Top Tips to Keeping Your Motorcycle Safe
Keeping your motorcycle safe should be a top priority for all riders. With motorcycle theft on the rise, we’ve put together a few practical tips to keep your bike safe throughout the year.
Remove the keys
Sounds obvious. This is the most sensible step to keeping your motorcycle safe even if you are close by or away for just a few minutes. Leaving the ignition keys in will make it quick and easy for a thief to steal your motorcycle. Remove the keys and make sure you use the steering lock at all times.
Another sensible method to protect your machine is to take caution where you park it. If street parking is an option you are considering, look for a well-lit area that is fairly busy. Additionally, an area with extra security and CCTV cameras will make your motorcycle a less attractive prospect. If you are parking in your garage, make sure to secure it properly. Make sure the doors to your garage are locked properly and if there are windows, to ensure they are secured to a good level. If you’re unsure about street parking best find another place, multi-story car parks are better but never completely secure.
There are two types of locks, disc locks and chain locks.
A disc lock physically prevents your motorcycle from being wheeled away. This secures your front brake disc and although this acts as a deterrent, it does not prevent a professional thief from simply lifting it into a truck and driving it away. That is why it always recommended complementing a disc lock with a chain lock and an alarm.
Chain locks secure your bike to an immovable object, such as a railing, a lamppost, or another bike. Thread the chain or cable through the back wheel or your bike frame. Do not chain your motorcycle through the front wheel or other easily removable or breakable parts of your bike, as these can be stolen and sold for parts or simply broken through with hammers or other tools. Locking your bike to an immovable object is one of the best things you can do to limit the chance of having your bike taken.
Consider a professionally fitted and insurance approved alarm system for your motorcycle. This will not put off the most determined thieves but could also reduce your insurance premiums. Having it fitted by professionally trained technicians is worth the money as it will most likely come with tracking, immobilisation, anti-grab and movement sensors. These can help protect and trace your vehicle and makes it an overall good system to consider.
It makes a big difference keeping the bike under a cover. Thieves always look out for a particular type of bike and using a bike cover conceals the model and hence instantly makes it less attractive to them. A cover also provides another time consuming obstacle for the thief.
Choose your bike
It's a sad truth but in cities like London certain bikes are far more likely to be stolen than others. Owning a more desirable motorcycle will not only increase the chance of losing your bike but also massively increase the cost of insurance. Popular bikes for thieves included premium scooters such as Vespas and Yamaha XMAX range as well as top-end sportbikes. If you want to keep your insurance premium low and reduce the chance of theft than something like a more modest Honda CBF 125 is the way to go; small manual motorcycles aren't great for nicking handbags on! However, you want to have a bike you want to ride!