Lock it or lose it: Best motorcycle security products

Top Motorcycle Security
Top Motorcycle Security

Unfortunately, motorbikes are a huge draw to thieves, but many will be put off by decent motorcycle security. A disc lock, lock and chain, ground anchor and a cover will help, and a tracker could mean you get your bike back again, even if it is stolen.

Casual motorcycle thieves who simply want some fun at someone else’s expense and potentially bait the police into a chase will be the easiest to deter, but even an organised operation stealing to order or to break the bike into parts and ship them far and wide can be tackled with enough layers of good kit.

There are plenty of steps that you can take to make life harder for thieves. Ultimately, the idea is to make your bike as unattractive as you can and force them to move on completely or, at least, to the next bike. This is easier at home, but there are portable motorcycle security products to take with you, too.

The best motorcycle security at a glance:

  • Best security for locking the brake disc: Xena XZZ6 Disc Lock – view on Sportsbikeshop
  • Best heavy-duty security: Almax Immobiliser VI Ultimate – view on Almax
  • Best product for securing your bike to the ground: Y Max 90 Security Ground Anchor – view on Amazon UK

We’ve gathered what we feel are the top motorcycle security products to help ensure that you keep your bike and it doesn’t disappear without a trace.

Our Black Friday and clearance deal top picks

30% off Oxford Hardcore XC 13 Chain and Padlock – was £89.99, now £62.98

47% off Oxford Nemesis Chain Lock – was £214.99, now £114.99

38% off Oxford Nemesis 16mm Chain – was £129.99, now £79.98

38% off Oxford Quartz XD10 Disc Lock – was £39.99, now £24.99

46% off Oxford Beast Floor Lock – was £239.99, now £129.99

44% off Oxford Brute Force Mini Ground Anchor – was £24.99, now £13.95

30% of Oxford Magnum Duo U-lock with 1.2m cable – was £59.99, £41.99

43% off Yale Chain & Lock 1100mm – was £58.99, now £33.84

38% off Yale Outdoor Motion Detector – was £119.99 now £74.99

18% off Yale IA-330 Sync Smart Home Alarm 9 piece kit – was £349.99, now £286.00

24% off Master Lock Extra Large Wall Mounted Key Safe – was £32.89, now £24.99

11% off Master Lock Certified Garage Door Lock – was £111.99, now £99.99

The best motorcycle security products

Best product to hide your bike

They say 'out of sight, out of mind', and of course, parking your bike in a garage or shed means that thieves have a solid layer of protection to penetrate before they can even see what your bike is, let alone be on their way with it. However, if you haven't got a garage or shed, a shelter like this folding one will not only keep the weather off your bike, it's waterproof and will allow ventilation to help prevent it getting damp, but it will also prevent prying eyes from working out if it's worth targeting. Win/win.


  • Hides your bike away
  • Keeps the weather off


  • Not as secure as a garage or shed

Best product for securing your bike to the ground

Price: £82.98

A hefty chain and lock are essential components in the fight against motorcycle crime, but they are far more effective when they are used to chain the bike to something immovable. There are generally lots of things when you are out and about, but at home, properly installing a strong ground anchor can often be the best way. This Y-shaped item is designed to be concreted into the ground and the chain fed through from one side to the other then through the bike's wheel. It has the highest certification from Sold Secure Diamond which means it offers excellent protection.


  • Almost impossible to remove once installed
  • Takes up no room above ground


  • You have to leave it behind if you move

Best heavy-duty security

If you're serious about motorcycle security, then a solid chain is essential. This behemoth from Almax uses 25mm thick links and weighs 23.4kg for the chain alone. Clearly, it's for home use, but in tests, it has stood up exceptionally well - more than three minutes to cut through a single link using a mains-powered angle grinder when tested by our sister title RiDE, earning it a Best Buy triangle. It is supplied with Squire's flagship padlock that has a hardened steel body and lock shackle and quarter of a million key combinations. Just make sure your back's in good shape; it's a monster.


  • Very secure
  • Later more than three minutes in angle grinder attack


  • Heavy

Best security for commuters

The Oxford Patriot can be used as a chain lock or separately as a disc lock. When coupled with its 12mm square link chain, it offers a decent level of security for out and about, but it's still light enough to carry with you.


  • Light enough to carry
  • Lock can be used as disc lock


  • Not as secure as bigger chains

Best security for narrow passages

Price: £41.83
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Not a direct bike-security product, but if you keep the bike in the back garden either under a cover or in a shed and have to wheel it down a passage to get to the road, then a locking post like this one can present an obstacle to ne'er-do-wells. Make sure you don't leave room on either side to allow the bike through but remove it completely when you want to move the bike out. A simple and straightforward aid to make their life harder and help you keep your bike.


  • Simple
  • Great extra layer


  • Only works in narrow spaces

Best security for garaged bikes

Most up-and-over garage doors aren't renowned for their strength; there is a limit to the amount of material and hence, weight - that can be used in them and still be able to lift up. As a result, the locking mechanisms aren't the strongest. But a door lock like this Squire item will make it much more difficult to get a garage door open and act as a visual deterrent at the same time. The locking bar is removable, so it doesn't get in the way of opening the door when you want to use it.


  • Makes it hard to gain entry
  • Extra layer of security


  • Only bronze rated

Best security for locking the brake disc

A disc lock is a really useful and easy-to-use option in conjunction with a chain and lock or, at a push, on its own for very brief stops. It won't stop the bike from being lifted into a van, but it will prevent it from being pushed or ridden away. Clamping to the brake disc and preventing it from turning, this one from Xena has a built-in 120dB alarm to detect tampering and alert people around. Just remember to remove it before you ride off, you'd be surprised how many people forget.


  • Small
  • Light
  • Easy to use
  • Alarmed


  • Won't stop lifting into van

Best on-bike security object

Readers of a certain age will remember the Krooklok; this device locked the steering and the brakes on cars so they couldn't be driven away. This lever lock from Kovix does a similar thing; it clamps onto the throttle grip and locks the front brake lever in the on position, so the bike can't be ridden or pushed away. Again, it won't stop it being lifted up, but it is another layer of security, and an integral 120dB alarm lets passers-by know it's being tampered with.


  • Alarmed
  • Prevents wheeling away


  • Can be defeated by cutting brake line

Best security against parts theft

Datatag isn't a direct anti-theft system as such; it's a way of marking your motorcycle in a variety of ways, such as tamperproof stickers, RF ID chips and UV markings so that if it is stolen, it and its component parts can be identified quickly and easily by the police. The Datatag protection is clearly marked on the bike as a deterrent in its own right, and according to the manufacturer, bikes protected with this system are four times less likely to be stolen and six times more likely to be recovered if they are.


  • Good deterrent
  • Means stripped parts can be traced


  • Doesn't necessarily prevent theft

Best budget tracker

Tracking technology is widely regarded as the best way to recover a stolen motorcycle (or car, horse lorry etc.) if they are stolen, and this DIY example from Monimoto is about as easy as they come. Hide the self-powered (for up to a year) tracker somewhere on the bike and fit the fob to your keys. It arms and disarms automatically via the fob, and if the bike is moved without the fob disarming it, it will ring your phone and provide its location for you to give to the police.


  • Affordable tracking
  • Fit it yourself


  • Doesn't prevent theft, but you can get your bike back

Best premium security

While a DIY tracker can be useful, a professionally-installed version offers more levels of security. For example, BikeTrac has a 24/7 control centre that will alert you and then the police to unauthorised movement of the bike, and it operates on a variety of levels, meaning it will still provide the bike's location if it's inside a shipping container, a van, underground or in a building. The company even offers a 'Theft Response Team', which, in the event the police doesn't have the capacity to track your bike, they will do so and notify the police of its location.


  • Theft response team
  • Live tracking
  • Police notified


  • Doesn't prevent theft, but you can get your bike back

When you’re buying security products, look for the Sold Secure logo. This is a not-for-profit scheme run by the Master Locksmiths Association that tests and rates products depending on their resistance to attack.

Look for products that have Motorcycle ratings and, ideally, Gold or Diamond for the highest levels of attack resistance.

Chain reaction

When you’re securing your bike with a lock and chain, make sure you wrap the chain around something immovable; a bike with a chain only through the wheel can be lifted by a few burly blokes and loaded into a van, but if it’s locked to a post, then they’ll have to cut it, and that makes noise and takes time. Also, keep the chain off the ground so it can’t be attacked with a sledgehammer.

The best motorbike security is the stuff you actually use, so make sure you opt for a kit that is practical for you. Even casual thieves these days might take on a disc lock, but if you layer up with a chain, too, it might put them off.

Statistically, your bike will be less likely to be stolen if it’s under a cover, too, so think about carrying one for when you park up.

About the author: After qualifying as a mechanical engineer, Jim Blackstock began working on magazines in the early 1990s. He remains passionate about product testing to ensure readers know what products offer good value and why. He relishes torrential rain to see if riding kit keeps water out and an hour or two to tinker on a project bike in his workshop.

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