Last September we got the Kryptonite lock and anchor when we got our Vespa. We have been using the Evolution chain and lock daily and it has held up to the New England elements extremely well. Both the lock and chain were outside all winter. Even with the constant exposure to elements (sun, rain, and snow), the lock opens easily every time. One thing we never got around to was installing the anchor. Chaining the Vespa to the railing worked just fine, but it was a bit inconvenient. Since today was such a nice day, we decided to get off our butts and install the Kryptonite Stronghold anchor.
The Stronghold anchor comprised of three pieces: hardened steel base, resin cover, anchor bolts. The anchor is locked down by three expanding bolts. The cover both protects the anchor and acts as additional security to prevent tampering. The StrongHold is suitable for garage or driveway installation because the curved cover can be driven over without damage to it or to the tires.
The anchor works best on cement or concrete. Mounting in asphalt is not recommended as it is too soft to allow for a secure fix. We affixed the Stronghold to a concrete slab at the bottom of the front steps to our office.
The kit came with the two masonry bits for drilling the holes. The smaller bit was for drilling the pilot hole. The larger bit was for enlarging the hole to accommodate the expanding bolt. The key to making the holes is a good solid drill. Don't try it with any wimpy cordless drills, it won't have enough torque. Even though our Sears 3/8" reversible drill was 20 years old, it was still up to the task. Note that drilling through cement is difficult and care must be taken to not burn out the motor.
Using the holes in the anchor as a guide, we made three holes in the concrete slab. The drilling was a lot more difficult than we had thought. It took us about 15 minutes to drill the three holes. The drill got fairly hot, as did the drill bit, but they got the job done. Once the bolts are in, tightening the black screw will expand the bolt and lock them in the cement.
The anchor puts the Vespa further away from the stairs, making it much easier to chain up the scooter. Looping the chain through the anchor is also easier than getting it around the handrail post.
Everyone knows that Kryptonite locks are great for protecting two-wheeled vehicles. It makes sense that they would also have a great product for anchoring them as well. The Stronghold achor is not going anywhere once installed, so be sure it is in a good spot. For readers looking for a low profile option to secure their bikes or Vespa, the Kryptonite Stronghold anchor is a great solution. [Permalink] - Kryptonite Anchor Installation