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I was wondering what you guys do to prevent the theft of your beloved wings when on the road. I am not too worried around here but I plan on doing some traveling to more populated areas where it is more likely.

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post #2 of 56 (permalink) Old 01-29-2009, 07:43 AM
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Very Good Question Aitkameg,although i have never herd of a WING been stolen here in SA , but our chairman of the local wing club's trailer was stolen from his WING while they were in a Bar.

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Wings are rarely stolen because:

1. Crotch Rockets are more popular and sexy.

2. Too heavy and big for just 2 thieves to pick up into a pickup.

3. Too many buttons for the average thief to figure out.

4. Not like a Harley where everyone needs parts to replace what fell off.

5. Not like a Harley, where 2008 parts will fit a 1967 model.

6. Ignition switch almost impossible to hotwire in under 1 minute like popular bikes.

7. You would be suspicious of a Wing on a trailer or in the back of a pickup, it is common for Harleys and other bikes.

8. A lot of Wing owners (in the US) are armed.

9. Considered as a "old man's bike" by most thieves.

10. Just too darn big!



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I usually take the key out of the ignition and put it in my pocket before walking away. 19 years and I've never had the bike tampered with.

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I think the primary thing is to be careful where you parkand just practice good safety habits.



I've ridden bikes for many years, but have only owned a Goldwing since Sept. of 2007. I joined this forum shortly thereafter and fromhearing folks speak on the topic, while bike thefts do occur, I think the primary concern is of thieves breaking into your saddlebags and trunk while it sits overnight and getting all of your goodies. I think this is amuchmore common problem. I've not had it happen to me, nor have I had anyone tamper with my bike. I have form fitted luggage bags for my trunk and saddlebags (available just about anywhere- grab and go) and I unload the bike at overnight stops. I've even heard that some guys leave theirtrunks unlocked to prevent damage, but I haven't gone that far.



Anyway, if someone wants your bike and the opportunity presents itself,theyWILL take it. Just be smart...Park in a well lit area, lock the forks, cover the bike (and lock the cover)andbe able to see the bike easily from your room (or check on it now and then). That's what I do.



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I personally think the risk of vandalism is probably higher than actual bike being stolen. I have been lucky, in over 30 years of haivng various Wings on and off, I have only had a pennant stolen and I caught the guy in the process and he dropped it and fled.

If you are likely to be parking in some areas that may not be too safe, I would consider some sort of light cover just to keep prying eyes off.

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I agree with all the above comments however I still use a half cover and a brake rotor lock just to be safe. I don' want to wake up 1000 mile from home and go out to see where my bike used to be.

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I put one of those clamp-locks $8.00on the rear rotor with a bright orange string to the handlebar to remind me it's there in the morning. Then put the cover on it. Almost foolproof.

The trailer is all about insurance if you leave it at a motel, chained to a post.

When I'm riding with a group, I don't bother with any extra locks.





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I agree with all the above comments however I still use a half cover and a brake rotor lock just to be safe. I don' want to wake up 1000 mile from home and go out to see where my bike used to be.
One good thing about not having rotor covers, disc lock can be fitted.

Anyone know of a sort that can be used with the rotor covers in place, preferabley small and easily carried on the Wing, rather than one of those huge chains or D rings that go through the wheel.

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I don't think most crooks want to work hard enough to swipe one of my 20+-year-old gals. There's easier machines to take, with a larger market, and value. I do use the duffle bag liners for the bags and tour box, and take them into my sleeping quarters nightly.



I also leave the empty bags and box unlocked*, and sleep with a .45 under me pillow.



* - If someone wants into your fiberglass bags or box - they'll get in one way or another

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