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Helmet Theft

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  1. saddlebag

    saddlebag Well-Known Member

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    It really has never been an issue for me, but helmets are getting more and more expensive and there are a number of areas where people seem to steal anything and everything that ain't bolted down.

    The reason I bring it up is because I need to replace my Shoei open face that was beat up in a recent accident. It worked flawlessly to not only save my life, but didn't even leave me dizzy after some road acrobatic that would make the Flying Wallendas blush. Shoeis are also the most comfortable lids I've found for my cranium.

    The model I had has been upgraded to a model called the J-Cruise. They added a set of internal sunglasses which are nice, but more to the point, the changed the chin strap mechanism to this:

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    From a usage perspective, I like it, but how the hell can you secure it to a bike?
     
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    Yea, the proven double "D" rings work well for both reasons. I used to have a padlock attached to the luggage rack or if you wanted to, you could lock it to the brake or gear lever or rear view mirror stem, etc. etc. I just sat the helmet over the sissy bar thing and snapped the lock through the "D" rings, thieves bring a spanner, socket or hack saw with you, or if you want to be real flash, a bolt cutter.... Any of the above plus others just mean that it takes more than a couple of seconds to acquire the helmet. Locks are only to keep honest people from taking it.....
     
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    A Sticker saying "Caution Wearer has Head Lice"
     
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  4. Keith Grey

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    All my helmets either have a hole in the front that I could run a cable through (full Face), or the straps on the sides have a spot I can run a cable through (half & 3/4 face), so I use a small cable lock I got from some deal of the day site (3 for $10 delivered).

    Here are a couple of options. The first is similar to what I got, but mine is 3' and thicker, with a key.

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    Seems to me all you can possibly do is deter the snatch and grab thieves. Plus, I hate D-Ring closures and love the adjustable slide locks some companies are using. S&S use them and they sell very economical helmets.
     
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    saddlebag Well-Known Member

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    I carried the same thing in the Vic as it has no helmet locks. I ran it thru the D clips of my open face and under the handlebar and would set it such that it covered my GPS. I came across a video showing the new style clip. No full face and no D clips means it either fits in a bag (when empty) or it gets carried with me (no joy).

    I watched a different review and it does in fact come with D clips, the fancy clip is an upgrade. Problem is, the D clips are removable making the option possible. I figure I'll use them anyway. Little chance the local Vicodin addicts are going to know that.
     
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    One of my friends had a brand new Shoei stolen at the Peoria Il. TT races 600 bucks gone
     
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    OH!! that would have me pissed, not much get's me lit up, but taking someone's brain bucket of their bike, that's lower than low, in 35 years of riding I have never heard of that happening!
    fortunately, here in Colorado, I would still be able to ride home from the race, but I would have a case of the red arse that would be told around camp fires for generations to come!
    That is right up there with stealing the tools a man/ women uses to make a living to feed his/her family.
     
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    If you have hard lockable saddlebags its easy. I bought an extra buckle online and bolted it to the inside of one bag. So when I put my helmet on the bike I connect one end of the helmet chin strap to the mate inside the bag, close the lid, lock it. Now it's the same concept as a D ring bike lock. You have to cut the strap to steal it, leaving behind half the buckle.

    Another option I did for a friend without saddlebags was to sew a single D ring onto one side of the strap. Now you can lock it to the bike using the D ring, assuming you have a D ring lock on the bike of course.
     
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    I'm not a fan of the quick release mechanisms. I think the factory ones will be better than the feeble aftermarket variety though.
    To your point, one would need to look at the whole strap. There is probably some sort of adjustment on the other end from the quick connect. Speed & Strength has a sort of double D ring that allows for adjusting the strap then secure their fast release. So, you may still be in luck but without the whole picture it is hard to say.

    Glad you are better. Cheers
     
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    I have something very similar to the masterlock option Keith grey showed in his post(#4). I ran it through my full face helmet and locked it to the bike. I used it quite often on my Kingpin, but now with the Vision I lock it up in the trunk. I have used used it a couple of time on the Vision when the wife and I were on a trip and the trunk was full.
     
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    Or at least different. My big toenail on my good leg just fell off. Man did that thing stink! That toe took a great deal of abuse in the wreck. No more tennis shoes on short hops for me!
     
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    Many insurance companies will pay for the hemet under comp coverage I know State Farm does. I am a State Farm agent so I do know this check with your company. The 1st poster said that he needed a new helmet do to an accedent, it my be covered off his insurance.
     
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    Now that is good information, so you are in the business, does my deductible come into play,
    or does the helmet fall under the $1000 no deductible coverage for the parts and other portion of the policy, and does it count as a claim, and will they skyrocket my rates for it? and do I have to buy the same helmet, and as they view helmets as having a 5 year life, do they just start deducting from the purchase price of what I paid for it 4 years ago?
     
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    Different companies have different rules. You should contact your agent with these questions but don't be suprised if he/she does not know make them check with the claims people to get you the correct answer.
     
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    started down the wrong dirt rode on my previous post, wasn't really asking about my coverage, was thinking more generally, but let's just say real world with State Farm in this case, as that is what you are familiar with.
     

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