This is a sad story. Saw it on another forum so given our recent discussions I’d post it up. I can’t help but wonder that a chain might have helped here and that the enemy, apart from the thief, is being lulled into a false sense of secuirty…I parked it by reception…Anyway here it is the theft took place at a Hotel in Middlesex that’s the only detail I have about it…(from XRV.org.uk)
and there it was - gone
Took the bike to the conference yesterday. Parked in the hotel car park right in front of reception, everything looked totally fine and secure. I even shared a bay with my Alex’s FJR.
Came out at 5.10pm, Alex’s FJR was there but no GS… denial at first. Thought it had been towed away by hotel, but no. Hotel were very helpful - called the police, made sure I was comfortable etc.
Their security guy looked through their CCTV and described it all to me: At around 3pm a rider on a black GS(!) rides around car park and leaves. At around 1530, same black GS arrives, with a pillion this time and parks next to mine. He and pillion ‘stand’ around chatting. Seven minutes later, rider gets onto his bike, pillion gets one MINE and ride away as if nothing in the world could be more normal.
The hotel were really sympathetic, and the police gave me a crime number. Ive called Bennetts and they are sending me the claim form to sign.
I think, given that the thieves appear to be more of the professional kind that I wont be seeing my bike again. Good side of it is that at least it probably wont be recovered in a burnt out wreck from some farmers field, bad side is I never really realised just how attached I was to my bike until it was taken away from me.
Im going to miss it dearly, and to be honest, I dont think a similar second hand GS is what I want to get next as it just wouldnt be the same bike.
Its a: 1150 GS, grey with two pairs of fog and driving lights. It has a H&B Gobi top box and is otherwise free from dents, scratches etc. Its reg is HK52 FNW and is reported stolen.
I dont know how long these things take to sort themselves out, can anyone give me some of their own experiences?
Yours, standing on the side of the road helmet in hand,