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post #1 of 13 Old 11-24-2007, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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GPS / electronic gadget physical security

I'm fairly certain that a Zumo is in my near future. I'm wondering what people do when riding away from their home area and it's time to hit the restaurant...store...or whatever activity takes you away from the bike.

Detaching and carrying with you is obviously secure, but seems a hassle. Putting it in the Givi while everyone is watching doesn't seem ideal either. Just leaving it on the bike and walking away seems pretty high risk.

So what are you doing with your portable electronics when the bike is out of sight?


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post #2 of 13 Old 11-24-2007, 05:19 PM
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My Garmin 2820 goes in my tank bag, and the tank bag (as well as my helmet) goes where I go. Hassle? Yup, but it's still the most secure.

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post #3 of 13 Old 11-24-2007, 05:29 PM
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Anything loose that I don't want to wander off goes in the topcase, a V46. If whoever it is still wants whats in the case and decides to bust it off, break it open, steal the bike, etc, then so be it, I have insurance with a low deductable.
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Anything loose that I don't want to wander off goes in the topcase, a V46. If whoever it is still wants whats in the case and decides to bust it off, break it open, steal the bike, etc, then so be it, I have insurance with a low deductable.
I agree with that except for one minor detail: You still have to get back home. Suppose it's 30-odd degrees, you are a good distance from home, and someone pilfers your top case with gloves, helmet, etc. in it. It's gonna be a long ride home or someone is going to have to bring you some spare golves, helmet, etc. I admit the chances are slim, but they still exist. It's frequently a nuisance to take things in with me, but at least that way I'm pretty sure I'll have them when I get back.

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I have the 550 and wouldn't trust the security screw any farther than I could throw it, I take it with me.

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When I'm on the road for a day or three, I carry a full bike cover that I use at night. The rest of the time, I'm not usually in a sketchy area, but sometimes I'll put the rain cover over the tank bag, which has a rat's nest of wiring securing it in place. If I lost something (like the Zumo), it'd suck, but I wouldn't lose sleep over it.

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Anything loose that I don't want to wander off goes in the topcase, a V46. If whoever it is still wants whats in the case and decides to bust it off, break it open, steal the bike, etc, then so be it, I have insurance with a low deductable.
Same here. If they want it that bad take it, I'll take a bus home.

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+1 - - I throw my Zumo in my tank bag and take that with me along with my helmet. It's not really a hassle. One flip of the top lever on the Zumo and it pops right out; one click of the tank bag holder and it comes right off. Takes less than 1 minute for both of those things to be done.


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My Garmin 2820 goes in my tank bag, and the tank bag (as well as my helmet) goes where I go. Hassle? Yup, but it's still the most secure.

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I rode all over the country before GPS. I can find my home without one. That being said, besides my Zumo, my PDA is also a GPS.

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If I can park where I can watch it, I leave it on the bike. I also have a Scorpio alarm and I set that when I leave gear on the bike whether I can watch the bike or not. If I'm too far from the bike or in a large building I'll take the Zumo with me.

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