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My black 2003 Blackbird was stolen from W. 91st St some time between Thursday (5/20/21) night and Friday morning. Video from a building across the street showed 4 guys pulling up with a van and loading it into the back. Sure this is a standard approach to bike theft by professional gangs - but why would anyone steal a 2003 Blackbird when the surrounding streets are bulging with late model GS1200s and Panigales ?

The insurance agent called me this morning and expressed her amazement as she told me that another 2003 black Blackbird had been stolen 3 days ago from just a few streets away.

Anyone else lose a blackbird recently or have any ideas?
 

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Jeez........can't a guy have a side gig?


Ahh, man...that sucks. I keep my ear to the ground on parts, will definitely be aware. Any special equipment or markings that might give something away? Might be better if you private messaged me, anyone can read this forum.
 

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My black 2003 Blackbird was stolen…
That truly sucks man! Sorry to gear that.

I've been a longstanding user of Datatool's microdots/ smart water/ UV acid etching/ chip products.

Only time I've had a bike stollen they found the parts in a house. The police thought they couldn't prosecute fully (only re engine and frame as they hadn't yet had serials ground off) as no connection to all the parts could be established. I produced the full data security info and the toe-rags claiming to have bought parts separately went up to "receivering stollen goods" and then theft itself. They went down for it.

I religiously etch/ UV tag/ micro chip etc all my parts now. As tech improves GPS tag n track and "sleeper" tagging are very interesting and viable options.
 

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That truly sucks man! Sorry to gear that.

I've been a longstanding user of Datatool's microdots/ smart water/ UV acid etching/ chip products.

Only time I've had a bike stollen they found the parts in a house. The police thought they couldn't prosecute fully (only re engine and frame as they hadn't yet had serials ground off) as no connection to all the parts could be established. I produced the full data security info and the toe-rags claiming to have bought parts separately went up to "receivering stollen goods" and then theft itself. They went down for it.

I religiously etch/ UV tag/ micro chip etc all my parts now. As tech improves GPS tag n track and "sleeper" tagging are very interesting and viable options.
Back when I did my cbr1000f makeover I actually engraved the last 6 digits of my social insurance number on 80% of the bike! My new camera system for my second build has built-in GPS.
 

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My black 2003 Blackbird was stolen from W. 91st St some time between Thursday (5/20/21) night and Friday morning. Video from a building across the street showed 4 guys pulling up with a van and loading it into the back. Sure this is a standard approach to bike theft by professional gangs - but why would anyone steal a 2003 Blackbird when the surrounding streets are bulging with late model GS1200s and Panigales ?

The insurance agent called me this morning and expressed her amazement as she told me that another 2003 black Blackbird had been stolen 3 days ago from just a few streets away.

Anyone else lose a blackbird recently or have any ideas?
 

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WOW!!! My 2003 Blackbird was also just stolen, from St. Nicholas Place between 152 and 153 between 7pm 5/18/2021 and 7:30am the next day. What the hell is going on? I have had the bike for many years and it didn't even look good because of the cracked windscreen and no side fairings because I've been working on the bike. I was so sure it had been towed by the NYPD because I've had it in the same place for seven or eight years. Very strange indeed! Please let me know if you hear of any recovery. Farley.
 

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WOW!!! My 2003 Blackbird was also just stolen, from St. Nicholas Place between 152 and 153 between 7pm 5/18/2021 and 7:30am the next day. What the hell is going on? I have had the bike for many years and it didn't even look good because of the cracked windscreen and no side fairings because I've been working on the bike. I was so sure it had been towed by the NYPD because I've had it in the same place for seven or eight years. Very strange indeed! Please let me know if you hear of any recovery. Farley.
Sorry to hear that. Would that be this bike? Amazing what one can find on Google Street view!
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My black 2003 Blackbird was stolen from W. 91st St some time between Thursday (5/20/21) night and Friday morning. Video from a building across the street showed 4 guys pulling up with a van and loading it into the back. Sure this is a standard approach to bike theft by professional gangs - but why would anyone steal a 2003 Blackbird when the surrounding streets are bulging with late model GS1200s and Panigales ?

The insurance agent called me this morning and expressed her amazement as she told me that another 2003 black Blackbird had been stolen 3 days ago from just a few streets away.

Anyone else lose a blackbird recently or have any ideas?
You may have seen in this thread that my bike, same as yours, was also stolen. Have you had any developments with the NYPD? I really hope to somehow get my baby back. Cheers, Farley.
 

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Sorry to hear yours got stolen. I had a 07 cbr600 stolen from my apartment in queens years ago. NYPD is absolutely useless when it comes to recovering bikes and comprehensive insurance is really your only way to have some kind of compensation. I don't live in NYC anymore partly because of the constant aggrevations when it comes to riding.

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Sorry to hear about that guys, it’s got to be infuriating to have that happen and I hope they catch whoever did it. The fact that it happened recently just when summer is starting makes me wonder if it might be joyriders and not scrappers. Given the potential for increased theft in some neighborhoods and the groups of 20-30 unlicensed bikes from your area that regularly rip around the city it might be worth taking a look at them to see if one of those bikes looks familiar.
 

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Hey guys, I know this is an older thread and I certainly don't want to rehash bad memories for all the folks who've dealt with the theft of their own BB but this weekend my 2002 bird was stolen right in front of my apartment building where I've been parking safely for 2+ years in LIC, Queens.

Have any of you had any luck on getting your bikes back or any insights from your experience that could help me potentially get my bike back? Here's a recent pic of it parked in front of my building if anyone hears or sees anything!

Never felt a rage like this before and want to find these scumbags since cops basically said it's awash and I shouldn't get my hopes up.
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Here in London there's a volunteer group called The Knights or something like that. They help fellow bikers track bikes down. I saw them delivering a recovered bike to my neighbour recently. May be worth a Google to see if they or similar exist in NYC.
 

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Here in London there's a volunteer group called The Knights or something like that. They help fellow bikers track bikes down. I saw them delivering a recovered bike to my neighbour recently. May be worth a Google to see if they or similar exist in NYC.
Thanks for the tip, have been searching all morning for a recovery group or even some vigilantes who will stake out other motorcycle theft areas and go after these guys. Cops, building security, no one wants to do much (I guess a 20 year old motorcycle is meaningless to most people who don't own one).
 

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When I looked in the UK searching on "recovery" or "recovering" motorcycles google just threw up commercial man-with-a-van transport. Searching using "find stollen motorcycles" was more productive. Here's a couple of NYC examples if you haven't found them yet:


 
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