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
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
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
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.