Preemptive Protection: 8 Best Motorcycle Locks

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Motorcyclists hardly reference the wide world of safety measures when speaking of their favorite pastime, until the day they step outside of their home, workplace, or local hole-in-the-wall to find that their prized two-wheeler is nowhere to be found. For those of us who live in the city and lack private garages, storage areas, and parking lots, it’s a fact of life that our bicycles and motorcycles are relegated to a life on the streets. If you’ve spent even a day in the bustling and relentless concrete jungle, you know that unsavory characters are about as common as the typical, trustworthy individuals you see lining the streets, and more than a few of the former are planning a targeted assault on those unassuming riders who place precautionary safety on the backburner.

While motorcycle theft has dropped significantly in the past decade, it’s still worth it to take a few minutes out of your busy day to ensure adequate protection. Heavy duty chain locks, alarms, disc locks, and grip locks will drastically reduce your chance of becoming a motorcycle theft statistic. These security devices have reached the point where (although not completely foolproof) most thieves will be unable to surpass the additional reinforcement used in modern offerings. Below, we’ll outline some of the highest-rated motorcycle locking mechanisms around, as well as the motorcycle gear brands that have found themselves at the forefront of two-wheeled deterrence. The next time you ride your prized moto, whether it be during your daily commute, to grab groceries, or on an epic road trip, be sure to take your vehicle’s safety into account — it might seem like a nuisance, but trust us — it’s well worth the time.

YOHOOLYO Disc Lock Alarm

YOHOOLYO’s disc lock and alarm is one of the best options for security and unmatched outdoor protection. Utilizing an ear-piercing 110dB audible warning (should a thief target your ride) and a well-designed 7mm locking pin that allows for 360-degree disassembly, the disc lock is far more manageable than its competitors. A minimal design orientation and intuitive layout combine with YOHOOLYO’s waterproof, corrosion-resistant construction, and will notify you should any mischievous individuals tamper with your vehicle.

Purchase: $20

BigPantha Motorcycle Handlebar Lock

The BigPantha motorcycle handlebar lock utilizes the traditional lever-locking mechanism found in most prominent offerings, offering a waterproof, heatproof, dustproof, and rustproof design that’s proven to work. The lock easily clamps over your handlebar and keeps your front brake depressed, keeping your bike in place and preventing movement. A lifetime guarantee and protection from the elements means that your investment is sure to last — although, if it saves your bike even once, we’d say that’s a pretty good deal.

Purchase: $35

Oxford HD Chain and Padlock

Oxford’s HD chain and padlock setup might seem a little bit barbaric, but the 10mm square link crafted from hardened steel is sure to keep your motorcycle protected and secure. The double-locking padlock can also be used as a relatively efficient disc lock and features a key dust cover to keep your most important unlockables in good operating condition.

Purchase: $45

Bully Locks Grip Lock

Bully Locks’ grip lock works similarly to BigPantha’s handlebar variant, securing your cycle and preventing movement through positive handlebar/brake lever depression. It comes in multiple iterations depending on your motorcycle’s grip size, as well as variable brake lever lengths — ensuring you have a tailored fit, even if you have a custom motorcycle. High visibility and intuitive use make the Bully grip one of the most effective offerings in the industry — and thanks to its memorable handlebar/brake design, you don’t run the risk of damaging your bike thanks to forgotten disc locks. The Bully grip lock is made from hardened steel and features reinforced nylon housing for additional durability — providing the perfect security solution for everyday commuters.

Purchase: $60

OnGuard 8021 Mastiff

OnGuard’s 8021 Mastiff straddles the line between effective chain locks and disc locking mechanisms, effectively providing maximum cut resistance due to its titanium reinforced construction and the X2 double-bolt locking mechanism. A proprietary OnGuard cylinder protects the lock from exterior assault and offers premium resistance to water and heat. A reinforced sleeve covers both the cylinder and the crossbar of the accessory, providing additional security while a rotating dust cover serves to keep the main portion of the lock safe from harm.

Purchase: $75

Xena XX-14 Disc Lock with Alarm

Xena’s XX-14 disc lock is touted as one of the highest-rated security measures in the industry and comes complete with an ear-piercing 120dB anti-theft alarm system that’s sure to deter any would-be thief from obtaining your cherished cycle. The alarm system is powered by a long-running CR2 Lithium battery, and alongside the deafening tone, it’s self-arming, meaning that you’ll never have to worry about setting it up if you’re in a hurry. A high nickel-content stainless steel monoblock construction provides a durable, long-lasting silhouette, while a 14mm double-lock mechanism and a carbide-reinforced locking pin made from high-density hardened steel work together to ensure adequate anti-theft precautions. For the more cunning thieves out there, Xena has also introduced an anti-freeze-spray and pick-proof key and barrel assembly to cover all the bases.

Purchase: $100

Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Chain Disc Lock

Kryptonite is a well-known name within the precautionary safety industry, producing a wide range of bicycle and motorcycle locks that are highly rated and reviewed. The New York Fahgettaboudit Chain disc lock is an amalgamation of the company’s most prominent technologies, combining 14mm six-sided chain links and a maximum security New York disc lock that’s been outfitted with a 15mm MAX-Performance steel shackle for the ultimate in cut-proof protection. The links of the chain are created using 3t hardened manganese steel, a durable, effective metal that’s been tested for efficient use. The New York’s double deadbolt locking mechanism is hardened for extra protection, while a sliding dust cover, high-security disc-style cylinder, and reinforced anti-drill protection system combine to create a state-of-the-art security system for your two-wheeled ride.

Purchase: $150

Abus Granit Extreme Plus 59 Chain Lock

Abus’ Granit Extreme Plus 59 chain lock is another testament to hard-wearing security measures, featuring a strong 12mm chain that’s covered with a fabric sleeve to deter motorcycle damage, all while ensuring adequate protection. The hardened chain links are tailored to resist heavy mechanical attacks — and coupled with an anti-pull technology that makes it extremely difficult for motorcycle thieves to pry the links loose, the Granit Extreme provides motorcycle riders with a variable tool that keeps motorcycle thieves at bay. The chain and lock body are all constructed with special hardened steel, and alongside the Granit’s ABUS X-Plus anti-picking cylinder, this must-have hardware aims to provide peace of mind when transport security is your number one priority.

Purchase: $280

10 Best Motorcycles Backpacks

Now that you’ve picked up an adequate anti-theft system for your motorcycle, you’re going to need somewhere to store it during your ride. Head over to our write-up on the best commuter motorcycle backpacks for all your daily two-wheeled storage needs.