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Old Jan 11th 2013, 10:24 AM   #1
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Any clever ways to lock your helmet to your bike?

Occasionally, I need to leave my helmet with my bike. The Panigale of course has no built in lock. Anyone have a favorite way to do it? I don't need a real thief-proof system, just something to deter opportunists. Ideally, it would stow away under the seat.

Thinking of using a pistol padlock, but would love to hear what you all use.

EDIT: Tried the pistol padlock and the results rock! I was wondering what I was going to strap the helmet to, having forgotten that we have hollow triple clamps. Best parts: (1) Can't steal by cutting the strap (2) Fits under the seat (3) rubberized strap won't scratch the bike (4) incredibly cheap

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Old Jan 11th 2013, 10:30 AM   #2
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Old Jan 11th 2013, 11:30 AM   #3
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That's a GREAT idea especially on a nice 80 degree day after riding around!! OH that awesome heat shield won't melt any of the helmet pieces! no just burn the inside padding!!
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Old Jan 11th 2013, 11:34 AM   #4
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I haven't been in a situation where I need to leave my nicer helmet behind but if I had to lock up the passenger helmet or my secondary/night helmet and cannot take it with me, I use a simple cable and padlock and set the helmet on the ground. But I plan to purchase this solution (above). Like I said, I take my helmet with but for those rare occasions when you cannot, this solution sounds like a good idea to me.
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Old Jan 11th 2013, 12:15 PM   #5
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Someone gave me a Gun cable lock. I haven't been in a situation to have to need it on the Pani, but it does wrap through the helmet's D-ring and loop the top triple tree. I did use it on the 1098 and wrap the cable around the passenger peg mount.
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Old Jan 11th 2013, 01:15 PM   #6
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Having had a helmet stolen off a bike at a private sports ground, I now never leave a hat with the bike. What was gauling was the fact that they cut the strap to take the helmet!
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Old Jan 11th 2013, 01:23 PM   #7
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What I've done in the past is buy one of those cable locks (about 3 ft length that has an integrated combination lock. I thread it thru the sleeve of my leather jacket and thru the visor opening on my helmet, lock it to the frame. Pretty impossible to steal it then.

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Old Jan 11th 2013, 02:08 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by zvez View Post
What I've done in the past is buy one of those cable locks (about 3 ft length that has an integrated combination lock. I thread it thru the sleeve of my leather jacket and thru the visor opening on my helmet, lock it to the frame. Pretty impossible to steal it then.

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Shop Schlage 5' Steel Lock Cable at Lowes.com
How quickly do you think bolt cutters can cut that cable lock and your jacket and helmet are stolen? One second? Two seconds? I never totally depend on cables and locks in lieu of common sense and taking extra precautions so I realise you're not going to stop all criminals but I ask because I wonder if those cables that claim to be reinforced or heavy duty or hardened or armour are really worth the extra difference?
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I personally ALWAYS carry my helmet when I leave my bike. Can anyone come up with 5 reasons (or any) not to?
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Old Jan 11th 2013, 02:23 PM   #10
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c'mon guy, nothing is total protection from theft. The cable I'm speaking of is 3/8" hardened steel with a vinyl coating. sure you can cut them with the BIG bolt cutters, certainly not bolt cutters you can carry in your pocket.

But me, I'll take the risk, much rather do that the lug around a helmet and leather jacket in 100 degree weather. THE ONLY THEFTPROOF way is to carry it with you. Think the odds are far in my favor that a guy is not going to walk up with two foot bolt cutters in the middle of the day and cut the cable, just nuts to think otherwise.

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How quickly do you think bolt cutters can cut that cable lock and your jacket and helmet are stolen? One second? Two seconds? I never totally depend on cables and locks in lieu of common sense and taking extra precautions so I realise you're not going to stop all criminals but I ask because I wonder if those cables that claim to be reinforced or heavy duty or hardened or armour are really worth the extra difference?
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