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The best Sold Secure motorcycle ground anchors

If you want to stop your motorcycle from getting stolen, the best way is to chain it to something solid so that it can’t be moved. Chains and disc-locks will slow a thief down, but unless the bike is physically shackled to an immovable object, then it’s easy for them to simply lift your motorcycle into the back of a truck. Once they’ve done that, they can move it to a place where they can cut through any locks with no risk of getting caught.

But what do you lock the bike to? It needs to be something that can’t easily be cut through or moved, otherwise it’s pointless. You need a ground anchor – a hardened steel loop that you can chain your bike to, permanently secured to the ground, or a wall, so that it cannot be moved quickly or quietly.

There are plenty of ground anchors on the market, but how do you know which are strong enough to protect your motorcycle? One of the toughest standards for motorcycle security products is run by the UK’s Sold Secure. This independent testing lab was originally set up by the British authorities to help consumers choose locks and other security equipment that would offer a better level of protection.

So, ground anchors which have received Sold Secure certification are a safe bet.

There are a few different types of anchor. Some are designed to be sunk into wet concrete that then permanently sets to hold them into place, and these are most commonly placed in the ground. Others can be secured into place using masonry bolts that can attach the anchor either to a concrete base or wall.

Kryptonite Stronghold Anchor

A Kryptonite ground anchor
Kryptonite Stronghold Ground Anchor
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This bolt down ground anchor has a Sold Secure Gold rating for motorcycle security, making it about the strongest you can buy. It’s designed to be bolted to the ground or a wall, and comes with two masonry drill bits (a small one for a pilot hole, and another for the correct bolt size) to help you fit it.

Because the bolt heads are sunk into the body of the anchor itself, they are extremely difficult to remove – the heads cannot easily be ground off with an angle grinder. Once this thing is fitted, it’s not going to come out with a lot of noise and mess.

The surface of the anchor is rounded and the shackle folds down flat so that it can safely be ridden/driven over without damaging your tires. It’s just 1.65inches high with a diameter of 7.5inches. The shackle itself is made of 16mm hardened steel-carbon alloy, so it’s not going to be easy to cut through.

Oxford OF440 Anchor Force Ground Anchor

An oxford ground anchor
Oxford Anchor Force Ground Anchor
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This Sold Secure Gold rated bolt-down ground anchor uses two hardened steel plates to provide a dual-layered hard target for thieves. The plates are secured to the ground or a wall with four anti-tamper expansion bolts.

Once firmly screwed into the base, these bolts then have a ball bearing and steel plug attached to their heads, which makes it all but impossible to remove them quickly and quietly. If a thief tries to take the bolts out, the plugs just spin harmlessly leaving the anchor securely fastened. Even drilling them out would be hard – the only way to get through is to cut through the two separate plates, which would be noisy and slow.

The advantage of this ground anchor is that it’s large enough to run at least two chains through. So if you need to secure a couple of bikes, or you just want to put extra chains on the same bike, this is idea.

Oxford OF442 Terra Force Ground Anchor

Oxford ground anchor
Oxford OF442 Terra Force Ground Anchor
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Another Sold Secure Gold rated anchor, the OF442 is designed to be sunk into concrete, making it even harder to attack. It’s pretty easy to install this type of anchor, as you can buy a small bag of ready-mix concrete from most hardware stores. You just need to dig a suitable hole, mix up the concrete and then just set the anchor while it’s still wet – within 24 hours it will be ready. Pro-tip – buy more concrete than you think you need, it’s not expensive and it’s far better to have too much concrete than too little for this kind of job.

The shaft of the anchor has two protruding steel bars running through at right-angles, so once it’s all set into hard concrete there’s no way any motorcycle thief is going to be able to pull it out of the ground. The loop at the top is made of 1 inch thick case-hardened steel,  which should resist most kinds of attacks, and the inner loop is a little over 2 inches in diameter so most chains should fit through easily.

Choose this anchor if you want the additional ultra security of having an anchor sunk into concrete, or you just don’t want to do the drilling required for a bolt down anchor.

Review: Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit 1415 Chain and Lock

Motorcycle lock and chain
New York Fahgettaboudit Chain and New York Disc Lock
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Thieves love motorcycles, they’re popular with both joyriders and professional thieves because they’re relatively easy to steal and resell. The best way to protect yourself is to make it as hard as possible for the bad guys to move your bike.

A good chain and lock will slow them down a lot, and thieves hate being slowed down because it increases the risk of getting caught, so a lot of the time they’ll leave your bike alone and find an easier target. The Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit 1415 Chain and Lock is one of the best motorcycle security products currently on the market, as it provides a highly visible deterrent as well as being extremely tough.

Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Chain

The chain itself is made from manganese-steel, a hardened alloy that is much more resistant to abrasion and impact than ordinary steel. This means that it’s harder to cut through with an angle grinder, and to shatter with a hammer and chisel. The steel used in the chain links is 14mm thick and six-sided rather than round, and this makes it better at standing up to attacks from hacksaws and bolt-cutters.

The chain is wrapped in a protective nylon sleeve so that it won’t scratch your bike’s paintwork when you lock it up. It’s available in different lengths, but the most common is 5ft. This is ideal for shackling your bike to a ground anchor or other solid object, whereas the shorter versions will probably won’t work well with motorcycles.

The New York Fahgettaboudit Disc Lock

Close up of a motorcycle lockThe lock can be used to shackle the ends of the chain together, or as a standalone disc-lock. The lock features an oval, hardened steel crossbar which is 15mm thick, designed to resist leverage attacks – where a thief uses a crowbar to try crack open the shackle.

The body of the lock is also made of hardened steel, and is made to be highly resistant to picking and drilling. It’s been tested and approved by Sold Secure (a security product testing lab set up by the British police), as well as Thatcham (a testing lab set up by the British insurance industry). These two standards are internationally respected, and provide a high degree of confidence in the New York Fahgettaboudit Chain and Lock’s quality.

Like any chain, this Kryptonite product is not 100 percent thief proof – but the point is that the amount of time and noise it would take somebody to break this lock is more than most professional thieves would risk. Kryptonite rates its own products on a scale between 1 and 10 for security, and the Fahgettaboudit is its highest rated lock and chain.

Close up of New York disc lock and keysThe total weight of the lock and chain is 15.25 lbs, so it’s quite substantial but not so heavy that you couldn’t carry it around on the bike in a backpack. It comes supplied with three stainless steel keys, one of which has a built in LED light, making it easy to unlock the chain at night. You can register your lock with the company’s KeySafe program, so that if you lose all of the keys you can simply order news ones using a unique code.

This is one of the most popular locks on the market for motorcycles and cyclists alike, and with good reason. If you want a solid lock and chain that will make thieves think twice about trying to take your bike, the Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Chain and Lock will do the job.

About Kryptonite

Kryptonite is one of the most trusted brands for cycle and motorcycle security products. Founded in 1971, the company invented the concept of the U-lock and has refined its products over 40 years.

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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

CHECK PRICESAn Oxford OF9 motorcycle security chain and lock

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.

New motorcycle tracking device helps locate stolen bikes, and more

A new GPS motorcycle tracking device from Laipac Technology can help riders track the location of their bike if it gets stolen. The StarFinder Aire is compact, water resistant and has an aerodynamic design so that it doesn’t ruin your bike’s looks or performance.

The StarFinder Aire uses GPS technology to keep track of its location, and can communicate its coordinates via SMS messages or over a GPRS mobile data connection. The device can be set up to send an SMS message with its coordinates to a user defined cellphone number, or through a GPRS connection to the manufacturer’s LocationNow website where the user can login to get realtime updates of their bike’s location.

A ‘geofencing’ feature allows the tracker to be set up so that it automatically alerts the owner if their bike is removed from a certain location, such as their garage or a parking lot. With two inputs and two outputs, plus an optional analog input, the tracking device can be integrated into a bike in a variety of ways. For example, the motorcycle’s starter motor can be disabled remotely via the LocationNow service to prevent a thief from starting the vehicle.

The device can also be used to monitor a rider’s behavior, making it useful for tracking the speed and location of a motorcycle when a son or daughter is riding it. It can also be used to send an alert in the event of an accident, as the device features an integral accelerometer which can detect when the motorcycle has been involved in a collision.

Should the motorcycle tracker lose its mobile signal, it can store several thousand sets of location coordinates in memory and then send them to the user once the connection has been restored.

The StarFinder Aire will be available in the second half of 2012.

UK insurer offers free anti-motorcycle-theft solution

UK motorcycle insurance broker, Carole Nash will offer free security marking kits to all customers opening new policies or renewing old ones, following a successful trial of the DNA+ programme in 2011.

From March 2012, all motorcyclists who take out or renew policies will receive a free Carole Nash DNA+ kit containing a liquid-based forensic coding solution together with high impact hologram decals designed to act as a theft deterrent. The DNA+ solution combines DNA and microdot technology that is registered exclusively to the policyholder. The clear liquid is painted onto the bike’s different parts, providing a unique ID which makes it easier for the police to recover stolen bikes and trace the thieves.

Nick Baker, director of products and marketing at Carole Nash, said: “As a motorcycle insurance specialist, we fully understand the emotional and financial cost of theft to bikers. By introducing Carole Nash DNA+ as a standard benefit, we hope to not only add value to all policies but to reduce bike theft. The pilot scheme went extremely well and subsequent research has shown that customers are more than willing to take a few easy steps to protect their pride and joy from potential thieves.”

At present the only identifying marks on the majority of motorcycles are the frame and engine number, allowing thieves to dismantle machines and sell valuable parts. With Carole Nash DNA+, police can use an ultra-violet light to read the coding and trace individual parts back to the owner via an international database. The cost of a year’s subscription to the database is included as long as the motorcycle is insured through Carole Nash.

Over 15,000 Carole Nash bike insurance policyholders have already been given a DNA+ kit as a result of the three-month pilot scheme in 2011. “I found DNA+ very easy to use when I applied it to my scooter, and the instructions were simple to follow. Knowing that the identification marks are there does give me added peace of mind that, if the unthinkable were to happen, the bike would be easily identified by the police and returned to me,” said Gareth Jones from Wales.

The launch of this initiative follows increased worry within the motorcycle community about the cost and other effects of motorcycle theft. In 2011 MCN launched a Mark Our Bikes campaign to encourage insurers to provide free security marking systems. “Security systems like DNA+ create for the first time a way of linking dozens of individual parts to the owner,” explains MCN senior reporter Steve Farrell. “This helps the police identify them as stolen parts and catch the thieves trading in them. The Carole Nash DNA+ scheme is an excellent step in the right direction towards the reduction of motorcycle theft.”