"The Gebert operation was sophisticated, but it also was dangerous, considering that bikers have a menacing reputation and Harley owners in particular are known to be protective of their expensive bikes. So the couple packed guns, including one equipped with a silencer, "to embolden themselves" when they stole the motorcycles."
Any would-be thieves reading this should know that the "Other-than Harley" riders also are protective of their expensive bikes (in particular!), and many of US also pack guns, and have no compunctions about using them on ne'er-do-well's..........
would be very interesting to know if they do follow up with the federal firearms violation, i can't imagine them having a class III license. perhaps they are being charged, the article doesn't seem to provide very many details.
"Federal agents said the couple ran the theft operation from 1991 through 2004 and stole motorcycles in South Dakota, Florida, Georgia, California, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania."
Did you notice that they didn't mess with Tennessee bikes? It is well known that many of us here DO legally carry concealed weapons. Incidentally - thus far, no licensed citizen has used the weapon in a crime.
One of the few accessories or add-ons I recommended to my customers during my brief stint at HD was LoJack. For $800 we'd install the system. It was well concealed (only two mechs in the shop were authorized for the install, and those were long-term employees). The first recovery occured within a month of offering them.
Unfortunately LoJack isn't available everywhere, and can't be installed on every bike. I think your best protection is a bigass cable lock through your frame and something solid or your buddy's bike. Nothing is perfect, but chances are bozos like these fokkers will pick another bike to steal.