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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-09-2011, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hi sorry if this subject has already been done to death. If so please direct me to some info. I just bought a 2007 kingpin and live in an apt. After they saw that I had chained it to the front porch I was asked to put it into the parking lot. I saw there is a place to put a lock that will lock the steering to the left. I also have a chain but didn't know how radical to get here.

Thoughts on an adequate way to secure my bike?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-09-2011, 07:29 PM
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You can use a pad lock on the steering wheel but it's best to go with a disc lock.

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Can you shed some light on what type and where to get that?
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-09-2011, 08:13 PM
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You're venturing into controversial territory. Steering locks can be broken by any average person - give the handlebars a strong jolt, or a kick, and it's broken. The steering locks and disk locks are only good until you forget to take it off and try to take off. By then it's too late and you have to collect yourself and the bike from the pavement. If you get a disk lock, make sure you get one with a disk lock reminder.

If a thief wants your bike and is unable to unlock a simple disk lock or steering lock, that thief is a liability to himself/herself. A lock can be picked in seconds by any amateur. And to assume someone would try to steal a bike and have no knowledge of lock picking is just ridiculous. Anyway, that's just my opinion.

You can find locks everywhere and anywhere. The links below should get you started.

Disk Lock: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Disc-Lock.aspx

Disk Lock Reminder: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...-Reminder.aspx

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Lol at crossroads. I'd like to at least give the thieves a little challenge. I rather have them work on my lock for a while versus just putting the bike in neutral and walk away with it.
You can have a million dollar bank vault and somebody out there with the skills will break in to it.

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Duh! I don't know why I type before googling something.

Got it will order one. No need to chain the thing huh?

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well I figured it may be full of land mines.

I have to use this damn car port for now so just wanted some advice on what would be prudent. Thinking more of kids wanting to move it etc rather than someone who has done this before.

I have a chain that I can put on it say through the wheel or swing arm and around a 6 x6 post that holds up the car port. Would that be better?

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If the chain is coated (so it won't scratch) and long enough, go through the back and front wheels and around the carport post.
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Johnah, if you are going to buy a disc lock, get one that has a brightly colored lanyard that hooks to a grip. That greatly reduces the chance you'll try to ride off without removing the disc lock.

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By all means; chain that puppy up. The more you can do to make the thieves go to an easier target the better.

Good insurance is probably the single best security device though.
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