By Talya Adams
I recently had to replace my old Xena Ultra High Security Disc lock because it was damaged during an attempted theft. As these things go, I feel fortunate to still have my bike and to have only lost my old lock. However, this did leave me with a need for a replacement lock. A simple item for purchase, but one that I gave a lot of thought given how much I value my motorcycle.
After all the research was exhausted, I ended up going with another Xena disc lock. The previous one had done its job of securing my bike, and I wanted to have an equal if not better lock in place moving forward. The Xena XX15 Disc Lock with alarm was the upgrade which ended up winning my purchase. On paper it looked to provide a number of benefits, and the reviews matched the enthusiastic marketing efforts.
One of the first things I really liked about this new lock was the snug placement it has on my rotor. It doesn’t droop or sag when I secure the lock. I also really enjoy how sturdy the lock is. There are no pieces which aren’t perfectly aligned and it gives the look of a serious line of defense.
It is important to note that the lock does not fit on my real wheel disc. This was a little disappointing for me initially, but it doesn’t take away from the value of this lock. I’ll just need to purchase a rear lock which accommodates smaller rotor holes.
Once I started using the lock every day, I became more familiar with reminding myself to take it off. I also really started to appreciate the small upgrades. For instance, there’s a delay now when you attach the alarm to your disc. You have about ten seconds to fully move away from your bike once it’s armed before the alarm sounds.
The noise of the alarm also seems louder as well. I’ve triggered it a few times as I was unable to get the alarm off in time. However, I feel confident a thief won’t have the patience to continue to attempt to steal the bike with the amount of noise it produces.
All in all, I’m happy with this recent purchase, and look forward to having this lock for a long time. My advice for future users is to always make sure you’ve taken the lock off before you ride. I’ve been told by my mechanic many people forget and pay an expensive price to fix the damage.
Stay safe in these streets!