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Bike was stolen on Wednesday from a multistorey car park in Worcester. Was chained to the wall and had disc lock on but they used an angle grinder to get them off, started the bike and rode it off.

To say I'm gutted is an understatement, it was my pride and joy but also my transport to work. If anyone local sees or hears anything please let me know.

Keep yours safe guys!
 

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Sorry to hear that Matt! It really annoys me the amount of bike thefts at the moment! Give us some more details of your bike and we can keep an eye on classifieds etc...
Fingers crossed you get it back soon!!
 

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That's pretty awful, and I know the feeling as I had '000 of € of bycicles (two mountain and a road bike) stolen from my garage in one go a few years ago. Still makes me sick to the stomach to think about it. Hopefully you'll recover yours.

I have considered installing a gps tracker, but it's tough to find space in the bike to install, we don't have operators in here that sell data only gsm cards so you end up paying a monthly fee, and most of the trackers are 2 or 3G which maybe phased out in the near future.

I'm about to change my alarm for a 2 way system. I got this one https://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-Power-Saving-Two-Way-Motorcycle-Alarm-With-LED-Status-Indicator-And-2-LCD-Remote-Transmitters/32693000645.html it claims to have a range of 2Km. I'll loose the ability to carry the alarm remote with an inbuilt key, and I'm not sure how it will perform in a urban setting, but I'll make some tests and report back.

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Sorry to hear about that, Matt. You half expect it in London but Worcester??Clearly nowhere's safe from these ***** in the UK today. I don't think an alarm would make much difference - if they're brazen enough to use a grinder in broad daylight, they're unlikely to stop for a bit of extra noise. Perhaps we could come up with some more imaginative punishments to act as a deterrence, assuming, of course, that they'll be caught. It's hard to nick a bike when your hands have been chopped off! We'll all be paying extra in insurance costs until this spate of madness is ended.
 

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... I don't think an alarm would make much difference - if they're brazen enough to use a grinder in broad daylight, they're unlikely to stop for a bit of extra noise. ...
True... but a two way alarm will let you know that your bike is being messed with, and - assuming you're close enough - allow you to move to the next deterrence stage, as you suggest ;)

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Another one!!! OMG...fellas I feel for you. Such a shitty go....hope you end up either finding them and/or the bike soon!
 

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Sorry to hear that your bike has been pinched, hopefully you'll get it back quickly and undamaged.

I'm another one who doesn't bother with alarms on bikes, cause more grief to the owners, and most people seem to ignore them when they go off unless it's their vehicle. So unless you're near to it when it's disturbed, then it doesn't seem to have much deterrence. The tracker seems to be a good idea, I think that you can get ones that use satellites to enable the tracking, no use if the're locked up in an metal box / deep in a building though.
 

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Not been on in a while, been a bit frustrated. Thanks for all the kind words.... It seems as if our bikes are being targeted with another one gone this week, so please make sure yours are secure. I do think a tracker would be good or even better a dummy one under the seat and an actual one hidden somewhere better. The fact that I was less than 100yards from the bike when it was stolen really annoys me, if I could have been notified it was being messed with I could have disturbed them.

My bike is (was) a 60th anniversary edition. Reg BN16 WMA with tail tidy and yellow headlight. If anyone does spot it out and about just knock them under a bus for me.

The good news is the insurance are going to pay out just need to see how much they are going to offer
 

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Sorry to hear about your bike and it stinks no matter who is happens to. I think a tracker and alarm combo should be enough to get your bike back.

Thieves are more brazen these days and my friend's bike was stolen right out of the condo parking garage while it was chained down to the ground. Cops don't really do much unless you have a tracker for them to follow.

Hopefully your insurance will cover a majority of the xsr700's cost.
 

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Mine went a few days after yours. Was gutted.

I was very lucky though in that mine was found this week! I’ve put a tracker on it now. £15 and it works like a dream :)

Got a sim only deal from Tesco for £7.50 a month so always connected!
 

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Mine went a few days after yours. Was gutted.

I was very lucky though in that mine was found this week! I’ve put a tracker on it now. £15 and it works like a dream /forum/images/smilies/smile.gif

Got a sim only deal from Tesco for £7.50 a
month so always connected!
Wich tracker did u bought?
 

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M8, that sux.

I HATE parking in town if commuting - hard to believe not one person called the police about angle grinders tho Grrr...

Remember not to accept insurance first offer and go back with a list of links to similar bikes on sale for more.

Good luck.

Will you get another one, or try something else?
 

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Wich tracker did u bought?
I got this from aliexpress.

It seems to work well, not sure about battery drain, I usually leave the bike on a trickle charger in the garage. I'm not using their website, just text messages. I get warnings for movement and if it shifts without ignition. I can query status, location, mapslinks, turn alarm on/off. I just built a shortcut folder with all the commands on my phone homescreen, so pretty usable. Got the cheapest Sim card I could find (about 9€/month).

Installed it under the passenger side of the seat, seems to track satellites easily. It has a tiny inbuilt battery, not sure how long it will last, you probably need to move fast if it does get stolen in case thieves disconnect the bike battery.

Cabling was pretty easy, just 3 wires, + fused and - to the battery, and an ignition wire you can splice into a presence light.

Luis
 
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