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Giant Loop Motorcycle Saddlebags & Motorcycle Tank Bags: Panniers, Soft Luggage for Adventure & Sport Touring

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In India a lot of hotels have doors with a latch to put your padlock through. Most guide books tell you to bring a padlock for this reason. One time I lost my key of the one that the hotel provided. I thought the hotel bloke would have a spare, but instead he rammed it once and the lock came clean off. No one batter an eyelid.

I think we put to much faith in pad locks. It's just a little brass edge on a steel edge about 2mm wide.

FWIW, there is a thread here somewhere where people at Iquazu falls had their helmets stolen which was padlocked to the bike parked in the public parking lot. They smashed the lock and it was gone. Security is a myth. Just don't leave stuff you can't or wont want to replace.

I seem to recall the helmet straps were cut .
But the advice is still sound ,just don't leave it around .
Or at least put it out of sight so that criminals won't be tempted .
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Nah, they had it through the bar.

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...zu-falls-39212

The bloke in this thread had his strap cut

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...zu-falls-39214
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Yeah , you're right .
But cutting helmet straps is a common way to steal them .
Also I stopped using the helmet lock on my bike years ago after seeing some poor sod's helmet used as a urinal outside the pub one night .

I intend using a sidecar this year and with regard to security ;my passenger will be my German Shepherd .
She's very territorial .I may have to carry a shovel to bury the bodies .
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In India a lot of hotels have doors with a latch to put your padlock through. Most guide books tell you to bring a padlock for this reason. One time I lost my key of the one that the hotel provided. I thought the hotel bloke would have a spare, but instead he rammed it once and the lock came clean off. No one batter an eyelid.

I think we put to much faith in pad locks. It's just a little brass edge on a steel edge about 2mm wide.

FWIW, there is a thread here somewhere where people at Iquazu falls had their helmets stolen which was padlocked to the bike parked in the public parking lot. They smashed the lock and it was gone. Security is a myth. Just don't leave stuff you can't or wont want to replace.
Yeah.. Mates of mine. Ken and Carol ! Was a hefty lock in a busy car park with security about.

Security is a complete myth as you say. 2mm aluminium, cheap hinges and a pathetic clasp lock won't deter anyone but the laziest opportunist.

I reckon it would take longer to undo the buckles of my army canvas bags than it takes to break the lock off a TT box.

If people have anything in the 3rd world, it's ingenuity !

Its very simple... Take you valuables with you in a tank bag. Who wants to steal your underpants and old tshirts ?? A tent isn't much used to street kid either.
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Thomas, can you tell me which tank saddle bags you are using? I am looking for some but can't find any I like and which are available for a reasonable price in Germany.

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Hi Peer
you said it all ....

My tankbags are custom sewed by a friend, she is pro sewer and I told her to use truck tarp and the strongest line she can handle with her sewingmachine

If you want to buy something, consider the Ortlieb cycle bags and similar .... but you won`t find something cheap, well maybe used at ebay ...

Just try to find a sewer who can handle the truck tarp and have a look at the pics some pages before ....

Greets and good luck searching
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