Park in gear in a well-lit area, put a Kryptonite disc lock on the front wheel with reminder cable to the clutch grip, and then cover the bike after locking the fork and keeping the key with you.
99% of thefts are opportunistic and rely on minimum fuss and time. Make it even a little 'inconvenient' and you discourage most thieves.
Enjoy a good night's slumber and keep your life both safe and simple!
Kevin Greenwald - Touring Tips Editor
Nationally Certified Law Enforcement Motor Officer (Ret.)
MSF RiderCoach # 121656 (BRC,SBRC,IS,IME,SMARTrainer,THE REF Staff)
Iron Butt Association Member # 34281
I think you've already taken the two most important steps to avoid theft...R100/7 and K100RS.
2009 R1200GS; 1975 R75/6
I agree bolt type cutters do not work well on cables, however a 4" cut off wheel in a battery powered drill will make short work of your cable. Plus a battery powered drill makes little noise. I cover my RT just for the sake of out of sight out of mind, so far so good.
Well, I have been riding for over 45 years, parked my bikes every kind of place. Taking a few common sense precautions on parking spot selections, like the ones that have been mention here, I have had no trouble. I have camped and traveled and been with hundreds of other riders, never known one to get his scoot stolen while touring.
I have had more problems from critters than I ever have had with people. I was more lucky than my buddy when on a tour in about 1975; my bike is in the background and got left alone by the raccoons this time.
MSF RiderCoach, Sport Bike Coach, Track Junkie, IBA, MSTA, AMA, HRCA, Factor Demo Rider
2012 BMW R1200GS, 2013 Ducati Hypermotard SP, 1990 Honda GB500TT
Helmetless riders=Darwinism in action.
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I simply avoid stopping/staying places where I believe my motorcycle is at risk of theft.
Sure, it can happen anywhere but some places the risk is large and other places the risk is miniscule. I prefer the latter.
Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
"The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution." - Bertrand Russell
I've never even locked my forks on either my RT1200 or the R60/6...
Been in a couple places that if I could have got the bike in the room I would have
Always lock the forks, remove tempting items and lastly cover the bike
Read somewhere that covering the bike is the best thief pervention on the road
Put a bike cover on it.
Preferrably one with a Roundel or least "BMW."
'12 R1200RT, '02 R1100S, '84 R80G/S
A Trunk Monkey looks like the hot set up!
"It is what you discover, after you know it all, that counts." _ John Wooden
1973 R75/5 - original owner
A good friend of mine had his '82 GS750 stolen a quite a few years back by a local punk. The frustrating thing for my friend, Ron, was that he spotted the thief riding it a couple of times, but could never catch him. The local LEOs had it on their hot sheets too, but never found the guy. Ron finally recovered the bike when he spotted it slung from the back end of a tow trunk. He followed the driver to the tow yard and explained the situation. Apparently, the thief had wrecked the bike by crashing it in a ditch. Forks and front wheel were messed up pretty good.
I recently ask Ron two questions. One, did he use the fork lock? "No, there was never a need too before." The second question was if he had any knowledge if the thief was injured when he wrecked bike. "I hope so." was Ron's reply.
Current Ride: 1995 K75 Standard
Past: 1978 Yamaha XS 750, 1976 BMW R60/6