Originally Posted by BCDon
With my Wing, I have a remote paging security system so it is on by my bed so I'll hear if anything happens. The only time it's gone off is when a heavy truck lumbered by and set off the motion detector. I must admit, having the proximity detector is nice. I don't know if it has warned away people or not but if they got close it would.
....hmmmm... Wouldn't happen to be a Scorpio SR-i500Sw alarm would it?
After my very costly
motel misfortune, I bought one. I'm looking over the manual now and I don't know how the alarm's lighting wires to the turn signals and taillight couple up with the Can-Bus system. I may leave it to the guru who puts the bike back together. The proximity alarm is the size of a matchbox and the pager maybe slightly larger and has a keyring.
My motel knock-down has to be one of my costliest insurance claims to date. The adjuster photographed the bike last night and was submitting all the photos so the haggling between the insurance, dealer, and myself can begin (I guess). Haven't heard from the insurance company yet, although the dealer has faxed the estimate over to them. Oh, the BMW knock-over "estimate" alone is two hours shop time ($180) which comes off the repair if they do it.
My bike was parked right outside my room, maybe 15 feet away. Another 50 yards distant was a 24 hour Denny's. Lighting was very good in the lot and the motel's hallways, although it was a dark rainy night. I had a rain-cover on the leather seat.
I never heard the bike hit the ground. Slight nick on tail-end so maybe that is where they struck the bike? Or perhaps an attempted theft? As the bags were in the room, the fall did far more damage to the bike then had they been left on. Muffler has a nice rattling sound to it now as though some internal baffle has gotten knocked loose. Trying to do the back-into-it lift as demonstrated by the lady is impossible with the GT as it rests well onto its side with the wheels far off the ground. It wants to scoot across asphalt on the side fairing and muffler if you try it. With three people it was a lot easier.
Regarding which stand, I believe the side-stand - with a Fat-Foot attached instead of that spike - with the bike "in gear" is a better option. The GT rests so heavy on the front tire that had it been on the center-stand alone and in gear, someone hitting it from behind would knock it off the center-stand before the rear "locked-in-first-gear" tire ever made contact with the ground. Then boom! This is even easier to do with all the bags off the bike.
As far as parking near the night counter or office, I asked my sister who has worked the night motel shift. Her job was primarily adding up receipts and doing the accounting work during the evening. As such, all money and credit card handling is done out of sight away from the front counter so she says she'd would never have noticed damage done to a bike out front, much less some collisions that happen on the street right in front of the office. She has been told "If a biker asks, tell them it's okay to park there (out front, like they're gonna watch it!)." Besides, some motels lock their front offices at night. I doubt if it is any safer parking there.
I have had people mess around with the bike and twist the throttle and such when I parked near a stairway so I try to avoid that. For some reason, people just have to touch it when they get close enough.
I'm beginning to think that the safest place is maybe far away from the building where someone would have to walk a distance to get to it if they "Must play with it." Far enough away that no cars would want to park around it either. A light nearby. As mentioned, paid insurance. And a Scorpion two-way pager on the nightstand. Maybe parking it in a room if you can do it.
I'm still trying to evaluate how to do this. Maybe I'll switch my insurance to Mutual of Sicily
. If they find the perp, they can push him down a flight of stairs.