Motorcycle theft is just a disaster. For motorcyclists, such an incident is akin to the loss of a sword from a samurai. The feeling when the pearl of your garage and the outlet of summer days was stolen is indescribable.
What to do, how to take care of motorcycle safety?
- Locks, shackles, cables and chains
- Alarm, Lighthouse
- Choosing a parking spot
- Removing parts
Locks, shackles, cables and chains
A popular topic among motorcycle enthusiasts, but for some reason the majority use them only at the place of overnight stay. Like for the night near the house I will wrap a chain and goodies. They do not always carry them with them, but they do.
All sorts of locks and brackets, mounted on the steering wheel and wheel, seems to be a trifle, but at least some kind of primary protection from inexperienced thieves or people who simply cannot pass by. Pads for the front and rear wheels, a more powerful argument.
There are individuals who hang carabiners by pinning the nearest wheel spokes with a front fork blade or chain, a swingarm on the rear wheel.
A case from life: when a friend at a tourist gathering put the carbine on his rear wheel for the night, and in the morning after a sleepless night he simply forgot about it … He started the motorcycle and tried to leave. Actually he pulled out the knitting needles and overturned himself. It happens. Be careful friends.
Alarm and beacon
The age of technology, why go there too far. Many people get by only with signaling, considering the lighthouse an expensive gadget. But to be honest, if the motorcycle is stolen, nothing except the lighthouse will give the last hope to catch the thieves on the tail.
Of course, the alarm can be bypassed and the beacon can be thrown off or even “jammers” can be used for it, but this is already the level of professional hijackers. That kind of effort pays off when the really expensive bikes are stolen.
Choosing a parking spot
The easiest way is paid parking. For those who park in the city, a separate bonus will be looking for a place with a possible location of cameras or not far from a busy part. It is unlikely that someone will be able to throw your motorcycle near the checkpoint and not be completely invisible. Parking where there may be witnesses is an interesting option for self-defense.
– And this is protection against theft? Seriously? – someone will say.
First, the fewer people see your motorcycle, the fewer passers-by will cling to it. Not all pilots, when in your absence, passers-by tend to sit on a motorcycle, take a selfie “look, I’m driving!” or something like that.
Secondly, a person who crawls under the cover and does not outwardly look like a motorcyclist attracts attention. It is possible to unscrew something under the cover, but it does not always work out the first time. If you throw off the cover, it also attracts attention. And if a case with an alarm? There are such people too.
In any case, this causes some inconvenience for the person who wants to steal the motorcycle quietly.
If you are tech-savvy and your motorcycle allows you to carry out minor manipulations with you, then why not?
Someone unscrews the candles, someone takes out the battery. One of my fellow electricians got used to opening the electrical circuit from the generator, he just made additional terminals that he disconnected when he left. And then he came up with a secret by analogy.
This will not help when they decide to steal your motorcycle by simply throwing it into the back of a van, but it will prevent from self-made craftsmen who want to leave on your iron friend on their own.
The more bells and whistles in your technique, the harder it is to sell it as a whole. Technical tuning, of course, will rather play into the hands of thieves, because they will be able to earn more money from selling a motorcycle for parts for your newfangled gadgets.
But as for the tuning of the exterior … Good old airbrushing makes the motorcycle unique. The drawing is often not for everybody, and such an appearance is etched into memory, just like unusual headlights or backlights. Any cosmetic tuning makes a motorcycle one of a kind, which means that it will be difficult to sell it as a whole, and it will be easier to find it at first, to recognize it among the mass of stolen people.
I had a friend who dreamed of Yamaha supersport with all his heart, so a brand new, fresh motorcycle. He saved up for a very long time. And by great luck, a successful motorcycle turned up for good money, the first thing he spent on tuning. Outwardly, the motorcycle has become just a candy.
And then, in the second season, the motorcycle was stolen. They were taken to a neighboring region, but the locals had never seen such motorcycles there. They did not have such roads for the townspeople to cut them on sportbikes, yes, enduro. Rumors spread around the region among motorcyclists, they say, but there suddenly appeared such a motorcycle … such … where is SUCH a motorcycle from?
– WHICH?! – we immediately asked and recognized our own Erochka in the description.
And so it happened that simple word of mouth helped to find the unit, based on the increased attention of passers-by and just a description.
The general takeaway is that there is nothing better than combining motorcycle protection. As with gear that is never superfluous, protecting your bike won’t make it worse. Yes, you will spend more time getting it ready for parking … while you put on a chain or cable with a lock, while you cover it with a cover, install the alarm. But all these tambourine dances will give your motorcycle a chance to stay in place until the morning.
And finally, no one is insured against theft, as well as against an accident or a fall, so it is better to be prepared for this than to rely on the great “maybe”.