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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-29-2015, 07:30 AM Thread Starter
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how do you protect your bike against theft? I'm thinking something to track the bike if someone steals it.
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-29-2015, 07:45 AM
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Nothing beats physical chain and lock. For remote trackers, all it takes is to disable the battery to defeat it.
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What about one of those new miniature tracking devices you can stick on anything? I've seen them advertised online.
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Well.. Mine is in a locked garage and chained to a cement pillar with 2 disc locks (one of em ABUS Granit Detecto X-Plus 8077) and a theft marking with DNA (can be traced around the globe) and to top it of a GSM/Radio tracker hidden on the bike that only runs on a internal battery (3 year capacity)

There has been an increase of bike theft in my home city (Stockholm Sweden) over the last years and I don't want anyone to steal my soul mate but seeing since the guy next to my only has a simple disc lock and its a BWM R nine T 2014 I think they will go for that first since almost none knows what a MV Agust is here in Sweden..

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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-07-2015, 02:13 AM
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Can I ask what brand is your GSM/Radio tracker?
Sounds like your bike is as safe as it can be
It's a swedish company actually site:
The GSM tracker I've bought is the spotguard mini. It seems that they work world wide.

First year is about 140Euro for the hardware and 120Euro for the service.
After that its 120euro a year and after 3 years when the tracker needs to change since the internal battery runs out you pay 70euro for a replacement.

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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-07-2015, 10:45 PM
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how do you protect your bike against theft?
None of your effing business.

But if you were actually trying to ask how to protect YOUR bike against theft, I'd be happy to help.

You cannot prevent someone from stealing your motorcycle. The only thing you can do, is to deter it.

Within the full range of deterrents, there is probably a point of diminishing returns for your particular situation.

Disc locks (one on each end) will prevent a roll-away theft.

Securing the motorcycle to a fixed object, will prevent the part of the motorcycle that is secured (and hopefully the entire motorcycle) from being carried away. Cable locks are better than nothing, but something like the Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit, is much better. If you don't secure it to something at least as strong as the lock, they'll just attack the item you've secured it to, instead of attacking your lock. Putting a giant chain around a pine 2x4 isn't going to do anything.

Lighting, particularly motion-activated lighting, can help. Motorcycle thieves want to do what they do under the cover of darkness if possible.

Keeping the motorcycle out of sight can help. But keeping the motorcycle visible in high-traffic areas can also help. The worst thing you can do is to leave it visible and accessible, in an area that has very few people around.

Having a dog, one that barks when it needs to bark and doesn't bark when it doesn't need to bark, can also help. It's nice to be able to sleep like a baby, knowing that if someone is attempting to make themselves shootable in your car port in the middle of the night, that the dog will let you know.

But DO NOT confront a motorcycle thief unless you are prepared for every reasonable eventuality, to include them trying to kill you pursuant to their escape.

Tracking devices can help, even if it's just you leaving your I-Phone (with the ringer turned down) in the trunk of your motorcycle at night.
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...and although it should seem painfully obvious, don't keep your angle grinder, your oxy-acetylene cutting rig, your loading ramp, and your pickup (Tommy-Lift equipped or otherwise) outside and accessible.
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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-09-2015, 12:03 AM
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Insurance is how I protect my bike. Someone take it and insurance buys me a new one.

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