I keep my little GS500 locked up in a building behind my house, but I have seen something that made me shutter.
I like in a pretty rural area outside of one of our state's bigger cities. As of late, the crime rate in that city has been on the rise, with an increase in drug trafficking and the related criminal element flooding in from Detroit (of all places). I have yet to take my bike downtown for any reason...I'll pay the ridiculous gas prices before I'll risk leaving my bike unattended around there.
Anyhow, while entering a friend's apartment complex a few weeks ago, I notice a brand new Kawi 650R sitting inside the main entrance in the foyer (also where the residents get their mail). No lock. No cover. Wide open. Still, I think to myself, there is a camera and someone has to buzz you into the door in the first place...so maybe this isn't so bad.
Fast-forward a week.
Now, officially, the same bike is being left curbside in one of the darkest spots of the busiest street in the city...which happens to be beside the apartment complex. Maybe the guy got lazy, or maybe the landlord wouldn't let it stay inside, but it's out there. And guess what? Still no locks or cover.
I absolutely amazes me, because there are roughly 6 nightclubs and bars within a 50 yard radius, so you have all kinds of drunk slobs around this beautiful bike each night. The owner is literally begging for that thing to be lifted.