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Its not nice to think about and even worse if it happens to you but unfortunately motorcycle theft happens just a little too often.

Some scary statistics for you provided by the NCIS (that’s the National Crime Intelligence Service, not the American drama series)….

1. At the end of 2012 more motorcycles had been stolen than had been purchased new!

2. £3,000,000 worth of motorcycles are stolen every month

3. On average it takes 20 seconds to steal a motorbike

4. You have a 16% chance of getting your motorcycle back, regardless of condition.

So what can be done about this? Well, a lot of motorcycle thefts are made by “opportunists” and sometimes it’s not even premeditated – scum just do it because they can! So leaving a motorcycle unlocked on the street is clearly asking for trouble. Even if it’s locked, if you leave your bike on a public rode overnight on a regular basis it’s a good idea to get it covered. Uncovered a bike presents itself as a potential target to thieves and the longer it’s there, the greater the risk that someone will notice it’s there.

This is something i can relate to with my first scooter “back in the day”. I pulled up outside my parent’s house, went inside for no more than 10 minutes to answer natures call and came out to the sound of my scooter being ridden away! The cheapest and easiest way of avoiding the opportunist is to not make it easy for them in the first place! Here’s a few tips:

1. If possible park your bike away from the street

2. Put it under a cover – these start from just £25

3. Park close to a window or in a back garden/shed. It might be awkward to get your bike into your back garden or even your front garden but that’s nowhere near as awkward as having it stolen!

These steps can reduce the chance that an opportunist will take it, however a thief that premeditates/plans to steal will not be put off by simple placement and a cover.

A simple chain or lock is not always enough, a good THICK gauge chain and heavy duty lock are essential for preventing a premeditated theft. A good example of why to invest in a good chain/lock is something else i have experienced myself. A customer had lost his keys and asked for the collection of his scooter from a busy city centre motorcycle park. They had an 8mm thick chain around the wheel which a standard set of bolt croppers went through like a hot knife through butter! Not a single member of the public in a busy city centre street questioned what was happening. We were in uniform with a sign written van mind you but relying on other people to report these things isn’t the best idea.

Another thing I’ve experienced myself was having my CBR600 stolen from outside my front door. It had a LARGE chain around each wheel and an alarm. How did they get it? The locks I used on the chains were the weak point. You could see the croppers they used had barely scratched the chains, but ate through the locks with ease. My neighbours had been woken up by the alarm but not even bothered to check! This was premeditated as I later found it several back gardens away! The next important point to consider is what you lock your motorcycle to and where. Ideally you ought to use a ground anchor or something similar that’s securely fitted into the ground. Pretty much anything that can’t be picked up with the bike, eg. a lampost, gate etc. If possible secure the chain around the back wheel because most front wheels are secured by, on average, just 4 bolts and a spindle.

There are various products available to help secure your motorcycle,

1. Disk lock

10mm Disk Lock

10mm Disc Lock £13.99

Easy to use, cheap and small enough to go under most motorcycle seats the disc lock is good as a short term security measure together with the steering lock as it fits around the disk, preventing the motorcycle from being simply pushed away.

2. Snake lock

48" Snake Lock

48″ Snake Lock

An entry level lock and also the cheapest, the snake lock features a woven reinforced steel cable with external steel sliders and a reinforced lock head. Due to its design and size this type of lock is nearly impossible to break through with bolt croppers, long enough to fit through the wheel then around another object the outer sleeve prevents the metal scratching the wheel rims.

3. Heavy duty chain

1.65m Heavy duty chain

1.65m Heavy duty chain £29.99

Next up from the snake lock is a hefty, heavy duty chain with integral lock. Made with 10mm hardened steel for extra security, an integral shielded lock and a fabric sleeve to protect paintwork on wheels.

4.HEAVY duty chain

1.8m heavy duty chain

1.8M HEAVY duty chain

Next up from the heavy duty chain is a HEAVY duty chain, made with 12mm Cr-Mo steel (Chrome-Molybedenum). Stronger, thicker and longer than its counterpart and with a reinforced closed U-shackle lock, this chain is also Thatcham catagory 3 approved device, giving you a discount with most insurance companies.

5. Concrete-in ground anchor

Concrete-in ground anchor

Concrete-in ground anchor

An essential part of any security measures is a form of ground anchor. Made from hardened steel and designed to be sunk into concrete.

6. Datatool “Demon” alarm system

Datatool Demon alarm

Datatool “Demon” Alarm £120 FITTED

Offering Great value for money and from industry leading alarm manufacturers Datatool, the Demon alarm system features a high powered siren with metal nose cone for alarm protection, waterproof design, ultra low current draw to help keep your battery from discharging and Failsafe movement sensor with an extra trigger which is usually wired into the ignition.

A just £120 FITTED (for a limited time) it would be rude not too!

7. Datatool S4-C1 Alarm/Immobilser

Datatool alarm/immobiliser

Datatool “S4-C1” alarm/immobilser
£350 Fitted

  • Unique Shape – Very small, neat control unit designed to fit in the most awkward spaces.
  • Small Remote Controls – Designed for bikers, with integral universal ignition key conversion included.
  • Ultra low Power Draw – With ultra low current draw in ‘winter mode’.
  • Metal Nose Cone – Protects high power siren in the event of an attack.
  • Unique PIN Override – Customer selectable PIN, allows you disarm if remote control is lost or broken.
  • Engineer programmable features – movement and nudge sensitivity, siren sound and auto-arming choices.

Usual Thatcham Category MC1 features include: 2 remote controls, movement sensor, battery backed siren, optional siren output (£10), optional pager output (£60), indicator flashing on arming/disarming/sounding, LED, magnetic reed switch, installation certificate, owner’s guide, spare fuse, 3 year warranty.

Hope you enjoyed my guide. Keep safe. Jimmy.

When I was out on Saturday night, standing outside in the pub garden the most AMAZING custom Harley Davidson pulled up. It looked beautiful, Viagra super active it sounded beautiful and I wanted to know more, so I took my slightly tipsy self over to introduce myself and ask him a few questions! I had a chat with friendly man who came with the bike and it turns out he had building the bike for over 6 years and wouldn’t divulge how much he’d spent on it!

Since then, I have been googling and ebaying custom Harleys and just can’t believe some of the things I have seen. These aren’t just bikes, they’re works of art!

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Incredible engineering, sculpted into beautiful flowing shapes. Intricate paint jobs and masses of chrome. The amount of work and effort creates something really special. And like the guy I spoke to on Saturday, can cost a lot of money, so much that you don’t even want to say how much out loud! But I can totally appreciate why these fanatics do so, what they end up with something completely unique, a bike that is completely designed to suit the rider and I can imagine is completely rewarding.


Whilst looking for Harley Customs, I came across loads of really useful websites to help with the building of these bikes, lots of hints and tips and lots of website where you are able to buy custom parts.

I’d would love it if you could send in some pictures of your custom bikes and I’ll put them on our blog!

With my new found love of being on a bike on the road, I was lying in bed one night drifting off to sleep when I had a peculiar dream about being in a motorbike gang! I was riding around Leicester with about 20 other Aprilia Habana riders and that was the extent of the dream to be honest! But it got me thinking, what were motorcycle gangs all about? What’s the history? How do you qualify to be in these gangs?  And are they still going? Oh… and… which one shall I join?

The most famous and renowned motorcycle gang I can think of is, of course, the notorious Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. When I think of the Hells Angels, I think of big hairy men, on Harley Davidsons, wearing black leathers riding through the baron landscapes of America. And to be honest looking further into it, I suppose my first impressions aren’t far off. But there is more to them than we think, first formed in 1948 in California, later then coming to the UK in the mid 1960’s.  There are many articles and stories of how the Hells Angels are part of a large criminal circle here, America and in Canada. The Hells Angels members have always denied that this is the case, claiming that are nothing more than a group of motorbike enthusiasts meeting to ride together and socialise. Most notably was the shooting of a Hells Angel member in 2007 on the M40, by member of a rival gang. This does make you think that maybe there is something more sinister to these supposedly friendly gangs formed of like-minded people. Hmmm… so reading up on the Hells Angels hasn’t made me feel like I would fit in there, who next?

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The Rockers, this group of motorcycle riding, rock and roll listening, slick looking cialis online without prescription guys were formed in the 1950’s.  You might know of them as Greasers or Grease, an insult used by the Mods (I’ll talk about them later) The Rockers centred around rock and roll music, hence their name. These guys were young, rebellious and a new generation of post war kids. They travelled up and down the country stopping and meeting at the transport cafes. One of the most famous cafes hey used to meet at was Londons ‘Ace Café’ which was reopened in 1997, and visited by thousands of motorcyclists each year, with organised meets still being arranged today. The Rockers rode bikes named ‘café racers’ these were bike customised purely for more speed and power, the rockers were sometimes named the ton-up boys, the reason being they customised and tweaked their bike with the aim of hitting 100mph aka a ton. A 100mph might not seem like a great deal to you guys, but back then that was seriously fast.I really like the sound of these guys, meeting up at a café, listening and dancing to Rock and Roll and then riding  on as fast as possible to the next, to do the same!

The Mods, I suppose you could call them the rivals or enemies of the Rockers, originating from London in the 1950s. The Mods weren’t big bike riders but scooter riders, like myself. The Mods didn’t listen to Rock and Roll, they listened to Ska, Soul and R&B. As well as the music they listened to, fashion was a huge if not the biggest part of their subculture. Think sharp tailored suits, Fred Perry shirts, loafers and cool neat hair.  It was all about how they looked, they were a new generation of youths, that had a new found wealth that they wanted to show off, they wanted to be seen as sophisticated and cultures, taking elements of Italian and French fashion.

Most famously Mods rode around on Vespas and Lambrettas, it was almost seen as a must have fashion accessory. They painted them in bright colours, accessorised them and added a huge amount of mirrors and lights. This seemed to be their way of saying, look at me, I’m cool and I have money!

Reading up about these groups or gangs has been really interesting, so whose gang would I join? I do love the sound of the Mods, their style, their music, their scooters but I don’t want to fight with the Rockers!

Maybe I’ll add some mirrors, wear Fred Perry and become a Modern Day Mod. What about you?

So Jorge Lorenzo didn’t do it for Spain this year in Catalunya like I’d witnessed order cialis the previous year. This year the title was taken by Australian Casey Stoner, it took Stoner only two laps take first place from Lorenzo and stay there. Stoner seemed to win the race with ease, elbow down and bike practically horizontal!
Well done Casey!

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Crazy what you can stumble across these days. Here’s a company offering a ‘Build Your Own Bike’ service. They get you to design it from the ground up and then they build it through to mock-up stage. Once it’s all ready all you need do is book your holiday in sunny Florida, pick up a spanner (sorry, wrench – it’s America after all) and set to on the final build! The world truly is your oyster viagra pills too. They do trikes, japs, harleys, anything. I don’t imagine they’re that cheap though and I dread to think what the import tax would be like to get it back here to the UK…

Still, the idea’s sound. What’s a mere technicality between bikers?

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