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post #1 of 42 Old 09-01-2017, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Damn That Parking Light.

Once again...yes I did it before... I walked away in the bright sunlight with what I thought was wheel lock. And, once again it was on the parking light position.
All suited up for a great little ride and, you guessed it, dead battery. So now I sit twiddling my thumbs while I bring the charge back up.
In my defense I did make a habit of checking to see the tail light was not on but slipped yesterday. Just wanted to share. Let the name calling begin!
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post #2 of 42 Old 09-01-2017, 02:53 PM
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You're not alone! Done that twice.
Now I don't use the steering lock as it's too easy to got just a bit to far and activate the lock and the lights.


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Most of us have done it but not since I have got real old. I don't take the keys out most the time and try to park where I can see it. I am in the sticks out side a small town. On our old coot trips at least one wants to stay and rest or drink a water with the bikes. When we all go in to eat we take the keys but some one all ways looks to make sure so they make fun of the one that may turn the key wrong.
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Stop using the steering lock. They are very easy to defeat. A good yank on the bars will break the tabs.

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Stop using the steering lock. They are very easy to defeat. A good yank on the bars will break the tabs.
Easy to say until someone walks away with it. But u r right. Disk lock is probably the way to go.

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post #6 of 42 Old 09-01-2017, 06:59 PM
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I check that I didn't turn it too far. Then check again. Then check one more time and walk away hoping I didn't.

While it may be easy to defeat, "locks are to keep honest people honest"
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I wonder how many thefts steering locks actually prevent as opposed to just taking out the key. Especially with a V-strom - given how long it takes to sell a used one, I don't see them being prime targets for thieves. Do people actually grab a bike and push it into a truck? It would take several strapping guys to do that. And if someone was that prepared to take your bike, they would know they could just snap the lock.

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I didn't leave the parking light on. I left the keys in the ignition, seat lock or luggage more times than I care to think about.
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I hear ya, GW. Same same here. I do live in a rural safe area. Just started locking it.
Went and looked at a Youtub vid of a theft breaking the steering lock. They were Asians stealing a small Asian bike. THAT was easy.

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