Greetings all, Felt this didn't quite suit the "Stolen bikes" thread, mods please move if I was mistaken. The other night my beloved mistress was nearly taken from me. I had parked it in a secure car park near Indooroopilly, and returned to it just after midnight, where I interrupted two delinquents doing their best to lift it into the back of a stolen white Hi-Ace. Seeing with the raging fire of a thousand suns, I succinctly expressed how I did not approve of their actions, while their taste in motorcycle was to be commended. Anyway, the short altercation ended with injuries to both parties, the bike being dropped out the back of the van. After pursuing them down the road on foot (as one had fled on foot, the other in the van), they managed to escape. They were sighted about five minutes later down the road, scoping out the situation. Clearly, they had not been burdened with an overabundance of education. The police five minutes down the road were called via 000 by bystanders in the carpark during the incident, and they promptly and efficiently arrived some thirty minutes later. One officer did his misguided best to put the windshield back into place while claiming that he "didn't know much about bikes, but you'll never catch [me] on one, things are death traps". With one swift sentence, he lost his respect and right to speak to me. The bike was dusted for prints, photographed and the surveillance footage was taken, as the whole thing was caught on multiple cameras. I later had the opportunity to view the surveillance footage and had I been twenty seconds later it would have been gone. They had managed to drop it on both sides while dragging it into the van, and then again when I arrived. The bike itself is damaged on most plastics, as well as the exhaust and pegs. I did have Oggy knobs and swingarm knobs so it was much better than it could have been. I have full comprehensive insurance which I have filed a claim for, but I am still waiting to hear back. With the sheer amount of evidence (footage, police report etc) I am hopeful it shouldn't be a problem. So, here are the things I have learned: Lock your steering. Looks like it makes it a biatch to drag. The rear disk lock didn't bother these guys, since they didn't take it out of gear either. They just dragged the ~200KG of R1 and fuel. Being in a well lit area with security cameras didn't bother these guys either. It appeared that between them they had two braincells to rub together, so they probably guessed that they were fake, or they didn't notice them. Don't count on a fast response from the boys in blue. Later checking in at the cop shop I waited an hour to talk to someone, as the guy in front of me was listing every piece of camera equipment that he left in a taxi. I was told to "blame the government" for the wait by the officer at the desk. Weekday, 3pm. During the incident I was seeing nothing but fire and rage and the storm in the heart of the sun. I did not have a second to think about the possible outcomes of the incident. Later I realised how badly the situation could have gone if they had a knife or gun, or if I was significantly further outnumbered. Since very few people knew where I was, or were expecting my return, I would not have been reported missing for quite some time. In retrospect, this shook me. Have insurance. It really only takes about forty seconds for a van to pull up, open doors, put a bike in the back, and leave again. Thus far, the police have not found anything. I am not hopeful, despite fingerprints and camera footage. I realise that an attempted theft of my beloved property does not rank very high in a list of police priorities, yet I find this disappointing. Specifics: Bike is a black and gold Yamaha R1, 2010. Notable modifications include Akroprovic exhaust, Oggy knobs, swingarm sliders, RHOK lights. Debauched heathen #1 was a Caucasian male wearing long sleeved blue shirt, white logo (can't remember what). Roughly 185cm tall, maybe late 20's, number one haircut, unshaven. Piteously inept plebeian #2 was Caucasion male, under 21, 165cm tall, white cap, grey shirt with that fcuking stupid stretched v-neck. I apologise for the lack of juicy details, but I am not yet certain how safe it is to release certain information. If anyone has any useful information relating to these flagrant, thick-headed scoundrels of loathsome repulsiveness, please deliver it to myself (or the police, I guess) for a cash reward. Or their heads in a bag, whatever. Looking forward to being back on the road! Thanks for sticking with the long read. tl;dr: Bike nearly got nicked, snapped a carrot, police up their usual standards, waiting on insurance.