Anti theft alarm

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  1. Rio800

    Rio800 New Member

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    Hi guys,
    Proud new owner here in the UK. Bike theft seems to be a national sport, can anybody recommend a decent remote controlled alarm? Mines a 98 without HISS.
    Thanks in advance
     
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    Honestly, alarms do little to nothing. If they want your bike, they will get it.
    The bike thieves you have to worry about, don't care. They just roll up in a van, throw the bike in the back and drive away. And these days, people don't even turn their head if they hear an alarm.

    But if you absolutely want to waste your money, Gorilla is the the one I've heard most positive things about.
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gorilla-...le-Alarm-with-Remote-Transmitter/311960692287
     
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    Datatool is one of the most popular ones over here. A decent lock and chain along with something to secure it to. You must live in England shire then, near or in a city.
     
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    If you really want to deter theft then decent physical protection (chained and locked to something secure - or kept inside a locked garage) ranks much higher than any alarm - which people now routinely ignore.

    Trackers are costly and only provide a slight chance to get your probably damaged motorbike back! Is that really what you want? The same tech you use to find a tracker can be used to locate it on a motorbike - allowing thieves to quickly smash it or just lob it onto a passing truck - sending you chasing the tracker not your motorbike. Hence invest whatever funds you have in prevention rather than a possible means of recovery.

    Ideally buy and always use a top notch Almax VI Ultimate Chain and quality lock (typically £500+), but also have the bike panels and major components security marked - engraved with stuff like DataTool or Smart Water which makes bike parts traceable and the bike far less attractive to thieves. Don't forget a well placed warning sticker may be enough to deter some opportunist thieves.

    When at home where possible keep the VFR out of sight in a locked garage, if that is not possible always secure it to a ground anchor and cover it with a decent tarp. When out and about use the chain to anchor the bike to something really immovable like a lamp post, railings...

    Assuming you do not routinely leave your keys unattended on a café table beside the VFR then the risk of opportunist theft is quite low, the real risk is theft by organised gangs or clowns on mopeds who pull alongside at traffic lights and in seconds the pillion will dismount knock you off the bike and as you are getting to your feet will ride off on your VFR.

    Things are particularly bad in London where several gangs operate. Whilst one gang was eventually caught - mostly by luck - s stolen bike actually had two trackers one of which they found and smashed and wrongly assumed it was then safe to take to their base where they were caught dismantling hundreds of motorbikes and were busy stacking the parts into several shipping containers destined for eastern Europe. The actual thieves used several vans emblazoned with Motorbike Recovery and Assistance stickers. For any insecure motorbikes, 4 lads just stuck scaffolding poles through the wheels, loaded it into the van in a few seconds and were gone.

    Even U locks and virtually all cheap chains can be cut through with a battery angle grinder in seconds as the thieves are not concerned by creating showers of sparks even in broad daylight or in very public locations. Even if a bike alarm went off or if anyone enquired what they were doing - they simply pointed to the stickers on the van and explained the owner lost their keys and they had been asked to recover the motorbike.

    So if you want to keep your VFR buy a top quality lock and chain - don't waste your money on crap from the likes of ADLI - they really wont stop an angle grinder.
     
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    Thank you buddy for a comprehensive response, its always nice when bikers look after each other. I guess im just after something that will scare the shit out of anyone for 60 seconds until theres enough commotion ...
     
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    I have the Spy5000M on my bike and it's quite good. It has a dual side remote control and a proximity sensor. It costs around 90€ and it's easy to install if you would only use the sirene function.
    I can provide you some photos of my install if you happen to buy one.
     
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    I have 6 Almax chains & locks - More than 1 bike - lol
    The 3 is fine for most 'normal areas', the 4 is now the Minimum in cities & the 5 & 6 home use only..
    The Abloy or the squire doesn't matter - its NOT going to be picked.
    Alarms are a waste of time unless you have an immobiliser like HISS. If you want to get a $50 noise maker - then its not going to hurt - but don't rely on it.
    Physical is the only thing that will stop them.

    Sorry nearly forgot - Guard dogs are also really useful...

    [​IMG]DSC_9360 by Pete Smith, on Flickr
     
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    The Spy5000M has an immobilizer, as long as it's in range.
     
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    Haha yep that's the best solution and they can also dispense instant justice!
     
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