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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Geese are the best.

    Carry a goose and you'll be safe and sound.
    True that, but unlike the regular world no one cared how much goose crap was between the fences. A rider with a goose will still need a bike cover for splatter protection...


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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Carry a goose and you'll be safe and sound.
    So, Stranger, what's that in your pocket?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    This wasn't a case of loose stuff - it is stuff bolted in place. This is the result of parking for a somewhat long period of time (concert vs getting gas) in a less than safe location. It is like seeing a car jacked with all 4 wheels missing.
    I'm going to stick with the "easy pickings" theory. While putting the F8 away tonight I was noticing how easy it would be to remove the- mirrors, directionals and some of the accessories.......Could be for sport, fun or pawn. As in most cases, the cost of repair is at least 10 times the value if it was pawned or scrapped.
    I like to keep vehicles in sight.......you never know what may happen-



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    Info?

    What City?
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    So we know to avoid...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpl77 View Post
    Ya know I thought about the cover... But if your bike is the only one out of 30 bikes covered... Guaranteed its going to get more attention

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    Yeah. Seems to me a bike with a cover would look more valuable to a thief. But I don't know.
    Who has, or where is this "statistic?" that says that bikes with covers are less stolen, or have less things stolen off them?
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    Over the years I've left tank bags, electronics, riding gear, etc. tucked underneath the bike cover while getting a meal, attending an event, or even overnight. I've never had anything taken. Next time, it could all be stolen or destroyed, including the bike cover--they are popular items in the homeless community. Life is like that, and is also too short to spend it fretting over some "stuff". There comes a time when one has to shrug off the loss, real or potential, and move on--that's why insurance companies exist. Otherwise, the only appropriate place for bike and gear is locked safely in the garage at home--and what fun would that be??

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    Portable alarm

    Guardian By Dowco - Integrated Cover Alarm System - 130 Extreme/High Decibel - Theft Deterrent - Battery Operated

    Works with cover or without. $21.24 on Amazon Prime.
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    For a year, I left my helmet resting on a foot peg when I parked the bike and never worried about it. Then I parked at a conference downtown and was short one helmet when I got back to my bike that afternoon. Sigh... After a quick helmet-less ride through a helmet required state (only about 10 miles) to the dealer, I bought a helmet that actually fit in my side case.

    I can't imagine a pawn shop buying a crappy, used, smelly helmet from someone. I really can't imagine someone stealing it to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David13 View Post
    Yeah. Seems to me a bike with a cover would look more valuable to a thief. But I don't know.
    Who has, or where is this "statistic?" that says that bikes with covers are less stolen, or have less things stolen off them?
    dc

    True story....several years back, a friend bought a new "Wing"...bought a new cover for it.....very first night in a hotel someone stole .....the cover.
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    Smile Another cover incident

    Several years ago my wife and I traveling in Canada stopped in Quebec, Hotel Frontenac underground public parking garage. This was the recommendation of the hotel desk and it was gated . To make a long story short, we locked and covered the bike after setting the alarm. The next morning cover was gone as well as miscellaneous other items.
    Best Hotel in Quebec,covered and alarmed????
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeive View Post
    Then I parked at a conference downtown and was short one helmet when I got back to my bike that afternoon....
    I have a Neotec, so I carry a small cable lock for skis and secure the helmet onto a foot peg.

    But I can't imagine that you'd get much for a used helmet, even a fancy one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rinty View Post
    I have a Neotec, so I carry a small cable lock for skis and secure the helmet onto a foot peg.

    But I can't imagine that you'd get much for a used helmet, even a fancy one.
    One man's junk is other man's treasure. Bad people suck! A lock will help but if a thief wants it, it's gone. I think a cover is a good way to go when parking outside, but it could draw attention if parked indoors. I use a helmet guardian http://www.helmetguardian.com/index.htm The best of luck and take you stuff with you .

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsuited View Post
    As someone who has paid for the BMW auxiliary lights on my R1200GS, I would say that this was not "petty" theft.

    Was it outright vandalism? What kind of value would one get out of a pair of turn signals?
    ****
    I would concur it's vandalism.

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