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Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by misterjingo, Nov 20, 2015.

  1. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 12,805

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    Not unusual imo, but no harm in asking for more details.
     
  2. misterjingo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 21, 2006

    Posts: 1,476

    ahah I am perhaps being super suspicious now... Either way, I'm picking up my new bike next week, but it would be good to know the idiots who stole my old one were caught etc
     
  3. .one.

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 1, 2006

    Posts: 3,645

    Go visit the bike with 2 buddies tooled up and be prepared to get medieval.
     
  4. Craig321

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 2, 2004

    Posts: 19,971

    You could try ask for the number plate so you can get some insurance quotes?
     
  5. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,779

    Location: Kent

    Looking at the pictures you posted of your bike and that bike for sale, it might be your bike.

    The L plate mount is 100% the same, ziptied to the fork leg. 200 miles more than your bike had? Hmmm. Dodgy pictures which no respecting person who owned the bike and wanted to sell it would take? Bingo!!

    I wouldn't have asked for the reg, that just alerts them that you might know is stolen. I'd pick your biggest, scariest mate, go and view it but keep it to yourselves that you know it's stolen, feign interest and try and get a name or 2 - then leave without buying, and give all the information to the cops. They won't meet you at their house of course, probably a petrol station or dodgy back alley. And the names they give will be fake too, but you can at least give a description. It's not worth going with the intent to take the bike home as you never know what these scrotes will resort to.

    Edit: Found the ad, it doesn't look as dodgy at first glance. You can also see exactly which driveway and the house the pics are taken on, and the last digit of the reg number. The pics are OK actually, and it's possible that if the dealer sold multiple WR125x's, he would have mounted the L plates the same way for each :(
     
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  6. wazza300

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 11, 2009

    Posts: 27,065

    Location: BenefitStreetBirmingham

    How did they manage to catch the thieves yet couldn't recover or trace your bike?
     
  7. misterjingo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 21, 2006

    Posts: 1,476

    @TallPaul He's added two extra pictures because I asked him for some more. What drew my suspicions is that he's been a member less than 3 weeks, the mileage, and the L plates were exactly in the same place. Interestingly, in the new pics, he's taken the back L off (it's still visibly attached in the earlier pictures.) DA is Birmingham too... It might all be coincidence, but it was enough to catch my attention.

    @Wazza They haven't caught them. I actually haven't heard anything else off the police, and as far as I'm aware, they haven't been to look at the CCTV. I guess they just don't bother with bike crime. The fact that within 2 weeks of reported stolen I'd been contacted by a dealership to arrange the replacement shows how little they care.
     
  8. misterjingo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 21, 2006

    Posts: 1,476

    Tracking installed and working - I can now sit and watch my bike at the dealership until I can pick it up on Friday... :p

    For those interested in TrakKing I found a voucher that gives 33% off subscription: THEBIKEINSURER33

    I just used it and it works - phone only though.
     
  9. Captain

    Capodecina

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    Have you got a link to the Ad?
     
  10. misterjingo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 21, 2006

    Posts: 1,476

    I've just checked, and the ad has been removed. I took screenshots of it, and have the guys number, but even if it was my bike, I doubt anything would be done.

    I had a call from the police yesterday...

    ...they were calling to tell me they haven't looked at the CCTV yet. They were doubtful it would be any use anyway(!) - I wasn't really sure what the point of the call was tbh.
     
  11. Craig321

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 2, 2004

    Posts: 19,971

    How much did you pay for install in the end?
     
  12. misterjingo

    Wise Guy

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    It was £179 all in. Not sure if this is standard, or if they were doing me a favor due to my last bike being stolen (they datatagged it for free too.)
     
  13. Craig321

    Capodecina

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    Ah nice, so they didn't charge you for install. I wonder if it's just plug & play.
     
  14. misterjingo

    Wise Guy

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    The police have finally got around to viewing the CCTV and...


    ...they immediately closed the case :p They called me and said they were wearing helmets so couldn't be identified. So that's that. The thieves were riding a scooter - you'd think they could pick up something from its plate (even if stolen.)

    Ah well. I'm picking up the new bike tomorrow morning, so it's all good. I'm actually feeling super excited :D.
     
  15. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,779

    Location: Kent

    To be honest, even if they did get caught the sentencing would be laughable, based on this

    http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news--general-news/prolific-london-bike-thieves-jailed/30640.html

    £200k's worth of bikes stolen, 15 months and 10 months in jail, reduced to 10 months and 5 months because of some bail reason. What a joke :rolleyes:

    If they walked into a bank with plastic guns and stole £200k there'd be a manhunt for them and years in prison, but they were only stealing bikes so it doesn't matter.
     
  16. misterjingo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 21, 2006

    Posts: 1,476

    Picked up the bike today, and the weather was great for a ride tbh. It was weird, I felt more comfortable on the bike today, and had a lot of fun on the way back home. It's like the 3 weeks bike-less have made me appreciate them more :D.

    When I got home I fitted the Kriega us10. To get a good fit, because I'm going to carry a lot of weight in it, I took the seat and top and side fairings off so I could get to the frame. I'll attach the bag with my chains etc tomorrow and see if I notice any difference carting it around.
     
  17. misterjingo

    Wise Guy

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    I'll be doing a fair bit of riding in the dark, would it be worth changing my headlight bulb to something like a philips H4 X-Treme Vision? It should give it a more white colour, so perhaps will stand out against background headlights? I considered the philips diamond vision, but not sure they're road legal (5000k)?
     
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  18. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

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    Location: Kent

    Headlights on 125's tend to be not that great, a better bulb might improve it a little but not by much.
     
  19. misterjingo

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  20. Captain

    Capodecina

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    I can hear you changing down the gears, when you do, give the throttle a little twist as you let the clutch out, much smoother that way going down the gears. :)
     
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