Monday, January 5, 2009
- Mark the vehicle with an identification number recommended by your local law enforcement agency. Your driver's license number, preceded by the two-letter state code that issued the license, is a good choice.
- Park out of sight in a garage or basement, or use a cover.
- Always lock your bicycle with a case-hardened chain or cable and lock, winding the cable through the frame and both wheels and then around a fixed object.
- Watch out for key numbers. Some motorcycle manufacturers stamp the key number on the lock. With this number, anyone can go to a key maker and have a key cut that will fit perfectly. Many key makers do ask for identification, but don't take any chances. Write down your key number and then file it off the lock.
- Use the fork lock found on most street motorcycles. For extra protection, invest in a heavy U-shaped lock made of extremely hard steel that cannot be hacksawed, or use case-hardened chain and a sturdy padlock.