Motorcycle security

8 Smart Ways to Make Your Motorcycle Burglar-proof

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Riding motorcycles are for the individuals who crave adventure. For passionate drivers, the energy, excitement, freedom and immense thrill are just some of the joys we never get enough of. A bike ride offers you a front row seat to nature and all its beauty. Alternatively, your bike might be less for adventure and more for convenience. With a motorcycle, commuting through dense traffic is made fun and fast.

Regardless of the purpose you use your bike, one thing is for sure; it is a great investment. Considering the amount of cash you put in, its security is of great importance. Thus, you need to know the gadgets and measures available to you to boost your bike’s safety. Some might be a bit obvious but others I am sure you have not heard of before. With them, we hope to help you avoid trouble down the line. These gadgets include:

Disc Locks/U-LocksDisc Locks

Disc Locks come in many shapes and sizes to suit the needs of different customers. These locks help secure the bike to immovable objects and, thus, deter thieves. While the lock cannot stop all determined thieves every time, they will always work as an obstacle to a thief’s intentions. Have a brightly colored lock, securing your bike, and any thief will think twice before targeting your bike. If you can get a lock for each wheel, then that would be even more discouraging.

Data tag

You have probably not heard of this yet, but it’s a remarkable security feature to have on your motorcycle. It uses state of the art identification methods to put permanent marks on your bike. With it, the bike becomes identifiable only to you. Police, also, have an easier time identifying your motorcycle by knowing what marks to look for.

With data tag, a permanent code is programmed on your motorcycle’s panel. Should the bike be stolen, you can activate the transponders to send signals from the wheels and petrol tank. Such signals are picked up by police scanners and make simple work of recovering your bike.

Ground Anchor

Ships use anchors to remain stationary and restrict movement. The good thing is, you can get anchors for your bike too. At a low price too. Once bought, you will need to ensure the anchor is fixed on the ground at your designated parking spot at work or home. Once done, the work required to steal your bike would be more stressful. It would be unnecessarily noisy as well, and no thief wants to attract attention to them, now right?

The ground anchor needs to be placed in a secure place to be most effective. A place where you know such thieves would need to hassle to a great extent to make away with your bike. As such, look for a place that would have numerous hindrances to using cutting devices such as disk cutters.

Brake Lever LockBrake Lever Lock

I know you already have a U-disk. Who said one lock is ever enough though? A brake lever lock would be an excellent supplement to your efforts to secure your bike. Its clamps the front brake and makes the front wheel hard to move. Awesome right? More stress to any thief dumb enough to target your motorcycle.

Helmet

Yes, your helmet just might be central to whether you bike will be stolen or not down the line. Be advised to never lock your helmet on your bike. It makes the bike more attractive to thieves as they know they are stealing the complete set. They will, also, be less prone to suspicion on the road than if they were riding the bike without a helmet.

Ultraviolet PenUltraviolet Pen

To the naked eye, an ultraviolet pen would leave writings that are invisible. As such, you can use an ultraviolet pen to mark your bike parts. It will come in handy should your bike be stolen. The thief will not suspect such a mark exist. Such marks can, also, be used as evidence by the police to prosecute thieves after they have been caught. As a bonus, the pen will not cost you an arm or leg.

CCTV

Another great option to consider for securing your motorbike is CCTV. Installing a good one on your garage ensures you have eyes on the bike whenever it is parked at home. This extra measure of security has been known to discourage all types of thieves. No one doing bad things would ever like to be caught on camera you know. Thus, a garage that has got cameras manning the space is surely more secure and less attractive to thieves out to steal.

Insurance Cover

Insurance cover is a must if you own a bike. Not just any cover though, you need to get yourself the right coverage whose scope will ensure you are fully covered by multiple risks. The risk of your bike being stolen is one such risk. There are many insurance companies out there that insure against motorcycle theft. The prices charged by these insurance providers, also, is not exorbitant. Thus, you do not need to forego insurance coverage.

With a little shopping around, you can find an amazing deal on your bike’s insurance too. By comparing the policies available from different insurers, you can quickly determine the best according to price or coverage scope. Working with your budget, and with such a comparison, you can get the best insurance available for your bike.

Please note, as well, that a bike that has good security features installed; U-disk Lock, Alarms, Anchors will have you paying lower premiums. This is as compared to a motorcycle without such features.

With the devices above, your motorcycle will undoubtedly be better protected and harder for any thief to steal.  Given this, consider having two or three of the above measures in place to secure your ride. You will rest easier knowing the smart tricks you have in place to face any crook. A good rider is cautious of safety. As you protect your bike and be mindful of its safety, also, remember to protect yourself. Ride safely, don’t be overzealous, be mindful of the rules and other road users and you will be ok.

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The Essential Tools a Sports Motorcycle Repair Kit Must Have

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Today, motorbikes are more reliable with some even coming with state of the art electronics. The need for a basic repair kit, however, remains great for anyone who owns and frequently uses a motorbike. It will save you the pain that comes with an unplanned roadside repair. With such a kit, you will rest easy on every ride knowing that should the bike break down, you can fix it and get on your way.

As with any other job though, the saying, “proper tools for a proper job” holds. There are some tools that your kit should not lack. Well, that’s at least if you want to have a hassle-free ride more often. The cost outlay needed to assemble such a toolkit is not that steep. Unlike a professional mechanic’s kit that will cost upwards of $5,000, you can buy or put together a basic toolkit with less than $100.

Although you do not need a large toolkit for your personal repair works, there are some guidelines to follow to ensure you get the right set of tools. Doing so will ensure you get only the tools you require. The fancier, more complicated and advanced should be left to people better trained on their use.

For your repairs, these are the toolkit essentials.

1. PliersPliers

Your toolkit should have a pair of pliers. There are two broad choices here; needle nose or standard. Each has its unique advantages, but either would work just fine as a clamp or holding broken components together as you bond them back together.

Although space on your kit is limited, finding room for a pair will be worth it down the road (pun intended). If you can, consider having both the standard pair and the needle nose.

2. A Puncture Repair Kit

Two options are available for you here. You can either go with a complete puncture repair kit or opt for a quicker but messier option: cans of puncture sealant. Most bikers that hit the road often prefer the more organized repair kit. Regardless of what option you choose, however, getting the work done is what is most important.

With either option too, you will need to get back some air into the tire/tube after a repair. It’s the only way a puncture repair job will be considered complete and have you ready for the road again. For this, you can use a small pump. Alternatively, CO2 canisters are an option, but they will come at a greater cost as they are disposed of after each use.

3. A Knife

A knife has multiple uses. A need for it will arise in the middle of a repair more often than you think. It would thus make perfect sense to have one in your repair kit. One of the best options available for your bike is a “Leatherman.” It will help save some extra space as it’s a multi-tool that has a great range of functionalities.

4. ScrewdriversScrewdrivers

A good knife might act as a multi-tool here, but it is no substitute for having a set of screwdrivers. Such drivers make easy work dealing with the most fasteners on your bike. There is, also, less risk of damaging bike screws compared to the risk when using a knife.

As a set of screwdrivers is probably the essential tool in a toolkit, it will be found in many a laughable ‘kit’ present with many bikes. Be advised to carefully check such screws. Often, they are of ridiculously low quality.

5. Allen Keys

If you are using a modern bike, this is a must-have for your bike. Such bikes nowadays use Allen screws as fasteners in place of traditional screws. That all-purpose knife we talked of earlier can, thus, not help you here. Lucky for you, a full set of Allen keys will not take up much space in your kit. Should you need to save even more space for extra tools, you can do so by retaining only the keys you will use on the bike parts you are most likely to remove during a roadside repair.

6. Adjustable WrenchAdjustable Wrench

They are only good for one thing, rounding-off nuts. Given the need to save as much space on your bike’s toolkit, it can often come in handy. It would be an excellent alternative to having a full spanner set occupying your toolbox.

7. Wire

A length of electrical wire can serve you well during roadside repairs for many reasons. It takes up very little space, and it is useful for multiple repair jobs. If there is a break in the bike’s wiring, such a wire will come in handy. Additionally, in case of a blown fuse, you can use a length of wire to temporarily bypass the said fuse – provided you’re sure the fuse did not blow to prevent damage of a more critical bike part.

As well, a length of wire can be useful to pinch thing together. With such jobs though, ensure you have means to cut – Hello Knife – the cables involved and tape to seal new connections. Should you have additional space, a few spare fuses and spare bulbs are worth having as well.

8. Duct Tape

Speaking of tape, you should absolutely, 100% have some in your kit.  Show me a bike repair that’s ever complete without tape being used. As its indispensable, lack of space should not be an excuse to not having it. You actually, don’t need to look for space for the whole roll. Be a bit innovative; find a round or hexagonal prism shape and roll a few feet on the tape onto it. One Allen key would be perfect for this.

With the above tools, you will live life on the open road with a little less stress. You will also be better prepared for a sudden breakdown anywhere and be less prone to hitching a ride or seeking tow services. The only outstanding headache remaining will be to find space for the toolkit on the bike. The options here are a bit limited but am sure you can figure it out. As you do so too, consider two possibilities;

  • To fasten the complete kit onto a bike part.
  • Finding pockets of space for different tools on the bike.
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