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Bikers Get Robbed Heading to Daytona

stolen bikesBill Rogers of Beaver Falls Pennsylvania won’t ever forget Bike Week 2014, and that’s not a good thing.   On the trip down last week,  he and his friends were hauling their motorcycles and stopped in the Days Inn on St. Matthews Rd  in Orangeburg South Carolina Thursday March 6th to spend the night and get a little shuteye.

The next morning their Ford F-350 and trailer containing 4 Harley-Davidson motorcycles had vanished, and no one, including the clerk saw anything.

Three of the bikes are Electa-Glides and one is a FXR.

Bill Rogers said, “This is a dream. I need to wake up.  Somebody run cold water over my head or something.”

Police in the area told Rogers they have had numerous thefts of trailers and there was a good chance they might find the bikes and the truck abandoned.

For more see the video on WTAE

To prevent the theft of your bike while traveling, experts recommend you do several things.   Pick a hotel that is on the main section of town, not out of the way on a dead end street.  Park in a well lit area of the hotel, preferably in front where the clerk and security cameras can watch your bike. Chain your bike to something solid, like a post and make sure the chain and lock does not touch the ground, to prevent the thief from using the ground as an anvil to break the lock.  Install a GPS locator on the bike, such as the one shown here.  It might not stop a thief, but it will help law enforcement find your bike.
Install an alarm.  In this case (where the bike is in a trailer) an alarm wouldn’t have prevented the theft, when your bike is parked in front of a hotel, restaurant or bar, it will alert you and others around you, when a thief tries to move it. Higher priced alarms and other systems can also alert you via text or email when your bike is moved.  And, if possible, block your vehicle or bike in the parking space with another vehicle which makes it harder for the thieves to get to the bike.

For extra security, you could install this locking “boot” device that’s used by police departments when they want to impound a vehicle for unpaid parking tickets.   While none of these measures will stop a determined thief or thieves, hopefully they’ll notice how much trouble it would be to steal your property and move on to easier pickings.

13 thoughts on “Bikers Get Robbed Heading to Daytona


  1. FYI: Bill Rogers conducted his own investigation using information from a vague anonymous phone call, located the stolen bikes and headed to South Carolina where he shoved his foot up the collective ass of law enforcement and recovered the bikes. The trailer was located while Bill was still in town. There was no physical damage.
    Bill's radio and windshield were pulled from his bike and not recovered. Pieces of the truck were found and there is no chance of recovery.

    Bill Rogers returned the bikes to their rightful owners yesterday. This happy ending was the result of a man who refused to go down without a fight and was not afraid to call law enforcement on the carpet for their ineptitude.

    To those of you who advise riding from PA to FL in nasty ass weather – Kiss my ass


  2. I get a KICK out of the idiots telling them to "RIDE" next time……do any of these morons live in a northern state….? Have they noticed it is SNOWING and 10 – 20 degrees out when these folks left….? WTH is the matter with you folks? RIDING is NOT ONLY UNSAFE in those condition, it is HAZARDOUS to their health with the extreme cold temps!


  3. S##t happens! suck it up and find the the bastards and skin them alive! Sorry but I have to trailer mine at times also!

    :@


  4. Ride your bike through the snow ??? Some of you guys think traierling your bike is a mortal sin or something. Unfortuneately some of us have no choice but to trailer to where the weather gets a little warmer. Get over it!!! if you want to ride your bike to an event from home go for it….Quit bitchng about the guys who trailer their bikes because they have no other choice…..


  5. They don’t have a photo of the truck or trailer, but it’s a good bet they had Harley sticker, plates, maybe even painted on – an ad for thieves! Put an ad for “Joe’s Trash Hauling” and your phone number on it – you might get some nuisance calls, but you might not get your bike stolen – and if you do, someone might call and tell you where it’s at!


  6. They weren't robbed, they were victims of a theft. Robbery is when someone threatens or uses force to steal from you. And ride your damn bikes, they have wheels.


  7. Or ride your bike to the event. Chances are, the thieves wouldn't have gotten all 4 bikes. For damned sure they wouldn't have gotten the truck and trailer!

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