news

Bike news

Secure motorcycle sheds: are they worth it?

motorbike-sheds.jpg

Secure motorcycle parking is an issue for many riders, especially those who live in the cities – where space is at a premium and theft rates are above the national average.

The best solution for most motorcyclists is to park their motorbikes in a garage overnight, ideally with additional security measures such as a Thatcham approved lock and chain. For those without a garage, being able to park up securely in a friend’s lock up is sometimes an option, but that’s a rare luxury for most city dwellers and less than ideal unless that friend also happens to be a near neighbour. 

As a worst case scenario, those who have to park on the street can take precautions. Parking in a busy and well-lit area is always a preference, and locking your precious motorcycle to an immovable object, such as a ground anchor or lamp post means that any would be thieves are unable to simply lift your bike into a van. Alarms are another deterrent, while trackers and indelible markers (such as Carole Nash’s free DNA system) make the bike both easier to find and less attractive to criminals, should it be stolen. At the very least, a bike cover is an expensive and well proven way to reduce the risk of theft. Keeping your bike hidden away under a cover is a surprisingly effective way to reduce the risk of theft, as police forces will attest to, but for an increasing number of motorcyclists there is an alternative.

Garden sheds are nothing new. For years, riders have been parking up in their back yards and while a traditional garden shed offers some protection from the elements, they are easy to break into and offer minimal security to a determined thief who knows that a bike is on the premises.

However the recent rise in bike thefts has seen a rise in more secure, dedicated bike sheds designed to offer greater security for motorcycles. These sheds, usually made from metal, are just big enough to house a motorcycle and have far, far greater security features than a typical garden shed, which makes them difficult to break into. They’re not cheap, but the good news is that your insurance company may well recognise it as a garage and offer a reduced motorcycle insurance premium as a result.

Staffordshire company Owens Moto Classics are just one company offering such a product. Better known for their ability to source some of the most desirable classic motorcycles in the world, the company has identified the demand for such bike storage units and has produced its own ‘Fort Knox’ of bike sheds.

Tested and approved by Thatcham, the motor insurers’ automotive research centre set up to contain and reduce the cost of motor insurance claims while maintaining safety standards, Owens’ shed has a full 2mm steel construction with all corners and edges double folded, hidden welds and four pin, six lever deadlock security locks. The shed has been designed to be just big enough to hold a motorcycle and features a front wheel clamp to allow the bike to be further secured while in storage. Being relatively low means that they can happily be placed in front gardens too, without proving to be an eyesore or blocking sunlight.

So, are they worth it? Well that’s very much a subjective question. The Owens shed comes in at £2300 (other motorcycle storage sheds are available, but few have the same level of features) which is quite a wedge, but when compared to the costs and inconvenience occurred if your bike gets stolen, not to mention the role it plays in protecting your bike from the elements, you may well consider it a worthwhile investment.  

Bike News, Inside Bikes

You also may be
interested in...

Bike News

More power and less weight for second generation BMW S1000R

BMW has announced a new S1000R for 2021, utilising an all-new chassis and the latest generation S1000RR engine, for a lighter and more powerful incarnation of its flagship naked bike.

Read more Bike News, Inside Bikes

Keep up to date with our news & blogs

Bike News

More power and less weight for second generation BMW S1000R

BMW has announced a new S1000R for 2021, utilising an all-new chassis and the latest generation S1000RR engine, for a lighter and more powerful incarnation of its flagship naked bike.

Read more Bike News, Inside Bikes
Bike News

End of an era: departure of R6 puts nail in the supersport coffin

For more than 20 years, Yamaha’s YZF-R6 has been a standard bearer for the 600cc sports bike class.

Read more Bike News, Inside Bikes
Bike News

Popular Yamaha Tracer 900 and GT models given overhaul for 2021

The Yamaha Tracer 900 – now named Tracer 9 – and GT models have been a continuously popular range of sports tourer since the first iteration of the three-cylinder bike appeared.

Read more Bike News, Inside Bikes

Have some questions? Check out our tips & guides pages for some great information

Motorbike Reviews

Reviewed: Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro

Triumph’s popular Tiger 800 is no more! Replacing it for 2020 is the Tiger 900, an almost ground up new adventure bike with a bigger engine, higher spec and two main variants. While the base and GT models are aimed at pure road riders, the higher spec...

Read more Bike Reviews, Inside Bikes
Motorbike tips

Brainteaser: Can you spot all the safety and security hazards?

We all know how important safety and security is when looking after our cars and motorcycles. Based on estimates from the Crime Survey for England and Wales from the Office for National Statistics, there is a 3.3% chance of your motorcycle being stolen,...

Read more Biking Tips, Inside Bikes
Motorbike tips

How to… upgrade your motorcycle’s brake lines

If you are looking to improve your bike’s braking ability, then upgrading the brake lines should be one of your first ports of call. Your motorcycle’s brake lines are very important as they deliver brake fluid under pressure from the master cylinder to...

Read more Biking Tips, Inside Bikes