Preventing Motorcycle Theft
Keeping your motorcycle from being stolen can be incredibly easy if you pay attention to these simple tips:
- Lock your ignition when you get off your bike, and take the key out. Many motorcycle thefts happen when the ignition is off and not locked.
- Lock the forks or disk brakes with locks that are large and brightly colored.
- If riding with other motorcycles, lock them together when you are not using them.
- If you are riding by yourself, secure your motorcycle to something completely stationary that cannot be taken apart, like a lamp post.
- Install a loud alarm to the bike.
- If you are out and spending the night at a hotel, park your bike in the line of a security camera. If this is not possible, park it as close to your room as you can.
- Be aware. If you are parking at a public gathering, check on your bike occasionally, and make sure there are no suspicious people around your bike.
- If you are parking in a garage, block your bike with cars, and make sure you shut the garage door.
- Do not keep your title anywhere in your bike. Your home is the safest place for your title.
- Put something on your bike that makes it unique, and take pictures of it. If your motorcycle does get stolen, give the pictures and information about customizations to your bike to the police.
- Keep your registration and insurance card on you when you ride.
There are also some safety tips you should keep in mind when you are selling your motorcycle:
- Ask the buyer of your motorcycle for all of the information that would be on his or her driver’s license, and then ask to see the driver’s license to verify that information.
- Be cautious of anyone that presents an out-of-state driver’s license.
- Be sure that the potential buyer was not dropped off by someone else and plan to take a test drive with your motorcycle and never come back.
- Check to make sure that the buyer’s driver’s license is a valid motorcycle license.
When you take training and riding courses with Bay Riders Group, you will learn about safety and guarding against theft as well. Contact Bay Riders Group to schedule your lesson today! Call 415.878.3861.