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post #1 of 11 Old 06-22-2007, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Will you leave your bike at a trailhead to hike?

I've basically quit driving my Jeep riding the KLR to go every where now. I wont even let my bike get out of sight normally because i'm worried that someone will pick it up chain and all and put it in there truck bed. Does anyone ever take their bike to a trailhead and chain it up to go hiking. I'm sure the first time I do Ill be miles away from civilization and get stuck walking because someone stole my bike.
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-22-2007, 03:22 PM
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myself, i wouldnt, dualsports are a high theft item, if i did, i'g gwt a length of hardened chain, at least 3/8 and a very high quality lock. hardened chain aint cheap and neither are the locks, but i'd rather spend the bucks than loose the bike. the only hotel i stopped at while riding my klr, i parked the bike inside the room.

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post #3 of 11 Old 06-22-2007, 07:21 PM
 
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i have a zip lock bag of spent .45 cases and leave it on the seat or tank bag. it creates doubt.
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post #4 of 11 Old 06-22-2007, 09:42 PM
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hey, i got a bunch of them, great idea

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I have a lifted Jeep Cherokee I basicaly use as a work truck, or for various outdoor adventures. Its beat up with dents all over it and dirty as hell, like most jeeps. One summer I did alot of target shooting and I had all kinds of random shells that had acumulated in the floorboards. I had a nice 300 Winmag, 8mm Mauser, a 44 mag, and a Ruger 10/.22 mag. . For a long time I left the shells in the truck just so no one would mess with it. Eventualy people started seeing them and looking at me like I was going to climb a tower and start picking people off so I cleaned it. I think I'll just watch the bike carefully. It is a shame there are so many people that would rather steal your bike than get a job and buy there own.
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post #6 of 11 Old 06-23-2007, 04:07 PM
 
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dualsports are a high theft item
Really? I wouldn't have thought that was the case... Most people I meet don't like them, think they're too slow to just plain ugly.

As for leaving it at the trail head.. Nope. Then again I don't use my bike for transportation, just for fun.

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post #7 of 11 Old 06-23-2007, 09:23 PM
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i had my xr650 stolen right out of my driveway where i used to live.

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post #8 of 11 Old 06-24-2007, 09:23 AM
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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.
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-24-2007, 10:07 AM
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ya know ...... most of the tree hugging granola eating bunny lovers are so weak from being veggy eaters, that they probably wouldnt be able to get that tank of a bike off the side stand anyways

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post #10 of 11 Old 06-25-2007, 12:05 PM
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i have a zip lock bag of spent .45 cases and leave it on the seat or tank bag. it creates doubt.
I almost hit the floor laughing when I read that.
Actually, that's not a bad idea.
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