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View Poll Results: Broken/stolen sparkplug(s)?
Yep, but only once 10 12.99%
Of course, I live in SF, it happens to me semi-frequently 2 2.60%
It happens so often I carry spares in my pocket every day 4 5.19%
Never 61 79.22%
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:48 AM   #1
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Crackheads breaking/stealing sparkplugs

So, has it happened to you? Happened to me twice in two weeks (and I live in a very quiet neighborhood, at the top of a rather big hill, far away from the Tendernob).

Yes, yes, I park on the street (sidewalk, actually). If my landlord didn't want $200 a month for the garage, it probably wouldn't have happened, but alas...
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:53 AM   #2
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:53 AM   #3
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Despite the fact that the heads of my bike's engine stick out to the sides, you can't get to the spark plugs without a deep well socket and ratchet. And if you do, I've got spare spark plugs waiting inside It's the price you pay for parking outside in SF.
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:57 AM   #4
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strange as it seems, spark plugs are often stolen from motorcycles away from crackhead infested neighborhoods...

seems more common in the marina, pacific heights, russian/nob hill areas rather than the inner tenderloin, mission, hunter's point area...probably cuz the gangbangers will kill them...

I've even talked to a customer that's a cop that is stationed in the Tenderloin and he said he's never confiscated spark plugs from any of the multitude of crack heads in the area...
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Old 08-10-2007, 10:02 AM   #5
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Yep, it the TL. You DO need a socket tool, but try telling that to crackheads who only have pliers.
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Old 08-10-2007, 10:11 AM   #6
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If they can carry pliers, why can't they carry a crack pipe?
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If they can carry pliers, why can't they carry a crack pipe?
People don't steal sparkplugs to smoke crack, they steal them to use the ceramic to break car windows.

Car windows are actually fairly difficult to break, but ceramic is extremely dense and generally shatters them into a zillion pieces in one try.

Crackheads generally use rose tubes or similar cheap pieces of glass tubing to smoke crack.
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dunno if it's really the crack heads causing the turmoil with motorcycles...they're often too lazy to steal...

meth heads...now those bastards are annoying...don't see them during the day but at night, they come out like cockroaches and you flash the light on them, they scurry off ....

I love San Francisco...not only do we have a mix of different cultures but a mix of different types of junkies....
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Old 08-10-2007, 10:20 AM   #9
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STUPID CRACKHEADS CANNOT STEAL MY SUPERIOR GERMAN SPARKPLUGS!
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Old 08-10-2007, 10:21 AM   #10
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If they can carry pliers, why can't they carry a crack pipe?
Maybe because a crack pipe is more incriminating should you encounter a LEO?

You don't need anything special to break my plugs... just something slim and rigid. I'm tempted to see if I can break a plug with one of those metal Sharpies (the kind that gives high school kids a cheap high).

What sucks is that my bike is now a target for a potential repeat offender.

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Okay, okay, smoking crack, smoking meth, breaking into cars... whatever. It's criminal regardless.

I admit that I'm no angel, but I don't go out of my way to violate people to indulge in my habits.

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Old 08-10-2007, 10:41 AM   #11
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as a 2 time victim of sparkplug thievery, i say to them now... good luck fuckers! :finger good luck even fidning the sparkplug wires leading to the sparkplugs!
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you were offered a garage in sf for only $200, and you turned it down.

what was it that ren would say to stimpy.


at least get a good cover, lock it on and get a motion disc alarm or cover alarm.. costs about 150 for this sort of set up. if one tries to lift the cover, which they can't, they set off the alarm they cannot see and they cannot see if your spark plugs are the type that are easy to access and break.
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Old 08-10-2007, 11:47 AM   #13
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Maybe you should consider investing a little money on a motorcycle cover.

It could help prevent spark plug theft, maybe not.
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Old 08-10-2007, 11:55 AM   #14
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Maybe you should consider investing a little money on a motorcycle cover.

It could help prevent spark plug theft, maybe not.
I gave up on covers after having two stolen (in different parts of the city). A few people in my neighborhood have had theirs stolen, too.

As for turning down a $200/mo garage, shoot, if the bike was worth it, I'd consider it. $200 will keep my flush in extra plugs.

Time to go BBQ something for lunch.
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Old 08-10-2007, 12:00 PM   #15
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sometimes they damage the engine case when they break them.. they need the plug to be held in some how while they break it with some unknown object i doubt is of any precision.

my cover has three places to lock it and extra heavy material and rings there. they have locks at scuderia for covers.. this is the only place i know of that carries them. you can also get one at rei or make your own extra heavy one with a custom cut length of chain. i use chain and a good size lock with mine. i had one stolen but none since locking them. no one i know of who locks them has had any problems with that.

3 - 6 bikes will fit in a garage, you could co-op it with your neighbors if you do not want the whole thing to yourself.
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