Consider disc locks to prevent you pride and joy from being wheeled or ridden away, consider a padlock and chain to tether to a fixed object to prevent it from being lifted into a van or if you don’t have disc brakes to fit a disc lock to. A scooter is most likely to be stolen by being wheeled or ridden away so maybe disc locks are all the security you need.
Two disc locks if you have two disc brakes, three disc locks if you have three disc brakes, if you only have one disc brake for added security two disc locks can be fitted to one disc brake! After you’re sorted with disc locks you might want to add a padlock and chain to tether it to a fixed object, if there is no fixed object to tether to then a security chain is fairly pointless over a disc lock. My weapons of choice here are…
Xena brand disc locks because they have a good reputation and come with their own integral movement detector alarm, although it should be noted some kids find it good sport to set them off for the fun of it. I’ve disabled the alarm function on mine by removing the battery.
Squire brand security chain and Squire brand closed shackle padlock because they are as secure as anything else on the market and favourable priced. Don’t be fooled by all the hype around one brand of chain over another, the bottom line is a 19mm chain takes a thief longer to defeat than a 16 mm chain which takes longer to defeat then a 14 mm chain. A well equipped and practised thief will defeat the heaviest of chains in minutes. Size of chain should be based on practicality, firstly it needs to be long enough to pass through the frame or back wheel and around whatever fixed object you’re tethering it to. Secondly it needs to be light enough to handle, if you need to carry it around you don’t want to be lugging around anything bigger than a 12 or 14 mm link size. A 1.5 or 2 metre length of security chain gets very heavy very quickly as it goes up in link size.
If you’re on street parking don’t park it up in exactly the same place day after day or night after night unless you really have to. Motorcycles that are tatty or have distinctive features are less appealing to thieves, accessory and modification laden motorcycles are more appealing to thieves. Parking close by a more appealing motorcycle is another layer to your security.
To cover or not to cover? A thief might think a cover is an indicator that something special is being hidden. No cover and an unattractive motorcycle will be seen for what it is and what it is is less desirable to the thief. Thieves have pride too, why steal something less desirable over something a little bit special?