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Motorcycle riders have it a bit harder than car drivers when it comes to storing their stuff when they’re parked.
Add to that that you will always have extra stuff to store if you’re wearing the necessary motorcycle safety gear.
Motorcycle storage options can quickly become a problem.
The main thing you’ll have to store when you park your bike is your helmet.
What to do with your motorcycle helmet when parked?
Your options here include:
- Bringing it with you, which is not always a practical option depending on where you’re headed.
- Leave it on your bike, unlocked. Depending on where you are, this could leave it vulnerable to theft.
- Lock it with a helmet lock. (Built in or external).
- Lock it in a luggage compartment.
A helmet lock is a good option for leaving your helmet with the bike assuming it’s not rainy or windy, and there’s not risk of people messing with your helmet or birds, you know…
An enclosed storage compartment solves all the problems, but really depends on the type of motorcycle you have. A helmet-sized storage compartment might not be practical on every bike.
How to Use a Motorcycle Helmet Lock
Some bikes come equipped with a built in helmet lock. Alternatively, you can opt for an aftermarket, universal helmet lock.
To use a motorcycle helmet lock:
- Unlock it and thread the D-rings through the locking component.
- Shut and lock the helmet lock.
- Consider leaving the helmet open side down so nothing falls into it.
In most situations, a helmet lock that allows you to leave your helmet with the bike should suffice.
You’ll have some options when it comes to the types of helmet locks you can use, these include:
- Built-in helmet locks that are attached to the motorcycle’s frame near the seat latch.
- Aftermarket helmet locks that you’ll need to attach somewhere on the bike.
- Cable locks or bike locks (or even large padlocks in some cases) that you can use to lock your helmet on your motorcycle and store somewhere when you’re riding.
Built-in and aftermarket helmet locks that attach to the bike’s frame or seat latch are typically operated with the key. They work by latching around your helmet’s D-ring and securing it on the side of your bike.
If you use a cable lock or bike lock, thread it through the D-ring or through the chin guard and lock it around a secure part of the bike’s frame.