Nothing compares to the thrill of getting a new motorbike, and while you may want to take it for a spin straight away, it’s important to take steps to keep your bike safe. From theft to damage, your bike needs to be protected in many different ways, so here are some things you should do as soon as you have chosen your new motorbike.

  1. Get motorcycle insurance

Some dealers will offer drive-away insurance when you buy a bike, which is enough cover to get you home, but it’s essential that you get Yamaha motorcycle insurance as soon as possible. Depending on your level of cover, you could be covered for incidents such as theft, damage, accidents and even injury to yourself or other parties. It’s worth investing in the best possible insurance cover rather than settling for the cheapest, as it gives you peace of mind and means you aren’t stuck paying a massive excess if you claim.

  1. Protect your bike from the elements

Motorbikes are often left outside for long periods, which can be a problem in many different climates. It’s worth buying a good, weatherproof cover and perhaps building a car port if you don’t have a garage. This will keep your motorbike sheltered and avoid rust, scratches and other damage.

  1. Secure your bike from thieves

Motorbike theft is rife in some areas, and experienced thieves can steal a bike within seconds. Some steps you should take to protect your bike include:

  • Keep your motorbike in a locked garage if possible
  • Fit a ground anchor where you can tether your bike
  • Ensure you have a strong security chain and padlock
  • Fit an alarm
  • Add CCTV cameras to your home as a deterrent

Motorbikes are common targets for thieves as they are small and light, and stealing a bike can be easier than stealing a car. That’s why it’s important to take motorbike security seriously and add a number of different security measures, so if one fails, there is a backup. It’s also useful to have CCTV cameras in case of a theft, as you have something to show your insurance company and the police.

Protecting your new motorbike is essential to avoid you being left without a bike and out of pocket. Make sure you shop for insurance and buy extras such as a lock and cover before you bring the bike home, as this will help you protect your pride and joy.