newer rider. 2017 harley roadster xl1200cx. couple of full face helmets.
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don’t want it stolen while i’m out and about, as i frequently make 50+ mile trips away from home and don’t want to be stuck.
i’ve just been resting it on the handlebars…
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· 4yr6,mt 03, wr450f, 250sx
most bikes have helmet locks somewhere that you hook the d rings through and lock with the key.
if you don’t have those, then you can use gun locks to lock them to the handlebars
yep. i use a rifle cable lock for my stuff.
and then some tweaked piece of shit will cut the strap. bad idea.
sadly i have seen drinks, food and bodily waste put into helmets secured to bikes over the years. i have also seen d-rings cut and helmets stolen. people are assholes, and haters are out there. so be aware that securing your gear to your bike is not 100% safe.
carry it with you (backpack designed with helmet storage, or just carry it and let the world know you ride)
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top case or side cases with a lock.
3, plastic coated cable and padlock looped through the chin bar and the frame or forks. (you can also run it through jacket sleeves and pant legs at the same time)
· 4yus ms | 2014 r6 & 2016 ninja 300
depending on what i’m doing i’ll just flip up the chin bar or i’ll put it in a backpack.
pick up a few things from the store? flip up the chin bar and leave my jacket on.
more extensive (i.e. shopping for a gift or don’t know exactly what i need, in a store that is above target in class, etc.) shipping? put jacket in shopping cart with helmet wrapped inside.
something that’s not shopping? wrap helmet in jacket and stuff in backpack.
in all cases i store my gloves in my jacket pocket.
sadly i have seen people returning to find some hater has pissed in their helmet after a late night food run.
i always keep my 1200 dollar helmet with me, small inconvenience for the cost of replacement.
· 4yunited states street triple
i always carry mine with me.
i always carry mine with me. i don’t go somewhere that i wouldn’t be comfortable bringing my stuff in. i actually kinda hate doing it cuz i feel like “that guy” and i don’t want the attention, but even if i had a lock i don’t trust people in my city. plus i paid good money for my helmet, don’t want some crack head stealing it to get $50 worth of drugs, or if they’re not successful i risk having a broken, scratched helmet or scratched up bike.
it’s inconvenient sometimes, but i tend to do the same. my bike doesn’t have a helmet lock, so i just take it with me.
· 4y’14 street triple r
i have a camera and bluetooth setup on my helmet. together, they’re worth more than the helmet itself. both of those things clip off. i just can’t leave >$700 of gear sitting around with barely any protection =/
· 4yand i was like brrraapp
if you don’t have the helmet lock for the d rings, you can get a nice coated stranded steel wire bike cable with lock and go around something substantial like the frame, rear swingarm, wheel, handlebar… etc.
this keeps getting brought up but i don’t know what it is. how do i find this on my bike?
for what it’s worth, i leave mine on the handlebars street parked in manhattan all the time, just not overnight. it may help that it’s a cheaper, scratched up hjc, but i never had an issue. just try to make it appear locked up. maybe i’d avoid it leaving in super high-pedestrian
zones or “bad neighborhoods”, but for the most part people haven’t wanted to see me die by stealing my helmet. i’ve seen plenty of other riders in nyc do the same.
· 4y · edited 4y
i use one of these cable locks. it’s small enough to fit in my tankbag and on the rare occasion i’m not confident in just leaving stuff laying, will run it through a jacket sleeve, helmet d-ring, and solid part of the bike. the one i have is several years old so it wasn’t available in disco colors.
you could also get an inexpensive bike cable lock that’s a bit more substantial but not as easy to carry.
yes, if someone wants your gear they can cut the cable if they brought such tools along for the task. but the only thing i’ve ever had taken from my bike was a winston rodeo award denim jacket on loan from my brother that i left in a saddlebag that someone took back in 74 while parked in my apartment in dallas.
great feedback. i’m sorry to hear about your jacket. my roadster is not keen on the saddle bag look, but i do want to grab a small fork mounted front bag where i can store knickknacks and such, like a lock. thanks again for your comment 🙂
· 4yva – ’17 hd iron 883
on my sportster i picked up a padlock and plastidipped the shackle so it wouldnt scratch my bars, ran the helmet over a grip and lever, then locked the d-ring to the mirror stem.
if i’m sure someone could cut the strap but as its been said before, it’ll keep honest people honest. this works for both regular mirrors or inverted if you’ve gone down that road.
i’ve seen some people pick up a mountable helmet lock, usually bolts onto the frame or handlebars but i prefer my method.
· 4y2019 tracer 900 gt
i carry mine with me. otherwise i would have to strip the camera and bluetooth off it at every stop. that would be annoying imo
· 4yfz07 – south bay
i’ve used one of the “reminder” cords for front brake locks, looped through the visor hole and locked in place to the bike either by hooks under the seat or using a regular padlock locked to something permanent on the bike. then a cargo net can secure everything down to the bike a little better.
· 4y’16 monster 1200 s
i do a cable around the helmet’s chin bar and around a rear wheel spoke.
· 4y2006 roadliner