Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: I split my time between rural central Iowa and rural southwest Iowa
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If somebody really wants to steal a motorcycle it's all but impossible to stop them. A couple of burly guys or a truck with a hoist can make off with it and the thieves can deal with locks, kill switches, and even alarms after the fact. That being said, we can do a lot to try and make our bikes less likely targets:
1) Don't let the bad guys have too much information - Get a cover, preferably one with a locking cable, so the bad guys don't really know what's underneath. Don't get one that screams Harley-Davidson, but a generic one. My initial thought was to stencil mine with "Weber Grill", but then I realized that's also a premium brand.
2) Prevent engine starts - Pulling a plug wire or installing a secondary kill switch can discourage ride off theft. Yes, anybody with mechanical skills can probably figure it out, but that takes time. These guys are most likely looking for something they can make off with quickly.
3) Immovable Object - Chain your bike to an anchor point or post set in the ground. Yes, a set of bolt cutters can make short work of the chain, but if the thief hasn't planned for that he's beat.
4) Disk Lock - If the thief breaks the fork lock, they can squeeze the clutch and wheel the bike away. A disk lock through the brake rotor will immobilize the wheel because it won't clear the brake caliper. Some of them even have their own alarms built in. Some of these can be reasonably easy to defeat with a hammer and punch, but again, that's a tool they have to bring and might not have planned on. I don't know if it's better to get a dark colored one they won't see until they are in the act of stealing the bike or a bright colored one that tells them the owner is taking some anti-theft precautions.
5) Cable lock - You might not want to drag a heavy chain everywhere, but a coiled cable is easy to stow. You can loop it through the wheels, frame and maybe a convenient immovable object. That would at least prevent them from stealing your wheels, possibly prevent roll off theft, and in the best case scenario prevent a couple of guys from carrying it off. Again, this is an easy to defeat measure, but only if they brought the right tools.
6) Go towards the light - Park under a light and not in the shadows. Thieves shy away from working in full view if at all possible.
Not being big, fancy, expensive, nor particularly fast the Street series bikes aren't coveted prizes by thieves wanting a joy ride, at least in the United States. There aren't so many of them sold that it's worth stealing one to be stripped for parts. In other words, these bikes are a pretty low value target around here. Perhaps the best thing we can do to prevent our bikes from being stolen is to park next to nicer bikes.
Formerly known as "PugslyCat" until the account got locked.
2016 xg750 in Velocity Red
2007 Sportster 1200 Custom in blue and silver