I wanted to get some recommendations for the most effective anti-theft devices for the 600RR. I've done a fair bit of research, but there are a few things specific to this bike (2008 model in my case) when it comes to recommending the exact items (e.g. disc lock pin size) or U-locks that fit perfectly into the trunk.
Reddit AMA by an ex-thief: https://www.reddit.com/r/motorcycles...p_operator_ama
He suggests a disc lock on the rear wheel, a chain, and a lockable cover. One thing though.. I don't want alarms. False positives are annoying. I want enough of a deterrent that a thief would just move on.
- Which ones do you use? What's the largest pin size that the OEM rear rotors will fit? Should I try to get the largest pin size that will fit?
- Do you have a chain/cable attached to your disc lock? How durable is it against bolt cutters? What about the weight? Something like http://xenasecurity.com/wp-content/u...series-dis.jpg
- Can you fit all this in the trunk? I may just always ride with a backpack.
- Do you think alarms are good if you are far enough that you can't hear it? Do people these days respond to alarm sounds? I doubt that.
- Anyone here have a DIY chain solution? i.e. buy a specialized chain (priced per foot), buy a sleeve, buy the lock separately
- Where do you attach it? I hear the hole in the swingarm on the right side is a safe place? It's not very big though, so some of those enormous chains may not fit.
- When it comes to a chain, I want something that will be hardest to cut while not being too heavy, even if that costs more. I don't want to carry an extra 15lbs in my backpack to work.. I probably just wouldn't. I may leave a spare chain locked around a pole there though to not have to haul it around.
- Do any of you use one of these for the rear wheel? What's the exact lock you use and how do you attach it? It would be good to put it through the swingarm hole as well as around one of the 3 spokes on the rear wheel, but it seems you'd have to park it carefully such that one of the spokes is next to the swingarm hole, which may get annoying.
Lockable bike cover:
- I'd imagine these are a great idea. It should prevent people from sitting on your bike and also make it harder for a thief to tell what model/year bike you have or what security devices you have attached if the cover is locked. Especially for those of us with brightly-colored and shiny bikes that look expensive and catch the eye, a full cover will neutralize that.
- Right now, I'm fortunate to pay only $14/mo extra to add comprehensive coverage (I find Progressive and GEICO to be the best for me). However, I'll be moving to a big city soon, so my insurance will probably go way up. If I feel that I protect my bike far better than the average Joe, I may cancel the comprehensive coverage and spend the money on beefy chains and Portal turrets.
Comments/answers/questions/discussions welcome :)