I am planning on driving to some new areas and spend the night in a motel/hotel. As l have had the pleasure of having my bike stolen before, I thought l would look at some preventative measures:
Thank you. Michael
Sorry for your bike loss. Really, I believe that you can only slow down a theft, not prevent one. High-tech alarms are probably helpful, though. If I were to spend that much money on bike security, I would also have a GPS tracker installed that talks to my cell phone or a security service. It's a James Bond gadget to me, and they are expensive. A good one will report its' location for maybe a week or three, with the bike battery removed.
I have a common disk lock with a cable, no alarms. The cable is intended to remind you that the disk lock is installed, not really to secure the bike to a post, although that precaution can be done, too. I can lock the steering at the ignition, in case somebody defeats the disk lock. I'm not too concerned about theft of the bike, but the tank bag has no realistic protection, so I don't keep much in there. I also do not ride with the panniers, because a thief may break into them. I only add the panniers when I need some extra carrying space.
I do have a fabric tail bag, like a Boston bag, not a tail box, which does most cargo duties for me. A tail box probably looks like a treasure chest, to any thief. My tail bag is kept flattened with bungee cords, so it is obviously empty for most days. I can easily remove the tail bag and take it with me, if anything is in it. So far, so good, but I'm not in a high-crime location.