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minner
This is my first motorcycle and I am having a blast!  I have no experience with theft prevention for a motorcycle and would hate to see it stolen.  I'm assuming that if someone wants it bad enough they can pick the bike up and put it in a truck.  Does anyone have any advice regarding: devices to deter theft, where to avoid parking it, covering the bike, etc.
 
 
Thanks for any input 

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hippiebikerchick
Check out the discussion here.

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minner
Thanks!  Other than the steering lock I will look into a disc lock.  Its in a secure garage while at home but I was wondering what to do if I were to take it out and stop somewhere.  I live in Los Angeles so it's at risk, to some extent.  Unfortunately, it sounds as if I'll have to say my prayers if I walk away from it in a public place.  Fortunately, I enjoy riding it enough and don't tire easily so I'll just keep riding and if I have to stop I'll keep it in sight. 

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tanner68
I have been looking into this too. Things seem to distill down quickly.
To stop someone from riding your bike away, a disk lock seems like the best solution.
Since practically everything that is conveniently transportable can be defeated by a bolt cutter, only vigilance will keep your bike from being carted off in a van or trailer. Nevertheless, a disk lock, locking to a fixed object, and a cover are a lot of deterrent.
 
When your are home, you have the ability to lock it up as solidly as your budget and circumstances allow. Layers and super hardened chains and locks are your best bets.
 
All the above doesn't come from experience, just my research.

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minner
I actually have a fairly secure location to park the bike at work.  It's a private lot with security guards and a gate.  I often have to run into the emergency department and can stuff my gear into a bag but the helmet is cumbersome.  I'm also a brain specialist and haven't resolved  the potential impact of being seen with the helmet.  I see other bikes with helmets resting on the seat.
 
 Does anyone have experience with leaving their helmet on the seat (secured or unsecured)?  

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cassecou
Thieves are not too interested to steal helmets, but don't tempt them.
The most efficient anti thief motorcycle devices are combinations of things, the most the better.
Chain it to a permanent anchor + alarm + disk lock (with alarm)+ high traffic and well lighten area + under a cover.
The only full proof anti thief method is, with you on your bed (rofl). Don't ask about the wife >:D
 
Given time, good thieves will be able to cut your chain, but an added alarm will shorten that time considerably, to the point they will move on.
Disk locks only are not that great as a bike can be set on 2 skate boards and be move anywhere. Disk locks with integrated alarms are much better.
 

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tanner68
 Disk locks with integrated alarms are much better.
Are there reliable ones that don't go off accidentally and whenever you put the key in? I bought one without an alarm just because I'd heard how often they went off accidentally. A disk lock with reliable alarm would be a much better deterrent.

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Guest August BB
I think its feast or famine with the disc alarms. I bought an Abus 345/350 because I heard its alarm isn't sensitive, and it definitely is not sensitive at all. I've never got it to go off. Maybe if I actually try to forcibly remove the lock or try to remove the rear tire, it might actually go off.
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hobbs
Does anyone have experience with leaving their helmet on the seat (secured or unsecured)?  
 
 
Just keep it away from the tank. Gasoline vapors will deteriorate the lining of the helmet over time, reducing it's ability to protect your nugget.

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minner
Thanks for the tip about the proximity to the fuel tank hobbs; if the helmet fails I may not be riding anymore.  
 
It seems like we'll have to find a balance between security and intended use of the bike.  I may get me to work in less time but I'll have to spend a few minutes removing my gear, anchoring the bike to the garage structure and attaching a disc lock to get a higher level of security.  For others who save a more substantial chunk of time by riding the motorcyle to work it seems worth the effort. 

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stefano225
Just put a for sale sign stating needs new engine for comment, don't think anybody will be interested on stealing a bike that needs engine.Just an idea.
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