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What To Do When Your Motorcycle Has Been Stolen

There’s a special place in hell for motorcycle thieves—and there are a lot of them. One of those thieves once lifted my machine—in broad daylight while parked and covered—outside my place of business. When my co-worker ran to inform me of the crime, I sprinted to the parking lot to find an empty space where the bike once stood.

It’s a terrible feeling that raises a dozen questions: What happens now? Is there anything I can do? How do I catch this jerk? Unfortunately, math isn’t on your side; the odds of recovering your motorcycle are slim. However, there are some things you can do to increase the odds of a reunion with your ride.

Call the Cops

The first thing I did was call the fuzz. The amount of sympathy you receive and the effort the officer or detective puts into your case depend largely on whether you live in an indifferent city or a sleepy hamlet where grand theft is rare. In my case, the South Boston cop who arrived on the scene was eager to help recapture my motorcycle.

Check the Neighborhood

The officer told me to jump in the cruiser, thinking the bike may still be in the neighborhood. It never hurts to enlist your friends to do the same. We looked down every alley and inside every parked panel van, but to no avail. Eventually, a police report was taken, and I took a depressing subway ride home, helmet in hand.

Find Witnesses

In my case, my co-worker couldn’t give a description of the perps. There is a chance the bike might reappear in the neighborhood if it was stolen by joyriding teens. So post notices with a photo, description, contact info, and where it was stolen on local bulletin boards and lampposts. Someone might come forward with just the info you need.

Tell Your Friends

Amplify your message. Nobody likes a bike thief, so use the power of the internet and post about your loss on social media. Upload pictures of identifying scrapes or dents, custom mods, or other distinctions. Alert Facebook groups and internet forums that are local to your neighborhood, or specific to your bike model or bike type.

Part Out

Thieves often steal motorcycles to sell the parts. Search Craigslist and for-sale forums to spot suspicious online activity. If you happen to see your custom-painted fuel tank for sale, inform the authorities and hope they care enough to follow up.


You’ll be glad you bought comprehensive insurance coverage if ever you discover a sickening void where your motorcycle was parked. Lucky for me, dealing with my insurance company was painless. Soon I was shopping for an even better replacement motorcycle, and that certainly helped the healing process.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

Motorcycles vulnerable to turning crashes

Most accidents involving motorcycles and other vehicles occur when the other vehicle is turning across their path.

The result can be lethal as the rider hits the car in a t-bone fashion, rather than a glancing blow.

There are a number of scenarios of turning-vehicle crashes where the rider is completely blameless and others where they are at partial or complete fault.

But in the end, it doesn’t matter whose fault it is if the rider is dead.

Most common turning crashes

These are the four most common crash situations where the other motorist is turning, often without looking for motorcycles:

  1. Oncoming driver turns across the rider’s path to enter a property or side street;
  2. Vehicle pulls out of a side street into the path of the motorcycle;
  3. Motorist pulls over to perform a u-turn without looking; and
  4. A vehicle in front suddenly turns without indicating just as a rider is overtaking them.

Look for these signs

We all know drivers don’t look for motorcyclists for a variety of reasons.

So riders need to assume the worst and look out for these signs in the above impending SMIDSY (Sorry Mate, I didn’t See You) situations:

  1. If an approaching vehicle has its indicators on, assume they may turn without giving way to you and look for movement of the wheels and the driver’s head turning;
  2. Be suspicious of all vehicles coming out of side streets (left or right) and again check their wheels and the driver’s head to see if they have seen you;
  3. Treat any vehicle that pulls over as a possible u-turn or at least that they will suddenly open their door and step out in front of you; and
  4. If the vehicle in front suddenly slows, don’t take the opportunity to pass them. Be cautious that they could be about to make a turn, even if they haven’t indicated.

How to avoid SMIDSY crashesTurning crash

In all the above four situations, slow down and be prepared to take some sort of evasive action, looking for a possible escape route.

If the driver is on a side street or oncoming, try to make eye contact with them.

Make yourself seen by moving in your lane.

You can also alert drivers to your presence by blowing your horn or flashing your lights, although these may be illegal in some jurisdictions and could give the false message that you are letting them cross your path.

Don’t trust loud pipes to save you. Most drivers have their windows up, air-conditioning on and the radio turned up loud, so they may not hear you, anyway.

Besides, in all these situations, your pipes are facing away from the driver.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com