have in minimizing the scammers rate of success. If you've been scammed, take the time to report it: FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357) FTC online complaint form (www.ftc.gov) Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501 Internet Fraud Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov/) Non-emergency number for your local police department. Good luck, happy selling and don't let your guard down!
  8. Hey, Im looking to replace the hooks on my straps with carabiner style. Does anybody know where to get some good carabiner clips for tow straps? Thanks
  9. Stolen from East Texas area. Please help guys! My bike was stolen early Monday morning a matter of feet from our front door. My wife and I are devastated. We recently had a little boy with some health issues so we are not able to buy another bike. It's a leftover 2012 WR450F with the mods in my sig. It was in the process of a dual sport conversion and the insurance company wouldn't transfer the existing policy until it was completed. I am offering a reward for any leads that result in its recovery. I am only 26 and work hard as a diesel mechanic to provide for my family. We saved money and financed what we couldn't pay on the bike. Riding has been the best therapy for my depression issues. I've also been able to meet some really great friends through riding that have encouraged me and been very helpful along the way. Someone blessed me with a new pair of A3 boots last week on the same day the hiking boots I had been using were completely thrashed. I can't see God giving me a pair riding boots then taking away my bike! Please pray for my situation. It's really been difficult to keep up the faith in times like this. If you have any information please don't hesitate to call me at 9035151575. 2014 WRR R.I.Pieces 2012 WR450F ECU, GYTR tuner, Yoshi RS4, MSR rad guards, Cycra Pros, and a growing wish list...
  10. I just found out yesterday we have a 3 car tandem parking spot in the back of my apartment building. I was planning on keeping my bike and a folding trailer in a storage unit, but its quite an investment in Santa Monica. I'd much rather keep it on site too so I can work on it and take it to the track directly from home. It's a really nice and safe area, but the problem is if a thief wants your bike they will get it. I'm not worried about the trailer so much. Does anyone have any ideas how to make a bike nearly impossible to steal if its stored outside? I was also wondering if there are any sort of GPS devices you could use to track your bike if it were stolen so the cops can retrieve it. Lastly, knowing there's no way to fully prevent theft, I'd definitely buy insurance on the bike. Anyone have insight how bike theft insurance works? My bikes a 2001 CR125 so I'm thinking they'd only give me $1000 for it. Problem is I've dumped so much money into it I would only be reimbursed for a fraction of what I've put into it. I'm assuming they go off market value, not what you've actually spent on it.
  11. say you live in a busy city and put your bike up for sale and someone comes for a test ride. what's to stop them from just taking off and riding it home?
  12. Bryan Bosch

    How to tow a motorcycle

    If you ride long enough, chances are, you or a riding buddy will need to be towed back to the staging area. While I'm sure that there are a few techniques that can used successfully, here's how I recommend that you do it. 1st, NEVER tie the two bikes together. Should something go bad, you need to be able to quickly separate. On the towing bike, attach either to the non drive side foot peg or sub-frame. Not every bike is exactly the same, so there may be other tow points on your particular machine. On the bike being towed, route the tow strap as close to the center of the bike as possible. Typical good spots are the right side (rider sitting on the bike) of the handlebar mounts (between the handlebar and top clamp) or if possible, between the handlebar mounts below the handlebars, as it's closest to center of the bike. Then, route the end of the tow strap to the left handlebar grip and wrap it a couple of times. The 90 degree angle of the strap will create enough friction to hold tight while being towed, but as soon as you let go of the strap wrapped around the grip, friction is reduced and the strap will pull through, disconnecting the two bikes. My favorite tow strap is made by MSR and it's both light and easy to carry. I'm sure that there are others worth consideration however. To me, it's just one of those items that you toss in your pack and hope that you never need it. But if you do, you'll be glad you bought one. Or, maybe not if your buddy seems to the one always needing to be towed out.
  13. I've been thinking about getting some of these for use when I'm trailering my bike, or especially when I it loaded in the back of my truck: But, the reason that I'm hesitant, is because KTM redesigned the fender in 2014 so that mud doesn't pile up on it. That's a good thing, but it doesn't look like one of these things will work now, since the underside of the fender is more or less flat across the bottom. One thing that I guess would make it work would be to alter it to something like this: Has anyone used one of these, or something simliar on a 2014, and do they work, or do they need to be modified??? CADman_KS
  14. kind of a stupid question but hopefully some can answer seriously for me. what is the best way to load your dirt bike? both by yourself and with a second person? particularly when at home. i mean, i have places i can unload and load pretty easily at certain places i ride using hills i back up to but what about when your at home on a flat surface? now, i need a friend or my dad to actually lift it in the truck, which isnt to bad but over time it gets to be a pain. is the two ramp deal the best? the only thing is that im only 5'8" and have a ktm 505 which is a pretty big bike. ideally i want to get a trailer but those are pretty expensive. any suggestions will be appreciated.
  15. As the title says, I'm looking for something better to help contain my bike in the bed of my truck. I like these two things: http://www.riskracing.com/pages/Lock_Page.html http://www.cinchitdown.com/catalog and have considered things like these: http://www.ccrsport.com/page.html?id=10 http://www.usrack.com/cradle_motorcycle_carrier.php The top two are pretty expensive.... but if they work great, they're probably worth it. I can't help but wonder about just using some plain 'ol load binders like these to clamp the bike by the pegs to some d-rings I install in the bed floor. http://www.truckntow.com/showcategory.aspx?categoryid=146918&affiliateid=10060&gclid=CMWqtKrO5p8CFRVc2godvHPDHg Just a random thought on the last one. Thoughts and comments? Thanks
  16. I need to insure my bike because up here in Canada you need to have insurance and registration before riding on crown land. I have the option to only insure it for liability which will cost me $138/year or insure it for both liability and specified perils which will run me $348/year. I recently purchased my bike for $2,800. At first I was going to only insure it for liability because I am on a pretty tight budget but then I thought about it more and a dirt bike is one of the easiest things to steal if you have a truck. Currently my bike is being stored in my friend garage and I have it chained up to a work bench post. Do you have your bikes insured for specified perils (fire, theft, etc.)? Would you spend the extra money for peace of mind?
  17. dirtyrocks

    Tie down security with bungie cord

    Here's a trick I read about years ago in a dirt bike mag. Every time I read a tread that mentions the damage due to a tie down comming loose I think of this. Place a bungie cord between the loops on a tie down and when the suspension compresses far enough for the tie down to come off..... the bungie cord will take up the slack and keep the hook in place. I've seen one bike fall off the back of hitch carrier right onto the ground at the end of a off ramp. I've seen a busted rear window of someone who I told this trick to just 20 min earlier (can't help to feel bad for that one, murphys law) Just read about gas all over the inside of a enclosed trailer due to a tie down that came loose (that's the one that got me to write this) cheers :ride: :ride:

    Disc Lock question

    Thinking of getting a disc lock by Xena for when I ride my XRL at work. They come in different sizes though, just curious if I should get the 6mm or the 10. Anybody have an idea?
  19. Hey guys, I am looking for a good cover for my Wr250r. I keep it outside every fall through spring in Chattanooga TN. It snows a couple times a year there so temperatures are generally cold and damp. In summer I keep it in a garage in Florida. So Im only worried about the cool damp outside weather. I want to select a cover that will do the job of protection from rust. But, I don't necessarily want to spend 90 bucks if I don't have to. That being said, I know that I am willing to pay what ever price it is to protect my baby. But, again, If a 20 dollar water proof cover on ebay will do the same trick, I would prefer that. I was looking at the Standard Outdoor Waterproof Motorcycle Cover Large Size GM2BS. what do y'all think about this one? Thanks
  20. BannerUp

    Bike Theft Primer

    Nothing can stop an experienced, well-equipped thief from stealing your bike, so have more than one way to slow them down until you get there. Or, make it so hard to steal your bike that they look for an easier target. Thieves can cut even large-diameter padlocks in a heart beat, so use locks with steel shrouds to prevent bolt cutters from getting at the shackle. Or, put the padlock in a steel box (see pics below). Cables are typically more difficult to cut than padlocks and standard chain links, but thieves cut through cables, even large-diameter ones all the time. So, use chains with hex links to make it more difficult for cutters to get a solid bite. Park your truck or trailer in an area where you and others can keep a watch on them. Back your truck as close to the door of your motel room as possible or back it up to a fence, wall or hedge. If possible, park tailgate to tailgate, and lock both bikes together as a second line of defense. If available, get attendants to park your truck in the valet parking area, securing your truck so they can't get your bike by stealing your truck. Other suggestions/points: - Carry license/VIN numbers in your wallet so police can get the word out quickly - Cover your bike with a tarp, then secure it to the eye-hooks along your truck bed - Most thieves, and everybody who passes by, completely ignore alarms. Because of this, install an alarm that silently pages you when your bike is touched or moved Then, while he's busy cutting your locks, cut into him with a baseball bat! Admin note: Another member read this article, liked it and submitted a complimentary, but separate article. Since they are complimentary, we just added it below: Written by TT Member: KXcam22 I liked the article "Bike theft primer" and wanted to add a technique I use beyond locks when I have to leave my toys unatended, or while camping in a rowdy area. There are devices called personal alarms, I think intended for joggers and others and costs about $25. Essentially it is a 9v battery powered 140DB siren in a package about the size of a cell phone. The one I have has a plastic pin (like a hand grenade) that, when removed, starts the siren. The siren stays on until the pin is replaced. I attach a long length of fishing line with a clasp at the end to the pin to act as a "trip wire". You can either thread the trip wire through your bikes and stuff, tie it to your tailgate, or use is as a perimeter alarm trip wire pegged to the ground with a stake. The alarm unit can be taped to something or with mine I glued a magnet to it. When tripped in the dark the siren is astonishingly loud and debilitating and difficult to reset with the pin, even if you know what to do. For a thief to find and reset it would be next to impossible. I know that friends who have inadvertently tripped it could not. A versatile alarm for $25.00. Hope this helps someone keep their stuff. Cam. View attachment: lock truck.jpg View attachment: lock left.jpg View attachment: lock right.jpg View attachment: lock padlock.jpg View attachment: lock slot.jpg

    DIY Cheap Front Tugger Strap

    It works great and it was cheap. Now I just need to make one for the rear of the bike.
  22. planetwister

    Bike got jacked :-(

    Stayed the night at my girlfriends last night and some tweaker stole my bike this morning, hot wired it and gave it a unique look, didn't make it very far and a cop pulled up behind him and he took off and crashed threw a intersection and into some bushes, cops caught him hiding in the bushes. I have full coverage so I hope everything gets covered
  23. My Dirt bikes were stolen last night. 2013 Kawasaki KX450F VIN JKAKXGFCXDA015582 Brand new 5 hours on it Blue hammerhead case saver black and white grip donuts twin air filter Blue valve stem caps Seal savers Hour meter Green map chip connected 2003 Honda CRF450R Yellow number plate backgrounds with numbers 323 and "SPAGNOLO" above it REP Racing suspension Renthal/DID swing arm stickers Unknown year 125cc pit bike 125cc Lifan motor Unbreakable gold brake lever Gold accents Pro taper barpad Black rims Monster Graphics They were stolen from my garage in Staten Island NY. Please help me find them
  24. Theft. Unfortunately it’s a part of our sport and opportunistic bad guys are always on the lookout for the chance to steal our bikes. With the average price of a new motorcycle hovering over the 5 digit mark, protecting your ride has become even more important. And with many racers and riders packing their truck, van or trailer chock full of valuable spares and riding gear along with their steeds, the haul has become even more attractive for your common thief. Over 46,000 motorcycles were stolen in the US (2012) and 63% of those went unrecovered. Most stolen bikes end up stripped down in chop shops and parts such as engine parts, rims and fairings end up being sold whether online or through other means. This article has been written with the worst case scenario in mind and we’ll give you the knowledge to beat those morons at their own game! We’ve spoken to riders, racers, homeowners, apartment dwellers, RV owners and some of our industry experts in the moto-world to tell us what works and what doesn’t, because Thieves Suck! Whether you live in the city or country, thieves are always casing your home, car and your valuable bikes. But the good thing is your home is your castle and this is where you can implement the strongest safeguards to protect your ride. Securing Your Bikes at Home Many homeowners who have multiple bikes have a garage and this becomes the place you have to protect first. Exterior Protection: Obviously, home alarm systems can be implemented to warn and protect your assets from break-ins. We aren’t going to discuss those methods here as they’re so varied, but bright lighting; digital video recorders, magnetic switch(s) coupled with motion detectors is the way to go to keep the bad guys from making off with your bikes. Doors and windows are most vulnerable to attack…cover windows so prying eyes can’t see your stuff and make sure that security system stickers are prominently mounted and well lit at night. Locking Motorcycle Covers: These are a useful theft-deterrent and especially helpful for the urban dweller who may have to store their bike in a garage, on the sidewalk or in the yard and are also helpful for keeping the elements away from your valuable ride. Two types are generally available, the shed and the standard cover. I don’t have any personal experience with the shed type so I can’t comment on them, but I have used the Dowco locking covers and they offer reasonable protection and also have an optional alarm that can be fitted for an added deterrent. Next is the most valuable layer of protection…on the bikes themselves. If you want to stay worry-free when not at home, using a combination (or all) of these products can offer the protection you desire. Intelligent Disc Locks: Disc locks have also come a long way and now offer complex locking cylinders that are very hard to pick, coupled with motion sensors and audible 120 dB alarms such as the units offered by ABUS and XENA. These little pieces of locking jewelry are very high-tech are hard to beat for their very reasonable prices of under $100. Photo: XENA XN15 installed on brake disc Heavy Duty Chains: The simple chain lock has become more sophisticated, almost impossible to cut and look quite ominous with their bright fabric sleeves warning potential crooks of their use. Quality examples include the New York series chains from Kryptonite, these things are insane and feature hardened, shrouded padlocks and double deadbolts…just the look of the things are discouraging for the average thief. Another interesting variant that we haven’t as yet tested is the integrated lock and chain combinations from ABUS such as the CityChain X-Plus. Ground Anchors: Couple your chain setup with a secure ground anchor that bolts directly into the cement of your garage floor or patio area/deck such as the Oxford Roto Force Anchor or Kryptonite Stronghold Security Anchor and chain your bike directly to it. Chains offer little protection if thieves can lift your bike up walk away with it, and they can work on getting the chain off later! As mentioned earlier, one of the biggest mistakes is not chaining your bike to something permanent. This is the only solution we’ve seen that offers such a high level of protection when installed correctly. Active Alarm Systems: The new active motorcycle alarms today incorporate many useful features not offered in the past such as real-time alerts, GPS tracking, motion detectors and microwave auxiliary detectors for not only your bike, but for your accessories. These units are usually built around a main control unit on the bike itself with a position sensor (gyro) to alarm against the bike being moved with a transmitter to a receiver on your keychain or phone or both. While common on newer street machines, alarms aren’t something you’ll normally see implemented on pure off-road bikes but are popular on dual sport bikes and some systems can be implemented on newer off-road bikes with a decent charging system/battery setup. For dirt bikes and the like, we suggest using everything short of a main alarm system: disc lock, heavy duty chain and ground anchor. These coupled with your general premise protection offer a hard combination for thieves to beat. We spoke with Mike Gasik from RideScorpio who offered this: “Our recommendation for protecting a streetbike is the Ride Core. Again, this device has GPS tracking, and is run by a phone application. The device will report directly to your phone if your bike is disturbed. The Core is equipped with a tilt sensor, shock sensor and a geofence. It is currently sold as a silent alarm, so the thief/party in question will have no idea that you have just been alerted. We also offer an add-on, to help enhance your bike’s security. The Secure Kit adds a perimeter sensor, 125 dB siren and LCD remote for ultimate protection.” We asked about alarm technology for pure off-road machines and Gasik replied: “While Scorpio does not have a device specifically for dirt bikes; we can fit one of our devices on an ATV or UTV. The device requires a 12 volt power source, and pulls 2 milliamps for operation. We would recommend the Ride Core for this type of operation, as it has GPS tracking. Not only will your vehicle be protected, but you can share trails, rides and much more.” We asked “What happens to motorcycles after they are stolen with the Scorpio system? Mike continued: “Should you have your motorcycle stolen, while you have a Ride Core security system, the first thing you should do is activate the emergency setting on your device. This allows you to share your account information with the authorities, so that they may see the GPS location of the bike. Even if a thief cuts the power to the Core device, the backup battery will transmit its location for quite a while after the incident. The sooner you can report it to the authorities, the higher probability you may be able to recover your bike.” Photo: Scorpio Ride Core Dashboard When Traveling What about when we’re traveling, how can we keep our bikes safe and secure? Disc Locks: Disc locks with audible alarms such as the ABUS and Xena units also offer a high level of stationary protection and high pitched audible alarms with are ideal for leaving the bikes unattended but within earshot. Kryptonite recommends using disc locks for immobilizing your front wheel (use the bright orange reminder cable as well) when just stopping for a short time. Chains: You can add another layer of protection by adding a chain, such as the Kryptonite New York series or Kryptolok Series 2 integrated chain, Hardwire 2018 or 30' double looped cable secured to a fixed object (can secure multiple bikes with 30 foot cable). ABUS and Oxford also make very high quality examples of this hardware. Photo: Kryptonite New York Series Chain Alarms: An active alarm system above can make life tough for any thief, no matter how experienced. The name of the game is to make stealing your ride so difficult, it just isn’t worth it and most thieves will move to the softest target available. Lockstraps: We’ve been using these unique locking tie-downs for years on both our street bikes and dirt bikes, and this simple product has proved invaluable for securing our rides when traveling or transporting them. They are particularly suited to help secure bikes when in a pickup bed or any place prying eyes may be watching to steal your stuff. One end locks to the bed and one end either locks directly on the handle bar or you can use the soft tie extensions to protect the bike finish. We’ve actually spent some time testing the Lockstraps product and it’s a lot harder to cut than it appears. This is a very cheap and effective form of protection, the more layers the better and it serves two purposes with one item. Photo: Lockstraps Locking Tie-Down The Lockstrap is basically a heavy duty tie-down with a locking carabineer at each end and a steel cable running inside the strap. Each carabineer has a separate combination or they can be made to all match. The cable that runs inside is strong enough to deter a casual attack and when coupled with the other items mentioned above such as a disc lock and heavy duty chain, make your bike very unattractive to steal. We’ve also found the Lockstraps handy for running through our helmets and gear to keep them safe too. We then asked for some general tips from our guest experts for securing your bike. Our friends at Kryptonite advise: “Do not lock your motorcycle in the same place all the time, always chain or secure your valuables to a permanent object. Beware of locking to items that can be easily cut such as a wooden post or a chain link fence. To protect against ride-away theft, use a disc lock on the rotor of your bike. For maximum protection use a disc lock and a chain lock to prevent lift away theft, and always secure accessories such as helmets and jackets - anything that can be easily removed.” When talking to Lockstraps, they offered the following: “Any thief that has the right tools can break any lock in a matter of seconds. How long does it take to break a car window? How long does it take AAA to open your car door lock.....see what I mean? Locks are designed to detour theft and any lock will detour 90% of theft. The more you can do to secure your bike, the better. The more styles of locks you use the better.” We also asked the pros at Scorpio and they said: “Most motorcycle thieves try to steal a motorcycle by simply picking it up and putting it in the back of a van. Chaining it to something may help deter that thief. The other way to secure your bike is to purchase a quality alarm system. The system should have a shock and tilt sensor at the very least. This way, when someone so much as bumps into the bike it will chirp, or even send you a warning (depending on your alarm). Again, these are not guaranteed techniques, but hopefully they’re enough to keep your bike within your possession. The other way to secure your bike is to purchase a quality alarm system. The system should have a shock and tilt sensor at the very least. This way, when someone so much as bumps into the bike it will chirp, or even send you a warning (depending on your alarm). Again, these are not guaranteed techniques, but hopefully they’re enough to keep your bike within your possession.” In closing, the only way to keep your bike from being stolen would be to chain it to yourself. But short of that, the methods described above will make your motorcycle so much work to steal, thieves will either run out of time and energy and move on or fail…layers of protection is the key and the more you employ the better…because Thieves Suck!