Re: How to secure rider/prevent theft
This is a constant concern of folks at campgrounds with their quads. There are various cable lock systems available that will slow thieves down but thats all it does. Gives you time to respond. Some cables have alarms on them that make a heck of a racket if the quad is moved or the cable cut.
Chains, cables, big oversize handcuffs and all sorts of devices help to make the rolling stock more difficult to remove. Don't thing they won't just pick it up and pack it off as four or five motivated thieves can pack of a $10,000.00 quad really quick.
When in a camp ground with my quad I put it on the trailer, run a solid hardened steel bar thru the trailer wheels side to side and lock the bar with a padlock that is set back in a pocket that prevents getting to it. The quad is locked down by a really heavy hardened chain that has two 4" lengths of schedule 80 pipe welded on the ends. The chain goes thru the quad over the engine and transmission and down thru the trailer deck where the bar that locks the wheels slides through them. The tongue has a hitch lock that encases the front of the hitch plus a padlock that locks the hitch itself. The whole mess is then chained, again with hardened chain with a pocketed padlock, to a convenient tree, vehicle or other fixed object.
Sound like overkill? Maybe, but three years ago my quad stayed home and two smaller quads with just a cable lock on them disappeared just two camps away. They were the easiest to get as they had the least security.
You can't stop a determined thief but you can make it difficult enough for them at your place that they will go somewhere else. Here at home I have motion detecting lights that come on when something roams into range. They all have a horn that comes on with the lights that blasts for a few seconds. Kind of bothersome at times but the aggravation is way less than having stuff stolen.