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....
Confidence is the feeling you have before you fully understand the situation."
Jeff in Napa California