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post #1 of 13 Old 05-03-2016, 01:58 AM Thread Starter
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Question Easily dumbest question of day - helmet lock

Obviously new since I found out today WHERE the helmet lock is, unlocked it, and then thought, "that's great, but where on the helmet is it supposed to secure?" At first my tiny greenhorn mind wandered to the strap itself, quickly shunned though, as the strap isn't lockable (unless we're deterring people who thin snaps are locks), but just now realized that the metal "belt buckle-looking silver/chrome-colored doohickies" are actually like enclosed metal, thus securing the helmet (unless someone has a razor/scissors and decides to cut or snip it off) so now the question becomes, given a Scorpion EXO-500 DOT (XXL - fat head, tiny mind), is there a spot on the helmet that Scorpion/Kawasaki had in mind even more secure so a razor yielding thief couldn't easily swipe an (albeit sub-$200) helmet? Awaiting reply(ies) eagerly! Sorry for not registering immediately, but on the way to Walmart and will be back in 30 minutes. I'll save further questions until I register. Thanks ahead of time!

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post #2 of 13 Old 05-03-2016, 04:32 AM
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It's an 'honest man' lock. Keeps an honest man honest by locking the helmet to the bike by the D-rings on the strap.

All the same, don't trust a high-end helmet to it.

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It's an 'honest man' lock. Keeps an honest man honest by locking the helmet to the bike by the D-rings on the strap.

All the same, don't trust a high-end helmet to it.

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Thank you, sir. Kinda figured that a little later, but I don't think a cheapie Scorpion would be in the "high-end" category, though they do look "OK" to someone who may not know pricing. Thanks for the help!
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post #4 of 13 Old 05-03-2016, 10:38 AM
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in theory, a razor wielding thief, if he cut the strap, he technically damaged the helmet and rendered it useless. it's like laptop locks, if you break that lock pin on the laptop side, your potential buyers or friends will know you stole it.
it's NOT that easy to replace the strap on the helmet if he cut it.

i have a $760 arai helmet that i leave in that lock.. i never had issues with theft.

you just get that helmet offroad a bit, make it look old and worn . then it will be less attractive.
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With a Nice full face helmet resting on top of the RH mirror (keeps the rain and dust out) and a Nice Jacket draped over a Fully loaded Nice Tank bag, one can use a High Quality Cable Lock to go thru the sleeve of the jacket, the harness of the tank bag, the handlebar of the bike and the chin bar of the helmet.

Place the lock Bold and Obvious.

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post #6 of 13 Old 05-03-2016, 11:06 AM
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how long is the lock you use,
that's a good idea. i always get troubled carrying the jacket.
u can share links of locks u like!
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post #7 of 13 Old 05-03-2016, 12:41 PM
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I don't have a favorite; I have the one that my buddy Tim gave me. It's this one:
SAFEMAN® ...just lock it! and it works just fine. They show a very strong-looking German guy operating it, so you know it works ;^). He's probably stronger than a pro wrestler, and you know pro wrestling is real, so...

Used in the manner that Paul describes, it works. I think it is also an 'honest man' lock.

99% of the game is simply making it hard to pick something up and walk away with it.

That theory has worked pretty well, though it didn't work for me when I had my Cannondale R500 locked up in a friend's truck bed some years ago. That was a case of too much temptation and too little lock.

Use some common sense when draping things over your motorcycle. One of my Olympia jackets has a nice scar across the back that exactly matches the curve on the header pipe of my KLR...

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.................. and you know pro wrestling is real, so.................Tom
Sorry to have to keep correcting you, but pro wrestling is all fake.

For locking I use the cable size and length of my choice from Lowe's (they have vinyl coated) and a couple of ferruls to make loops and a padlock. I keep four locks keyed alike for things on the bike.

I never liked the idea of hanging my helmet upside down down by the tire. Rain storms and dogs peeing are two thoughts that come to mind.

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post #9 of 13 Old 05-03-2016, 07:30 PM
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Helmet locks have been the same way since the beginning. Harley's don't even have them. In fact, this is the first one I've had in over 20 years that didn't require removing the rear seat.
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Tom nailed it. Honest man lock.

Sometimes, I figure if I leave my gloves on my bars and the helmet on the mirror it will be safer because it seems like I might be coming right back. Dumb.

Ideally, I don't park in shitty places and trust people. I use the helmet lock very rarely and only when there's no other alternative. Usually, it comes with me if I don't feel comfortable leaving it on the mirror.



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