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post #1 of 14 Old 03-21-2014, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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My name is Mark and I have been riding Harleys for over 30 years I love riding but it never fails when I go camping or just out blasting around country roads I see a sweet looking trail and I always wish I had a rig to carry me there. I have made my mind up to sell my softail and get a new KLR. I have read a lot about add on parts and such but the one thing I donít see talked about is security. Do you all carry big ass chains and pad locks? What is your method of keeping the bike safe?
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Welcome.

I don't usually park my bike in sketchy places, but I have a disc lock with an alarm built in if I need it. And that thing is LOUD.

Basic stuff (that will stop a kid, but not a determined thief):

Always lock the bars of course.

Let it be dirty and ugly looking.

I always try to park facing a wall or something if I'm worried about it. So one dude couldn't break the bar lock and push it away.

Two guys with a truck can steal most MCs pretty easy. If you're really worried, a big ass chain is a good option I suppose.

Hope that was in any way helpful. lol

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Hey Luke,

That is an interesting question. I just bought a KLR yesterday. I am a 54 year old fart and was able to get that bike on and off of my truck myself. Imagine how easy it would be for a couple of crack heads to pick it up and walk off with it ?????
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That's why I actually like Harley Davidsons. If you park a KLR next to one you can guarantee that the KLR will not get stolen.

Generally speaking and kidding aside I've never really worried about theft too much. I do have a Motorcycle Club that fits the KLR back wheel beautifully through the swing arm. I also have insurance because in the end if they want to steal it they will or at the least they'll wreck it trying.

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That's why I actually like Harley Davidsons. If you park a KLR next to one you can guarantee that the KLR will not get stolen.
lol. So true. I love parking by nice shiny bikes.




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honestly never had anything sketchy happen with mine either. not really a bike thieves are interested in. it's not a crotch rocket or a harley and it doesnt have a bmw symbol on it......well some do....heh

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I wouldn't be concerned about it. No dedicated, out-for-a-profit motorcycle thieves are going to steal it.

The pool of people who might take it is small and would probably be completely eliminated by prominently displaying one of these stickers on your gas tank although you might find yourself frequently confronted and questioned by either the police or skinny white teens with bad teeth and open sores on their arms........





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That's why I actually like Harley Davidsons. If you park a KLR next to one you can guarantee that the KLR will not get stolen.
Crap, I may have to revisit my thinking on this.


NICB Reports Small Decline in Motorcycle Thefts in 2012

Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki Are Top Stolen Brands

DES PLAINES, Ill., Nov. 25, 2013 Ė The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released a report on motorcycle thefts in the United States for 2012. The report is based on National Crime Information Center (NCIC) motorcycle theft data for 2012. A total of 46,061 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2012 compared with 46,667 reported stolen in 2011-a decrease of 606 thefts or 1 percent.

American Honda Motor Company, Inc. had the highest reported thefts in 2012 with 9,082. In second place was Yamaha Motor Corporation with 7,517. American Suzuki Motor Corporation (7,017); Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (4,839) and Harley Davidson, Inc. (3,755) round out the top five makes.

California was the state where the most motorcycle thefts occurred in 2012 with 6,082. Florida with 4,110 thefts was second. Texas (3,400); North Carolina (2,574) and Indiana (2,334) complete the top five states.

When looking at the cities where motorcycle thefts were reported, New York City, was at the top of the list with 903 thefts. In second place was Las Vegas with 757. San Diego was third with 633. The fourth spot was held by Indianapolis with 584 and in fifth was Miami with 535.

Motorcycles are generally a seasonal mode of transportation making them most susceptible to thefts during the months when the weather is most conducive to their use. That is demonstrated in a temporal analysis of the thefts. Most thefts occurred during the summer months and the fewest during the winter. July had the highest number of reported thefts in 2012 with 5,529. August was next with 5,290 followed by June with 4,765. The fewest thefts were reported in February with 2,089 followed by January (2,481) and December (2,659).

While the recovery rate for motor vehicle thefts in 2012 was 53.9 percent, for motorcycles in that same year it was only 39 percent. If not quickly recovered, stolen motorcycles are often "chopped" with their parts finding their way into the black market supply chain. Others are kept intact and resold to unsuspecting buyers after crude attempts to alter their identification. Still others are hidden away for years and, on occasion, recovered as they are in the process of being exported in shipping containers.


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Security on the KLR is about as different from a Harley as can be.
That little blurb -
"NICB Reports Small Decline in Motorcycle Thefts in 2012

Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki Are Top Stolen Brands"

Doesn't explain what models of those makes. As well as Harley's have a huge target on them for PARTS! Sport bikes are the same, huge market for parts on FleaBay, Amazon, etc. The KLR perks interest from some of those "people" in questionable areas when there's a GPS, radio, or other goodies hanging on the bars. Most of the time the average person walks by it and wonders "what kind of bike is that?"

I've parked my bike in San Francisco, Oakland (really nice place), Berkley and Santa Rosa near a gang ridden spot. Watched some second glances from punks, but they kept right on going probably because it's not covered in chrome, or pearl paint.

Had a guy the other day ask me how I tied down my jacket when I leave it. Of course we were in front of Whole Foods here in Napa, and I said I just leave it laying on the handlebars most of the time. He said he had a jacket and helmet stolen of his Suzuki cruiser in Berkley in 7 minutes a while back.

I think it boils down to knowing the area you're in, and being prepared with locks. I have a combo lock carabiner for my helmet that I use, and put my jacket and stuff in my tail bag when I think it's right.
I have had my tires pissed on by a bobcat up in the Sierras, and those freakin' chipmunks chewed thru my tent and stole my granola bars one night on the North Coast though....

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