How do I secure my moped so it's accessible AND theft-proof?
March 2, 2012 1:04 PM Subscribe
I have a moped I would like to use on a regular basis to commute to and from school. My issue is storage. Right now it is stored inside in the back of my (first floor) apartment and it is difficult to lug outside and back in. Ideally I'd put it outside, but I live in an area where I'm extremely concerned about the possibility of it being stolen. What to do?
posted by schroedinger to Travel & Transportation (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Current storage solution:
Back of first floor apartment in a split rowhouse. Taking it outside requires wheeling it through apartment, out apartment door and out front door, then carrying it down a flight of stairs to the street. Other complications include two cats--the hallway from my apartment to house front door is small enough that I need to keep both doors open to get the moped out, and cats keep trying to get out. Which means to ride moped I also need to stop halfway in the apartment, herd cats into another room, get moped out, then come back inside and let cats out. The moped is approximately 250-300#, so while it's light enough that I can move it around it's not so light that this whole process isn't a pain in the ass.
Current security measures:
I have a crazy hex chain and lock (OnGuard Beast) that I trust for on-campus security. But at home I don't want to leave the moped on the street or on the porch overnight in my area, it's too long at night for people to figure out ways to get it (and there has already been significant interest in the neighborhood about my bike).
So, anyone have ideas on how to better secure this to make it easily accessible AND not get it stolen? Do motorcycle covers work for this or are they just for protection from the elements? It would be nice to find a garage, but I haven't had any luck finding one in my area (West Philadelphia) that's anywhere walkable.
I asked on a couple moped forums, the answers were:
"Keep it inside and don't commute"
"Resign to it eventually getting stolen and eat what you paid for it."