Locking Up On Your Own
Disc locks like this one from Harley-Davidson are the most basic protection available for motorcycles. They form a pincer over your brake disc to keep the bike from rolling, like a mini version of a tire boot that cops use. They're also small and provide a visible deterrent for would-be thieves. Furthermore, you can carry them in your jacket pocket while riding. If you don't want to shell out for one, though, you can utilize a padlock in the same capacity or, in some cases, through a hole at the steering neck to act like a steering lock. Look toward the high end of the disc lock spectrum and you'll find versions like this Xena XX10 unit. It's a combination lock/alarm to give you both forms of protection in one small, tough package. For optimal protection, though, it should be used in conjunction with a U-lock like this Kryptonite New York M-18NX (MSRP $74.99). On some cruisers you can score bonus points by passing a U-lock through the front wheel and frame. This prevents the bike from rolling forward, limits the turn radius and keeps the lock off of the ground. When locking your bike keep in mind that the ground is a great cutting surface for defeating a lock since it provides leverage. If the lock is off the ground, it's much more difficult to cut. Alarms like Scorpio's SR-i900 (MSRP $379) are yet another option when out on your own. It's a 2-way FM pager/remote system with a programmable siren.