How to Assemble Your Own Motorcycle Locks and Chains

  • 1-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 30-50
What You'll Need
A Thick Chain
A Key Lock

Assembling your own motorcycle locks and chains is not as difficult as you might think. Proper chain locks are necessary for any motorcycle owner who wants to leave the motorcycle outside and unattended. Making a secure chain lock is easy if you know how and if you have the proper tools and materials. Here, we will show how you can assemble your own motorcycle locks and chains, making an easy-to-use lock that will secure your motorcycle.

Step 1 - Buy the Right Materials

Visit the local hardware store and buy a thick chain. Make sure the chain you are buying is heavy duty, preferably made of steel so it is hard to break. Chains are relatively inexpensive, although you can find them in different qualities and different prices. You can find a chain for $2-10 per foot. You will need to buy two-three feet; two feet is enough if you wish to lock the motorcycle frame to a post, but three feet is ideal. You can make the chain as short or long as you want, but keep in mind you will need to lug the chain around.

You will also need to buy the lock; again, it’s a matter of preference, but you should opt for a quality and heavy duty lock. A key lock or padlock is a great option. You can also buy combo locks for motorcycles because they are more practical, but they are not as strong as padlocks. One thing to keep in mind is you need to buy a lock with the same thickness as the chain you bought previously. Heavy duty locks cost from $10 to $30. Ask the salesman at the local hardware store to find out which one suits your needs the best.

Step 2 - Wrap the Chain

If you want to make your chain look better, you can wrap canvas around it, covering a 10-12 inch length. You can use a thread and needle to stitch the canvas together. Aside from making the chain look better, you will also protect it from possible damages, especially rust caused by air and moisture. You will also protect your hands from the film left when dealing directly with bare metal.

Step 3 - The Last Touches


The last step is the easiest one; you simply lock the ends of the chain together, and you have your own motorcycle chain lock. You can try the new chain lock on different spots and see if the chain is long enough for the motorcycle frame. This type of DIY chain lock will not cost you more than $30 total, depending on the chain and lock you are buying.

Extra Tip

Always keep in mind that a quality chain and lock will only prevent some amateur thieves. Using an anchor lock, or locking the motorcycle at steady spots is absolutely necessary.