Motorbike security

Motorbike stolen? Make sure they don’t come back for the replacement

If you have had your motorbike stolen the truth is you’ll be even more of a target for motorcycle thieves.

The people who stole it know all too well that it will be replaced in the weeks following the theft. So they will be back.

It doesn’t matter if it was from your garage or the street, thieves aren’t stupid. Bike theft is a serious business and even the opportunist scrotes in their hoodies are part of a well-organised system – they know the bike will be replaced by your insurer and it’s just a matter of time for them to keep checking for a similar model to appear in the same bike bay or under a cover in your garden.

Rule number one is to improve your security. They got the bike last time because the bike wasn’t secure enough.

Once the bike is properly secured then there are other simple steps you can take.

Parking your bike in the front garden

If you have to park in the front garden, use a cover, preferably one with some kind of audible alarm (tie a bell to it for fuck’s sake if you can’t afford anything fancy).

If you can, have a movement-sensing light fitted, covering the area or entrance to where the bike is parked. Thieves hate limelight and this simple trick might not cost more than £50 (and might help protect your home too).

Security in your own garage

Like the tips above, get a movement-sensing light fitted – the brighter the better, BTW. Also, fit an alarm or simple tinkle bell to the inside of the door they have to open to get the motorcycle out.

Still get a heavy-duty chain, even if the bike is hidden in the garage. And chain it, via the frame if you can, to something heavy so that it can’t be moved. Better still, install a decent ground anchor.

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Parking in a gated community

According to our insurance insider, thieves love gated communities and ‘secure’ car parks as there are fewer people around to see what they are doing and the gates give owners a false sense of security.

One of the reasons we set up Biker & Bike was because a mate of ours had their bike stolen from a gated estate. It was even parked behind his car where he though nobody could see it from the road. We’ll nobody could see the scrotes nicking his bike from the road either…

The same rules apply to parking in a gated community as they do to leaving the bike in your garage. Get a proper lock and chain, fit lighting (even if it’s just battery powered), get a cover and fit something that makes a noise if they tamper with it.

Keeping your motorbike in a lock-up

I have three bikes parked in lock-ups and I pay the penalty when it comes to insurance premiums. According to our Insurance Insider, insurance underwriters like the fact the bike is hidden away, but don’t like the fact that you are not there to be on the lookout if someone is taking too keen an interest in your garage…

So like the advice above, don’t assume your bike is safe. Get super serious chains and an appropriate lock (we’ve got a piece on lock types here). Don’t skimp on either – cheap locks and chains should only be purchased to supplement at least one serious security device. And by serious, we mean it will take a bike thief a seriously amount of time and a serious amount of noise to get away with your motorbike.

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Securing your motorbike on the street

This is tougher because you don’t want to be carting around a 20kg chain, especially on a sports bike.
You need a disc lock as an absolute minimum but watch this video and be aware that a disc lock can be snapped-off in seconds. We recommend the Xena Alarm disc lock because it at least makes a noise when it’s being attacked.

You could also get a textile-covered chain that isn’t too heavy and use a D-lock to secure it to the frame (off the ground people, your locks must be off the ground!). The ideas is you are creating another deterrent for the thief to deal with. If you don’t have on-bike storage or room in your rucksack, Kriega do an excellent range of removable waterproof kit that fits onto the pillion seat or rear hump. It’s not cheap, but like anything related to keeping your bike from being stolen, the more you spend, the safer you get.

Make sure you’re sorted:

We’ve said it before and we’ll probably have to keep on sayin’ it, you can’t protect a motorcycle with a £30 chain. Get serious about protecting your bike.

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Paul Vennard

Paul Vennard

Paul is actually a chartered accountant so he knows a thing or two about saving money - and that's one of his roles at Biker and Bike: how to save bikers money.

Like everyone else here he's a full-on biker. He's a year-round rider and never happier than when he's on a track, screaming the nuts of his 675 Daytona.

Paul also loves a trip. Just don't share a tent with him. He snores like a bastard.