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Lic. Plate Security

Recently a friend of mine had the plates on his 2011 CBR 250R stolen in Brooklyn. I sympathize, as I had my last bike stolen in the same neighborhood. The thieves in the area, like most thieves, are true scoundrels. They steal plates in order to joyride for a few days before discarding. Meanwhile my friend has a Honda in his living room for fear of it being impounded (NYC Traffic regularly tow bikes without plates/DMV is impossible to deal with in said situations). For fear of the same on my V I did a little dremeling and drilling to come up with:

The idea being to put a little luggage lock behind the nut. Yes detractors- I hear your grumbles! Of course a luggage lock is easily defeated. I'm only interested in making my bike less appealing/easy than the next on the block. Here's to hoping that between this and my Xena alarm disc lock it won't be worth their sub-human effort...


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A simple yet rather elegant solution. It won't stop those determined to steal but it makes it more difficult for the opportunist.

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ON THEOTHER HAND......five fingers and a thumb; I know stick to the point!
When asked why my doors aren't locked at work I reply "the damage done getting at my stuff is more costly than the stuff they steal". If you make it too hard they'll just do more damage. Just my random thoughts on hood rats
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When asked why my doors aren't locked at work I reply "the damage done getting at my stuff is more costly than the stuff they steal". If you make it too hard they'll just do more damage. Just my random thoughts on hood rats
There is logic there... If you piss em' off, they could just slash your seat and push your bike over. All of which could be done in about 3 seconds before walking away.
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+1 Cap'n. A friend of mine moved to NY city in the early 80s. You left your car doors unlocked and your trunk open. He learned the trunk lesson the hard way.
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I've gotta disagree with you guys here. Having lived in NYC for my whole life; I get the impression that people that haven't spent a good amount of time here recently still have a very 'North Bronx during the crack pandemic' view of life here. While there are still some entirely unsafe neighborhoods here, I avoid them completely (which isn't hard as they're way the hell up in the bronx or wayyyy out in brooklyn. These days there are a lot more cops on the street, and I can assure you that no thief more than a day out of thief school would spend more than a split second near my bike with the Xena wailing. That said- I'm not worried about pissing them off- these guys are mainly professionals, and seek targets of opportunity. My bike is not one of these targets; so I feel good about not being the next to have my plates stolen. That said- I only park in the neighborhood my friend lost his plates in once a month or so for an hour. Not overly worried.


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That's a pretty good idea. I dabbed epoxy on the end of mine to discourage a quick lift.

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Good idea!





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That's a pretty good idea. I dabbed epoxy on the end of mine to discourage a quick lift.
I definitely considered that approach. My thought was that the visual deterrent of the locks is probably the most effective part of the system. "Pain in the ass- NEXT."


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