Keeping your ride safe this Christmas

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    CHRISTMAS is a time of great joy and is also the season for a lot of nefarious activity. 

    Though the community quarantines and lockdowns slowed down the pace of life, and the PNP reported that crime rates did go down, it no reason to be complacent because December is also traditionally, a season where illegal activities happen.

    More motorcycles were bought and sold during the quarantine period. Two wheelers compared to bigger vehicles became even more valuable since these serve as the perfect vehicle amid today’s “new normal.” And motorcycles, because of its size, is a vehicle that is easier to steal.

    Riding experts from Honda listed down a couple of pointers that can help riders protect their investments better. These are simple deterrents which when taken one with the other increase the safety of both rider and ride.

    Use a high-quality motorcycle lock (or locks). Never think that there are too much locks. My dad who has been riding since he was 14 swears by a lock on the front wheel and one in the back. There are several locking systems available–some lock the brake disks, others the fork, u-bolts for wheels, those that make it obvious that a theft is going on, such as handlebar, throttle, are great when the vehicle is exposed to other people. The rule for motorcycle locks is spend a little more for good brands made of high tensile steel that cannot be sawed. Using a cheap chain and combination padlock might be counterproductive, but a tough chain and a reliable alloy padlock that can be wrapped around a post may be more effective in preventing the more determined thief from making off with your bike.

    Electronic anti-theft alarms. There is no shortage of technology to keep your bike protected. Motorcycles can be equipped with such alarm systems to immediately warn people of any attempt at theft. Choose wisely, there are alarm systems that have proximity warnings that not only deter theft but also keep people from using your bike as a bench. There are devices that immobilize, which may not be useful if your bike is carted away on a pick-up truck. Others have motion sensors and emit ear-piercing sound that is quite bothersome.  One thing is for sure, you will always have options on the equipment available out there to keep your motorcycle safe. Use an alarm with a lock or a series of locks.

    A proper motorcycle cover is one of the best deterrents. There is no factual data to prove this is true but the simple reason for this is “out of sight, out of mind.” One of the best reasons you own a motorcycle is because you like to ride in style and show off to other motorists. However, this same factor can be the same reason it gets stolen or vandalized. Putting a cover on it when parked can help it keep off other people’s sights and not give it too much attention. Get a proper cover with straps and even locks. Use cover with locks and alarm.

    Know where to park. The biggest deterrent to theft is to park it in a safe and secure place.. Leaving it in the wide-open will make it more susceptible to damages and other forms of harm. Ensure that the area you are traveling to has indoor parking, which helps put attention away from it, or if you do not have a choice but to park outside, make sure that they are is well-lit and crowded enough to put adequate attention on it for thieves and vandals to leave it alone. Park more confidently with cover, lock and alarm.

    Other security secrets. Install a hidden kill switch that can be disguised as an auxiliary light switch or a more complicated switch and relay system. Online shopping shows many brands of GPS trackers that can be hidden under the body cladding. Both these methods require an electrician and wiring and may affect warranties so check first. Use these security secrets with cover, lock and alarm.

    Be vigilant. There is no control over outside elements like theft and vandalism. Protecting your motorcycle is a deliberate business. Survey your surroundings properly for any suspicious behavior and ensure that every component intended for the safety of your bike is functioning correctly. Remember that prevention is better than cure, and your vigilance and attentiveness will help keep your motorcycle safe.

    Honda Philippines Inc. (HPI) understands how crucial a motorcycle’s role can be in its owner’s lives and, having it severely damaged can be disheartening, especially during these times of uncertainty due to the pandemic. The company continues to innovate motorcycle features to improve security and help protect the assets of riders.

    For instance, the company developed a smart key with an answer back system and anti-theft alarm feature for the new CLICK150i, recently launched AirBlade150, PCX150, and The New ADV150 to help riders locate their motorcycles with ease and have added protection from grand theft auto.

    HPI has dedicated its services to create a wide array of motorcycles for every Filipino. This is in line with the company’s “ONE DREAM” campaign, which aims to fulfill their dream through the joy of mobility provided by motorcycles.

    Explore more from Honda and its wide array of motorcycles. For more details about Honda products and promos, visit our website at www.hondaph.com and follow us on Facebook, Honda Philippines, Inc. and Instagram, @hondaph_mc.

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