You love your motorcyle. It's fast, it's fun, and you look great riding it. And most likely, you're very protective of it.
If you've had your motorcyle stolen before, you know how frustrating the situation is. Hopefully you were covered by motorcycle insurance. If you've never had your motorcycle stolen, congratulations; you're very fortunate. Here are a few tips on how to keep your bike from getting snatched away from you.
Obviously, if you have a garage, keep your motorcycle there. You would be surprised how many people just leave their bikes in the driveway when they have a perfectly good garage. If you are using your garage, consider getting a garage alarm and/or a powerful garage lock. You may also be able to use your self-storage unit, or at the very least, keep a cover over it.
Lock your motorcycle up. It's best to use a disc lock or a bike U-lock, or a chain. Secure your motorcycle to a heavy object, preferably one that doesn't move or cannot be lifted at all. Loop the chain through the frame instead of through the wheel, and tighten the chain as much as you can to prevent a thief from cutting through it. To to put the lock in a hard-to-see place.
Get an alarm. Just like a car alarm, a bike alarm will sound off at the touch of a thief. You can also get alarms that notify you if someone is touching your bike. For example, if you're in a noisy restaurant and can't hear the alarm, this type of alarm would be useful.
Be careful whereyou ride and who you show your bike to. It's not a good idea to ride in dangerous neighborhoods or areas, and no matter how awesome your bike is, you shouldn't just leave it in your driveway or yard just so people can envy it. It's just asking for trouble.
Be smart about where you park. Try to park in open areas, where nothing can conceal a thief stealing your bike. When going to restaurants or visitng friends, etc., try to park in front of a window, and at hotels, try to park in view of the hotel desk operator.
Don't let anyone have a test ride who you don't know or trust. Period.
Over 73,000 motorcycles were stolen in 2008. Don't let your bike become a statistic. For more information on motorcycle insurance and safety, contact us today. We're Humphries Insurance, based in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.