How to Prevent Thefts Steal Your Motorcycle for Less Than US$ 2

Motorcycle Theft Insurance

A motorcycle insurance policy with only the minimum amount of coverage required by your state will not pay to replace your bike if it is stolen. To ensure that you are covered for motorbike theft, you will need to purchase comprehensive insurance. Comprehensive coverage will cover the cost or pay out an amount toward a new motorcycle if yours is stolen.

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Step 2: Locate the Ignition Coil

The ignition coil is a part of the engine that generate electric pulses to the spark plugs. The Spark Plugs are the parts located on the engine cylinder head. They receives the electric pulse and make a little spark, and this spark makes the ignition of the engine (the explosion of the combustion into the cylinder head). In most cases, the ignition coil is located under the fuel tank. If don’t, just follow the spark plug’s wire, it starts on the ignition coil. If you have doubts about the location of the ignition coil, please head the Service Manual of your motorcycle. So, we need to remove the fuel tank and all parts that depends it. Normally you just need to remove the seat and if your motorcycle have a body kit, the body kit too. Now you have a full view of the motorcycle engine. If it is 1 cylinder, you have only one Spark Plug… 2 Cylinder, 2 Spark Plugs, and so on… If you still have doubts about the Ignition Coil location, just follow the wire from the Spark Plug… it will end on the Ignition Coil.

The Kill Switch

The kill switch is really just an engine turn off switch, not a full power shut off switch. That means if you leave your key in the “ON” position when parked, your lights and gauges are still on. Obviously this will drain your battery.

That said, the kill switch only affects the fuel pump and engine control. The remaining power loads to lights, horn & etc.

This kill switch is created for safety/emergency purpose, an emergency is when there is a dire need to turn off the engine immediately for various reasons. I.e. When the throttle is jammed at high speed and there is no time to take the hand off the handlebars to turn the ignition off. Just use the kill switch and the engine will be off and the motorcycle can be slowed down.

How Do You Stop A Motorcycle Fast?

If a rider has good braking skills, we can call him an expert rider. Your braking skills are very important to stop the motorcycle fast. I am describing the matter from my experience.

Using rear brakes only to stop a motorcycle quickly is not very effective. Moreover, the rear wheel is likely to skid if the speed of the motorcycle is high. 

Compared to that, if you only use the front brakes, even if you stop a little faster, the rear wheel can go up and cause an accident.

The most effective way to stop a motorcycle fast is to use both the front and rear brakes together and use the engine brakes. Engine brakes mean you don’t use the clutch when you press the brakes. A rider must have the practice of using engine brakes. This will allow him to stop the motorcycle faster, in a short distance.

Step-2: Set Motorcycle Gear In Neutral

After completely stopping the motorcycle, you need to set gear in neutral first. This is an important task before turning off your bike.

Many do not want to set the gear to neutral after stopping the motorcycle but turn off the engine before that. I’m not saying this will damage your motorcycle, but it’s not the right way.

Many times, by accident, the clutch slips out of the hand before the gear is set to neutral and the motorcycle’s engine turns off. This may not be a problem if it happens suddenly, but if it happens again and again, it can cause damage to the clutch plate or gearbox.

Hence, I would advise you from my long experience you be sure to set the gear to neutral after stopping the motorcycle. Rather than turning the motorcycle off when the gear is engaged, the best way to do this is to set it in neutral after turning off your bike.

Types of Motorcycle Anti-Theft Devices

Beyond tracking and bike-disabling security systems that can be installed on motorcycles (or a moped or scooter), there are a number of motorcycle theft prevention devices owners should consider. The cost and level of security each provides can vary. Riders might even choose to use a combination of devices to better secure their motorcycle.

Disabling devices: Some owners install disabling devices (often called a “kill” switch) that keep a motorcycle engine from starting or will turn one off under certain conditions. Active disabling devices are a security feature that must be activated remotely. Passive disabling devices active themselves after a motorcycle is running for a certain period but cannot sync with the keys to it. Passive systems limit how far a thief can travel on a motorcycle that is hot-wired.

Vehicle recovery or tracking systems: Motorcycles with vehicle recovery or tracking systems use radio or GPS systems to locate a motorcycle if it is ever stolen. This anti-theft device is the most commonly recognized by insurance companies and they usually offer a discount on policies to riders who own a bike with a professionally installed system. These systems are usually expensive to install. A LoJack Stolen Vehicle recovery System costs $695, although it is a one-time expense. There are no subscription fees for the service.

Bike covers: A motorcycle cover does not replace any security device but it can keep a nice motorcycle from advertising itself to potential thieves. Stolen motorcycles are frequently disassembled and then the parts are sold, so some are more desirable than others. Thieves look for desirable bikes in parking lots and garages from afar or while driving but a motorcycle cover makes this difficult for them. Approaching a motorcycle to remove a cover and identify it is be a major risk to a thief.

Disc locks and U-locks: A U-lock is a lock with an extended U shape bar that can be attached to a motorcycle wheel or used to secure one to something else. Depending on where the lock is applied, U-locks have an advantage over other locks because a thief would have to cut through two parts of it to unsecure it. Disc locks are basically small U-locks designed to fit the holes of a motorcycle disc brake. When used, they render a bike unrideable. Most U-locks and disc locks cost anywhere between $75 and $100.

Chains: There are a number of companies that sell high quality chains that riders use to secure their motorcycle to other objects. One brand frequently recommended is Kryptonite, which sells 14mm thick motorcycle chains for as much as $178. Companies also sell less expensive cables that riders can use to secure their bike to things, but they are thinner than chain links and not as secure.

One method motorcycle riders suggest to save money on a motorcycle chain is to purchase a short boat chain and durable lock separately instead. Chains and key locks designed with boats in mind can be just as secure (18mm thick or more), but finding the appropriate sizes and quality might take time. Beyond the thickness of the chain links, the metal quality and treatment are important security factors. The research and time to find the right chain and lock might not be worth the savings in the end. For those unfamiliar with chains and locks, the investment in a combo designed for motorcycles is probably the best bet.

Audible alarms: Unlike many cars, motorcycles typically do not come with an audible alarm system to protect them. However, there are a number of aftermarket alarm systems riders can install on their bike. A popular alarm system brand is Scorpio, which sells audible alarms that activate when a bike is tilted upright (to ride), struck by anything, or when anyone without a key sensor is in proximity of a motorcycle. Basic audible alarms usually start around $100. Alarms that trigger when anyone is in proximity of a bike can cost more than $350.

Step 5: Soldering the Wire

Now you need to soldering the wire on the interrupter and on the ignition coil. The wire (double wire), must be soldered to the interrupter. Now, cut the little wire of the ignition coil (make sure you have space to do a soldering in each piece of wire of the ignition coil), and solder one wire to the one wire from the ignition coil, and do the same to the other wire. You’ll get some like this: (Photo)

To turn ON/Start:

Firstly, turn ON the Ignition key switch, set ON the Kill switch (If you haven’t) and raise the Side Stand (If you have the stand sensor).

One of the comment that I’ve received from Hylife below makes sense too and perhaps it is the best practice.

“The side stand switch, the emergency kill switch and the tipover switch ground the coils to immediately kill any spark leaving all other circuits unchanged. The ECU recognises the grounded coils and cuts power to the fuel pump and injectors. Use of the kill switch instead of the key switch will shorten the life of your coils. The lock position on the key switch is to extend the steering locking pin after turning the handlebars to the far left.”

These are some of the common steps, either way, it’s all matter of preference and how you used to it but try not to use the kill switch button when you’re riding unless it is an emergency situation.

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