Showcase: Disc locks

Seven disc locks to arm your motorcycle against thieves

Posted: 12 March 2012
by Robin Goodwin

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A thief can steal your motorcycle in just 20 seconds. See this article on why a steering lock is not enough.

A disc-lock, although not the ultimate in security, is a great way to massively reduce the chances of your motorcycle being stolen. Firstly, it acts as a visual deterrent, meaning the thief is much more likely to move to the next - easier - target. Secondly, it stops your motorcycle being easily wheeled away. Thirdly, it's portable, meaning you're much more likely to carry it and use it.

You can spend from under £20 up to around £200 on a disc-lock. No matter what you spend, they'll all act as a visual deterrent. More expensive disc-locks usually feature stronger security, alarms and more spare keys. We’ve put together a selection of products that'll all help reduce the chances of your motorcycle being stolen.

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£200 to add 400g of unsprung weight to the front wheel?

Or just stop off at a decent hardware store for a good padlock.

Posted: 11/03/2012 at 17:12

great article
disc locks with an alarm are probably the best deterrenst out there

Posted: 13/03/2012 at 13:42

Disc locks are a good product - if small enough to carry around and use when you can't carry a chain. They're nowhere near as good as chaining several bikes together, which makes it very difficult to lift them into a van.

But any brake caliper designer is going to facepalm at the thought of adding 400g to the product - how about bolting on a crankshaft from a 1951 BSA while you're about it.

Posted: 13/03/2012 at 22:36

What the?! A disc lock doesn't usually add unsprung weight - you obviously take it off when riding and put it in your pocket/rucksack/tailpack etc. I actually lock mine to the pillion footpeg when not in use. That roadlok one is just daft.

Posted: 14/03/2012 at 14:07

I had a conversation with the guys at Aprilia and they said they had no problem with the Roadlok and the performance of the bike and that is why they made it an accessory for their RSV4 after extensive testing.

Posted: 19/03/2012 at 18:00

Where is the Kryptonite disk lock? Widely regarded as the best disk lock over the years, I've never used anything else.

Posted: 29/03/2012 at 00:04

It also serves to stop you damaging your front end if you forget that you have it on, unlike a traditional disc lock, the roadlok will not let your front wheel rotate and damage the disc, wheel mud guard etc. as happened to a friend of mine who caused £300 worth of damage to his bike because he forgot he had fitted the disc lock!
And it's always with you, no need to carry a weighty disc lock.

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 17:06

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