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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 17th, 2007, 4:23 pm Thread Starter
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Keeping your stuff on your bike

I have a KR with a tail pack and a tank bag. I periodically park somewhere for a bit that is still visible but would like to not de-bag every time or just trust my luck. I'd like to have some level protection against the occasional sneak thief making off with one of my bags. On prior bikes I've had, I've found some ways lock a tank bag on and closed (probably could still get it off with out too much difficulty). The KR is the first I have had with a soft tail pack. I do have a pirate helmet lock bolted on the frame for the lid, fwiw.

Any ideas on tips to keep your soft bags (tail/tank) from wandering away? In Texas we always have the option to "open a can o' whoopass", as they say, but you have to be there to do that...

Any tips or techniques appreciated.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 17th, 2007, 6:56 pm
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I use a Walmart bicycle cable lock that I loop around the fork top tree and thru everything I want to stay there, tank bag,helmet,sleeve of jacket,etc.A sharp knife would free up the tank bag, but make it worthless to resale.I also heard of a friend that left an empty pistol holster strapped to the handlebars,hopefully making the would be thief think he had the gun on his person and would shoot said thief if he caught him.In his case he usually did have it on his person and would have shot someone,so your results might vary.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 17th, 2007, 9:33 pm Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by jimmm
...left an empty pistol holster strapped to the handlebars...
Not a bad idea. Seems like ever other person has a CHL in Texas... I don't think there are any issues strapping an old holster to the bag (er, cell phone holder, officer- that's it!).
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 18th, 2007, 8:16 am
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The movement sensor seems so sensitive on my bike that you wouldn't have to touch much for the alarm to go off. You can go wireless on the later alarms.

I like the idea of a recorded message that says: ' Your messing with my gear punk and the holster is empty'!

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 20th, 2007, 1:00 pm
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I have seen (but not tried) a light steel wire mesh "bag" for locking gear to a motorcycle. Aerostitch or some other catalog like that. I have a cable that I can run thru my helmet, jacket sleeve, boots (I installed a tarp grommet at the top of each boot) and then lock to the front wheel.

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I have a cable with loops on each end and a lock like jimmm, but don't use it too often. I think this link to Pacsafe is what RRG is talking about.

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