For those of us with a motorbike, it goes without saying that motorbike security is both our best and worst friend. It is recommended that for every 10k your bike is worth, you should spend an additional 1k on security solutions to protect it. So, if your bike is worth 15k, that’s 1.5k that should be invested in protection.
For the very best motorbike security, we recommend having multiple forms of defence. Security solutions are easy to get through alone, but if you have several different security strategies, it’ll be a lot harder to break into them.
Here’s our list of suggestions for the ultimate motorbike security, on the go or at home.
Garage security barrier
A garage security barrier is best fitted to your garage or shed door as a protective arm stopping your bike being wheeled out the door. Security barriers are fantastic for additional garage/shed security, and they really are a strong visual deterrent too. Products such as the Guardsman security barrier bar are great examples of garage security bars. It’s impressive to look at and it’s got loads of good reviews from customers.
An alarm system can be one of two things. Either a garage/shed alarm system that is hooked up to the entrance and will trigger an alert if anyone enters the garage/shed. Or, an alarm system that has posts attached you can link a chain through and attach your bike. These alarm systems are heavy and provide a great ground anchor spot for your bike. The alarm system senses movement and will trigger an alarm alerting you to the theft.
There are even some smart alarm systems out there that can send you an SMS alert, as well as contacting authorities.
Anchor points are really useful bits of kit for when you’re out and about. As the name suggests, they work by anchoring your bike to the floor. You simply attach a chain to your anchor point and your bike, and this way, it can’t be wheeled off or picked up and taken away.
Not the most innovative bit of protection, but an important one anyway. No matter where you keep your bike, a cover can be a worthwhile investment. If you’re on the move, having the option to cover your bike will help it blend in. Opportunist thieves may see your bike and fancy a go at nicking it. Having a cover thrown over it will help it stay undetected and thieves unaware of the value of what’s beneath.
There’s a lot of locks to choose from. Disc locks, shackle locks, padlocks… All have seen a big upgrade through the rise of smart products. Alarmed smart locks now can connect to your mobile device and offer real-time updates as well as send SMS alerts and a loud alarm.
Security chains are excellent for layering your security. You can use them at home or on the go for added security. If you are on the go, linking your bike to an anchor point such as a lamp post or solid fixture stops them from being easily wheeled off and carried away. Security chains can be added to bought anchor points also, as well as security barriers such as the Guardsman, which comes with anchor points for chains.
Security chains are also available as a smart product and will trigger an SMS to you if it is under threat.
Motorbike security is not limited to one product. Say for example you do have a garage or shed to keep your bike in. You already feel secure having it locked away, so you only add a security chain to a floor anchor point. A thief could easily bust into your shed and grind off the security chain and then wheel the bike away.
But, if you have an anchor point, security chain and a shed security barrier, they’re no longer able to wheel it away. Add a shed security alarm and you’ve been notified before they have time to test out the barrier’s strength.
Perhaps you covered your bike with a cover while it is in the shed and the thief did not even notice there was a bike underneath, avoiding the attack all together.
No one item is going to offer you excellent motorbike security, but several products together work brilliantly.