These motorcycle lever locks are a great extra layer of protection when you're out and about

Fitting a motorcycle lever lock
Fitting a motorcycle lever lock
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Motorcycle security is best applied in layers, starting with something easy like a motorcycle lever lock for a quick stop and building up to heavy locks and chains that will help protect your bike overnight or for longer periods.

Along with motorcycle disc locks, a quick and easy way to offer instant security – and a very visible deterrent to a potential thief as well – is with a lever lock. These lock the front-brake lever to the throttle grip, so that the brakes are applied and locked on.

Not only does this prevent the bike from being pushed away quickly and easily, but it also makes it very difficult for a thief to ride it away if they manage to get around the steering lock.

Here is a selection of lever locks on the market at the moment.

This alarmed lever lock from Oxford combines a physical deterrent with a 120dB alarm. The design has been scaled down and streamlined from some earlier models, too.

Pros

  • Loud alarm built in
  • Slimline design

Cons

  • You need to remember to check and change the batteries
Price: £9.69

At this kind of money, you can't really go wrong. It's a colourful plastic housing with stainless-steel wires running through it to provide strength and attack resistance. It folds over the throttle grip and the front-brake lever and closes with a snap-shut cylinder lock and will keep the front brakes applied until you unlock it.

Pros

  • Easy to fit
  • Great value
  • Stainless steel wires for strength

Cons

  • Lesser-known brand

This lever lock from Kovix might seem expensive at first sight but it packs a 120dB punch with a shock and movement alarm built into an alloy-steel lever lock. You can choose whether to have the alarm activated or just use it as a straightforward lever lock but why wouldn't you want the added layer of security offered by an audible alert to tampering?

Pros

  • 120dB built-in alarm
  • Top fastening
  • Alloy steel chassis

Cons

  • You have to remember to check and change the battery

This example from Oxford will fit easily and quickly to the throttle and front-brake lever and hold the lever on, immobilising the bike. Like others, it is a 'clean' part of the bike and is useful for a quick trip into the shops, for example. It uses a cylinder lock and comes with three keys.

Pros

  • Brightly coloured for visual deterrent
  • Quick and easy to use
  • Rubber inserts for throttle and lever

Cons

  • Quite a big unit
  • Feels flimsy

OK, it's not a locking lever clamp but it will hold the front-brake lever so the brakes are on if you want to hold your bike in one place, for example, if it's parked on a hill and you want more than just leaving it in gear or you are transporting it on a trailer or in a van. Some reviews report it only fits certain levers but as most are angled, it should be OK.

Pros

  • Super-cheap
  • Great for immobilising a bike
  • Useful addition to leaving in gear

Cons

  • Not a locking unit

Rrp: £14.77

Price: £13.28

This aluminium alloy lock is Amazon's Choice for 'motorcycle lever lock'. It fits to the brake lever first, then the throttle grip, though the photographs are either inverted or it is shown fitted to the clutch lever, which won't immobilise the bike.

Pros

  • Aluminium-alloy construction
  • Easy to fit and store
  • Suit variety of bikes

Cons

  • Unknown brand

Things to consider before you buy a motorcycle lever lock

No type of motorbike security is completely thief-proof and a determined, professional bike thief could probably have your bike away from the Tower of London with enough time and effort. But lever locks really are a temporary solution for security on the move.

The reason for this is that the simple act of cutting the brake line or undoing the caliper bleed nipple will cause the brakes to release, rendering the lock useless. At least with a disclock, a thief will need an angle grinder or a serious hammer to get the thing off.

That said, they are a a further layer of inconvenience that could put an opportunist thief off in the street, and anything that achieves this is worth consideration.

There are two main types around; hinged sleeves in brightly-coloured plastic so that thieves can see them and hopefully carry on to the next bike, and those machined in alloy, either left in natural colour or anodised to look good. Which you choose is up to you, but the most important thing is you use it – it’s no use to you at all if it’s still under the seat.

Both are ‘clean’ so you don’t have to mess around on the ground or with a dirty or hot brake disc, for example. It’s also worth considering that some may not be compatible with bikes using handguards while one other consideration is that while a lever-lock is fitted, the brake system is pressured and this may cause issues with seal integrity if used for extended periods of time.

Lever locks can also provide a quick and easy way of immobilising a bike for yourself, for example, if you are transporting it or parking up in a hilly area and you want an extra way of holding it steady than just leaving it in gear.

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