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Old 04-21-2011, 09:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Preventing theft of new LED lights. I need ideas.

I just installed an LED headlight and LED passing lamps on my 2003 Ultra Classic. Now I have this new fear that I'm going to walk out to the bike in a hotel parking lot while on a trip to find that someone has loosened three Philips-head screws and stolen $500 worth of lights.

Have any of you installed the lights and figured out a way to thwart thieves?
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I was thinking about getting a set of those new LED lights for my bike too.

Where do you usually park your bike after dark?
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I would just make sure that they are covered under accessories on your insurance policy.

It's a lot like the H-D detachable stuff and a lot of other add on accessories, if someone wants it bad enough, they will find the perfect time and place to steal what they want. Most H-D seats can be removed by taking out a single phillips head seat screw.

I never stay at a place where I can't physically see my Harley from the room, it has the security system with siren and I always have a Kimber .45 with me. Other than those precautions, I guess that's what insurance is for.
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Where do you usually park your bike after dark?
I always park it in the garage, but when on bike trips, it gets parked as close to my hotel room as possible.
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do the things look that radically different from everyday incandesent lights: who will even know that you have $500 lights?
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do the things look that radically different from everyday incandescent lights: who will even know that you have $500 lights?
They look very different. Each lamp has several individual lenses for aiming the LED beams. You can see the difference with the lights off from across the street.
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I have insurance and park wherever there is a parking spot, its a motorcycle not a gold bar. If I have to agonize over whether or not someone is going to take it or sit on it I don't need it that bad, and I've parked in some pretty seedy neighborhoods. At the end of the day if someone wants it their going to get it.
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I have insurance and park wherever there is a parking spot, its a motorcycle not a gold bar. If I have to agonize over whether or not someone is going to take it or sit on it I don't need it that bad, and I've parked in some pretty seedy neighborhoods. At the end of the day if someone wants it their going to get it.
I agree.. Insure the thing well and forget about it.
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I always park it in the garage, but when on bike trips, it gets parked as close to my hotel room as possible.
I would always use a cover on the bike when staying at a hotel. That way your new LED headlights will not be nearly as visible for someone wanting to make a quick buck.
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I would use the tamper proof screws. $500 is a lot to lose if someone takes them.
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Bike cover with the locking cable under the bike will hide the lights and slow a bike theif down and BIG insurance.
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I have insurance and park wherever there is a parking spot, its a motorcycle not a gold bar. If I have to agonize over whether or not someone is going to take it or sit on it I don't need it that bad, and I've parked in some pretty seedy neighborhoods. At the end of the day if someone wants it their going to get it.
If they want it bad enough they'll get them.. Don't worry about them or anything... Enjoy...
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It seems I spoke too soon when I said I had actually installed the passing lamps. The headlight install went fine, but I cannot get the trim ring on the passing lamps to fit the new LED lamps. From outside to inside, there is a trim ring, the actual lamp, a retention ring and the housing. Though the lamp appears to be the same size as the stock, the trim ring seems slightly too small to fit over the lip of the housing. Has anyone out there installed the Truck-Lite LED passing lamps on a 2003 Ultra? If you encountered the same problem, how did you deal with it?
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Really I have been riding 41 years. been more places and events than I can count. Bike is parked at motels often.
I have never had one item stolen from my bike.
I know it happens, thats why we have ebay to sell the stolen parts but just not that big a worry.
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