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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-16-2015, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Help me feel better about leaving my bike outside overnight.

I live in a large apartment complex and would like to park my bike here permanently however im very paranoid about leaving it outside throughout the day/night as I do not have theft insurance. I am going to keep the bike covered at all times so not advertising my nice bike to any possible thieves.

Does anyone have any other suggestions to deter a thief, besides spending money on a gps tracker or security system? I was thinking that even taping a piece of paper to the bike stating something along the lines of "this bike is equipped with a hidden gps tracker and security system. Do not steal unless you would like to go to jail." Thats just a quick thought but that might do the job. Any suggestions?
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I live literally in the ghetto and have parked my bike out on the curb for years. Aside from one idiot driver tapping my 600R a few years ago and knocking it over (to the tune of zero damage other than a new scratch on the frame slider) nobody has ever touched it.

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Buy disc locks for front and rear...AND, get a 2+" chain to secure it to a pole or some other stationary object. The more hassle you make it for them, the more they will look for someone else's bike to steal.

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Theft insurance is your best bet. Even heavy duty chains won't deter determined thieves, and disc locks don't keep 2 guys from throwing it in the back of a pickup in 20 seconds. :/
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Why do you have a nice bike and no theft insurance?

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Best theft deterrent is a simple snickers bar. Here are the instructions:

1. Unwrap snickers bar

2. Swipe it quickly but thoroughly, longitudinally, down the center of the seat several times

3. For extra protection, slap a "Ride Naked" sticker on the tank

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Locks and chains are deterrents, but they are not going to stop a good determined thieve. Honestly, why even bother with all that crap? After they steal the bike you'll be left with no bike and no money because you spent so much on useless "deterrent" stuff.

Meh, if someone stole my high mileage Versys I'd be happy, there is no way in hell I can sell it for as much as the insurance would pay me for it!

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Locks and chains are deterrents, but they are not going to stop a good determined thieve. Honestly, why even bother with all that crap? After they steal the bike you'll be left with no bike and no money because you spent so much on useless "deterrent" stuff.

Meh, if someone stole my high mileage Versys I'd be happy, there is no way in hell I can sell it for as much as the insurance would pay me for it!
Yeah, I was pretty set on just riding my YZF600R forever because it was beaten to hell over the years and put back together rough after vandalizations, etc., figured I'd never get more than $1-2k for it even if I cleaned it up the best I could (Plus I liked it, it was a damn nice bike for such an old design in 2006)

Then someone caused an accident and their insurance wrote me a check for just under $5k to write it off.
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If I were in your situation I would have a sub 3k bike, some kind of lock or chain to keep opportunistic dirtbags away, and good insurance.
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Locks and chains are deterrents, but they are not going to stop a good determined thieve. Honestly, why even bother with all that crap? After they steal the bike you'll be left with no bike and no money because you spent so much on useless "deterrent" stuff.
They are meant to deter the common thief. Its not useless if used correctly or in combination with other deterrents like an alarm and bike cover.

A friend of mine lives in downtown Philadelphia and parks 2 of his bikes in front of his small apartment chained to the metal railings and covered with a plain black cover.

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Insurance. Thieves target bikes parked outside apartments. Don't ask me how I know.

My brother actually rented a space inane underground garage. The story didn't end happily for him, but might for someone else.
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Another one that votes for insurance.

My bikes sleeps outside all year long, with nothing but a cover, and an alarm. Granted, its a 02 f4i, but still. I don't lose sleep over it!
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Another one that votes for insurance.

My bikes sleeps outside all year long, with nothing but a cover, and an alarm. Granted, its a 02 f4i, but still. I don't lose sleep over it!
Me too! Insurance is cheap on my bike because FZ6's are pretty much a low theft item. I do put an alarmed 10mm chain on it. That is to keep the joy riders off. NOTHING can stop a real thief that really wans your bike. He can always find a couple of sub-contractors and just carry it off.
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Man you guys are crazy. Id rather pay for a storage unit than leave my bike outside regardless of insurance.
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