REVIEW: Grip-Lock Security Lock
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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Sun Jul 05, 2009 6:33 am quote
Don't worry, it's a lock-selling spammer, long since gone.
Hooked
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Location: Chicago, IL / Tampa, FL
Wed Mar 03, 2010 4:02 pm quote
Re: GRIPLOCK SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA BUT WORTHLESS!!!!
Silva Goose wrote:
I BOUGHT ONE OF THESE, AND MY BIKE WAS STOLEN, LUCKILY IT WAS RECOVERED, ALL THE SCUM BAGS DID WAS CUT THE BRAKE CABLE AND WHEEL IT AWAY.

THE POLICE FOUND IT WITH A LOAD OF OTHER BIKES A FEW DAYS LATER, WHEN I WENT TO COLLECT IT THE GRIP LOCK STILL ON. I HAD LEFT THE KEYS FOR THE LOCK AT WORK AND DESPERATELY WANTED TO RIDE IT HOME, SO I BORROWED A HAMMER, GAVE THE LOCK ONE HIT AND THE KEY BARREL BROKE., AND OFF I WENT.

I NOW USE A DISC LOCK AND A CABLE, THINKING ABOUT AN ALARM ALSO, ANY RECOMENDATIONS???
So they cut the brake cable to wheel the bike away, then you rode it home from the police lot without breaks? I think not...
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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:57 pm quote
Please read a whole thread before replying - and also look at the dates...
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Vespa LX 150
Joined: 11 Jul 2010
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Location: South Euclid, Ohio
Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:02 pm quote
Grip Lock
I have a grip lock and think it is great. If someone wants your bike they can always get a truck and pick it up and go off with it but that is why I have insurance. I like the grip lock for the convenience and visability. What I think would also be a great idea is to put a gps tracking device on the Vespa so if someone takes your bike you can track it down. Then you can put a warning sticker on the bike that says WARNING GPS SECURITY ON BOARD. I don't think a thief would want to take the chance of getting caught. Even if you only had a decal that said that on the bike it would scare them off.
Hooked
GTS 250ie
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Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:14 pm quote
You want it back quick how about LoJack
http://www.lojack.com/motorcycle/pages/motorcycle-recovery.aspx

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Ossessionato
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Location: Venice Beach, CA
Wed May 09, 2012 4:32 pm quote
FYI the Griplock does not work properly on all bikes.
It is fine on my GTS and PX, but not with the Buddy Blackjack that I had.
That has a very small braker lever, with a very thin knob on the end. As well as unusually small stock grips.
With the Griplock properly installed I could just slide it off with little effort.
Hooked
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Fri May 18, 2012 4:12 am quote
I've been using a Grip-Lock on my Kymco for a year now and it's part of the security I use. I've added a the Mini Grip wheel lock as well and I also use a disc brake lock.

Hooked
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Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:13 am quote
I bought one of these Grip-Locks a couple years ago in bright yellow and I've been using it on my scooter ever since. Mine does not use the circular key, but instead has a unique slot type key which has performed perfectly so far. I use this in combination with a wheel lock called the Mini Grip made by California Immobilizer. Both easily fit under the seat of my BV250 and I still have room for extra goodies.

http://immobilize.com/mini-grip.htm
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Gylera Runner
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Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:18 am quote
nice post
i think the only drawback is the fact that it is not made out of metal but rather of plastic. it's a good setback though for potential thieves... i made a review about it here in my blog - http://www.benshardwareblog.com/transportation/motorbike-brake-lever-lock

thanks
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Yamaha Vstar classic 650 'Yamama' (Currently waspless but don't count me out!)
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Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:46 pm quote
Re: nice post
bengg wrote:
i think the only drawback is the fact that it is not made out of metal but rather of plastic. it's a good setback though for potential thieves... i made a review about it here in my blog - http://www.benshardwareblog.com/transportation/motorbike-brake-lever-lock

thanks
"Reinforcement: Reinforced with 3 x 3.1mm hardened steel rods - specifically designed to be harder than hacksaw blades "
Hooked
Vespa GTV250
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Location: Huntington Beach, Ca.
Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:09 pm quote
couldn't they just cut the brake cable ????
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Location: Halifax, NS, Canada
Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:16 am quote
Any updates on GripLock cons?
I am interested in purchasing this product but I have noticed some important cons from this thread. Can anyone who has used this product provide some updates on these issues? I am deciding between this and a disc lock. Thanks.

- Cutting the brake cable and rolling the scooter away
- Sliding the Grip Lock off the end of the handlebar
- Improper fit? (Handlebars too fat)
- Breaking off locking cylinder with impact
- Picking lock cylinder (round key like old Kryptonite)
Hooked
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Tue Nov 04, 2014 4:26 pm quote
I use the built-in ignition lock, a yellow Grip Lock and I also have a yellow Mini Grip lock. So far so good.
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Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:38 pm quote
Does the grip lock hold the lever in the engaged position?
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Yamaha Vstar classic 650 'Yamama' (Currently waspless but don't count me out!)
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Location: Maple Grove, MN
Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:50 pm quote
Anything can be hacked. The grip lock just makes it tough, that's the goal.


Really, this tread is 9 years old!
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2014 Vespa GTV300
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Location: Dayton
Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:01 am quote
This might not be the best place to ask, but....
I have one of these griplocks and love it. Unfortunately, I've lost the keys for it. Yes, I know it was stupid to lose them both.
Does anyone know how the hell I can get this thing off my bike without totally destroying my handlebar?
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'07 MP3 250; '04 Zuma 70cc, kitted, '84 CT 110
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Location: Anniston, AL
Fri Nov 06, 2015 11:24 am quote
Re: This might not be the best place to ask, but....
Arsha wrote:
I have one of these griplocks and love it. Unfortunately, I've lost the keys for it. Yes, I know it was stupid to lose them both.
Does anyone know how the hell I can get this thing off my bike without totally destroying my handlebar?
1. There is often a code of numbers and letters on a lock face. Call the company and give them that code and they can send you a new set of keys. I don't know if this company will do that or not.

2. Pick the lock. It's not that hard, and youtube has tutorials on it.

3. Take the brake lever off the master cylinder, then slid the grip off the handlebar. That will be harder than picking the lock.

4. Take a 4-5 inch grinder to the lock and just cut it in half. Cover the bike with a sheet or tarp to keep from spraying grinding cuttings all over it. Yes, it will ruin your lock, but the bar will be fine.
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2015 GTS 300 Super (Melody)
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Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:45 pm quote
Grip-Lock: My take
I've been using the Grip-Lock for several months now, between a warm Autumn and the better part of a typical Northeast Winter, so I think I'm ready to weigh in on its overall usefulness.

For starters, the thing feels rock-solid: the plastic/resin outer casing is a serious bit of work that wasn't skimped on. The thing to remember is that this is hardly the main line of defense, as there are a series of hardened-steel bars ready to handle whatever the outer casing can't.

It's a good thing that outer casing is there, too: It makes handling the thing in subfreezing weather a hell of a lot more pleasant than metal. It also does its bit in keeping the lock reasonably light. In fact, it's weight and size are close to ideal for me - I can fetch the lock from the glove box and position it over the throttle-grip and brake lever almost literally single-handed, only needing my second hand to squeeze the lever to fit the lock completely over to secure everything. Removing the lock is totally single-handed: insert the key, turn to unlock, turn the key back to remove (a nice feature in and of itself), open the lock to remove, close again, then put back in the glove box.

And, about storage: I could almost swear the person designing this is a Vespa freak, because the Grip-Lock seems almost custom-made to fit in the GTS' glove box (right-side-only if your GTS is an ABS/ASR model). It's a perfect fit, and won't rattle around if you hit any rough stuff on your ride.

I'll go out on a limb and say that a decent security system that's so easy to use and carry that you'll use it every time you ride out beats a potentially better system that's so cumbersome to use that you might be tempted to skip it every once in a while. For me, the Grip-Lock is ridiculously easy to carry and use, so there's no excuse not to use it, even on a "short" ride.

Oh, yes: Besides the better-not-steal-me deterrence factor of its visibility, there's what I call the Mall Factor: I frequently park in shopping mall lots, and I sometimes worry a bit about someone who's desperately searching for a place to park, spots my bike, and decides then and there that my little machine occupying a parking space is somehow "wrong." (While my adopted city of Asbury Park does the right thing by providing lots of PTW-specific parking on many blocks, the same can't be said of the several nearby malls in adjoining townships.) While the GTS' Immobilizer would do an okay job of not allowing said person from steering my bike any-which-way, by locking the front brake the Grip-Lock makes sure that person can't roll the bike at all. It's not always about somebody trying to make off with your wheels.

For me, I give the Grip-Lock 9/10.
Hooked
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Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:51 pm quote
I have one. It gives me a peace of mind when I park my vespa out of my sight.

Good quality. Highly recommended. And it's made in New Zealand. So it's nothing like any other China made theft prevention products.
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