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    Stolen Trophy?
    on: May 04, 2019, 12.18 pm
    May 04, 2019, 12.18 pm
    Have you ever had a Trophy stolen?

    Australia bike theft is way up am just wondering.

    https://motorbikewriter.com/motorcycle-theft-running-rampant/

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    Re: Stolen Trophy?
    Reply #1 on: May 04, 2019, 01.16 pm
    May 04, 2019, 01.16 pm
    I can't remember one single report of a Trophy being stolen.

    Having said that, Motorcycle theft is on the increase in the UK too,
    so it makes sense to take precautions - Don't park anywhere remote, or dark,
    and add measures of extra Security such as Alarms, Locks, Chains etc.

    A determined thief won't be too worried about Security measures though
    and may use a Powered Disc Cutter to remove locks & chains etc,
    and ( with help ) simply pick up a Bike and put it in the back of a van.

    Fortunately ( or not ) by comparison there aren't that many Trophies out there,
    so the demand for Spare Parts ( which is how a lot of stolen bikes end up ) isn't as great !


    Last Edit: Jan 08, 2020, 05.56 pm by Coconut

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    Re: Stolen Trophy?
    Reply #2 on: May 05, 2019, 09.32 am
    May 05, 2019, 09.32 am
    The Trophy doesn't have a commonly recurring problem that fuels the "theft by order" for salvaged parts. It is too big to easily hide in a ditch until the thief has eliminated the fitting of tracking devices. It is also not the obvious choice for an opportunistic joy rider, and (thank goodness!) it even looks heavy. Having said that, I'd be devastated if mine was stolen!
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    Re: Stolen Trophy?
    Reply #3 on: May 05, 2019, 11.12 pm
    May 05, 2019, 11.12 pm
    Never.

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    Re: Stolen Trophy?
    Reply #4 on: May 07, 2019, 03.09 pm
    May 07, 2019, 03.09 pm
    A couple of years ago I rode my TTSE to Melbourne. Just before 9am I parked on the footpath (as most people here do) with my rear wheel close to the curb. There were a number of people around and two young guys, maybe early 30's, came up and commented on the bike. I had turned the ignition off and just got off the bike. Being a rather proud TTSE owner I proceeded to tell them all about it - what a great ride it was, how well it handled etc. They seemed to be really interested and knew about bikes. One said his dad used to own a trident.
    At some stage I locked the steering and then unlocked the pillion seat. They walked around the bike, made a few more comments, thanked me for my time and just walked away.
    Attached my helmet to the holder and replaced the seat. Put my jacket and gloves in the top  box and went to lock it. No key. My first thought was that I had inadvertently put the key under the seat.
    At that stage I did not carry a spare key. The spare was 1 1/2 hours ride away. Phoned my son who was not able to get me the key until later in the day.
    There was a triumph dealer about 4 blocks away so I went and asked them about removing the seat. They said the only way to remove the seat without the key was to get a locksmith. They rang one for me who said he would have to drill out the lock. Big cost, most inconvenient. I borrowed some items, went back to the bike and managed to remove the seat - no damage, no key.  I had double checked my pockets and all around the bike. The only logical explanation was the guys had taken the key.
    Another thing I didn't have was a bike lock so, back to the dealer.
    Anyway, later that afternoon I went back to the bike with the key. I had checked it a few times and all had been well. This time is was lying on its side with the rear wheel out over the curb. It appears they had returned and  attempted to wheel it backwards onto the road. The wheel lock had hit the fork plastics as the wheel dropped over the edge and the bike dropped.
    Damage. Broken fork plastic, broken gear leaver bolt, scratches on the left pannier and fairing, badly wounded pride.
    I still tell people how great it is but now the key is in my hand or pocket.

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    Re: Stolen Trophy?
    Reply #5 on: May 08, 2019, 01.42 am
    May 08, 2019, 01.42 am
    I would be so angry! Im angry just reading this story

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    Re: Stolen Trophy?
    Reply #6 on: May 08, 2019, 03.36 pm
    May 08, 2019, 03.36 pm
    I guess that I have a different perspective on this subject, and perhaps itís because I grew up in Chicago. Given the distinct possibility that I might have a vehicle stolen at some point, I decided to make sure I was adequately insured, and then just not worry about it. I guess that I am lucky that I never get too terribly attached to my vehicles, even if I really like them. There are plenty of replacements. The only advice I would offer however, is that you check with your Insurance Co. every year at renewal, and have them show you the replacement value on your bike, so you are in agreement as to what you will receive in the event of a robbery or accident. It was a real education on my part to learn how much valuations differed between different Insurers, on the same vehicle.

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    Re: Stolen Trophy?
    Reply #7 on: May 21, 2019, 10.14 pm
    May 21, 2019, 10.14 pm
    *Originally Posted by Robwebb [+]
    A couple of years ago I rode my TTSE to Melbourne. Just before 9am I parked on the footpath (as most people here do) with my rear wheel close to the curb. There were a number of people around and two young guys, maybe early 30's, came up and commented on the bike. I had turned the ignition off and just got off the bike. Being a rather proud TTSE owner I proceeded to tell them all about it - what a great ride it was, how well it handled etc. They seemed to be really interested and knew about bikes. One said his dad used to own a trident.
    At some stage I locked the steering and then unlocked the pillion seat. They walked around the bike, made a few more comments, thanked me for my time and just walked away.
    Attached my helmet to the holder and replaced the seat. Put my jacket and gloves in the top  box and went to lock it. No key. My first thought was that I had inadvertently put the key under the seat.
    At that stage I did not carry a spare key. The spare was 1 1/2 hours ride away. Phoned my son who was not able to get me the key until later in the day.
    There was a triumph dealer about 4 blocks away so I went and asked them about removing the seat. They said the only way to remove the seat without the key was to get a locksmith. They rang one for me who said he would have to drill out the lock. Big cost, most inconvenient. I borrowed some items, went back to the bike and managed to remove the seat - no damage, no key.  I had double checked my pockets and all around the bike. The only logical explanation was the guys had taken the key.
    Another thing I didn't have was a bike lock so, back to the dealer.
    Anyway, later that afternoon I went back to the bike with the key. I had checked it a few times and all had been well. This time is was lying on its side with the rear wheel out over the curb. It appears they had returned and  attempted to wheel it backwards onto the road. The wheel lock had hit the fork plastics as the wheel dropped over the edge and the bike dropped.
    Damage. Broken fork plastic, broken gear leaver bolt, scratches on the left pannier and fairing, badly wounded pride.
    I still tell people how great it is but now the key is in my hand or pocket.
    O.M.G......THANK YOU FOR SHARING....so yes they can be stolen !

     



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