Before anything happens to your motorcycle, here are a few tips about what things you need to keep close at hand to speed the process along. When you are in the situation, its hard to think. You just lost your pride and joy! How do they expect coheirant thoughts and full sentences? So, listen closely and we will get you prepared. My mother told me that when you are prepared, you never have the need. If she was right, you wont ever have to use any of this.
The first thing you are going to want to do is get a folder to keep the paperwork in. Here are the things that go in it.
- title(includes vin# and plate#) or
- documented proof of ownership with vin# and plate# or registration
- brand #'s with locations of numbers and pictures
- engine serial# (if different from the vin#)
- detailed discription of bike with picture
- insurance information and agents number
- personal information for police
If you happen to have one of the quick alert tracking systems, you are going to want to call a.s.a.p. If not, calm down first. Take deep breathes and then call the police. Once they have filled out the stolen vehicle report, you can get a copy and hold on to it for the insurance company. You may not get your baby back but you wont be without a sweet ride for long.
It is my absolute belief that the more you can do to put the information out there, the better the chance is to recover your bike. Besides, it just makes you feel better to be doing something. Register your information on my "Stolen Bike Alert" page and visit the other sites I have listed to do the same. After that, you can visit my "LoJacks, Locks, and Chains" page and pick an alarm for the new baby.
-----Here is a website so you can find your local police department or sheriffs department or someone elses! Go to USACOPS (http://www.usacops.com/). They have a map of the country, much like we do and, you can find information on any police and sheriffs office in the entire United States.
-----Here are a couple other websites that allow you to register your motorcyle. The more information you put out there, the better your chances of getting it back.