1- Lock your handlebar
A handlebar lock is not difficult to disable for a thief who knows what he/she's doing, but they're better than nothing. Your bike's handlebar lock can be a first-step defense against an opportunistic thief that’s going to look for an easy ride to steal.
2- Make your bike look less tempting
The less your bike is seen, the less likely a thief will be attracted to it. Keep it covered if you don’t have a garage. It will be difficult to tell if it's a bike the thief wants to steal when it’s covered.
3- Use a strong and high-quality disc lock/alarm
A push-button disc lock cylinder with an alarm can be installed in seconds to keep your bike safe from thieves. You may want to use the lock on both wheels for added security. The alarm will also stop you from riding off with the lock on by accident!
4- Anchor it!
Even with a disc lock on, a determined gang of thieves can simply take away your bike with a waiting truck or van if it’s not anchored to something immovable. If you can't anchor it, try to locking your bike to another bike (preferably not one belonging to a stranger!)
5-Choose a secure parking
Most cities have secure parking areas for motorcycles. If you have to park outside, choose a clearly visible and well-lit area.
6- Be careful while travelling
When spending the night somewhere along the road, locate an outdoor security camera and park your bike within the camera's view. If this is not possible, park your bike close to your room.
7- Keep an eye on suspicious behaviour
If you feel or notice anything suspicious like someone is following you home, or strangers asking suspicious questions about your bike, do not take the risk and report it to the local authority. Always go with your gut feeling.
8- Be creative
A simple way to prevent theft is to remove the main fuse. It’s quick and easy, and won’t cost you a penny. You can also wire up a kill-switch or spring-loaded switch that must be held down when the start button is depressed.
9- Mark Your Motorcycle
Mark parts of your motorcycle with your VIN, vehicle registration number and zip code. The thief will have a hard time selling those parts with the markings.
10- Put a tracking device
Get a tracker installed for added security and peace of mind. It helps in locating your bike and might even reduce your insurance premium.
P/s: Vectolabs launching tracking device late 2017
1- Healthy & Right State of Mind
Avoid riding if you're feeling very distracted, emotional, sick or just tired, this will cause you to make a small mistake that will have a huge consequence.
2- Regular Inspections
Check your bike - especially your tire-Inspect the tires for air and make sure the lights are in good working condition before you ride. Also, periodically check and test the clutch and throttle, brake fluid, controls and adjust the mirrors.
3- Stay within speed limit
Slowing down and remaining at speed with the traffic around you is a great tip for survival.
4- Be visible
Make yourself as visible as possible. Motorcycles are so small that they slip neatly into blind spots, and many drivers just aren't paying attention. Consider installing Vololights to your bikes. Being seen is being safe.
5- Wear the right gear
Wear solid motorcycle boots- Protect your hands with thick gloves, and your arms and legs with good-quality gear, like leather chaps and jackets- Wear a Quality, Full Face Helmet.
6- Don’t drink and ride
Alcohol affects judgment, vision and decreases your ability to ride and react defensively. In 2009, 29 percent of motorcyclists in fatal accidents had blood alcohol concentrations above legal limits, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
7- Avoid dangerous weather
Rainy and stormy weathers not only reduce your visibility but reduces your tires’ grip on the road, which can make cornering tricky. If you need to ride in the rain, remember that the most dangerous time is right after precipitation begins, as the water can cause oil residue to rise to the top. And avoid making sudden maneuvers. Be especially gentle with the brakes, throttle, and steering to avoid sliding
If someone is tailgating you, either speed up to open more space or pull over and let them pass. Life is too short. Remember that a bike can stop faster than a car so you don't want a truck on your tail when you find yourself trying to brake to avoid an accident. Also, don't tailgate the vehicle in front of you. Oncoming drivers can't see you.
9- Avoid being in blind spots
It’s difficult for drivers to see a motorcycle so riding in a vehicle's blind spot is a dangerous proposition. Position your motorcycle in the lane behind a car so that you can be seen always.
10- Watch out for road hazards
Potholes, train tracks, oil slicks and roadway debris can cause problems for the most experienced rider. Stay alert and avoid possible road hazards.
Scenes from the BMW Rally 2017
This year BMW MOA held its annual rally at the Utah state fairgrounds from July 13th to the 17th.
The program featured a bike that had Vololights installed! I never figured out whose bike it was but if anyone reading this blog knows, please let me know.
We didn’t get a great location -- on the second floor of the Grand Building -- but a bunch of our BMW customers dropped in and said hi. Thank you!
Check out all the bikes at the rally that had Vololights!
The first floor of the Grand Building though had this beautiful custom BMW motorcycle. It was built by a local Utah builder Mark Atkinson.
The camera phone photo here does not give it justice. Check out beautiful images of the bike at www.speedofcheeseracing.com.
I didn’t get to do a lot of shopping but I got a pair of Long Range Optimus LED Auxiliary Lights from Cyclops Adventure Sports.
Shout out to Daryl for the great advice in selecting driving lights! I’ll be posting images of the lights once I’ve got it installed on my GS.
It's been too long, we agree. What started as a simple let's add an option for Vololights in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign, turned into an epic battle against time, vendors, and engineering tweaks that lasted well over a year.
For this, we apologize.
As many of you already know, we would rather get pelted with 'concerned' emails and rotten vegetables for the better half of a year, then put out a product that doesn't meet your expectations. Well, we think we have it now.
Faizal took receipt of every component required to build the VoloMOD and will be hand assembling them throughout this week. Shipping will commence towards Thursday/Friday and complete by the end of next week. What will Jesse be doing? He's off galavanting on the east coast (while trying to add to our growing list of dealers).
We really appreciate everyone's patience out there who had the faith in us to see this thing through. Between Vololights and VoloMOD, we can now serve almost every motorcycle and scooter out there on the market!
Please continue sending us feedback on both products once you receive them - not only do we appreciate the interaction, but we're striving to be the best technology available and your feedback is crucial to making this happen.
Appreciate the support and your business!
PS: Looking for a $15 rebate off your previous purchase? Refer a friend and you both get $15!