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Old 10 Feb 2005
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Ténéré Security

Ténéré Security

Hi folks,
I’ve recently purchased a Ténéré and are looking for other owners experience in securing the bike, both here in Europe and further a field. Should I go for a heavy chain on the back wheel, or are there electrical goodies I can buy.

I have to carry whatever I decide on so don’t want anything too heavy, but also don’t want to remove ecu’s every-time I park up. Any good suggestions for mail order suppliers.

Many thanks

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I usally carry a chain but find myself never using it in countries outside of Europe.

If you are concerened about safety lock it to something immovable like a post with the chain then take the HT lead off the plug.

If any thing will get nicked it will be you fuel as all you have to do is pull the pipe off to drain the tank.

On an old bike I would steer well clear of alarms etc as they will strain the eletrical system.

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Most important is probably not to leave it on the street overnight - if evil xt thieves want it, they will get it, no matter how good a lock you got.

You could get a simple alarm (powered by a small seperate battery) that sets of when the handlebars are moved or bike is raised off sidestand. Haven't seen it for sale, but found a diagram that describes the idea:


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Put a US flag on it..just joking!
Chain is heavy, I´d take a graphite steel U
, as compliment I have a steel wire and a lock that I fix on frame and some unmovable object.
They´ll get it anyway, but with difficulties.

From what I read on the web, UK thieves seems to like trail bikes, the french ones don´t, they prefer hypersports,
never had mine stolen here, even without any lock in Paris obscurity, they did brake up my top case left on the bike, empty of tools and sunglasses in the morning.

There´s some good alarms nowdays, you could take a scooter model, they´re less power consuming or selfpowered.

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Thanks for the suggestions; I’ll go for a decent U with an additional length of chain if unsure. I’m surprised to read added security isn’t an issue when travelling further a field, as said if they want it – they’ll get it !!

MATT595 you mention your Ténéré is safe even in Paris, which is surprising as you see so many big singles parked up in the streets – also the condition some of the bikes are ridden, anyway that’s another story…..

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Someone told me french bikes do not have to have MOT "safety checks".
You just need insurance and ownership papers. ???
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First and foremost I would try to park in secure (guarded) parking lots or find someone to look after it. Failing that it depends where you're travelling as to what security precautions to take.

Outside of europe thieves are only really interested in the contents of your panniers, rather than the whole bike.

If you are doing any off-road sections I would only bother with a U-lock (if anything). A chain is way too heavy and you'll just end up junking it or sending it back.

I travelled through morocco last year with an alarm, but never used it after the first couple of days. Partly because I always parked in guarded carparks overnight, but also because:
- kids kept setting it off for laughs
- it was (not surprisinly) really loud and just made me feel more conspicuous every time it went off
- I am no hero and don't fancy confronting evil-doers in the middle of the night (at least not without my cape)


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