Motorbike security

Which bike would you steal?

If you want to defeat the motorbike thief sometimes you’ve got to think link one.

There are three pretty desirable bikes in the picture above. The two adventure bikes next to each other are what drew my eye over the bay, as a friend has been considering both models and it was good to see two together.

But, even from across the street (I made a point of crossing over to take the photo), I quickly saw that one was lacking basic motorcycle security protection.

And if I saw it, you can bet that the bike thieves who often patrol that area will also see it.

Be visible with your motorcycle security

Two good-looking bikes are likely to grab a motorbike thief’s attention. One that is clearly under-protected is certainly going to do so. In fact, it’s almost asking for it.

Now, it could be that the owner has a tracker fitted and is not feeling complacent, but thinks that’s enough. It’s not.

Professional thieves will have a poorly fitted tracker disabled in seconds.

The opportunist ones in scooter gangs will simply push it away using the footpeg technique below. They will either take it to a shielded location, where tracker signals are blocked, or they will put it in a quiet alley or back lane, leave it for a few days to see if it has been picked up, and then recover it if it hasn’t.

Thieves stealing a motorbike
Thieves push a stolen bike along using its rear foot pegs

So, with a tracker, you might get your bike back, but by then you may have informed your insurance company, and even though the bike has been recovered and they haven’t had to pay out, you are now considered to be a greater risk and next year’s premium will go up. It’s exactly what happened to me once.

You’ll also be down at least £400-600, to replace the steering lock and ignition barrel. Even on the biggest bikes, steering locks are broken in seconds.

All for the sake of a decent disc lock, readily available for £80 upwards.

Fitted in seconds, it could be the thing that stops the thief taking the £10,000 bike.


But won’t they just angle grind it?

The point here is that one of these bikes looks more vulnerable than the others. And that makes it the more likely of the three to be stolen.

It’s correct to say that thieves are carrying battery-powered angle grinders, that they use to cut the disc itself to remove the lock. Even in broad daylight.

But it’s far more likely they’ll go for the unprotected bike. And even the Tiger owner would be much better off with two disc locks.

You can’t be complacent with motorbike security. The bike that inspired this article, with its poor protection, is clearly the bike a thief would be most likely to go for.

And yet the fix is really simple.

Get yourself sorted:

Have as many visible motorcycle security deterrents on your bike as your wallet and patience in putting them on will stretch too.


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Sue Denim

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