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Richard230

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Zeros will never be stolen
« on: November 01, 2013, 03:21:35 AM »

At least not according to Ride Apart.com.  They list any electric motorcycle as one of their "10 Motorcycles that will never be stolen" - apparently because no thief would know what to do with one.  The Zero XU gets center stage as an example of an electric motorcycle.    :(

http://rideapart.com/2013/10/10-new-motorcycles-wont-ever-get-stolen/2/
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Re: Zeros will never be stolen
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2013, 04:46:59 AM »

Perhaps for your average thief but there is such a thing as a theft-to-order, sometimes to be sent overseas where recovery is unlikely.  There are also opportunistic thieves who may throw anything that looks valuable into the back of a truck and just discard it if it proves difficult.  You may get your bike back but that's little consolation.


This is very much on my mind as I received my FX yesterday!  Is there even a fork lock in the ignition switch?  (Edit -- Yes, found it this morning.)  I need to get a chain or lock I can easily carry around, and a disc lock.  I feel safe at work and home, but not everywhere...  (I have a D ring fixed to my garage floor with 5/8", 6" long anchors with the nuts welded to the studs.  Paranoid much?  I did have the gas siphoned from my truck a few weeks ago!  Ah, East San Jose.)
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Re: Zeros will never be stolen
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2013, 05:49:58 AM »

The newer XU models look a lot more worthy of the effort to steal than the old one in the article.   Zero has made a lot of progress in the last few years.
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Re: Zeros will never be stolen
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2013, 06:34:42 PM »

My assessment is similar.  Parking in NYC all the time my friends ask if I'm concerned about it getting stolen.  With the chargers mounted to the side, I figure a thief will look at it and not have any idea what the hell it is. 

Also, these bikes are so rare that if anyone tried to sell a stolen bike, it would probably be easy to find. 

I don't think of my bike being "steal-proof", just less likely to be stolen than a bike that has parts that are in higher demand.
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Re: Zeros will never be stolen
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2013, 11:16:02 PM »

Since I looked how to switch on my Sevcon while the bike is off to use the line contactor towards the battery I had to understand how the bike will use the ignition key
Now I always use the "steering lock" position ;) (at least)

I believe it is not likely one plan to steal a Zero but I do fear stupid vandalism!
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Zeros will never be stolen
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2013, 08:10:59 PM »

My DS 2010 got stolen at home in Sweden before the summer! I could never dream of it but now I got a new S 2013 and has a big smile when I drive.
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Re: Zeros will never be stolen
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2013, 09:12:58 PM »

They might steal it first, then figure out they don't know what to do with it later though, then just destroy it. I always lock mine when I'm out. Especially the smaller bikes are easiest to steal because they can pick it up and place it in a truck or van without even dealing with a lock too. If there were several thousand FXs around, I think you would find they would get stolen. There's a false sense of security in the low numbers in other words. My experience is that thieves steal anything not tied down. AF1 racing had a vintage e-bike stolen a couple years ago when someone broke out a window. It was light, electric, and I'm sure has never been run again both because the thief wouldn't know how to run it or fix it to run, and it would stand out like a sore thumb if you tried to sell it, get it fixed or ride it. Only thing they stole far as I know. It would have been the lightest bike in the store.....like an FX kind of.
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Re: Zeros will never be stolen
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2013, 09:51:47 PM »

Plus, it would be easy to steal the FX battery and get some money for it.
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Re: Zeros will never be stolen
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2013, 01:00:59 AM »

It's only a matter of time until they realize how much these batteries are worth.

When hang gliding was new we didn't have to cable lock our packed up gliders to the car top. It only took a couple of years until people started knowing what was in those long skinny bags, and they started getting stolen. >:(

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Re: Zeros will never be stolen
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2013, 06:01:54 PM »

+1 Trike
The battery is the target and there will be little link between battery recovery and motorcycle theft reports so the chance of getting a parted out Zero battery back is probably.... Zero.
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Re: Zeros will never be stolen
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2013, 04:08:54 PM »

I remember this...
http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/press-releases/nov-2009-missing.html

most stolen bikes get broken up for parts and sold that way
new battery pack for $1000 sir? ...
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Re: Zeros will never be stolen
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2013, 07:38:53 PM »

My DS 2010 got stolen at home in Sweden before the summer! I could never dream of it but now I got a new S 2013 and has a big smile when I drive.

just how did they steal it ? did they kick start the motor, push the bike to start it ? Seems thiefs in Sweden are very intelligent about stealing and electric ... but no clue about resale ....
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Re: Zeros will never be stolen
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2014, 08:05:47 AM »

Responding late but I thought it was funny at least for me.  This is a Youtube video of a security camera and someone..one, two, three in the minivan with a motorcycle and off they go.  Now this is in New York and the bike was a 600cc so about 600 to 800lbs.  Quite easily stolen if you think about it.




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Re: Zeros will never be stolen
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2014, 07:34:49 AM »

Responding late but I thought it was funny at least for me.  This is a Youtube video of a security camera and someone..one, two, three in the minivan with a motorcycle and off they go.  Now this is in New York and the bike was a 600cc so about 600 to 800lbs.  Quite easily stolen if you think about it.







More like 440 lbs.
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Re: Zeros will never be stolen
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2014, 05:37:12 PM »

@nicktulloh Thanks for the correction I saw somewhere that it was about 600 lbs must be a 1000cc
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