Can You Lock a Dirt Bike? Keep Thieves Away!

One of the first questions that I asked myself after deciding what kind of dirt bike I want to purchase is if it could be locked. To my surprise, I quickly found out that there are many ways to lock a dirt bike and today I’ll share them with you.

Dirt bikes can be locked to prevent them from being stolen. There are four types of dirt bike locks that you can choose from:

  • Brake lever locks;
  • Brake disc locks;
  • The classic U-Lock (it’s a common lock for bikes);
  • Wheel chock.

While there are multiple ways to lock a dirt bike, not all of them work great. Don’t worry; I will explain why I prefer the brake disc lock over the others. I will also share some tips to help you keep your dirt bike safe from thieves, so stick around for the end.

infographic presenting types of dirt bike locks

Can You Lock a Dirt Bike?

Yes, you can lock a dirt bike. Thieves see bikes in general as “easy prey”. The reason behind this is that they can easily put them in a pickup truck and drive away. However, you can prevent this from happening by securing the bike. There are four types of dirt bike locks that you can choose from, and each has its pros and cons. Let’s get into it.

#1 Brake Lever Locks

a yellow Brake Lever Locks placed on a dirt bike

Brake lever locks are really popular because they are easy to use. It doesn’t take more than one minute to set them up and lock your bike. The way this lock works is that it closes and clamps onto the brakes to keep the wheels from moving. So, if you are looking for an easy way to lock your dirt bike, this is the best option for you.

  • Pros: These locks are designed to clamp onto the brake lever, preventing it from being engaged. They are quick to install, highly visible (often deterring potential thieves), and relatively affordable.
  • Cons: Their visibility can also be a downside as thieves can easily identify them. Also, without securing the dirt bike to a fixed object, determined thieves might still attempt to carry the bike away.

You can check out this guide, where I present all the ways to prevent your dirt bike from being stolen to learn more about locks. In addition, I also show what you should do in case your bike gets stolen.

#2 Brake Disc Lock

a Brake Disc Lock mounted on a dirt bike

Brake disc locks are a bit more challenging to put on, but you can be sure that the dirt bike will not be wheeled away. My advice is to use this type of lock if you keep the bike parked in front of the house and not in a garage.

  • Pros: These locks fit into the holes of the brake disc, preventing the wheel from turning. They are compact, making them easy to transport, and are more discreet than brake lever locks.
  • Cons: Similar to the brake lever locks, they don’t secure the dirt bike to a stationary object, so there’s still a risk of the bike being lifted. They can also be forgotten and potentially cause damage if riders try to move their bikes without removing them.

#3 The U-Lock

a standard U-Lock for dirt bikes


The U-lock is another simple lock that will keep your dirt bike safe. This is the same locking method that people use when parking regular bikes around the city and want to tie them to a pole or fence. However, I do need to mention that thieves can cut through U-locks fairly easily. This is why you should consider investing in a premium one that is made from durable materials and not regular chain links.

  • Pros: A staple in bicycle security, the U-lock is a durable and robust mechanism. When used correctly, it secures the dirt bike to a stationary object, making it much harder for thieves to just pick up and run. They’re also highly visible, which can act as a deterrent.
  • Cons: They can be bulkier to carry around, especially on trails. Their rigid shape might not fit all bike frames or objects you wish to secure the bike to.

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#4 Wheel Chock

a Wheel Chock mounted on a dirt bike front wheel

The last type of lock you can use to keep your dirt bike safe is a wheel chock. This is the same type of locking mechanism that bike parking spaces have. It’s quite efficient because it does a good job of preventing the wheel from moving. However, there is a downside. The wheel chock is big and heavy. Therefore, you can’t bring it everywhere with you. You can have it installed at your home, work, or whatever places you frequent the most.

  • Pros: Wheel chocks are devices that immobilize the dirt bike’s wheel, preventing it from moving forward or backward. They’re particularly useful in trailers or home garages, ensuring that the bike remains stationary during transport or storage.
  • Cons: On their own, wheel chocks don’t offer the highest security against theft. They’re best used in combination with other locking mechanisms.

How Do You Secure a Dirt Bike in the Garage?

Securing your dirt bike in the garage is a multi-step process that emphasizes both the physical protection of the bike and the fortification of the garage itself. Start by selecting a spot in the garage that’s away from windows and main entry points, ensuring that the bike isn’t easily visible to anyone passing by. Anchoring your dirt bike to the ground using a heavy-duty ground anchor and pairing it with a high-quality chain and lock provides a formidable defense against theft.

Next, upgrade the security of your garage. Reinforce the garage door with security braces and install a deadbolt lock. Adding a motion-activated light and a surveillance camera can act as significant deterrents for would-be thieves. Additionally, don’t display the presence of the dirt bike; for instance, avoid leaving the garage door open unnecessarily or for extended periods. Lastly, ensure that any windows are either frosted or covered, making it difficult for someone outside to see the contents of your garage. Combining these measures will greatly enhance the safety of your dirt bike when stored in the garage.

Bob Kelly

Hey there, my name is Bob and I've been riding ATVs, dirt bikes, and UTVs for most of my life. Going on outdoor adventures has always been my passion. I love sharing tips and tricks with beginners who are getting ready to join the world of outdoor enthusiasts. You can reach me at if you want to get in touch.

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