How to choose the best motorcycle security

John Milbank, BikeSocial Consumer Editor
By John Milbank
BikingMilbank BikeSocial Consumer Editor, John owns a KTM 1050 Adventure. He's as happy tinkering in the workshop as he is on twisty, bumpy backroads, and loves every bike ever built (except one). He's bought three CBR600s, two Ducati Monsters, several winter hacks, three off-roaders, a supermoto pit bike, a Honda Vision 50 and built his own custom XSR700. 

Motorcycle theft is a serious problem, but you can make your bike far less vulnerable by using the right security for your circumstances. Seven out of ten bikes aren’t locked at all, so while social media would have you believe that London’s streets are swarming with angle-grinder-equipped gangsters, the reality is that far too many motorcycles and scooters are simply an easy target. To find out how best to use your chain and lock, click here.

If you’re securing your bike at home, keep it as out of view and covered as possible (crooks are even using Google street view and satellite images to scope out targets and surrounding security). If you need to chain your bike up away from home – at work for instance, you’ll need something you can carry; owning the best security product is no good if you don’t use it…

We’ve rated every lock we’ve tested in each test, which explains the pros and cons of every product. The leader-board below combines the total attack time for each product by sledge-hammer, 42” bolt-croppers and angle grinder. Where we were unable to break something with a particular technique, we gave it an attack time of 300 seconds – five minutes – as that’s the point at which we stopped. If a padlock proved weaker in an attack than the chain, or vice-versa, that time was used.

Buying a lock isn’t as simple as just choosing the one that the toughest – if you’re using it away from home, you need to consider something you’re able to carry. For that reason, we’ve also rated every lock for performance against weight, and for performance against price. Finally, we looked purely at the angle-grinder attack time, but keep in mind that this – in some cases – comes at the cost of vulnerability to sledge-hammer attack. We urge you to read the reviews in detail to make your decision.

It’s also worth noting the locks that can be used a disc locks – if the lock is fitted to the brake disk, as well as joining the chain, it can add more security to your setup in the case of the bike being pushed away.

It can take a crook just seconds to steal your motorcycle or scooter, so we urge you to take a few minutes to read and understand our tests – the kit on offer here has various benefits so take your time to make sure you spend your money wisely, based on whether you feel you need protection from silent attack – like bolt croppers – or a brazen attack in the middle of the street…

 

Toughest motorcycle chains and locks

Ratings are based on combined bolt cropper, sledge hammer and angle grinder attack times. We urge you to make a shortlist of locks and read the reviews thoroughly – some have features like long links that are beneficial to keeping your chain off the ground, which would mean a sledge hammer attack becomes irrelevant.

 

1

Pragmasis Protector 22mm with Roundlock Doubles as disc-lock

£249.95

http://bit.ly/2x05S3M

2

Pragmasis Protector 22mm with Squire SS80CS-R1

£344.95

http://bit.ly/2Ob8ySo

3

Almax Immobiliser Series V & Squire SS80CS

£311.94

http://bit.ly/2zavNEl

4

Pragmasis Protector 19mm chain with Roundlock

£164.95

http://bit.ly/2z2SmfC

5

Oxford Nemesis chain & padlock Doubles as disc-lock

£189.99

http://bit.ly/2za2im8

6

Pewag VKK 14x52 & Mul-T-Lock NE14L Grade 6 padlock

£183.64

http://bit.ly/2gH7vee

7

Abus Granit Power Chain 37 52285

£285.99

http://bit.ly/2xHiwCd

8

Abus Granit 58 Lock-Chain 32860 Doubles as disc-lock

£200.00

http://bit.ly/2hJ4rOM

9

Oxford Monster XL chain & padlock

£159.99

http://bit.ly/2gaTyov

10

Pragmasis Protector 16mm chain with Roundlock RL21 padlock Doubles as disc-lock

£133.95

http://bit.ly/2gGPXiu

11

Pragmasis Protector 19mm chain with Squire SS65CS-XLN-R1 padlock

£187.95

http://bit.ly/2xHCbSu

12

Pragmasis Protector 13mm chain with DIB-130 U-lock Doubles as disc-lock

£106.25

http://bit.ly/2yrTHOD

13

Pewag VKK 12x45 & Mul-T-Lock NE14L Grade 6 padlock

£156.62

http://bit.ly/2zpWpST

14

Abus Granit Extreme 59 56559

£257.99

http://bit.ly/2kRp9R3

15

Almax Immobiliser Series IV Uber & Squire SS65CS

£227.94

http://bit.ly/2kRpP93

16

Squire Massive with 50mm padlock and 14mm chain

£148.80

http://bit.ly/2gkoC96

17

Squire Juggernaut with 65mm padlock and 14mm chain

£188.40

http://bit.ly/2yjjtoF

18

Abus Platinum Chain 34 Lock-Chain 27947

£139.99

http://bit.ly/2zbXgW6

19

Squire Colossus with 80mm padlock and 19mm chain

£318

http://bit.ly/2yq0HuN

20

Almax Immobiliser Series III & Squire SS65CS

£221.94

http://bit.ly/2hItAJl

21

Squire Samson with 80mm padlock and 16mm chain

£298.80

http://bit.ly/2yjZMNx

22

Oxford Hardcore XL & Padlock

£89.99

http://bit.ly/2gjkDJK

23

Squire Immense with 50mm padlock and 10mm chain

£109.20

http://bit.ly/2yn0OG3

24

BikeTrac Grab Bag and Chain

£149.99

http://bit.ly/2ttK0OM

25

Abus Granit CityChain X-Plus 1060 18896

£189.99

http://bit.ly/2wXYqnw

26

Pewag VKK 10x35 & Mul-T-Lock NE14L Grade 6 padlock

£143.14

http://bit.ly/2ynvXZW

27

Abus Steel-O-Chain Ivy 9100 18904

£116.99

http://bit.ly/2hHdeQY

28

Abus CityChain 1010 18899

£165.99

http://bit.ly/2wXJ7LS

29

Abus Granit Power XS 67 59715 Doubles as disc-lock

£146.99

http://bit.ly/2yjkvkx

30

Oxford HD Chain & Padlock Doubles as disc-lock

£49.99

http://bit.ly/2yqmC5D

Ratings are based on combined bolt cropper, sledge hammer and angle grinder scores

 

Best ratio of performance against weight as tested

Ordering the chains and locks by weight against performance will help when choosing a product you need to carry with you on the bike. It's important to note that these are ordered by the ratio they achieve – choose your kit based on the most you can safely carry on your bike, and remember that the very highest security comes at a hefty weight.

One stand-out product is the BikeTrac Grab Bag and Chain, which also comes with a water-proof roll bag, reminder lanyard and a pair of gloves. This product can be strapped easily to the back of any bike, and while this would be possible with other brands, BikeTrac should be commended for offering this complete package.

We urge you to make a shortlist of locks and read the reviews thoroughly – some have features like long links that are beneficial to keeping your chain off the ground, which would mean a sledge hammer attack becomes irrelevant.

 

1

Abus Granit 58 Lock-Chain 32860 Doubles as disc-lock

£200.00

http://bit.ly/2hJ4rOM

2

Abus Platinum Chain 34 Lock-Chain 27947

£139.99

http://bit.ly/2zbXgW6

3

Abus Granit Extreme 59 56559

£257.99

http://bit.ly/2kRp9R3

4

Oxford Nemesis chain & padlock Doubles as disc-lock

£189.99

http://bit.ly/2za2im8

5

Abus Granit Power Chain 37 52285

£285.99

http://bit.ly/2xHiwCd

6

BikeTrac Grab Bag and Chain

£149.99

http://bit.ly/2ttK0OM

7

Pewag VKK 14x52 & Mul-T-Lock NE14L Grade 6 padlock

£183.64

http://bit.ly/2gH7vee

8

Oxford Monster XL chain & padlock

£159.99

http://bit.ly/2gaTyov

9

Pragmasis Protector 13mm chain with DIB-130 U-lock Doubles as disc-lock

£106.25

http://bit.ly/2yrTHOD

10

Pewag VKK 12x45 & Mul-T-Lock NE14L Grade 6 padlock

£156.62

http://bit.ly/2zpWpST

11

Squire Immense with 50mm padlock and 10mm chain

£109.20

http://bit.ly/2yn0OG3

12

Squire Massive with 50mm padlock and 14mm chain

£148.80

http://bit.ly/2gkoC96

13

Squire Juggernaut with 65mm padlock and 14mm chain

£188.40

http://bit.ly/2yjjtoF

14

Pragmasis Protector 16mm chain with Roundlock RL21 padlock Doubles as disc-lock

£133.95

http://bit.ly/2gGPXiu

15

Oxford Hardcore XL & Padlock

£89.99

http://bit.ly/2gjkDJK

16

Abus Granit CityChain X-Plus 1060 18896

£189.99

http://bit.ly/2wXYqnw

17

Pragmasis Protector 19mm chain with Roundlock

£164.95

http://bit.ly/2z2SmfC

18

Pragmasis Protector 19mm chain with Squire SS65CS-XLN-R1 padlock

£187.95

http://bit.ly/2xHCbSu

19

Almax Immobiliser Series IV Uber & Squire SS65CS

£227.94

http://bit.ly/2kRpP93

20

Almax Immobiliser Series V & Squire SS80CS

£311.94

http://bit.ly/2zavNEl

21

Pewag VKK 10x35 & Mul-T-Lock NE14L Grade 6 padlock

£143.14

http://bit.ly/2ynvXZW

22

Almax Immobiliser Series III & Squire SS65CS

£221.94

http://bit.ly/2hItAJl

23

Pragmasis Protector 22mm with Squire SS80CS-R1

£344.95

http://bit.ly/2Ob8ySo

24

Pragmasis Protector 22mm with Roundlock Doubles as disc-lock

£249.95

http://bit.ly/2x05S3M

25

Squire Samson with 80mm padlock and 16mm chain

£298.80

http://bit.ly/2yjZMNx

26

Squire Colossus with 80mm padlock and 19mm chain

£318

http://bit.ly/2yq0HuN

27

Abus CityChain 1010 18899

£165.99

http://bit.ly/2wXJ7LS

28

Abus Steel-O-Chain Ivy 9100 18904

£116.99

http://bit.ly/2hHdeQY

29

Abus Granit Power XS 67 59715 Doubles as disc-lock

£146.99

http://bit.ly/2yjkvkx

30

Oxford HD Chain & Padlock Doubles as disc-lock

£49.99

http://bit.ly/2yqmC5D

Ratings are based on combined bolt cropper, sledge hammer and angle grinder scores, divided by weight.

 

Best ratio of performance against price

With seven out of ten bikes still left unlocked, any security is better than none, but it’s worth investing as much as you can in security kit, to make a crook’s life as difficult as possible. We urge you to make a shortlist of locks and read the reviews thoroughly – some have features like long links that are beneficial to keeping your chain off the ground, which would mean a sledge hammer attack becomes irrelevant.

 

1

Pragmasis Protector 13mm chain with DIB-130 U-lock Doubles as disc-lock

£106.25

http://bit.ly/2yrTHOD

2

Pragmasis Protector 16mm chain with Roundlock RL21 padlock Doubles as disc-lock

£133.95

http://bit.ly/2gGPXiu

3

Oxford Hardcore XL & Padlock

£89.99

http://bit.ly/2gjkDJK

4

Pragmasis Protector 19mm chain with Roundlock

£164.95

http://bit.ly/2z2SmfC

5

Oxford Monster XL chain & padlock

£159.99

http://bit.ly/2gaTyov

6

Pewag VKK 14x52 & Mul-T-Lock NE14L Grade 6 padlock

£183.64

http://bit.ly/2gH7vee

7

Oxford Nemesis chain & padlock Doubles as disc-lock

£189.99

http://bit.ly/2za2im8

8

Abus Granit 58 Lock-Chain 32860 Doubles as disc-lock

£200.00

http://bit.ly/2hJ4rOM

9

Pewag VKK 12x45 & Mul-T-Lock NE14L Grade 6 padlock

£156.62

http://bit.ly/2zpWpST

10

Squire Immense with 50mm padlock and 10mm chain

£109.20

http://bit.ly/2yn0OG3

11

Squire Massive with 50mm padlock and 14mm chain

£148.80

http://bit.ly/2gkoC96

12

Abus Platinum Chain 34 Lock-Chain 27947

£139.99

http://bit.ly/2zbXgW6

13

Pragmasis Protector 19mm chain with Squire SS65CS-XLN-R1 padlock

£187.95

http://bit.ly/2xHCbSu

14

Pragmasis Protector 22mm with Roundlock Doubles as disc-lock

£249.95

http://bit.ly/2x05S3M

15

Squire Juggernaut with 65mm padlock and 14mm chain

£188.40

http://bit.ly/2yjjtoF

16

Abus Granit Power Chain 37 52285

£285.99

http://bit.ly/2xHiwCd

17

BikeTrac Grab Bag and Chain

£149.99

http://bit.ly/2ttK0OM

18

Almax Immobiliser Series V & Squire SS80CS

£311.94

http://bit.ly/2zavNEl

19

Almax Immobiliser Series IV Uber & Squire SS65CS

£227.94

http://bit.ly/2kRpP93

20

Pragmasis Protector 22mm with Squire SS80CS-R1

£344.95

http://bit.ly/2Ob8ySo

21

Abus Granit Extreme 59 56559

£257.99

http://bit.ly/2kRp9R3

22

Almax Immobiliser Series III & Squire SS65CS

£221.94

http://bit.ly/2hItAJl

23

Pewag VKK 10x35 & Mul-T-Lock NE14L Grade 6 padlock

£143.14

http://bit.ly/2ynvXZW

24

Squire Samson with 80mm padlock and 16mm chain

£298.80

http://bit.ly/2yjZMNx

25

Squire Colossus with 80mm padlock and 19mm chain

£318

http://bit.ly/2yq0HuN

26

Abus Granit CityChain X-Plus 1060 18896

£189.99

http://bit.ly/2wXYqnw

27

Abus Steel-O-Chain Ivy 9100 18904

£116.99

http://bit.ly/2hHdeQY

28

Oxford HD Chain & Padlock Doubles as disc-lock

£49.99

http://bit.ly/2yqmC5D

29

Abus Granit Power XS 67 59715 Doubles as disc-lock

£146.99

http://bit.ly/2yjkvkx

30

Abus CityChain 1010 18899

£165.99

http://bit.ly/2wXJ7LS

Ratings are based on combined bolt cropper, sledge hammer and angle grinder scores, divided by price.

 

Highest resistance to angle grinder attack

Note that this is a comparison test using our criteria – the time a crook takes could vary dramatically based on the equipment they use and how inaccessible you make the chain. We’ve used a mains grinder, which is significantly quicker than a battery-powered tool.

Anything can be cut, hence anything is – to a certain extent – a deterrent to this form of attack. Again, we urge you to read the reviews before making a buying decision, as the hardest chains can also – sometimes – be the most brittle...

We urge you to make a shortlist of locks and read the reviews thoroughly – some have features like long links that are beneficial to keeping your chain off the ground, which would mean a sledge hammer attack becomes irrelevant.

 

1

Squire Samson with 80mm padlock and 16mm chain

£298.80

http://bit.ly/2yjZMNx

2

Pragmasis Protector 22mm with Roundlock Doubles as disc-lock

£249.95

http://bit.ly/2x05S3M

3

Pragmasis Protector 22mm with Squire SS80CS-R1

£344.95

http://bit.ly/2Ob8ySo

4

Squire Colossus with 80mm padlock and 19mm chain

£318

http://bit.ly/2yq0HuN

5

Almax Immobiliser Series V & Squire SS80CS

£311.94

http://bit.ly/2zavNEl

6

Pragmasis Protector 19mm chain with Roundlock

£164.95

http://bit.ly/2z2SmfC

7

Pragmasis Protector 19mm chain with Squire SS65CS-XLN-R1 padlock

£187.95

http://bit.ly/2xHCbSu

8

Almax Immobiliser Series IV Uber & Squire SS65CS

£227.94

http://bit.ly/2kRpP93

9

Squire Massive with 50mm padlock and 14mm chain

£148.80

http://bit.ly/2gkoC96

10

Squire Juggernaut with 65mm padlock and 14mm chain

£188.40

http://bit.ly/2yjjtoF

11

Oxford Nemesis chain & padlock Doubles as disc-lock

£189.99

http://bit.ly/2za2im8

12

Pragmasis Protector 16mm chain with Roundlock RL21 padlock Doubles as disc-lock

£133.95

http://bit.ly/2gGPXiu

13

Pewag VKK 14x52 & Mul-T-Lock NE14L Grade 6 padlock

£183.64

http://bit.ly/2gH7vee

14

Almax Immobiliser Series III & Squire SS65CS

£221.94

http://bit.ly/2hItAJl

15

Oxford Monster XL chain & padlock

£159.99

http://bit.ly/2gaTyov

16

Abus Granit Power Chain 37 52285

£285.99

http://bit.ly/2xHiwCd

17

Oxford HD Chain & Padlock Doubles as disc-lock

£49.99

http://bit.ly/2yqmC5D

18

Abus Granit 58 Lock-Chain 32860 Doubles as disc-lock

£200.00

http://bit.ly/2hJ4rOM

19

Pewag VKK 12x45 & Mul-T-Lock NE14L Grade 6 padlock

£156.62

http://bit.ly/2zpWpST

20

BikeTrac Grab Bag and Chain

£149.99

http://bit.ly/2ttK0OM

21

Abus Steel-O-Chain Ivy 9100 18904

£116.99

http://bit.ly/2hHdeQY

22

Abus Granit Power XS 67 59715 Doubles as disc-lock

£146.99

http://bit.ly/2yjkvkx

23

Oxford Hardcore XL & Padlock

£89.99

http://bit.ly/2gjkDJK

24

Squire Immense with 50mm padlock and 10mm chain

£109.20

http://bit.ly/2yn0OG3

25

Pewag VKK 10x35 & Mul-T-Lock NE14L Grade 6 padlock

£143.14

http://bit.ly/2ynvXZW

26

Abus Platinum Chain 34 Lock-Chain 27947

£139.99

http://bit.ly/2zbXgW6

27

Abus CityChain 1010 18899

£165.99

http://bit.ly/2wXJ7LS

28

Pragmasis Protector 13mm chain with DIB-130 U-lock Doubles as disc-lock

£106.25

http://bit.ly/2yrTHOD

29

Abus Granit Extreme 59 56559

£257.99

http://bit.ly/2kRp9R3

30

Abus Granit CityChain X-Plus 1060 18896

£189.99

http://bit.ly/2wXYqnw

It’s important to note that this data is for comparison only. To fully understand how we tested these locks, click here.

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