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post #1 of 14 Old 08-07-2009, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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parking bike at trail head

Not sure if this was the right forum, this seems to be the catch all and we seem to have too many little used forums.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone's had issues with people messing with their bikes when parked at trail heads. Helmets damaged/missing, hard cases broken into... I'm looking to add luggage and feel I'll need to be able to store my helmets in the side cases so they don't get messed with.

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post #2 of 14 Old 08-07-2009, 11:23 AM
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Anyway, I was wondering if anyone's had issues with people messing with their bikes when parked at trail heads. Helmets damaged/missing, hard cases broken into... I'm looking to add luggage and feel I'll need to be able to store my helmets in the side cases so they don't get messed with.
I've never had a problem but that doesn't mean you are going to the same trails I am. I find that generally people that hike and go to national parks are doing it for health reasons and relaxation. They won't mess with your stuff. Can't say if the parks are being prowled over now as people are tending to like live in them now that the economy is bad. I'd say take a large cover with you and completely cover the bike if you are worried. For some reason messing with covers complicates thieving.

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I have a givi trunk and try to lock important/expensive things in there (gps, etc...)
helmets I lock to the bike, and you have to trust the open view of the machine will aid in its security..

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My introduction to the V-Strom was at a trailhead here in Western North Carolina. I was just beginning to think about a new bike and was immediately smitten.

I have myself parked in similar remote situations here with no problems. I know I can't accurately describe each of these non-events, but believe me they happened. As is always the case you will certainly hear more about negative events from other forum members.

Here's an Idea: Just leave the empty holster for your Desert Eagle on the seat when you head off for your hike.

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Here in Western Washington we have a lot of hiking trails and it seems that the busier ones, especially those near highways, are prime targets for vehicle prowls. We're always taking reports of car break ins and just a handful of the local spots.

While the other vehicles there are likely just there to hike and enjoy the terrain, it's a prime spot as the bad guys know that people are off in the woods and not nearby.
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post #6 of 14 Old 08-07-2009, 12:25 PM
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-07-2009, 02:34 PM
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I always notice very visible, very emphatic signage at state parks and trail heads warning about thieving. They wouldn't have as many signs, or they wouldn't have such severe warnings if it wasn't a problem.

The signs get more prevalent and emphatic the closer you are to a major city.

Me: I don't even lock my doors when I leave the house, but I'm not in / near the "bad part of town," either.
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It depends. Hiking trailheads especially along I-90 all the way the Teanaway and Yakima Canyon are prime spots for break-ins. I am not sure motorcycles are targeted like cars are, but anything that looks valuable or like it might hold valuables is a target. Advice, leave valuables at home or in the camp site and make the vehicle look empty. Even a backpack or nice jacket left on the seat might be enough for these thugs to break a window.

On the other hand, if you pull along side a rural road and park as I do when fly fishing I have not had any problems. Nor have I read in the local police reports about break-ins from these remote areas even though it seems more likely. It seems that this criminal element is younger and target the larger lots. I would not be surprised to find out it is the same group of thugs all along this section meaning that it is just a few criminals and not a lot of people involved in criminal behavior.

I used to ride an old dual sport and hide it in the brush when fishing. Now I just park my wee off the road but in plain sight to passing vehicles, helmet locked in the Givi trunk. So far so good.

The more you leave the main road, the safer you are. In the way back roads of Idaho, with a fishing rod in my hand, while leaving the bike parked next to a stream, if a local truck comes by they will stop and ask, "are you okay?" or "are there fish in that stream/"

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I've used some different trails in Georgia and never had an issue. I'm usually only away from the bike for about 2-4 hours and I've never seen any signs of abuse. The trails I've used though have fairly active parking areas which helps out.

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