Scooter security – CLM handlebar to frame lock | REVIEW
I first reviewed this lock in edition 4 of ScooterNova magazine. Having had more than a year’s worth of use out of it, we decided it was time for both an update and also a handy video explaining how simple and unobtrusive scooter security can be. Security is not a dirty word. Yet despite the pain and expense that are often the result of vehicle theft, the amount of scooters I see regularly parked up without additional locks being used, still amazes me.
Maybe its because I’m from London that I always make sure I use a lock, I don’t know, but I do. And for those who use the excuse that they don’t have anywhere to carry a lock on their scooter, here is a potential solution. I say potential because this won’t suit all scooters, but this particular CLM handlebar to frame lock will fit most large frame Vespa from around the mid-1960s onwards, and also a number of smallframes too. It should suit similar scooters derived from Vespas too (LML for example), but do check. Apparently, a universal fitment version is available too, and the Spanish company’s website does also suggest that they might produce a lock suitable for a Series 2 Lambretta as well.
So what is it? It’s a lock that secures your left handlebar to your frame when parked up, so think of it as beefing up your steering lock if you like. It’s fairly easy to fit if you feel confident with spanners and a knife or drill (for the handlebar grip), the lock bolting on under the seat and locking back onto itself when not in use, so it’s always carried on the scooter. Don’t worry if your seat doesn’t lock as security bolts are provided. Granted on its own it doesn’t secure your scooter to a solid, immovable object, but it is a highly visible deterrent that should put off wannabe scumbags who might try to break a standard steering lock but won’t want to risk getting caught fiddling with this.
The Vespa specific lock retails at £89.95 and as an additional deterrent a ‘Stick Lock’ upgrade for £48.08 allows you to secure the scooter to a lamp post or similar, and it fits easily into a Vespas legshield toolbox.
I’ve fitted the CLM lock on my T5 which is an everyday runabout for me and while I don’t rely on it alone, it comes thoroughly recommended as an easy to fit, simple to use piece of security that you’d be a fool not to consider. In its time with me, the little plastic cover that swivels over the keyhole has snapped off, but that is but a minor thing.
What I have noticed, especially in winter, is that the CLM lock can be a bit stiff to use. I have a similar device by a rival company, Artago, fitted to my Vespa PX and that is far more supple. That said, the CLM does become easier in warmer months, so I’m guessing that it is the thick, protective plastic cover that is being awkward. Nevertheless, if you didn’t have the other you’d be none the wiser and therefore this is no reason not to treat you and your scooter to some added security by CLM. Permanently attached to your scooter, you can never leave home and ‘forget’ to bring an extra lock ever again.
VE UK are the UK importer of these CLM locks so check out your local stockist or get more info at www.ve-uk.com
Andy Gillard: ScooterNova magazine
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