I rode my mates Tasty Ducati across the big smoke for him, I had to be eased off, how he rides it every day I know not well I say across, 3 miles and I gave up and took the beezer,Ditto. I had a ground anchor sunk, behind a locked gate, out of sight from the road. And that was only for a BMW R1200RT.
When I had had a GSXR600 I’d leave it on display, in the hope that someone would have it away, knowing that I’d get the insurance and the baddie would be easily tracked down by identifying regular visits to a local chiropractor.
my bike is Efi and Electronic ignitionHave an extra spark plug in the petrol tank airspace and connect an HT lead to it when leaving your bike unattended.
gripper rods nailed to the inside edge of a fence post and gates, not sure wether its legal but I did it
I have a loop of paracord around my key which I loop around the frame when riding. I read increasingly that crims will do a key-grab when you are stopped at lights, if you have to leave the bike to sort it out they will return and ride it away.
the one thing i have noticed is they cant ride for toffee, my London mate says a good blast to about 50, let them catch up then slam everything on hard, they usually go down, hes a bit tasty on 2 wheels and has plenty of track time, used to dispatch as wellI just park my car up as close to my garage gates a possible and keep them locked and the bikes away as soon as I get in. Everyone at work has been worried about bike jacking recently after a YouTube clip at the top of the road showed someone getting looked over,how often it happens is anyone’s guess I guess you’ve just gotta be on your toes at traffic lights.
Some perhaps but the pair I followed up the A40 from the hoover building were filtering at a fair old lick and made sure they tapped a police cars wing mirrors on the way.Not sure if it was skill or just total disregard.the one thing i have noticed is they cant ride for toffee, my London mate says a good blast to about 50, let them catch up then slam everything on hard, they usually go down, hes a bit tasty on 2 wheels and has plenty of track time, used to dispatch as well
They just dont careSome perhaps but the pair I followed up the A40 from the hoover building were filtering at a fair old lick and made sure they tapped a police cars wing mirrors on the way.Not sure if it was skill or just total disregard.
There are normally two reasons that your machine has been stolen. The first being that they want it sell on as parts or complete and the second is they just need a machine to enable crims to go on and perform some other criminal activity that require a bike.....and yours was just it.
What really helps police in locating and tracking the machine and is quite good at deterring the bike being stolen for sale is to make your bike unique. Make it your bike.
I know some people regard it as heresy to alter a gleaming new bike in any way, and i know that a new standard R1 looks awesome, as well as it being just down right stupid to start messing around with any bike classed as a classic and needing to be kept in as original condition as possible to retain its money.
This is mostly for those riders who keep machines for a long time or are not bothered in keeping it original to show off/resale etc.
Make it unique to you
1) If the bike has a non-standard paint scheme or is a limited edition, take photos of the bike from multiple angles and have a reference of it that you could hand to police if its taken. A stolen bike report would normally be sent out on the registration plate, make and main colour....your limited edition could be a totally different colour than recorded on the system.
2) Aftermarket parts fitted to bike, its a fine line this one between making your bike more attractive to steal or less likely to be stolen if you have numerous aftermarket parts on it. I would suggest we are all intelligent enough to realise that a full titanium exhaust system and ohlins suspension make it shiny to steal to a thief that knows what he is looking at. But a bike with different rear sets and hangers, non-standard screen, various bolt-ons, additional electrics etc...make the bike more identifiable.
More identifiable in the short term. ie. If we stop or find your bike in the very near future, it makes it pretty damn sure it is your bike with these parts on, even to a quick glance, even with different plates. If the crims get it to a quite location and strip it, its not much use.
Record and photograph your aftermarket parts. If speaking to police, understand that not all are motorcyclist and descriptions like rear sets and headstock plates will make no sense to them.
3) Stickers and damage. If you have obvious damage to the bike, this is almost as good as store bought security marking system as it deters thieves if they want a shiny undamaged bike and it makes your bike identifiable if the plates and colour are changed. Make a note and photo any damage unique to your bike, I would suggest that bog standard scrapes and cracks that we all get are useful but bear in mind, hundreds of people drop their bikes like yours. Damage taken to the extreme is along the line of people running nice bikes, but refitting their fairings and other parts with ( obviously ) cheap, poorly painted parts that give the illusion the bike is post crashed. this does work.
Put stickers on your bike. It makes it more identifiable in the short term, if its spotted being ridden or parked up.Again note and take photos of your bike.
4) Make a note of every thing that may be of use to police. Do not swamp them with information, but have it to hand if you asked for it, or offer it if you believe it is really important.
Pannier racks. ( colours, type etc )
record chassis and engine number AND ITS LOCATION. ( not all police are bikers )
K&N filters etc
seats, rips and tears.
Or just do what I do and never wash your BMW and leave it covered in harry black, travel stickers, rust from it sliding down the road on its crashbars a few times and a stinking sheepskin rug on its seat with a perfect outline of my nuts in all the road dust and muck on it.