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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 24-Nov-2019, 09:32 AM (647) Thread Starter
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Locking bike other than handlebar lock?

I commute to work at a university, which is a high crime area. Motorcycles have been stolen but those were not handlebar-locked.

Question is, do handlebar locks ever break? I assume that unless they do, a thief is limited to backing up a truck and lifting. In this location, that is very unlikely.

I tend to not use anything else, but I've never had a bike this pretty before. About to pick up a low-mileage beauty.
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I've never heard of a handlebar lock failing, but you could always get a brake disc lock, which will positively lock the front wheel and is much more a visible deterrent than just locking the bars. Almost any lock will work in the day-time in a high traffic area. Park where there are cameras.
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This is an extremely heavy duty chain and lock. I can wrap it around a pole and to the frame or around the back rim and to the frame. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Most Handlebar locks can be broken with enough force, if you can lock it to a pole or another immovable object.
Me I have a GPS Security System so the poor person that takes my bike will have a rude awakening when I show up.

Furniture Movers seem to be used so if you have a disk lock, chain but only the wheels, handlebar lock ect...they can just roll it on...
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Furniture Movers seem to be used so if you have a disk lock, chain but only the wheels, handlebar lock ect...they can just roll it on...
Arg! Good point.
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I commute to work at a university, which is a high crime area. Motorcycles have been stolen but those were not handlebar-locked.

Question is, do handlebar locks ever break? I assume that unless they do, a thief is limited to backing up a truck and lifting. In this location, that is very unlikely.

I tend to not use anything else, but I've never had a bike this pretty before. About to pick up a low-mileage beauty.
First, my condolences on having to live/work in one of the many modern cities that demand so much concern and caution. Second, if a fork/handlebar lock is going to break it will likely do it in the locked position; difficult to fix. Good insurance and a stout chain are your best precautions.
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Very disappointing. Handlebar and brake rotor locks and be defeated by furniture dollies. The heavy chain referenced above also has plenty of reviews alleging that their chains had either been hacksawed or picked. Worse, I didn't see anything that seemed better for this purpose on amazon.

So the bottom line is that no-one parks their $20k GS outside in New York? or Chicago? or DC?
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Locking bike other than handlebar lock?

I use a disk lock and know quite well that if someone really wants my bike, there's nothing I can do to prevent them to taking it. If you're in NYC, Chicago or DC, move.

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Very disappointing. Handlebar and brake rotor locks and be defeated by furniture dollies. The heavy chain referenced above also has plenty of reviews alleging that their chains had either been hacksawed or picked. Worse, I didn't see anything that seemed better for this purpose on amazon.

So the bottom line is that no-one parks their $20k GS outside in New York? or Chicago? or DC?
I've had that lock for about a year and it's about the best on the market. Nothing will stop someone who wants your bike but this thing will cause a thief to work very hard or hopefully look for an easier target. The only problem is it's a very heavy chain and lock. I do close the key door to keep the rain out and periodicity use a little DuPont Teflon Easy Entry Lock Lubricant ($5. on Amazon) to keep the key working well.

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BMW offers a Plug-N-Play alarm system for about $400(US) that'll at least make a bunch of racket.

https://youtu.be/KjRSCdMTp-A
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