Pick of the Week: Bike Mine


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TEAM REALRIDER® is committed to bring you the latest biking news and products. As part of our #realriderreborn campaign we have launched ‘REALreviews’ where our users review the latest kit on the market every Monday. Alongside this we will be running ‘Pick of the Week’ every Saturday where we discuss the most topical stories of the week.

First up: a new device to stop thieves from pinching your pride and joy.

Bike Mine, recently launched on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, is a small, discreet piece of kit that securely attaches to your motorcycle. If the bike is forcibly moved, the device sets off a blank cartridge that creates a 150db blast of sound, credited by the manufacturer as the world’s loudest alarm.  Whether this is actually the case or not remains to be determined but nonetheless it is sure to give any thief a rather nasty surprise.

You may be surprised to find out that the most common technique when stealing motorbikes is lifting them off of the ground and loading into a van. Quick. Easy. Quiet. Think your bike is too heavy to be lifted in this way? Thieves have thought of that. They lash a scaffold tube to the front and back of the bike and share the weight between four.

Made of titanium wire, the Bike Mine is a simple device that encompasses a spring loaded trap and a blank shotgun cartridge with a Velcro strap. Not only can you attach the Bike Mine to your motorcycle, you can also use it as a perimeter alarm, stopping the thief in their tracks before they even get their hands on your stuff.

Want to back this project, created by biker Yannick Read from London after his own motorbike was stolen? Pledges start at £49.

What security measures do you use for you bike? What’s your opinion on the Bike Mine?  Post your comments on Facebook, Instagram and twitter.