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Guys -
I thought I would pass this onto you. A guy here in DFW had his bike stolen, and recovered it.

my bike was stolen yesterday morning at 7:15. It was located at 9:30 pm that night when my GPS system became active again, and I just got back from recovering it. It had been stolen from my apartment complex and taken to a rent-a-unit storage area in Southwest Dallas.

My bike's in pretty good shape. But just as good is that a 2001 Suzuki Hayabusa was in the unit right next to mine, and it came up stolen as well when the cops ran the VIN. According to the police, it was stolen in the Grand Prairie area last Friday, the 16th.

Here are pics of everything. I got pics of some distinguishing marks on the Busa that the owner should recognize. They have removed the front fairings, the seat, and the rear seat handle, but everything seemed to be there and in decent condition. I'm not real familiar with Busas so I could be wrong. The cops will be contacting the owner of the Hayabusa either today or Monday, not sure which. But if you're positive that it's your bike, contact me and I'll tell you where it is and you can go get it now.

Here's a point for the good guys. When the owner of the business gets back in town today, the cops will find out who the unit was rented out to and then place a felony charge on the culprits. And who knows? They might have 10 more units rented at the same place full of bikes. If I hear anything like that happening, I'll let everyone know.

Finally, one for the good guys. I am going to be looking into these GPS systems myself. The guy that installed his does it for $379 + tax. No monthly service fees, just $49 for 20 contacts. This means when the bike is moved 1 degree, for more than two seconds, you will be called on your home phone, cell phone, and work. This is one contact. Here is the companies website.

www.trackmenow.com
 

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good stuff, ive been hearing about a few bikes being stolen here in DFW. i think that gps locator system is definately worth it.

ps, will having a gps unit on your bike lower insurance rates at all?
 

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I am sure it would. I am going to get one sometime this month or next. I only carry liability, so that means no theft coverage. I only pay $56 a year on liability. If it does get stolen, the GPS will definitly come into play. call your insurance and ask them, I would assume yes.
 

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glad you got your bike back, you don't see that too often
 

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It wasn't my bike, but either way glad he got the bike back. Stang man, check out www.dfwsportbike.com it has all the rides for everyday of the week when you get back up here.
 

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That's great! Definately an awesome thing to have if the bike gets stolen, provided that it is still in one piece when you find it. Actually, even if the bike is stripped it'd be great to find the "chop shop".
 

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dont touch the bikes.. dust some fingerprints and find the person who stole the bikes prints on there..
 

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congrats on speedy recovery. GPS is going to be deffinitelly in the works for me (with my next bike)
 

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Hey Rotty, what's your screenname over on SportBikeHype? Thanks for posting this over here, kinda neat to see my story on another board.

That's my R6 that got stolen and recovered, along with the Busa. Here's a link to the first thread I posted when the bike was stolen. And here's the second thread after I'd gotten back from recovering it.

Everything has turned out really good. The estimate from Yamaha on the repairs is $833. They damaged all three of my locks (ignition, gas tank, and rear seat), and the front fender, and some other smaller parts. $380 of the estimate is labor, so I just ordered the parts and I'm going to try to do as much as I can by myself. I'm told by the police if the guy gets caught, we'll go to court and the judge will most likely make him pay the amount for my repairs, but since that's definitely not a sure thing I'm trying to cut costs wherever I can.

I highly recommend the GPS system. Like most of us I didn't have theft insurance so the system is well worth it.
 

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you're one of the lucky ones :)
 

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Why not carry comp/theft for insurance? seems silly in a high crime area like that. Not to mention it would pay for repairs in case it was recovered like yours was.
 

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Glad to see you get your bike back. I know how it feels. couple of years ago mine was stolen and I got it back the next day. that is a good feeling
 

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Why not carry comp/theft for insurance? seems silly in a high crime area like that. Not to mention it would pay for repairs in case it was recovered like yours was.
Actually, the crime in my area is one of the lowest. I live near Highland Park in Dallas, a very rich area (according to the lastest Dallas Magazine, the average home costs $1,000,000) and it's regularly rated as one of the safest places and lowest crime rate areas.

As far as the repairs go, it would have been a waste of money to have a theft insurance policy cover it. The cheapest theft insurance for my bike that I could find was about $1,000 a year ($80 a month), plus a $500 deductible. So, if I would have had theft insurance and this same scenario would have happened, I would have paid for my repairs: $500 deductible + $320 (bought the bike in April so 4 months of theft insurance) = $820.

The repairs at my local Yamaha were going to be $830, but I just ordered the parts from them and I'm going to do as much as I can myself, and the parts were $513.

I know most stories don't end up as good as mine, and I'm working on getting an insurance policy that covers me up to $10,000 in case it gets stolen again and not recovered, and costs $1,000 for three years. If I can get it, it will be well worth it.
 

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dont touch the bikes.. dust some fingerprints and find the person who stole the bikes prints on there..
I hate to break this to you, but dusting for prints only yields results if the suspect has a prior record and been finger printed before...or has military service in their background. Your average joe citizen who hasn't ever been arrested doesn't have any prints on file.

I'm not even sure if the police departments have access to the prints the Department of Defense records from its members. I'd venture to guess not. That being said, no prior arrests means no fingerprint matches. You can't take a fingerprint and ask everyone in the city to check theirs, etc.
 
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