Originally Posted by BMK9251
I use it all the time. A $5 Masterlock will stop someone from simply pushing your handlebars with their feet and breaking your steering lock then pushing your bike away. I even keep it locked in the garage. It is on right now. No one will ever question a motorcycle thief in a FF helmet and leather jacket rolling your bike away into a van or pickup truck. Happens every day.
I'm with BMK on this. I use the padlock as extra security when the bike is put away. The dealership advised me to do this when i got it, so I just got in the habit of doing it. At the end of the day, the steering lock and padlocking of the bike will only make it a bit harder for some prick to steel... But that extra time may get them caught.
I was also told that when the bike is put in for service or is checked for green slips each year, if the mechanic notices those padlock holes broken, he assumes its been pinched and the honest mechanic will report it to the authorities. Not sure if that is true, but would be nice to think so.
Vespa to the Storm!