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Although riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating feeling and you may enjoy riding it everywhere you go when the weather conditions are right, motorcycles are also prime targets for thieves. After all, it is far easier to take off without being noticed when you are stealing a motorcycle than it is with a car. Nonetheless, there are several things that you can and should do in order to keep your motorcycle safe from theft. Here is a look at just a few of the steps you can take to make certain your bike is there waiting for you when it comes time to ride it again.
Lock It Down
There are several different ways that you can put your motorcycle on “lock down” so it is more difficult for a thief to steal. First, you should always be certain to keep the ignition locked so the thief will be unable to get the bike started. In addition, you should consider anchoring your motorcycle with a chain to a fixed object or even to another motorcycle if you are riding with a friend. When using a chain, you can further increase the security by stringing the chain through the bike frame rather than the wheels because wheels can be easily removed.
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Choose the Right Location to Park
If you are parking your motorcycle at home and you don’t have a garage to put your bike into, it is good idea to keep it covered. This way, it will be less likely to grab a thief’s attention and become a target. You can help to further draw attention away from your bike by avoiding covers with the name brand of the bike on them. When out riding, on the other hand, be certain to always park your bike in an area that is well lit. This way, it will be more difficult for a thief to disturb your bike without being noticed.
You can also avoid becoming a target by varying your driving routines so it is more difficult to follow you or to identify the best time and place for stealing your bike. Of course, if your bike is stolen, be certain to contact the police as well as your insurance company right away. This way, you will have a better chance of recovering your bike and receiving the compensation you are entitled to receive.