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The best motorcycle security chains for 2017

Motorcycles are attractive targets for thieves because they’re easy to steal and sell. There are lots of ways you can protected your bike, but a strong motorcycle security chain is always going to be one of the most effective deterrents.  Not only does it provide a big visual sign that the bike is protected, which will deter casual thieves, a good quality chain will also make life difficult for more determined criminals.

Ultimately, if a professional thief really wants your bike, they will find a way to take it. But if you can put as many obstacles in their way to slow them down as much as possible, so that it’s really hard for them to take your bike quickly and quietly, the chances are they will give up and find a weaker target. A hardened steel security chain with a strong padlock will do exactly that.

Wherever possible, chain your motorcycle to a physical object such as a ground anchor or lamp-post that cannot easily be cut through. Simply putting the chain through the motorcycle’s wheel is not enough, because it will still be possible for thieves to lift the bike into a truck and cut through the chain somewhere private.

If you park somewhere it isn’t possible to shackle the chain to anything, you should at least wrap it through the back wheel and up over the seat, or through the frame, so that no part of the chain is resting on the ground. If the chain is on the ground, that makes it easier for somebody to smash it.

A good chain should be made from hardened steel and as thick as possible. Also, the chain links should not be made from round ‘tube’ shaped steel, but should have flat edges, either square or hexagonal – this makes it harder for bolt cutters to get through.

There are a lot of security chains available – here are our recommendations for 2017.

Oxford OF9 Boss Alarm

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Made from hardened 12mm steel, with square links, this 6’6″ chain should be strong enough to stop most thieves in their tracks. It comes with Oxford’s highly secure Boss lock that can either be used to shackle the chain, or as a stand-alone disc-lock. It features a tough 14mm shackle and a built in 100decibel alarm which will be activated if anybody tampers with the lock and can be heard up to a third of a mile away.

The lock and chain has been tested and approved by the UK’s Thatcham Research vehicle security institute, who found it impossible to breach within a five minute attack, which is longer than most thieves will risk spending on a bike.

ABUS 1060 Granit CityChain X-Plus

CHECK PRICESABUS 1060 Granit CityChain X-Plus motorcycle security chain

Abus is one of the most respected name in the security business, and its products consistently score highly in reviews. This is a lighter chain with an integral lock, and is best suited for when you are travelling and need to carry a chain with you to secure the bike in a public place.

It’s made of 10mm hexagonal link hardened steel, while the lock cover and core components are also hardened. The lock uses ABUS Power Link Technology, which simply means that the chain is secured more solidly into the lock body than with traditional chain/lock combinations. This provides one less avenue of attack for thieves, adding to overall security.

Kryptonite  New York Fahgettaboudit Chain and Disc Lock

CHECK PRICESKryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Chain and Disc Lock

With 14mm thick hexagonal hardened steel links, this is one of the most robust security chains on the market. It will certainly present a problem for opportunists, and even professional thieves will struggle to cut through it quickly.

The accompanying lock has a 14mm cross bar and serves either as a shackle for the chain, or a standalone disc lock. This is a very popular chain and lock combination, scoring an average customer rating of 4.5/5 from almost 400 Amazon reviews.

The best motorcycle games for Xbox One in 2017

The only thing more fun than riding motorcycles is playing video games. Add motorcycles to videogames and you’re onto a winner, so here are some of the best motorcycle games for the Xbox One console.

Ride 2Box art for the Ride 2 motorcycle racing game for Xbox one

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Featuring 230 different motorcycles licensed from all the major manufacturers, including cafe racers, supermotards, superbikes and others, Ride 2 has something for every kind of biker. Billed as the Gran Tourismo of motorcycle games, it allows players to tune and modify their bikes with hundreds of tweaks and accessories.

Ride 2 features thirty different motorcycle tracks, including the Nurburgring, Monza, Donington, and city tracks  such as Miami and Milan. On top of all this, the game delivers the most accurate physics available in a motorcycle simulation, bringing you as close to the real thing as it’s possible to get.

 

MX vs. ATV: Supercross Encore – 2017 Official Track EditionBox art for the MX vs ATV motorcycle game for Xbox One

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If you like to get muddy on a motorcycle, this is the game for you. Compete against computer controlled players, online multiplayer (with up to 12 riders) or one on one split-screen in off road super-cross races.

The game features over 35 tracks, including 16 official 2017 Super-cross Championship courses. With all of the official bikes, riders and sponsors licensed in the game, this is an authentic experience for fans of Super-cross. The franchise has been around for a few years now, and this version brings it up to date with current generation console graphics and gameplay.

 

MotoGP16: Valentino RossiBox art for the MotoGP 16 Valentino Rossi game for Xbox One

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Ever wished you were a MotoGP champion? Well you’re not, but with this game you can pretend to be one. Follow in the footsteps of The Doctor, Valentino Rossi, one of the world’s most talented motorcycle racers.

The game leads players through Rossi’s career, starting in 1996, to complete various challenges and build up the skills that help him rise to the top of the pack and become world champion.

 

MotoGP 15MotoGP 15 motorcycle game for Xbox One.

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This popular MotoGP simulation franchise hasn’t been updated since 2015, but that version is still pretty solid. It was never released in the American market, but it proved popular with European fans and you can get hold of a UK import from Amazon – the good news is that the Brits speak the same language as us, so there aren’t any translation problems.

If you love MotoGP, this game is the most accurate reproduction of the series. It includes a historic game mode, which lets you play with bikes from the nineties, including those monstrous 500cc two-stroke machines they used to race.

The best motorcycle games for PS4 in 2017

When you can’t be out riding your motorcycle, the next best thing is a good two wheeled racing game. Here are some of the best motorcycle games for the PlayStation 4.

Ride 2A picture of the Ride 2 motorcycle game for PS4

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Ride 2 is the ultimate motorcycle game, with over 230 licensed bikes across a wide range of categories including superbikes, cafe racers, supermotard, and many more. Each bike can be modded and customized with parts and accessories, to improve performance and handling, leading some people to call this the Gran Tourismo of motorcycle games.

Players can ride on thirty of the world’s most famous motorcycle tracks, including the Nurburgring, Monza, Donington, and city tracks  such as Miami and Milan. As well as a ton of amazing content, Ride 2 offers players the most realistic simulation ever seen in a motorcycle game. A must-buy for all motorcycle loving gamers.

MX vs. ATV: Supercross Encore – 2017 Official Track EditionThe cover art for MX vs. ATV: Supercross Encore for PS4

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Race dirt bikes and quads on over 35 different tracks, including all 16 official 2017 Super-cross Championship tracks.  The game features single player mode, split-screen two player, or up to 12 person online multiplayer races. The game features all of the official gear, logos, and manufacturers for the 2017 season, for a completely authentic experience.

This newest version brings the game right up to date for the current generation consoles, with cutting edge graphics and gameplay.

 

MotoGP16: Valentino RossiThe package art for the PS4 motorcycle game, MotoGP16: Valentino Rossi

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This game lets you follow in the footsteps of one of the world’s greatest motorcycle racers, Valentino Rossi – The Doctor!

Starting in 1996 as Rossi launched his career, this game will lead you through a series of challenges as he increases his skills and rises through the ranks to become world champion. A great game for MotoGP fans.

 

MotoGP 15The MotoGP 15 PS4 game box art

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This is the most recent version of the popular MotoGP simulation franchise, but for some reason it never got released in the US market, despite proving popular in Europe. But don’t worry, hardcore MotoGP fans can get their hands on it thanks to suppliers importing English language copies from the UK.

It’s a couple of years old now, but still stands up pretty well and if you love MotoGP, this is the most faithful simulation you’ll find. As well as all the tracks, riders and manufacturers present in the 2015 season, the game also features a historic class which lets players access bikes from as far back as 1992. And you know what that means – 500cc two-stroke madness!