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    pretty good bike theft prevention idea from a harley forum

    I use a Kawasaki bike cover.

    I got the bike cover free when I bought my old Kawasaki 1600 Vulcan Nomad.

    It fits my new Harley Ultra perfectly.

    I think they see Kawasaki and they just keep moving.
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    You have the right idea. Recently when crossing the border at Brownsville, I asked the Border Patrol Agent about safety in Mexico. He pointed to the BMW logo on my R1200GS and said "...that will be getting their attention..."
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    We have a very nice four-bike enclosed trailer. We had it custom painted but instead of motorcycle logos, it now proudly proclaims "Pap's Septic System Cleaning and Removal Service," and "Do Not Follow Within 100 Feet."
    Seems to have worked so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RogerWilco View Post
    Seems to have worked so far.
    That's excellent!
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    Cover in and of itelf is a theft deterrent regardless of what logo it features.

    Time delay in knowing what's under it, time to get it off (BMW covers don't come off easy) and just getting the cover off may be enough to activate burglar alarm.

    Besides theft deterrence I'd consider them good deterrence to vandalism, too. Little harder to key the gas tank, for example.

    This all more important I think, than weather and other protection from nature.

    BMW cover packs up bigger than some tents, however.
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    Anything you can do to delay the thieves is helpful.

    More Kawasakis are stolen than Harleys, however. (Yes, I know that's because there are more Kawasakis on the road.) Generally, though, I think the brand name on the cover is likely irrelevant. It's the cover that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesInCA View Post
    Anything you can do to delay the thieves is helpful.

    More Kawasakis are stolen than Harleys, however. (Yes, I know that's because there are more Kawasakis on the road.) Generally, though, I think the brand name on the cover is likely irrelevant. It's the cover that helps.
    Not sure if Kawasaki sells more bikes than HD. I think HD outsells all of them in this country, no?
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    I have a real nice breathable cove that fit my Ultra. It fits the 1200RT also. I am going to paint over the Harley logo. Hope that helps.
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    Park next to Harley's and Kawasaki's. Its called "chumming".
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    Quote Originally Posted by ka5ysy View Post
    Park next to Harley's and Kawasaki's. Its called "chumming".
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    Quote Originally Posted by RogerWilco View Post
    We have a very nice four-bike enclosed trailer. We had it custom painted but instead of motorcycle logos, it now proudly proclaims "Pap's Septic System Cleaning and Removal Service," and "Do Not Follow Within 100 Feet."
    Seems to have worked so far.
    Love it! Reminds me of my son-in-law's name for his wireless modem/internet connection "freevirusdownload"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponch1 View Post
    Not sure if Kawasaki sells more bikes than HD. I think HD outsells all of them in this country, no?
    For street bikes, HD has 50% of the US market. The other half belongs to all the rest. We're probably not talking KLR covers.
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    Few years ago Annie an I were in Whirehorse at the same time as a regional HOG rally. There were over 100 Harley's in the parking lot along with our two BMWs. As I was walking away from my bike I remembered I had left my keys in the ignition. As I pulled them out a nearby Harley rider said, "Don't worry, ain't nobody going to steal those bikes."
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    For street bikes, HD has 50% of the US market. The other half belongs to all the rest. We're probably not talking KLR covers.
    Then it would seem covering your Kawasaki with a Harley cover would be a better theft-prevention strategy.
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    A cover is one of the best theft deterrents you can invest in.

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