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post #1 of 17 Old 09-19-2008, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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The V-Strom needs a helmet lock.

Not like what is given. A normal helmet lock like my Kawasaki KLR even had. The KLR is a basic bike and didn't come with many extras but it did come with a helmuet lock and I loved it. One of the few things I prefered about my KLR over the V-Strom 650 I recently bought.

Other than that, I am very happy. It is a small thing and wouldn't cost much to add so go ahead Suzuki, I know you can do it.
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post #2 of 17 Old 09-19-2008, 07:01 PM
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The Vee does have a helmet lock mounted by the pillion peg. If it concerns you greatly maybe you could buy one and mount it on your Wee.
IMO all standard helmet locks are next to useless as they rely on locking the D rings of the helmet strap to the bike. To steal a helmet anybody with a sharp knife can cut the chin stap in seconds and be off with the helmet leaving the D ring nicely secured to the bike.
A far better option is either the Pacsafe style mesh net or a cable or chain that passes through the eye port of the helmet and secures around the frame of the bike. A further advantage of a cable or chain is that you can usually secure two helmets and if you choose correctly additional gear all with one device.
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post #3 of 17 Old 09-20-2008, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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Not looking for maximum security, just a quick and easy helmet lock. Not all people carry a knife and few try and steal a helmet. If I feel that the helmet is in danger, I take it with me or lock in the my Givi truck if there is room.

The real issue is why not? If my cheap KLR can have one, why the heck can't the V-Strom? I am going to start carrying a gun lock but that is just one more key to carry. A bike mounted lock would be keyed the same as the bike and that would be good.
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Not looking for maximum security, just a quick and easy helmet lock. Not all people carry a knife and few try and steal a helmet. If I feel that the helmet is in danger, I take it with me or lock in the my Givi truck if there is room.

The real issue is why not? If my cheap KLR can have one, why the heck can't the V-Strom? I am going to start carrying a gun lock but that is just one more key to carry. A bike mounted lock would be keyed the same as the bike and that would be good.
Again, there IS one there. It's on the left side near the passenger foot peg, and it IS keyed the same as the bike.

It includes a cable to pass through the helmet, be it via the chin strap or through the chin bar. It's there, it works, and it's keyed to the bike... What's the problem, exactly??
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The OP has a 650. It does not have the helmet lock a 1000 has. The 650 has a pair of helmet lock stanchions under the seat along with a pair of short, loop end cables. A cable is to be run through the helmet D-ring and the loops hung on the stanchion. The seat being locked in place protects the helmets.

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The OP has a 650. It does not have the helmet lock a 1000 has. The 650 has a pair of helmet lock stanchions under the seat along with a pair of short, loop end cables. A cable is to be run through the helmet D-ring and the loops hung on the stanchion. The seat being locked in place protects the helmets.
D'OH!! I get so used to people referring to the 1K as the V and the 650 as the Wee.... I missed the '650' entirely LOL!!

At any rate, even the 650 has the afore-mentioned provisions, so I still fail to see the issue....
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I agree with the OP, it is a goofey set up. I always feel kinda like a scooter rider when I pull up some where and have to pop my seat in order to secure my helmet. It's a minor issue IMHO, the bikes got enough good going on to make me forget the bad! However, if it gets to bothering me too much I just look at the mud flap rear fender design and forget all about helmet lock issues. That kinda looks like something off a scooter too. Wait. What the hell have I done, I think I'm riding a scooter.

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FWIW, many crotch-rockets have a similar setup.... My CBR600 had a pair of hooks under the pillion cushion. Popping the seat wasn't exactly difficult... I just had a tendency to forget the key in the seat lock. D'OH!!
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You can mount a helmet lock on the bars if you like. They're about $12-$17 U.S.
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post #10 of 17 Old 02-15-2009, 01:47 AM
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You could also add a mount to your license plate bracket. There are a few designs...some hold 2 helmets. Here is one option for $40.

http://www.lockitt.com/accessories_h...rs.htm#kur4248

And as far as someone cutting the chin strap to steal the helmet...wouldn't that make the helmet worthless?
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