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You cable/chain lock the frame and wheels AROUND a tree or similar immovable object like iron gate or telephone pole.


Problem solved. When I left Cebu, I rolled the bikes right into my front door and parked it in the kitchen. LOL

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Just buy a Chinese brand motorcycle, best theft deterrent you can get

Did you go down to highway patrol by the capital and give them a report?  Our motor was stolen across from Foundation about 7 months ago and the cops had it back to us in 5 days - recovered on a side

A GPS tracker will not prevent it being stolen   It is better to have a lock that prevent it being stolen   here is one  light weight and not too big     one a little more bulky

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Just updating.  I was in Highway Patrol office today to check if they had any news and got the typical shrug of the shoulders with the look of "what d'ya expect us to do?" from one of the cops there.  He talked to my gf in Visayan and told her it is useless to keep coming in as they don't have it and have no expectation of ever finding it.  He did suggest going to every police station we could get to and posting a reward poster so the local officers would keep a close eye out for it.


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Lets say that way back in my past, I kept a different set of company. I was living in South London at the time.


 That company included certain individuals who “specialised” in obtaining motorcycles. At the time, 80’s, Harley’s were the big thing. The Springer had come out, Fat Boy’s were so cool with the solid wheels, Evo engines were so much more reliable than Shovels or Pans etc.

These guys had a Transit van with a rear ramp with rollers that slid out. Kind of like a boat trailer set up. They cruised around early evening, looking for parked bikes after the commute home from work, then returned in the early hours. If the bike was locked, no problem.


Often bikes were fitted with steering neck locks. Turn the bars full lock, insert key and engage lock. Two ways to disable this. One, the lock is in a rather thin housing of tubular form and welded to the neck. A thick wall, close fitting, 2 foot section of pipe slid over the lock, good wiggle and generally it snapped off. You had a selection of tubes of varying sizes for different locks. Second, the locking pin was always a sloppy fit into the locating hole in the stem. Turn the bars one way to take up all the slop, then SNAP the bars the opposite way and often the pin would shear.


The Springer fork had a plate with a hole in it as part of the bottom yoke, that on full lock lined up with a frame lug. Place the bars on full lock and insert padlock. Great idea but nothing 5 mins with a blunt hacksaw could not fix.


Disc locks, great idea! On cast discs bad idea. Cast iron is brittle, a good smack and you could shatter the disc. Floating disc, works well, looks trendy, but only held on by those swaged circular grommets, believe me they can be popped.


Big padlocks, massive chains, oh so simple. A thermos flask of Lox (Liquid Oxygen) poured over the chain or lock, tap with hammer, well look at that! BOC (British oxygen Company) eventually stopped selling over the counter small amounts of Lox after police pressure.


 Failure of all of the above?  Bottle of dishwashing  concentrate. Pour it on the ground under the tryres and push. Rubber and concentrated soap slip and slide sooooo easily.


If you wanted to buy a “liberated” Harley it was around 1500 GBP whereas a new bike was 10 – 15 K. Most got broken down into component parts and turned into chops.

Serial numbers were on frames, engines, springer fork assys and gearbox casings. Records were kept at Milwaukee of what was put together with what on the production line.


Many custom bike builders would chop off a neck, weld on a new one with new serial no and register the bike as a newly built custom. Not too many knew about the numbers on springers so that just got a grind off.


Cases, well there was a man who had access to a Tig welder. He used to drill out the numbers about ¼” deep, carefully weld the holes in, then dress it all up with a Dremmel and age the ali with various acids.

You drilled out the numbers and did not just weld over the top in case of X-ray inspection. The metal underneath the stamped numbers was deformed for a depth of about 1/8” If you just welded and ground flat, an X-ray could possibly find the stressed metal under the surface.


Then there was a man who had a set of the special Harley style number and letter stamps buried in a biscuit tin in his back garden. But you had to know the man who did the welding before you met the man with the stamps!


We all have past lives………….

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That company included certain individuals who “specialised” in obtaining motorcycles


Great story.  Thanks.  Pinoys have ingenuity.  They may not steal motorbikes the same way as the 'company' in the story but if it can be done, they will find a way to do it.  The question that remains is:  What would deter those "company" individuals?  How would YOU avoid the fate of a stolen motorcycle?

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Sorry to hear your bike got lifted. That's a huge pain to have to deal with. Don't envy you that's for sure. Hope u get her back :)

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What would deter those "company" individuals?  How would YOU avoid the fate of a stolen motorcycle?


First off, i would look at what i used my bike for, occasional use or daily use.

Personally my daily use bikes were cosmetically tatty, often several years old, but mechanically sweet. So not attractive to a thief, generally the thief would go after the shiny this year model.

Occasional use like the ones in my album, keep them locked up, inside the house. My vintage Harley actually was stored in the dining room as an object;d;art

However, just to be a PITA, the Royal Enfield was a daily use bike in London for a while. The strangeness of the gear change, no ignition key, manual advance and retard, fuel taps always turned off etc etc meant a stranger had f all chance of starting it!


Someone (Headshot ??) always goes on about "layered" home security. Great idea for a bike.

LAYER 1 Always park in a very public, preferably well lit place.

LAYER 2 Put a lock on it but not through a wheel alone....!!! Around the frame to an immovable object. Or if no immovable object , run the chain thru the wheel and thru the frame. Maybe a disc lock as well.

LAYER 3 Be sneaky and secretly disable it. Ride on lawnmowers have cut out switches on the seat. Leave the seat and it stops the engine. Wire one into the ignition circuit and adjust the height to suit your specific weight. A secretly located second cut out switch. Pop the plug cap. Turn off the fuel, take the clutch/ gear change lever off........


No matter what you do, just like a house, if a thief wants it, he will have it. Depends on how hard you make it for him. If there are other choices around and yours is proving difficult, 9 times out of 10 he will move on to an easier target. 

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A disadvantage of a unique bike here is getting parts and maintenance but it's an advantage when it comes to theft.  There's no one to sell your parts to.

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