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April 01, 2023 1 min read
You might have seen the discussion on Discord regarding bike security. Although I live in an inner London borough I’m lucky enough to have a garage and have never worried overmuch, though I try not to draw attention to the presence of my bikes. Comments from members have however driven me to research the subject and to invest in a couple of locks. However, what seems clear is the lack of really good advice – the various articles on the internet seem to range between the perfectly obvious and the ludicrous, as in MCN’s suggestion of removing a spark plug to immobilise your bike. Much advice also is possibly tainted by commercial sponsorship. A point to arise when I first used my new purchases was that while it was easy to secure my two old bikes with their double cradle frames on my modern bike there was absolutely no really secure point: wheels can be unbolted, revealing the swinging arm, as can the rear footpeg hangers and crash bars
Is anyone able or willing to tackle the subject in an article for Progress for the benefit of members? In the meanwhile the Federation of Master Locksmiths seems a decent resource https://www.locksmiths.co.uk/faq/motorcycle-security-guide/
I’ve also learned that you can register your bike for free on the ‘Immobilise’ database, which might be worth doing.
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