The small, compact function of a motorcycle is part of what makes them so fun to ride. But it’s no secret that motorcycles are often a target of theft because of their size.
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, there were a total of 44,268 motorcycle thefts in the U.S. in 2017. They also state that the more populated city you live in, the increased chances you have at getting your motorcycle stolen.
Securing your motorcycle is important. Because they’re an easy target, you will need to take some extra precautions to ensure the safety of your motorcycle. To keep your motorcycle safe and also put you at ease knowing you have full control of your vehicle, I recommend these security products:
- This Xena disc lock alarm found on Motosport.com. Parking your motorcycle in public places can be a bit risky, but having a product like this will make running errands a breeze.
- This GPS tracker from Amazon.com. This is a great way to keep tabs on your bike, receive updates and alerts, and will help you locate it in the case it does get stolen.
- This Wyze Cam camera found on Amazon.com. These are an excellent way to maintain a visual of your motorcycle whether it’s parked in the garage or kept outside. The updates it gives will put your mind at ease.
- This Garadget garage door controller from Amazon.com. If you often accidentally leave your garage door open while you’re gone, that exposes everything precious you have inside of it. This gadget will not only alert you but will also close the garage for you.
Disc Lock Alarm
Having a disc lock alarm like this one (link to Motosport.com) is a simple yet effective way to secure your motorcycle. It’s a small device, no bigger than 4.5 inches, that is easy to carry around with you if you have a large pocket or some type of bag attached to your motorcycle.
It connects to the rotor or rims of your motorcycle. You lock it with a key that you take with you wherever you’re going. The disc lock is made of thick steel that will prevent the motorcycle from moving because it won’t be able to pass a certain point while connected to your wheel. Along with that, it has a loud alarm that goes off when it senses any type of movement.
It easily blends in with the rest of your motorcycle so it will catch any unsuspecting thief by surprise. And for your convenience, it has a reminder cable that you hook on to one of the handles to remind you that it’s on there.
It’s actually quite possible to know where your motorcycle is 100% of the time. This Trackmate GPS tracker (link to Amazon.com) can do just that. This is a water-proof/weather-proof device that is small and unrecognizable if placed in the right spot on your motorcycle.
You will need to connect it to the battery to keep it charged (though there will be a notification if the battery is low). They have an app you can use that will send you updates about your motorcycle such as any movement, tampering, or if your motorcycle has been started. If your motorcycle is stolen, the app will be able to tell you it’s exact location through the GPS feature.
Though no contract is required, almost all GPS trackers do require a monthly plan. You can get a monthly plan for this device for about $10 a month, a price well worth it if you keep your motorcycle outside most of the time.
I personally like to have a visual on my motorcycle as much as possible, especially when I’m not close by. The Wyze Cam (link to Amazon.com) is an excellent way to fulfill that need.
Not only are these cameras budget friendly, they also don’t require a monthly contract at all. You simply buy the camera with an SD card, install it, and you’re done! These work great inside a garage if you have one. They also work outside if that’s where your motorcycle is kept. They’re not completely water proof so they need to be under some sort of roofing.
I have these cameras through my whole house and I can’t praise them enough. They do need to be somewhat close to an outlet to be plugged in and be connected to wifi. They have an app that you can download that will give you live streaming videos, previous recorded videos, and alerts if it senses any motion or noises.
One of my favorite features, though, is that you can talk through the camera and also tune in and listen to anything that’s happening on the other side. A loud yell on your end would scare away any potential thief from your motorcycle.
Garadget Garage Door Controller
Having a garage is an excellent way to protect your motorcycle. However, if you keep the garage door open or accidentally forget to close it, the garage will do nothing for you. That’s why the Garadget (link to Amazon.com) is so awesome.
This device works by attaching it to your garage door opener mechanism. It has a laser that points straight at the inside of the garage door. You place a sensor sticker on the garage door right where the laser points so the device knows when the garage is opened or closed.
You can install their app and open and close your garage door from there. And it gets even better. If you’ve left home and wondered if you left the garage open, you can check your app and see if the garage door is open or closed. If you did leave it open, you can close the garage door from your app, even if it’s a long distance.