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Ok in the works with planning a multi-state trip for this summer, we will try and avoid big cities and be picky where we overnight. When I rode my Vulcan security was never a big issue with me.. Left keys in it often, but with the Roadmaster my thoughts have changed. Do any of you use any additional locks or security? Looking at this any thoughts?..http://www.leatherup.com/c/Xena-Motorcycle-Disc-Locks/2/430.html
 

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If you are serious about bike theft a system that has GPS tracking is the way to go. Bike thieves who go after high dollar bikes hoist them up and drive away in a matter of seconds. A system that has a screaming alarm and GPS tracking is the best, IMO.

As for a particular brand, I have no recommendations.

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Ok in the works with planning a multi-state trip for this summer, we will try and avoid big cities and be picky where we overnight. When I rode my Vulcan security was never a big issue with me.. Left keys in it often, but with the Roadmaster my thoughts have changed. Do any of you use any additional locks or security? Looking at this any thoughts?..Xena Motorcycle Disc Locks - LeatherUp.com
Keep the fob with ya and lock the forks.
 

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I worked in a vehicle crime unit for a few months in my LEO days. Annoying alarms (e.g proximity sensors, loud sirens) keep the thugs and amateurs away. Nothing keeps the pros away. Everyone in the unit either drove a piece of crap car or had killer insurance. Just an observation. Bike thefts ain't real high on the scale for Departments unless it's tied to drugs, organized crime or terrorists somehow.
 

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Use the steering lock. Pretty fool proof. Dean E
 

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Ok in the works with planning a multi-state trip for this summer, we will try and avoid big cities and be picky where we overnight. When I rode my Vulcan security was never a big issue with me.. Left keys in it often, but with the Roadmaster my thoughts have changed. Do any of you use any additional locks or security? Looking at this any thoughts?..Xena Motorcycle Disc Locks - LeatherUp.com
I've had my Vintage out on overnight dates on several occasions.
Now a Vintage has soft bags that don't lock and don't lock onto the bike either.
It also has a detachable windshield too....quick detach.

Couple this with the fact that the bike is like a rolling petting zoo.
Everyone has to come over and ohh and ahh.
That part will be the same on your Roadmaster.
Get ready to draw a lot of attention, everywhere you go.

You have good full coverage insurance.
You have situational awareness.
So you just do the best you can to mitigate risk.

Never leave anything on the bike that you can not live without...cellphone, meds, keys, wallet, pistol.
Getting ripped off is a pain in the keester but at least you can limit what they get.
Take your helmet into the room with you. They attract the attention of a crack head thief.
You can knock down the attention factor by putting a cover on the bike...as long as it is not an Indian branded cover.

I try to get a ground floor room where I can park the bike at the door.
Then I turn out the room lights and open the drapes.
I would probably sleep through any attempts but ya know...it looks like you are on your toes.
You want a high traffic area that is well lit.

If this plan doesn't work then try to park in the driveway of the motel lobby.
I've never been refused that request by management.
 

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I've had my Vintage . . . . . I try to get a ground floor room where I can park . . . . If this plan doesn't work then try to park in the driveway of the motel lobby.
I've never been refused that request by management.
Hmmm . . . never thought of that. Thanks for the tip BD.

Anyone ever actually park their bike IN the room? I did a few times a few years ago, but then again, the bike was smaller.
 

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You can knock down the attention factor by putting a cover on the bike...as long as it is not an Indian branded cover.
If this plan doesn't work then try to park in the driveway of the motel lobby.
I've never been refused that request by management.
I have a a 12 year old harley cover I use on my vintage was made for my Electra Glide. Has pine sap, paint spots but is a good cover. Thought about a new one, but knew no one would be attracted to the Harley. An Indian attracts people like a moth to a flame.
 

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Hmmm . . . never thought of that. Thanks for the tip BD.

Anyone ever actually park their bike IN the room? I did a few times a few years ago, but then again, the bike was smaller.
Yes Quinn

In another lifetime ago I was engaged in the transportation of marijuana from Crescent City California to the San Francisco Bay Area.

My mode de jure was a Shovelhead rigid frame with a Harmon girder front end. Long and narrow with turnpike tanks, a sprung solo, and a pair of leather saddlebags. I built this bike with a C&G 4130 chrome molly tube frame that acted like a huge watch spring on the windy Pacific Coast Highway.

This was not really some large scale organized crime enterprise. I was cozy with some growers in Humboldt County so I had access to some of the highest grade smoke of the day. On the other end was the O'Farrell Theater, like a porno super-store that was complete with dancers and live sex acts. Needless to say, the appetite for high quality marijuana made me a very much "in demand guy" around the theater.

This was in the early golden days of West Coast porn business. The famous movie "Behind The Green Door" was filmed upstairs at the O'Farrell. I got to be chummy with all of the regulars there like Johnny (Wad) Holmes, Vanessa Del Rio and a guy that was to go on to become famous in his own right, Hunter S. Thompson. Man, I could tell ya some stories about what when on in that place! whew.

My M.O. was to work all week as a Ship Builder up in Crescent City. On Friday I would get paid and go and score a Key of pot and load up and point her South. It was about a 400 mile blast down the coast to S.F. and I would party all the way. I had my little whistle stops and watering holes all along the route. More often than not, I would get "Lucky" and end up short stopped in a motel someplace. That plan would have me rolling across the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday mid-day.

Quinn, I don't know if you are some sort of tight ass John Birch Charter Member or what but it is worth mentioning that this was long ago and people pretty much had a different attitude about Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll back in those days. A guy could get away with a lot of shit back then. Nobody much cared about a little weed and getting your dicky doo and that's really all I was doing.

That's not to say that a fella didn't have to exercise a reasonable amount of caution and diligence to prevent apprehension.

I liked to travel in the dark of night, preferably in the thick coastal fog. All of that put my Bates headlamp to the test. On a good night it was not much brighter than my Zippo. It rains up there all winter long and I loved the rain because it kept the cops holed up....Me and the highway Quinn, and if you have ever rode the Southbound leg of the Pacific Coast Highway on a chilly, foggy, rainy, winter night....man, what a rush. Throw in the roar of that Shovel and that flexing frame...brakes that made the bike speed up when you tromped on them....Dedication.

Any self respecting scooter tramp knows that it is common cop behavior to "make" motel parking lots. They prowl through there after the donut shops close for the night. Running tag numbers of everything that's branded. I suppose John Dillinger or Bonnie and Clyde could have been caught like that. Well, I was an outlaw too and I learned from their mistakes. See, California had some funny rules about getting stuff licensed and legal like, even back then.

Was it a question of motor numbers or frame numbers or was it VIN numbers....jeez, I really don't remember but suffice to say that my shit was squirrel like, for whatever reason. My tag was a hand me down and the case from my motor with the numbers on it was bought at a swap meet and all I had was a bill of sale. My frame was a custom job and all I had was an MSO on it. Nothing really "hot" but it would have taken a lawyer to get the paperwork on it straight and legal.

What I'm eluding to is that this was not like Mr. John Q from Umpty Dump Nebraska with the family station wagon out in the Howard Johnson motel parking lot.

So yeah, one of these days I'm going on a Flea Bag Motel Tour and see just how many oil stained carpets are still in those rooms, all up and down the coast.
 

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Besides, I couldn't get my Vintage through the door here at home.
I doubt the handlebars would fit through a motel door.
 

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Thanks for the replies.... We don't use S&W we are covered by Colt... Both of us carry when on the bikes. Yes we try to do first floor rooms with parking as closeas we can to the room under lighting... Parking as close to the motel front door is also done, where front desk clerk can keep an eye on them. I sent an email to 'Find it Now" for gps tracking. Like the idea of a ratty old cover...Thanks Caveman..
 

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Yes Quinn

. . . .Quinn, I don't know if you are some sort of tight ass John Birch Charter Member or what but it is worth mentioning that this was long ago and people pretty much had a different attitude about Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll back in those days. A guy could get away with a lot of shit back then. Nobody much cared about a little weed and getting your dicky doo and that's really all I was doing. . . . .
LOL. Great story BD, as are all your tales. Myself? Well, let's just say I surely have had one too many bong hits in my life. Smoked dope on the DC Mall with congressmen, cops, and movie stars. Used to party with Oprah Winfrey when she was in Baltimore (late 70's and early 80's). I lean left while on the right coast, but argue with my liberal wife on political issues. Then there is the time I was a public school teacher (1970's, again) . . . well, let's just say I was a popular teacher with a very long ponytail. The students, usually knowing when I was high, used to spoof me a lot, particularly when tripping.

Today I'm too old to get caught up in that crap. Been clean and sober 34 years now.
 

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LOL. Great story BD, as are all your tales. Myself? Well, let's just say I surely have had one too many bong hits in my life. Smoked dope on the DC Mall with congressmen, cops, and movie stars. Used to party with Oprah Winfrey when she was in Baltimore (late 70's and early 80's). I lean left while on the right coast, but argue with my liberal wife on political issues. Then there is the time I was a public school teacher (1970's, again) . . . well, let's just say I was a popular teacher with a very long ponytail. The students, usually knowing when I was high, used to spoof me a lot, particularly when tripping.
Today I'm too old to get caught up in that crap. Been clean and sober 34 years now.
Army Recruiter ask me "son did you ever smoke dope" I looked him straight in the eye, shaking my head, and said "sir I never exhaled". At which point he said good & checks the box.
 

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If my Vintage ever gets stolen, as much as I don't want to say it,,,, I don't want her back,,, especially after some Richard Cranium has flogged the guts out of her....... tested to see how long she will sit on 100mph in first gear, jumped her delicate body over 50 buses, ripped her guts out doing burnouts in the car park, and allowed all his twenty or thirty below-average-IQ cretinous mates show off their party tricks on her..... (Gasp!)

Yes Sir, if my Vintage ever gets stolen, raped and gutted, I hope she dies a quick death as painlessly as possible...

And I hope and pray that the insurance company hands me the keys to her sister,,,, who, incidentally, is one of the seventy four 2015 virgins awaiting me in heaven (also known as my local Indian dealership)

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