Lock your bike to something, lock your steering lock and take your keys with you.
Motorcycle chains and padlocks are heavy but a great way to make sure your motorcycle is secured to something immovable. Immovable objects are something like a lamp post or a ground anchor. If you’re teaming your motorcycle chain with a ground anchor ensure that your ground anchor doesn’t have visible/accessible screws. This makes it harder for anyone to get the anchor out of the ground. Don’t allow your chain and lock to rest on the ground. If your lock is not resting on the ground it makes it harder for a potential thief to break or smash. When looking at locks for your chain, ensure the lock body encloses as much of the shackle as possible to prevent bolt cutters from being able to access it.
Don’t have room for a chain? Need something easy and, to carry? Disc locks are a handy solution. While a disc lock will not stop a motorbike being lifted up, it makes it impossible for the bike to be wheeled off. They are easier for a motorcyclist to carry around. Make sure you get an alarmed motorcycle disc lock as this will notify anyone around what’s happening. But, don’t forget about your disc lock before you ride off. A handy reminder cable will save you the embarrassment and the repairs cost.
"The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched" (Helen Keller).
Feel like that about your bike? Then cover it!
Use a plain cover that doesn’t draw attention to your motorcycle but also means a potential thief won’t know what’s under the motorcycle cover. The less your bike is seen, the less likely a thief will cosy up to it. The Thief will not know what forms of security you have used and what their risk is and are likely to move on.
Think about the location of your bike and keep it in plain sight
Your motorcycle is best off seen and not hurt! The closer your motorbike is to you or other people the safer it is. But, when you have to leave your motorcycle, try to park in a well-lit location, preferably around security cameras. Avoid parking in between cars as this can give potential thieves some visual protection.
Make your bike easy to recognise and reduce the resale value of parts.
For a thief, a factory-finished bike is the most valuable: easy to break, easy to sell. Ensure that your motorcycle has unique markings, this discourages thieves as they are less likely to steal a bike that can be identified easily. Alarm stickers are also a good deterrent.
Remember thieves are looking for motorcycles that will be easy and quick to grab, the more security or deterrents you can add, the better. Simply, make it a little harder, e.g. Thieves generally won’t be prepared to break two different kinds of locks.