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Costly (steering lock) habit
« on: June 07, 2021, 10:06:47 am »
My CRF250L was stolen out of my business parking area in Blaauwberg Road, Table View, Cape Town last week (1 June 2021). Could it have been prevented by engaging the steering lock?

After any such an event some soul searching is called for. I am in the habit of parking, hopping off and there you go. No one is going to steal my bike, right?
It sounds like a bike theft syndicate is operating in the area. Two guys on a bike. They search for stealable bikes. The theft happens in seconds. In my case one walked in, pushed the bike out the gate and down the street, and they were gone, most probably in seconds. Later one was seen travelling in a southerly direction in Koeberg Road, so the bike must have been hot wired close by.

There are many ways to stop theft. Fitting a disk brake lock or cable is one way, but it remains a schlep. Engaging the steering lock would have made the bike run in circles only, eating into the precious seconds needed to do the deed. At 144kg the bike is light enough to lift, but two guys carrying a bike by its front wheel could have woken suspicion and kept them from moving as fast as they did.

Not locking the steering has been my bad habit for many years, and the habit has proven to be a costly one. I am not alone. Many bikers visit my shop and we walk to their bikes. In many years only one had the steering lock engaged, so I am not the only one. I think we conveniently forget.

The habit of engaging the steering lock is easy, and it is free (preinstalled on the bike). There is a fair chance that my bike would not have been stolen should it have been engaged I think.

So, do you use your bike's steering lock?
« Last Edit: June 11, 2021, 08:52:19 am by Jacobsroodt »
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Re: Costly habit
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2021, 11:02:16 am »
lock the steering and use a disc lock

but the steering lock will only prevent the most dumbest of thieves - you can break it without any tools and just using the handlebar and some force
but it is still better than not locking it at all.

if they want it they will take it
 
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Re: Costly habit
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2021, 11:06:16 am »
I had forgotten that my bike has a steering lock.
 

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Re: Costly habit
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2021, 11:17:46 am »
Ok so went to see how my steering lock works. So locked the steering and now I can't get it unlocked. What now? :imaposer:
 

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Re: Costly habit
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2021, 11:20:43 am »
A steering lock on a CRF is not gonna stop it getting nicked.  2 okes can chuck that thing in a van, steering locked or not.  I've seen videos of GS's being loaded on a bakkie and gone in a couple minutes.
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Re: Costly habit
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2021, 11:23:00 am »
50/50 for me, don't use it when I pop in somewhere but do use it if I know I'm going to be a while, back in normal times I used to park on Bird St in Stellies all day which forced the habit of using it. It's weird that tracking systems aren't readily available for bikes from the big names like Netstar etc, I called them all when I got my bike but nada.
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Re: Costly habit
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2021, 11:58:47 am »
I do, religiously. (After my new 800GSA was stolen and the steering ... was not locked)
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Re: Costly habit
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2021, 12:25:03 pm »
lock the steering and use a disc lock


And I forgot about the disc lock. A rather embarrassing tip over resulted.
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Re: Costly habit
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2021, 01:47:22 pm »
lock the steering and use a disc lock


And I forgot about the disc lock. A rather embarrassing tip over resulted.
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Re: Costly habit
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2021, 04:16:33 pm »
I'm in category 2. (rare occasion, when I think about it). Only ever had one bike stolen when parked, by the type of thieves who would have stolen it any way no matter what.

Sure, steering locks are weak things, easily forced, but for what they're worth and the time it takes there's no sense being a lazy thoughtless sod like me.  :deal:
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Re: Costly habit
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2021, 04:30:36 pm »
I'm in category 2. (rare occasion, when I think about it). Only ever had one bike stolen when parked, by the type of thieves who would have stolen it any way no matter what.

Sure, steering locks are weak things, easily forced, but for what they're worth and the time it takes there's no sense being a lazy thoughtless sod like me:deal:
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Re: Costly habit
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2021, 04:54:12 pm »
I lock the steering only when I will be parked in 'dodgy' areas or parked for longer periods, like at home.

I used to always carry my helmet with me, but now leave it on my bike mirror - I have an alarm and have tried to remove the helmet without triggering the alarm...... impossible
« Last Edit: June 07, 2021, 06:45:47 pm by Bundu »
 

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« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2021, 06:11:56 pm »
After struggling for 3 hours wiggling the key I won't be using my steering lock again.
 

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Re: Costly habit
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2021, 08:43:24 pm »
After struggling for 3 hours wiggling the key I won't be using my steering lock again.
Rusted and clogged due to disuse? :imaposer:
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Re: Costly habit
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2021, 09:00:16 pm »
After struggling for 3 hours wiggling the key I won't be using my steering lock again.
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Re: Costly habit
« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2021, 09:13:03 pm »
Die fokkers gee nie om of die bike gesluit is met steering of disk slotte, hulle tel hom op en dra hom weg na 'n voertuig, :patch:
 

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Re: Costly habit
« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2021, 12:06:26 pm »
A steering lock on a CRF is not gonna stop it getting nicked.  2 okes can chuck that thing in a van, steering locked or not.  I've seen videos of GS's being loaded on a bakkie and gone in a couple minutes.

Although I agree with you. Ive seen 1200GS being loaded into a taxi.. but, if its during the day and the bike is in a parking lot at your work, a few guys trying to carry a bike is going to raise a lot more alarm than someone just pushing it.

Personally, i'm guilty of never using a steering lock but when my son got his bike I drilled it into him and I notice that he does it now without even thinking.

I think that if I had to park my bike in the same place at work every day the simple solution would be to have a plastic coated cable go around a tree and through the frame with a padlock.. done.
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Re: Costly habit
« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2021, 08:51:53 am »
I am delighted to see more riders using their steering lock than not. I forgot again this morning, but remembered yesterday. Guess it takes 21 days to form a habit...
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