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Old 28 Nov 2008
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Angry Helmets Stolen at Iguazu Falls

After almost 14 months and 33,000kms in Chile, Argentina and Paraguay we suffered our first theft in Argentina. We had recently purchased new Shoei Concepts in Australia along with a new Autocom but our security was not sufficient. At the parking area at the falls we locked the bike and cabled our helmets to the bike in a black plastic bag then chained the bike cover on as well. This was approximately 50 metres from the main entrance. A German couple with soft, tank bag luggage was parked opposite. From their information all was secure around 3.00pm.Their gear was not touched. We came out around 7.00pm and found the cover lifted and the cable, lock and helmets gone. Beware there is no security in this car park. We advise anyone travelling to this area to park the bike near the large entrance on the footpath. The park attendants were surprised we had not done this. Now we are having the fun of obtaining suitable replacements. The help from the HU Community has been tremendous however. Shoei Concept helmets and Autocom headsets are rare in Sth America so if anyone sees two white ones with HU stickers on them or perhaps a dodgy paint job on two let us know.

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Ahhhh shit ! That sucks.

I parked my bike there with my helmet cable locked to the bike and it was fine. Although it was daytime and the carpark was pretty busy.

Did you put your lock through the chin piece or just the straps ??? Did they cut the lock ??

I think the problem with us gringos is. We forget that our helmets that we just take for granted, cost more than some people earn in 2 months in Argentina.

Good luck with getting replacements !

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Hi Ted..
We had the cable through the bar. Probably gave then the bag to carry them away with too.. completely unnoticed. It was daylight even at 7.00pm with plenty of people around. The cable,. lock and helmets with headsets were gone.

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We forget that our helmets that we just take for granted, cost more than some people earn in two months in Liverpool.
Fixed.

Seriously though, I hope that the local motorcycling community can do a Maria 41 for you and track down the miscreants. As you say, those lids are like hens' teeth out there so maybe you'll get lucky; I hope so.

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They may not have prevented this theft, but we love our pacSafe (Pacsafe Anti-Theft Bags & Travel Security Products) helmet bags. Not only are they locked to the bike but they are out of sight in their black bags. And the bags have wire mesh through them to prevent slashing and stealing. They also make a system that will secure stuffsacks that you may be carrying exposed on the bike.
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Greetings Bob and Kathy. Thankyou for your reply but you.
are correct. Our cable/lock was more substantial but to no avail.

Ken and Carol.
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Sorry to hear that guys.... Its happened to me in Australia! Let me know if I can help you out

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For those who like to judge other nations/people, I learnt all of these things whilst living in London, during the Brixton riots..

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Because I’m here with K+C just beside me and never get that impression…..
Also I know very well Mick and Ted.
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All cable locks are easy to break, especially if the lock touches the ground,(asphalt or cement), you just hit it with a hammer..if you were parked on dirt or grass then the lock would have been more dificult to break because the soil would give. THIS IS ELEMENTAL,
A SHACKLE IS GENERALLY LEFT ALONE AS IT IS HARDER TO BREAK IF YOU HAVE ATTACHED IT IN A WAY THAT YOU CAN'T PUT THE LOCK ON THE GROUND to be able to hammer it.
Abus comes to mind as a good brand
It must be thick enough that a bolt cutter won't get a grip on it. there used to be one with a hexagonal x section and bolt cutters would just slip.

For those who like to judge other nations/people, I learnt all of these things whilst living in London, during the Brixton riots..

Do you have a pic of the stolen lids? post it, it may help
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Helmets

Ken/Carol,

Not sure where you are on your trip or how long you have to go, but if you are pining for your Shoei's I know someone who is flying into Sao Paulo at the end of the month and could potentially haul a couple of replacements from North America. I know helmet selection is somewhat limited for some models or prohibitively expensive so if you haven't already found a solution let me know and we'll see if we can arrange the details of buying some online at this end and packing them down for you.

Various members of the South American community where incredibly helpful when it came to getting hard to find things shipped in so I'd be happy to help if possible.
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Old and smelly helmets definitely have their place in the world - and often remain affixed to the bike in even the most dodgy places. I think I could leave my helmet sitting on the street overnight outside Dakar Motos and find it there in the morning (along with a few dead animals that got too close). Of course, DK might be served an eviction notice if I left it there too long.
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really sorry to hear that.
we were in iguazu with our toyota 4x4 a month ago. staying at the nice campsite with swimming pool next to the HI hostel (forgot the exact names) on the main road.
we were about to go to the falls with our 4x4 when we met a well experienced couple in a camping car (from belgium who have been in south america for 4 years) who told us not to because of all the thefts there (at the main car park near the entrance of the falls) on foreign vehicles (bikes and cars).
we then took a taxi for a few pesos, bus is also possible.

SO REALLY BEWARE THERE AT THE FALLS AND AT ALL TOURIST SPOTS

it s like our foreign vehicles (bikes and cars) are a real target !!!

same danger even worse in ciudad del este (border paraguay brazil argentina)

we hear so many stories recently in south america , sorry i don t like to generalize or whatever but it happens ...

+ one night in montevideo plaza independencia in front of the radison (!) 2 months ago, our car was visited and all was robbed inside

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Thankyou everyone for your advice and offers of assistance. We have arranged for helemts to be brought from the USA and currently arranging Autocom headsets to come from Australia. Will place a separate posting looking for a carrier from Australia to Buenos Aires in the next couple of weeks to bring the headsets. Once again many thanks .

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