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Article: The War on Sportbike Thieves

Roadracing World has a good article this month regarding sportbike thieves. It's a good read I would suggest everyone take a look. It's amazing just how easy it is to steal one of our bikes.

The link goes to the online version of the magazine, hopefully everyone can open it:

http://online.roadracingworld.com/ol...g/default.asp?

EDIT: For those that don't have a subscription I have pasted the article below.

"Riding a race bike is an art - a thing that you do because you feel something inside." - Valentino Rossi

Now I can say my morale is reasonably high because I've discovered I have a great rapport with morphine! he joked, adding I hope nobody wins! when asked about the race. - V. Rossi


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No problem, I just hope everyone reads it and learns from it. Hopefully the tricks on how to spot a stolen bike will lead to a board member noticing one and stopping it before it gets away forever.

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yea man im paranoid, i live at school most of the year (grad school) in an apartment complex, and i dont have a car, so i constantly worry that someone will mess with it or try to steal it. luckily my parking space is about 50 feet from my window, so i can see it, but its not much comfort.

when i bought my bike, me and two friends just lifted it into the back of my buddys pickup, no problem. it was quiet and only took us a few minutes (we were taking our time). but minivans are much lower and a lot easier for people to grab your sh*t. im constantly trying to think of better ways to keep it safe, but at least now i know my steering lock dont do sh*t and it can get hotwired (what a relief). I thought manufacturers did something so you couldnt hotwire, but i guess that was naive of me.
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Think of a combo of deterents that will cause the bastards to take time to free
the bike if they want so bad that element alone will probably scare them away
Bike cover , lock with a chain on the front wheel , lock with a chain on the back
wheel if there is a stationery object that the chain can go around it that would
make it harder to cut the chain loose would be another deterent that you can use





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Think of a combo of deterents that will cause the bastards to take time to free
the bike if they want so bad that element alone will probably scare them away
Bike cover , lock with a chain on the front wheel , lock with a chain on the back
wheel if there is a stationery object that the chain can go around it that would make it harder to cut the chain loose would be another deterent that you can use
Unfortunately, as the article states, almost all locks and chains are useless, it takes only a few seconds for a thief to snip them with bolt cutters. No matter what deterrents you have, if a thief really wants your bike there's nothing you can do to stop them.

The best thing would be a combo of a loud alarm and the highest quality Kryptonite lock.

It would be nice if there was an alarm that ran an electric current throughout the bike so anyone who touches it would get shocked. That's an unrealistic dream though.

"Riding a race bike is an art - a thing that you do because you feel something inside." - Valentino Rossi

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Thank you for posting this! But it makes me sick to my stomach that this is such a big problem. Thieves need to be rounded up and killed.
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Thanks for the post man. Very informative and a bit of a shocker :-/

One thing they didn't really mention were disc-locks. Those seem to be a lot harder to just cut, right?

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I am irritated that the CBR600RR's sold in Europe and Japan come with a very good, sophisticated immobilization system (H.I.S.S.) as standard and ours do not.
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thanks for posting that and yes, very scary to think that motorcycles are an easy target
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Great article, thanks for sharing. Man its scary to think about how easy it is to steal our bikes
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good info. i usually cover my bike and put a chain through back tire and swingarm. that things got links about an inch thick, hopefully that works. now im gonna get an alarm system

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yea i think an alarm system is looking about right, at least if anyone tries anything you have the potential to hear it and do something, or it may just deterr them all together. They can be sneaky breaking locks and hotwiring, but its much harder to hide a honking/flashing 400lb peice of machinery.
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Wow this is an excellent article. Thanks for posting it up. I literally learned a few new things about bikes and how the thieves work.

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this holds some value, but it doesn't mean that we should make are bikes less attractive just to deter thieves. (a lot of us here have some nice bikes) what i usually do is park my bike in a very public place if i have to leave it out so that any attempt to steal it would look very suspicious. thats why sidewalks make great parking spots sometimes

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thats why sidewalks make great parking spots sometimes
Yeah but apparently that is now illegal in CA. I've heard that bikes get ticketed and even towed for doing that.

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Thanks a bunch for posting this great info. I'm sure a lot of members here, including myself, appreciate it and learn from it.

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good info. i usually cover my bike and put a chain through back tire and swingarm. that things got links about an inch thick, hopefully that works. now im gonna get an alarm system
Bike covers and chain works great; however, how are you going to carry that around with you?

I think the immobilization technology would definitely help a lot. While waiting for that to become a reality for us, I better start installing a second kill switch.
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That was an interesting read, kinda sad how vulnerable modern sportbikes are. Wonder if the Euro kill switches help deter theft at all.

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I knew that RR on the side of the CA-163s looked fishy! Glad to see they're doing something to try and lower theft in San Diego. It may not do much but I have a chain lock, disc lock and alarm on my bike. I'm lucky to be able to park my bike inside my garage at night but whenever its not, its always locked up. Insurance is $$$
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Thanks a bunch for posting this great info. I'm sure a lot of members here, including myself, appreciate it and learn from it.



Bike covers and chain works great; however, how are you going to carry that around with you?

I think the immobilization technology would definitely help a lot. While waiting for that to become a reality for us, I better start installing a second kill switch.
how am i..... no no no. how do i? the chain only weighs like a hundred pounds, and the cover rolls into the space of the small pocket in my backpack. plus the only time i really ever park my bike other then at home is at work, and i work on a naval base. still scares the bajebus outta me actually gonna look into that hidden kill switch today

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omfg i took the time to read all this and am still amazed.. i think everyone should print out this article and send it to their local police department, especially if their bike has been stolen before... omfg... im gunna get an alarm for my bike, and a disc lock... ahh this sucks... i cant belive how easy this is... they need to put a tracker like in the gas tank or somewhere amazing sly, let the bike be shipped wherever and then catch EVERYONE... they could get everyone invlolved that would be SWEET...

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mmm very interesting read, thanks for posting this up! i'll be sure to let my buddies read this.
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Yeah but apparently that is now illegal in CA. I've heard that bikes get ticketed and even towed for doing that.
i do this lots of times if someone complains then ill take it out..worst case scenario is a $25 parking violation which I rather get then my bike being gone...


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I am irritated that the CBR600RR's sold in Europe and Japan come with a very good, sophisticated immobilization system (H.I.S.S.) as standard and ours do not.
Yeah, luckily mine has HISS as I live in UK. Why don't you guys get it? Is it a cost issue or something?

Never understood the reason it'd be left off the US bikes...
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Doesn't HISS come on all the new US bikes?

I'm just glad I live in Smalltown TX, where a house burglary or car theft makes front page news.

We got lots of guns around here and that tends to deter thieves.....

We frequently leave our truck and house unlocked, out here in the country. Why worry? If they want it, they'll have it.

I refuse to live in fear of these degenerates. 3 large dogs on the property helps too :icon_lol:

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I work at a big honda shop in NE Indiana and we had some guy call in to service this week asking how to start a bike with no ignition and no key...... my boss the service manager was too wise so had one of the not so bright mechanics explain it to him so he was liable lol


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