Quick Overview: Our Top 5 Picks for Motorcycle Locks
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While crime rates differ from area to area, motorcycle thieves are a constant.
I don’t blame them — I’d steal my Harley 1990 FLSTF Fat Boy too, the thing is a beauty.
But leaving a beautiful motorcycle in a garage overnight with zero locks, that’s just tempting fate. Personally, I’ve been lucky so far with my Kryptonite disc lock, but we’ve had motorcycles stolen from the team at Motorcycle Larry before: and it’s just about the worst thing that could happen to you.
Getting a good lock isn’t always about the most sturdy build as it is about making stealing a tougher task. No thief wants a 110-decibel alarm alerting everyone in the vicinity, especially when that lock is strong enough to withstand a few hammer blows. I’m a big believer in using two locks, one for each wheel, and I strongly recommend that at least one of them has a loud alarm.
Here are the top 6 motorcycle locks in the market — with the best alarm, strongest build, plus a bright orange cable to remind you not to start your bike without disabling the lock!
If you’re looking for a quick recommendation, the Kryptonite has stood the test of time for me.
Top 6 Best Motorcycle Locks 2022
Our Top Pick
Kryptonite is one of the more popular brands when it comes to motorcycle locks. This Kryptonite 000884 Keeper is a double reinforced disc cylinder brake lock, and I chose it as our top pick because it’s one of the most reliable and versatile locks at the perfect mid-range price.
I like that this stainless steel lock is pretty lightweight for how sturdy it is. I’ve had this on my bike and it’s always been safe in garages and public parking spaces, and survived a few scuffs.
This motorcycle lock is also weatherproof — so you can leave it outside in the rain and contact with water isn’t going to cause any rust formation or other kinds of breakdown. However, you do need to take care of this a bit. I’ve been using regular chain lube on the lock every few months, just so that it stays in the best condition.
This bright yellow color lock has a pretty small lock pin — a diameter of 5 mm. That’s useful if your tires have a smaller spoke distance. I’m also glad that there’s a reminder cable — the bright orange cable can be attached to your motorcycle handles so you don’t accidentally try to drive off with the lock on your wheel.
The Kryptonite 5s has a security rating of 7/10. A seven security system is decent — but not the best for areas with a high crime rate. This lock won’t really stand a chance against potential thieves with a chainsaw, for example. It’s useful for deterring petty motorcycle theft and making their job more difficult. If you need extra security, I’d suggest using this lock in tandem with another heavy-duty lock.
Here’s what I wish was better about this security device: the alarm isn’t the loudest. There’s a weird contraption where the alarm is only activated if you’ve pressed the lock button after fixing it. If you’re looking for something with more robust security and a louder alarm, check out the Tchipie Lock.
- Best motorcycle security for moderate crime areas
- two stainless steel keys
- Disc lock
- Durable material
- Bright orange reminder cable
- Replaceable battery
- Affordable price
- Stapler design
- Alarm not very loud
- Alarm not activated automatically
This is the ideal lock if you want to deter any potential thieves from rolling your precious motorcycle away. It may not have the maximum security for high crime level areas, but it’s more than enough protection for moderate security requirements for the average biker!
Best Premium Lock/Best High-End Motorcycle Lock
Kryptonite New York is one of the best motorcycle locks in the market, and also a premium option with a lifetime guarantee. Unlike regular disc locks, the Kryptonite New York lock follows a chain lock system as well as a disc lock. To use this lock, you need to be locking up your motorcycle near a pole or super sturdy rod.
The Kryptonite New York uses 14 mm chain links. These chain links are made of high-quality 3T Manganese steel — that’s some heavy-duty construction that’s not going to be easy to break at all. Just like all other Kryptonite locks, this lock is completely weatherproof and waterproof, so you get your money’s worth when the lock lasts for years together. You don’t even have to worry about using chain lube for maintenance, this lock stays brand new for a long time.
You get three stainless steel keys with this lock, as well as one LED key. There are three possible customizable combinations that you can make for this lock, and you can register your key with Kryptonite in case you happen to lose all your keys. Kryptonite sends you a replacement key with free shipping globally.
This lock has maximum security with a rating of 10/10. That means you can leave this security lock all night in any area and know that there’s a ton of manganese steel standing in the way between your motorcycle and thieves.
This lock cannot be taken out with an angle grinder, in case you were wondering. Technically, thieves with a high-end hydraulic sort of bolt cutters could get through to this lock, but the chances of that happening in a short span of time, without noise, are slim.
I only wish there was an alarm system built into this lock, that would’ve made this truly invincible. Other locks on the market do have an alarm system, but they’re not likely to provide the same maximum protection. The Kryptonite New York lock is a premium lock, and the Yohoolyo might be a better budget alternative in case you’re not ready for an investment.
- Three keys
- Free replacement key in case you lose yours
- Vinyl coating
- Extra heavy-duty construction
- York disc lock
- Motorcycle anti-theft system
- Chain locks
- 10/10 maximum security
- Can be attached to back wheel or front wheel
- No alarm system
- Not an affordable option
This is the best motorcycle lock for someone who needs maximum protection. There are plenty of lock features that contribute to 10/10 security with this tough lock — especially suited for high crime rate areas.
Best Budget Motorcycle Alarm
The Yohoolyo is a super impressive alarm lock that also happens to be affordable. The 7-millimeter diameter is great for smaller vent holes, making it more compatible with lots of motorcycles. Y
The highlight of this disc lock is the ridiculously loud alarm. The alarm reaches 110 db, which is loud enough for people in the vicinity to know someone is attempting to steal your motorcycle. It’s also a terrible alarm sound, definitely not something pleasant that anyone will ignore!
The motion sensor is really great — even the slightest movement will set off the alarm. But if you’re thinking what I’m thinking (that you’ll set off the alarm yourself), there’s a 5-second delay. This off-set of 5 seconds lets you quickly unlock the disc lock before you try to ride it. And if that’s not enough, there is a 5m long reminder cable that connects to your handlebars.
The reminder cable is one of the first things you’ll spot, and also keeps thieves away, in case they didn’t notice the Yohoolyo alarm lock fixed on the disk brake. Having a lock pin that rotates 360° is easier to unlock and makes the entire process smoother.
The alarm clock is waterproof, so the alarms and battery are perfectly functioning even in the rain. This alarm clock has a replaceable battery and comes with extra batteries in the package. It also has a special L-shaped battery opener, so there’s no way to remove the batteries of the lock with basic tools!
However, if you lose both your keys, you’ll struggle with getting a replacement or duplicate. Yohoolyo sends two keys, so make sure you keep the spare one super safe.
- Comes with extra batteries
- 5-second delay with motion sensor
- Super loud 110 DB alarm sound
- Reasonable price
- Bike safe
- Mini flashlight
- Carry pouch
- Motorcycle disc lock
- Only works on disc locks with holes
- The alarm button needs to be pressed to activate
This is the perfect alarm clock if you’re looking for something with a blaring siren. With possibly the loudest alarm in the market, this motorcycle lock also has great features to remind you that it’s installed on your rear wheel or front wheel. It’s also the best alarm clock for someone on a budget.
Best Motorcycle Lock with the Loudest Alarm
When you’re parking your motorcycle in a public space, having a loud alarm is just as effective (if not more) than heavy-duty lock construction. The Tchipie motorcycle lock doesn’t just have the loudest alarm, but also the best-performing alarm with a great motion sensor.
The motion sensor installed on the Tchipie motorcycle lock can detect even the tiniest bit of motion. In fact, it’ll probably get set off by raindrops falling on it, or even a twig. While it can be a nuisance to have such a sensitive alarm — better safe than sorry.
But the alarm doesn’t just set off with the slightest motion. The first motion detection will cause the alarm to let out a low beeping sound (three times). If there’s any further movement or vibration after this, the alarm sets off in an extremely shrill and loud (110 decibels) alarm that travels pretty far, even through crowded ambient noisy places. There are other alarm locks in the market that claim to offer 110db, but I felt the Tchipie sounds the loudest. That’s probably because of how shrill the blaring noise is, and definitely ‘pierces’ the ears and any other ambient noise.
Here’s where Tchipie sets itself apart from other locks in the market — not only is the alarm set off but you also get alerted. You’ll get an alert on your phone, so you can hurry back down to wherever you parked your bike.
To shut down the alarm, you will either have to wait for 30 seconds (after which more movement sets it off again) or unlock the alarm.
This alarm can be used in any bike with a disc brake mechanism and a brake rotor less than 7mm thick and cross-drilled. The body of the alarm is made from an aluminum alloy. Aluminum alloys are generally light and won’t rust easily if the alloying element is right. The complete body of the lock is sealed to keep away dust and moisture. It’s also waterproof, but still not a good idea to keep it under rainfall because of the highly sensitive motion sensor.
The alarm comes equipped with batteries and an additional set of six batteries is provided with the product. You do need to change the batteries quite often, but there’s an alert when the batteries are running low so that you know when to change them.
- Front brake disc lock/front brake lever
- Comes with three keys
- Hardened steel exterior/aluminum alloy
- Club utility lock
- Loud alarm sound
- Waterproof lock
- Extra batteries
- Affordable price
- No reminder cable
This is the perfect motorcycle disc lock if you’re keen on a loud alarm sound. It’s great if you tend to park in public spaces where thieves rely on being discreet.
Best Waterproof Motorcycle lock
The JACOOL disc brake is one of the best motorcycle brakes in the market and had to have a spot on our list. It’s small, lightweight while being super strong at the same time. This lock is mainly built to lock the motorcycle brakes or the motorcycle wheel. You can use it just like any other disc lock. Of course, that means this will only fit on motorcycle disc brakes with holes in them since that’s how the locking mechanism works.
Here’s how the alarm works — the first time the motion sensor detects any noise, it lets out three warning beeps. I think these beeps are loud enough to remind you that your alarm is on, and enough to let a potential thief know that your motorcycle isn’t going to be easy to carry away! Any motion detected after the first warning, even a vibration, will immediately set the alarm off. The alarm is super loud, at 110db.
Coming to the category winner, this is the best waterproof alarm I’ve ever gotten my hands on. It can very clearly distinguish between rainfall, and the lightest touch, while of course staying in perfect condition. The lock is made of Aluminium and is waterproof and can be used in the rain. All the openings on the motorcycle lock are sealed to prevent moisture or dust from entering the lock. The interiors of the motorcycle lock are well protected, and the device will easily last for years with proper care.
Here’s the only part of the lock which is ‘suboptimal’. First, you have to insert the lock in a position such that the handle of the lock is along the axis line of one of the holes in the disc brake in the tire. After this, just fix the lock in this position and press the button on the lock. The alarm should emit a single beep if the installation is a success.
- Best waterproof alarm lock
- Loud alarm
- Comes with a carry pouch
- Hardened steel exterior
- Reminder cable of 5 meters
- Motion sensor doesn’t set off with rain
- Reasonable price point
- Comes with extra batteries
- The locking mechanism is tricky to operate
- The alarm could be louder
This is the best motorcycle lock if you live in an area where you face a lot of rainfall. The reminder beeps are useful when using a rain cover so that you don’t keep setting off the alarm accidentally.
Best Reminder Cable
When I tested out the Bibowa Disc Brake lock, the reminder cable really stood out. This is a super long reminder cable that gets attached easily to either your handlebars or any other part of the motorcycle that your eyes fall on first. The reminder cable can be used to lock the brake lever and the clutch lever together so that you won’t forget about the lock.
This disc brake lock from Bibowa also comes with a storage bag. This is the kind of lock that can easily get underestimated — it’s small, but dual reinforced lock and pretty strong. The diameter of the lock pin is 6mm, and it fits even between small spokes. Of course, it only works with disc brakes that have holes in them.
This motorcycle lock is strong and durable. The aluminum alloying material used in the external body doesn’t rust easily and has very high impact resistance. Even if the lock accidentally slipped your hands a couple of times, it works perfectly. That’s a lock feature that you don’t find on other locks — impact resistance along with highly durable material contribute to a lock that lasts for a really long time.
If the motorcycle lock detects any movement or vibration, it will initially pass an alert with a triple beep. If this alert is ignored and the vehicle is still moving, the main alarm goes off in intervals of ten seconds. The alarm claims to be 110 decibels, but it sounds around 90 DB. Still, this will be super loud at night, and loud enough in a mildly populated place in the daytime.
You can use the remainder cable to remind yourself that the motorcycle lock is equipped. The remainder cable provided with this product is a little bit different than the regularly used reminder cables. This cable is coiled into the shape of a motorcycle handle, making it even easier to slip on.
There’s just one thing to remember about this lock, the motion sensor goes off if you don’t slip in the key correctly on the first go. So you do have to be careful about pushing the key in one go, and any fiddling with the key around the hole of the alarm definitely sets it off (particularly if the warning beeps happened recently).
- Loud alarm
- High impact resistance
- Sturdy build
- Sensitive motion sensor
- Orange Cable in the shape of a motorcycle handle
- Small and lightweight
- Key can set off the alarm if not done correctly
This is a great motorcycle security option if you’re keen on a reminder cable that’ll help keep your lock and motorcycle safe.
Things To Consider When Buying Best Motorcycle Lock
1. Security Features
The sole purpose of a motorcycle lock is to provide the best security for your motorcycle and be an efficient barrier against any potential thieves trying to steal your bike. The primary way that locks do this is by blocking your vehicle’s wheel from moving. Not only does this make the bike tougher to steal away, but also means they may not be able to ever ride it since the lock can’t be removed without the special key.
The stronger the lock, the more security it provides to your motorcycle, as it’s not easily broken away. Most thieves try to break a lock with either a heavy instrument, heat, or a saw.
Most locks have additional security features built-in. A common feature is an alarm function — which rings when the motion sensor sets off. This alerts all surroundings that there’s a thief trying to steal your bike away. Some locks even alert you on your phone, so you can quickly get back to your bike.
Durability is one of the key factors in determining the safety of the lock. Even if the lock has all the advanced features, it will be useless if it breaks down or cracks due to poor weather conditions or rusting. The chances of opening a rusty lock without unethically increase exponentially. Most alarm locks have motion sensors that work with a battery, and this can stop working if it short-circuits with any water contact.
3. Materials Used In Making The Motorcycle Lock
You’ll find a lot of different materials used for motorcycle locks. Clearly, harder materials are better since they can’t be broken away with brute force. Even the most high-quality plastic can burn, and thieves commonly use a torch flame to disable an alarm.
The best material for a motorcycle lock is a hard exterior, preferably stainless steel with sturdy construction that’s also weather-proof and anti-corrosive.
FAQs on Motorcycle Locks
Q1. How do you fix a disc lock on a motorcycle?
You can easily put a disc lock by inserting the lock through one of the holes in the disc brake in the motorcycle’s wheel. It generally works on the front wheel and rear wheel alike — but it’s recommended to use a stronger lock on the rear wheel. This kind of lock only works on motorcycles that have holes in the disc brake. There are some models that do not have holes, so you might want to look into a chain lock that can be attached to a nearby pole.
Q2. How long do motorcycle locks last?
Higher-quality premium locks can last for years, without ever showing the slightest wear or tear. Cheaper locks do need to be replaced every year, or more frequently. The most common signs that your lock needs to be replaced is when the motion sensor doesn’t work as efficiently, or when you’re having to replace your batteries too often. Cheaper locks also give way since they’re not designed to be waterproof and get ruined as they come in contact with moisture and dust.
Since your motorcycle lock is the only thing standing between your motorcycle and potential criminals — it’s a good idea to invest in a premium one.
Q3. How effective are motorcycle disk locks?
Motorcycle disk locks can be a great way to protect your motorcycle — but they’re not as sturdy as chain locks. No matter how sturdy the construction of a disc lock is, it’s still at a slight risk of breaking when the wheel is turned. Most disk locks have a security rating of 6/10 or 7/10. If you live in a higher crime rate area, it’s a great idea to use a disk lock along with a chain lock for the best protection. Ensure that at least one of your locks has a motion sensor and an alarm system.
Q4. What is the best anti-theft lock for a motorcycle?
Any lock, whether it’s a brake disc lock or a chain lock, is considered an anti-theft lock when it has a sensitive motion sensor and loud alarm built-in. These kinds of locks are super effective in keeping away thieves since they alert everyone in the vicinity about the crime taking place. Most thieves will try to opt for a motorcycle without an alarm so that they can be stealthy about the crime.
Q5. Which is the best budget motorcycle lock?
If you’re on a budget while looking for motorcycle locks, it’s a great idea to get multiple locks. Cheap locks may not be enough on their own — but using one alarm lock on the front wheel and a stronger chain lock on the back wheel can go a long way in preventing anything untoward.
Better safe than sorry.
The truth is that thieves and criminals will always find a way to steal something precious. Even the best lock in the market could be taken apart by a highly skilled thief with the right equipment. Your best bet is to use multiple locks that provide strength and alarms, making your motorcycle much tougher to steal and less desirable altogether. Thieves look for the easiest motorcycle to steal, not the best motorcycle in the garage!
If you’re still unsure about which motorcycle lock to purchase, I’d recommend the Kryptonite lock any day.