Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Irving, TX
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I can't seem to find my digital camera, so I'll try to describe how I fit it.
Going in from the left, directly above the crankcase and behind the cylinder, there's a small opening that goes right through the bike. As the end of the pin gets to the right side of the bike, it goes under the clutch cable. The 290mm pin is quite short, so the head of it is several inches "inside" the bike from the left side, with the lock end sticking out a couple of inches on the right side. If I try to fit the pin from the right, the head of it stops at the clutch cable, and the lock end is kind of buried in the middle of the bike. You might be able to get the lock in there, but it would be an awkward fit.
I agree that the longer pin would make life easier. I just wanted the shortest possible pin because even the 290mm version barely fits in my tailbag. I also think it's probably harder to attack if it doesn't stick out where someone could get a cutting tool on it, but I could be wrong there. I made a plastic version out of PVC pipe and a plastic lid from a jar in order to check fit before I ordered the Pin, because short was important to me.
I do not have the heat shrink tubing on the Pin. That would be a good thing to have, but in the meantime, I'm very careful when threading it through the bike. It's a big piece of steel, and it could do some damage. I am impressed with how tightly the lock fits to the Pin. It doesn't look easy to attack at all.
I'll dig around and find my camera this weekend so I can post some pictures.