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Keep Your Motorcycle From Being Stolen
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Keep Your Motorcycle From Being Stolen

One of the unfortunate truths to owning a nice motorcycle is the fact that it, much like anything else, can be stolen. The problem here is that often times motorcycles are at higher risk of theft due to the fact that they can more easily be rolled away or carried off.

Fortunately, there are a few preventative measures that can be taken to drastically improve your chances against would be motorcycle thieves. By following just a few, or hopefully most, of these methods outlined below you can feel much safer whenever your bike is not with you.

Use Already In-Place Anti-Theft Methods

While this may sound obvious, you would be surprised at how many bikes get stolen because the owners slipped up on a few things. If you have a garage, park your bike in it, if your motorcycle must remain outside then remember the following. All motorcycles have ignition locks; by turning the handlebars a certain way and locking them in the place with the key this keeps the motorcycle from being easily driven or rolled off. Now there are still ways to take a motorcycle in this state but it has been proven that most bikes that are stolen didn't have this lock in place.

Lock it Down

If you are going to be away from your motorcycle do your best to keep it parked in a well lit area and then be sure to lock it down. Use chains or U-Bars to tie your bike down to something sturdy like a lamppost. Invest in something known as disc lock to place on your wheels to ensure that your motorcycle stays immobile. Do what ever it takes to make things so difficult for a bike thief that they move on to something else as the effort won't be worth their time.

Use Alarms/Immobilizers

While an alarm may only be useful if you are within earshot it is still a nice layer of protection to have. Also, utilizing an immobilizer (aka kill switch) will definitely keep thieves uninterested. Nobody wants to keep messing with a motorcycle that was not only locked down, but now won't even start or do anything.

Keep Track of Your Motorcycle

While this may not be an option for everyone it is definitely a useful one in case of a motorcycle robbery incident. By adding some type of tracking method to your motorcycle (GPS, LoJack, etc.) you are effectively always within reach of your bike. If for some reason the bike gets stolen you have a much better chance of a quicker recovery by using GPS to track the bike - and the thief - down.

No matter what security measures are put into place there will always be a risk of theft to those that really want to get at what they want. However, by using these methods you can significantly increase your chances of keeping your bike to yourself rather than just letting it sit in the street overnight with the engine running so to speak.

One last tip that all riders should adhere to as well: Do something to your bike that makes it unique to you (a special imprint under the gas tank, your initials somewhere hidden, etc.) and take a picture of it. This will come in handy with police/insurance agencies if you ever find yourself in a bind.


Street Talk

This could be an expensive loss, nice article, I would have a big mother of a chain and some how an unbreakable padlock, would need a side car to carry it.

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  about 9 years ago

Thank you. I agree; you might even consider attaching a pitbull to your bike while you are away ha ha.

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  about 9 years ago

Like that one, a pitbull gives me an idea for my next car.

  
  about 9 years ago

Great advice Shannon...neighbor had his stolen when I lived in town...but leaving on the front porch was just an invitation...

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  about 9 years ago

It really is unfortunate that we can't do just leave our possessions out like that but it is a truth that we must accept. Hopefully things worked out for your neighbor.

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  about 9 years ago
Barbara9  

informative article

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  about 9 years ago

Thank you Barbara. Having your bike stolen is something that I definitely don't want to happen to anyone

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  about 9 years ago
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