Indian Motorcycle Forum banner

Have you ever had a helmet stolen off your bike?

3990 Views 87 Replies 65 Participants Last post by  Rogue Diesel
A friend recommended I remove the trunk from my RM to drop the weight and improve slow speed and off-the-kickstand mobility as we discussed my back issues. It makes sense since I ride solo, and I only use the trunk these days to store my helmet during restroom stops. I've never left my helmet on my bikes because of possible theft but my friend and my dealer told me that they have never heard of a helmet being stolen from a bike at rallies, service stations, etc.
Do any of you leave your helmets? Thanks.
  • Like
Reactions: 2
41 - 60 of 88 Posts
I've never had a helmet stolen, but I typically don't leave it out on the bike somewhere that I feel "uncomfortable". Also, my half shell fits inside the sidebag, so that's where I normally keep it.

But as to your friends advice on ditching the trunk when riding solo... I 100% agree. I ride with the trunk off and throw on the solo seat about 75% of the time. The ride and handling is SO much better. The trunk also weighs a MFT, so getting that weight off and lowering the CG is definitely noticeable! 馃憤馃徏
  • Like
  • Helpful
Reactions: 2
I carry two of these rifle locks with me in the saddle bag, then cable my helmet to the bike, I have passenger highway pegs on my bike and the helmet fits perfectly on the peg, then just cable it to the rear crash bar. But you could put the helmet over the mirror and cable it to the bike as well. Even when I had a Roadmaster, the trunk would barely take two full helmets, and the shields would get all scratched up over time, still used the cable on the Roadmaster. Here is a link for the lock & cable system I use.

  • Like
Reactions: 1
The gun lock idea is great and it also sends another simple message.
Rawhide
  • Like
Reactions: 3
I too use a gun lock for my full face, my half helmet fits in the saddlebag.
Machine Engineering Fashion accessory Metal Event
See less See more
  • Like
Reactions: 2
I'm in SoCal, so if something is not locked then there's a good chance it will get stolen. I always take my $800 helmet with me. Off topic: I rode to a diner the other day for lunch and parked near the front door. I packed up my gear and went inside. I walked back to my bike and the key was sitting on my seat....ooops.
  • Like
  • Wow
Reactions: 3
Remember the good ol' days when there was a code amongst bikers? At any event you could leave your helmet out and not think about it. Not so much anymore.
Also if you were on the side of the road and another biker came by they would stop and check on you. Again things have changed.
  • Like
Reactions: 4
Got one of these thinking it would be a handy solution. But the first time I had to try to line up the combination in a dark parking lot showed me the flaw. I'm getting something with a key.
  • Helpful
Reactions: 1
Remember the good ol' days when there was a code amongst bikers? At any event you could leave your helmet out and not think about it. Not so much anymore.
Also if you were on the side of the road and another biker came by they would stop and check on you. Again things have changed.
I think it still is there. The person taking your Crash Helmet is not a biker. It鈥檚 a low life stealing to sell it on the internet
  • Like
Reactions: 4
Corsair X ... no way I'm having a $900+ helmet stollen from me, I carry it everywhere.

Depends on where you are as well... any big city, hell no. o O (One of the things I really miss about the deep South, not as much of that sh*t happens)

**I dropped my first paycheck from an employer after I'd just moved to Raleigh NC., someone found it and put it back in my mailbox... say what you will about the South, but that doesn't happen anywhere else.鈾
  • Like
  • Love
  • Helpful
Reactions: 3
I've been riding 50+ and have never locked my helmet, well, I think waaaay back in the 70's I probably did it on the old Hondas I owned since they had those flip up seats with the little hook on them for holding the D-Ring. But, it was just for convenience purposes.

I usually leave my helmet on the seat with the backrest laying down it to hold it in place.

Guess maybe one day I'll learn . . . . . .





BD
  • Like
Reactions: 2
Times 2 for me 1 on my bike and 1 on my wife鈥檚 bike. only takes a few seconds to lock up, about the same amount of time a low life will take to steal a unsecured helmet.
  • Helpful
Reactions: 1
I think I've noticed a trend...
  • Like
Reactions: 2
  • Like
Reactions: 1
Hey man, are you from around Caprock Canyon TX?
Charlie
Close. I'm on the Texas Caprock, but further south in Lubbock.
  • Like
Reactions: 1
Close. I'm on the Texas Caprock, but further south in Lubbock.
Cool, I watch Reflections on Daystar every morning, and they have really nice scenery from Caprock, TX, with buffalo and other wildlife.
Charlie
I go to many bike nights . I always find it odd when 1 guy is carrying his helmet when there are so many unattended and unlocked helmets ( and jackets )all around . Maybe they had one stolen in the past ? It's not that difficult to keep a cable lock or D ding lock on your bike . But , always do what you feel is best or safest .
  • Like
Reactions: 1
I go to many bike nights . I always find it odd when 1 guy is carrying his helmet when there are so many unattended and unlocked helmets ( and jackets )all around . Maybe they had one stolen in the past ? It's not that difficult to keep a cable lock or D ding lock on your bike . But , always do what you feel is best or safest .
I resemble one of those guys. :)

I met up w/ some friends last week, about 8 of us altogether. I was the only one who carried his helmet into the bar. I've always locked up or taken my helmet with me. Force of habit...don't leave my stuff laying out in the open. The rational side of my brain knows there really isn't a market for used helmets, probably smaller than the market for 2nd hand underwear. At 52, I don't know anyone who's ever had a helmet swiped off their bike and like most of you, know plenty of riders who leave it on their bike unlocked.

If I have my touring trunk with me, I just lock it in there. Most recently though, I've been riding w/o the trunk or my cable lock and just take the helmet with me. At some point I'll experiment with some places in town and leave my helmet on my bike and see if my paranoia gets the better of me.
  • Like
Reactions: 4
Cutting out your
The rational side of my brain knows there really isn't a market for used helmets, probably smaller than the market for 2nd hand underwear.
Sadly the mindset is 鈥 If I can get a couple bucks for it l鈥檒l steal it鈥 Now thieves will even go through the trouble of cutting out your catalytic converter. Although that can be a pretty lucrative market.

Attachments

See less See more
  • Like
  • Helpful
Reactions: 3
I almost always take my helmet with me because I'm afraid of the Sena getting stolen.
  • Helpful
Reactions: 1
41 - 60 of 88 Posts
Top