The important of motorbike/scooter storage
The English weather has let us down again this year, ice and snow has kept a lot of bikes off the road so far. So, where do you keep your bike in the winter months?
When storing a Scooter or Motorbike it is important that you invest in a decent storage method. Scooters and Motorbikes are easy prey for thieves- Particularly if they have been left on the street overnight, so common is this crime there are whole websites dedicated to it. http://www.weeklygripe.co.uk/arc266.asp
. Check out these figures.
- In 2007, 26802 motorbikes were stolen - (National Bike Safe Security Advisor.)
- 75% of these were taken from the bike owners home.
- Statistically a thief takes less than 30 seconds to steal an unsecured motorcycle.
- Approx 40% of all stolen motorbikes are never recovered. Most are stripped down and sold for spares.
By far the best solution is a dedicate storage garage or motorcycle shed. There are very few of these on the market, so you have a limited choice. Which is actually a good thing; lets have a look at other motorcycle securtiy first.
Nothing but a cheap lock: A cheap chain can be cut in seconds with a simple bolt cutter. If it can be seen it can be stolen.
Great if you have a secure backgarden or yard. A couple of bungee ropes around it will help to keep the sheet on the bike in the wind! The sheet keeps the seat nice and dry. Not a lot of security though. If the budget is tight, try the plastic sheet with a ground anchor
for around 50 quid.
You bolt a metal loop to a concrete base, then loop the heavy duty chain around your bike and through the metal loop. Look for anchors that are sold secure standard, these are really strong and near impossible to cut through.