Funny, the night my friend's motorcycle was stolen is the one and only night he didn't chain it to the post. He got home late from a night out, was tired and too lazy to perform the usual ritual.
Summertime it is not unusual to have more than 20 boats in our parking lot with an average value of approximately $60,000.00 each.
Now here is a humorous but true story. Two years ago my brother and I were on our way to Arkansas and were staying at a friends house in New Mexico. The gate to his back yard was too narrow for either bike (my 1150 and his brand new Harley with less than 1,000 miles) We had the house to ourselves as our friends had to leave town. They did however have a security camera which I could look at the bikes from the bedroom I was in, and they assured me that the monitor would beep loud enough to wake me if there was movement anywhere near our bikes. Around midnight the beep woke me and as I looked at the monitor, I observed my brother walking around the motorcycles and then looking around the side streets. When he came back in I asked him if he heard anything and his reply was that he couldn't sleep for fear someone would steal his Harley. I rolled over and went to sleep. Two hours later - the same thing.
After three hours I heard the bathroom shower on and when I checked it out, he said he couldn't sleep.
We left Albuquerque about 3:30 in the morning.
I have been a cop for 26 years and never have done or heard of someone getting their motorcycle stolen from a hotel in the city I work. Tallahassee, Florida............The ones that do get stolen are usual sport motorcycles near our colleges and those type cases are rare. If persons want your property, no matter what you do person will take it. I would enjoy my trip, secure it with the key, have good insurance, and just have fun. Irode from Florida to Alaska, gone for 3 weeks, without having a problem.
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I just googled MC thefts in your city & there are 2 listed now-sorry We all know, there are bad guys everywhere. Best to be cautious & enjoy the moment as you say.
"If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time...I'd relax,I'd limber up... I would take fewer things seriously...take more chances... take more trips...climb more mountains...swim more rivers...eat more ice cream." Jorge Luis Borges at age 85.
BMWs are pretty low on the list of bikes stolen.
Per the NCIB's stats on their website published Sept 2012.
"Overall, there were a total of 46,667 motorcycle thefts in the U.S. in 2011. From 2010 to 2011, motorcycle thefts decreased 6% even though motorcycle sales slightly increased"
"Motorcycle thefts increased during the warmer months, as July and August had the most motorcycle thefts and December, January, and February had the least motorcycle thefts. Motorcycle thefts typically occurred on Mondays and Tuesdays"
Motorcycle Thefts: By Make
1 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. 11,014
2 Yamaha Motor Corporation 8,880
3 American Suzuki Motor Corporation 7,281
4 Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. 5,009
5 Harley Davidson, Inc. 3,120
6 KTM Sportmotorcycle AG 410
7 KYMCO U.S.A., Inc. 350
8 Vespa International 323
9 Bajaj Auto., Ltd. 294
10 Goldenvale, Inc. - Roketa 286
11 Ducati Motor Holding 232
12 Astronautical Bashan 226
13 Genuine Cycle 197
14 Zhejiang Shenmao Appliance Co Ltd. 153
15 E-TON Power Tech Co Ltd. 150
This totals 37925 of the 46,667 stolen.
and even IF BMW came in at #16 you are looking at <150 total stolen in the year.
As for where stolen: CA,TX, FL, NC & IN are the top 5 representing 40% of all thefts.
So you wanna be safe, based on the stats I'd say Drive a BMW, Ride cooler months, and spend little time in the above mentioned states. COULD your bike be stolen, yes, but odds are against it.
Been in a few places, I would have liked to park bike in the room, it wouldn't fit
I ask, when staying at hotels if I can park in front, or if its the type of motel where you park in front of room do so
Always lock steering forks, remove valuables, set alarm and COVER bike
A lightweight cover is easy to pack, keeps dust and dew off the bike, and keeps curious eyes from exploring your bike
That does it! I'm never going to TLH again on my BMW.
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My experience also. Locking the steering is prob the easiest thing.
Those cables like you describe are very thick and very heavy. A pain to pack and carry. A cover mine with a vanilla cover, ie one that does not advertise BMW inside.
One of my first jobs was in repo. I leave the keys in my bike. A pro will take it no matter what you do and an amateur will do more damage than a professional trying to circumvent your "protection". BTW, I have left the keys in my motorcycles my entire life and in over 25 countries. Never had a problem.
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In Alton, IL there is a popular place called Fast Eddies Bon Aire, local hangout for Harley Riders. A couple of years ago there was a story that more HD's were stolen off their parking lot than anywhere else in IL and that is when the owners were in the restaurant!
Always felt pretty safe parking the Beemer there.
Carry and use a lightweight full cover and you won't have any trouble, out of sight is the way to go.
BTW I take extra care with my windscreens and a old pillow case put on first over the windscreen before the cover prevents any scratches.
I very often leave my bikes in remote places while hiking in the West and I'm convinced the full cover is the reason I've never had any trouble.