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View Poll Results: How do you protect your bike when leaving it in public places?
I never leave it in public - period. 5 0.54%
If I leave it, it is ALWAYS in sight. 99 10.70%
Fork lock. 474 51.24%
Factory alarm (no siren, just ignition cutoff). 169 18.27%
Factory alarm with siren. 83 8.97%
Factory alarm with pager. 22 2.38%
Disk lock. 119 12.86%
Cable/chain lock (e.g., Kryptonite) 47 5.08%
Locking cover 2 0.22%
Other (see reply)... 35 3.78%
I leave it unlocked, I'm not worried about it. 219 23.68%
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Old 8th July 2006
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Default Do you leave your bike unattended in public?

Now that I have my wife riding with me (pillion), I'm taking more day trips to destinations, rather than just ambling through the countryside. Going on longer trips often involves rest stops and maybe dinner somewhere along the way. Also, I'm considering doing less cage riding during the week and would take my bike for local trips (movies/dinner/concert maybe).

I've got to admit that unless my bike is in the garage, it is never out of my sight. I know I could probably remove about $1000 in accessories within 2 minutes, so I'm curious how those of you who leave your bike protect it, over and above the fork lock and factory security (if installed).

I realize that if someone wants your bike, if given the opportunity, a pro could steal anything. I guess I'm more concerned about nuisance theft or damage to easily accessible items -- like kids wanting a HD trophy.
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Mine is old, so I only have a Pad lock on the fork and no "factory security system"
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Check out this post.

Most of the issues on bike theft have been addressed in it.
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i say "F" it. anything can happen anywhere. the only time im concerned is night time or parking in the city. ill lock wheel then but nothing else.
thats why i have insurance.
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let it go, if somebody want something bad enough they will get it. Ride and enjoy your bike. Dont let it have a leash on you when you go someplace.
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I don't lock my bike ever, needs no ignition key, and I leave it wherever I go, doesn't matter. I posted somewhere on another thread that if someone is crazy enough to steal it AND they can ride it, then they deserve to have it. No one is going to pick it up and put it in the back of a van for parts because it's not worth that much.

It has insurance and is probably worth more to them than if I were to sell it.

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Mine is old, so I only have a Pad lock on the fork and no "factory security system"
If yours is old, what does that make mine?

I installed my own "security by obscurity" system.

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If yours is old, what does that make mine?
Probably 1 year older.
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Usually it is in sight, in which case I just take the ignition key.

If it is out of sight, I set the alarm.

If it is out of sight for a half hour or more, I lock the forks and add a disk lock. I would like to eventually get the siren.
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insurance says it all

I always lock the steering, but have no security system, and no "gawdy festoonery" to be stolen. If it gets stolen, then as said above, they deserve it and I'm only out a deductible. By the way, I also have GAP coverage so if it's totaled or stolen and not recovered, I will not lose a dime, the GAP makes up the difference between current value and what's owed.
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