Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Evansville, Indiana
Hey Getrdun, what trailheads? Are you talking HNF? I can't see anyone messing with the bike at any of those trailheads. Contact the forest rangers and ask about the idea of riding part way down the trail and getting the KLR out of site from the parking area and road. Most likely they won't allow it, but if you are nice and explain the issue and work them a bit, maybe you can get them to bend a little. Anyone who actually hikes the trail and sees the bike is most likely not a lazy thief. If, by chance, another person even hikes the trail, happens to be or knows a thief, and willing to lug a 350lb bike down a trail back to the parking lot to steal it... well it's just fate and your KLR was doomed no matter what you did.
Another option is to leave it at the ranger station and get a lift to the trailhead from them or from another vehicle.
I'm almost in the same boat as you, because I'm getting the hiking bug again. I used to do a lot of it, but my other activities have taken priority.