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Do any of you use an alarm system on your bikes? Do locks do just as good a job? If so, what type of security do you recommend?



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I don't have any experience with them. I have friends that have alarms on their bikes and I guess they work as good as a car alarm. they have a kill switch that disables the engine. All the components are hidden away in hard to reach places.
 

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i had a friend who had an alarm on his vlx600 worked good the remote start was nice.. but since i never leave my bike alone i dont think i need it. plus i dont want to mess with my stock electrical system.. maybeee ill install one later. there are some cheap ones at ebay
its a good feature to keep those morons that jump on other's bikes away
 

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With the 1800, put it in reverse before you turn the key off. It locks the back wheel. Use some common sense when you pick a spot to park it. If youare worried about someone messing with the bike or prying the trunk or saddlebags open, then put an alarm on it.



I put a simple alarm on mine. Hooked up the tilt sensor to the trunk, so even if the shock sensor is diabled the alram will go off if someone opens the trunk.



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As most of you know I sell bikes for a living and here in the shop we get a lot of people who come in to get alarms fitted and my advice to you is FORGET IT .. They are a pain in the neck and not worth the hassle on a wing ,It is very rare to have a wing stolen ,

The main problem with alarms is that the constantly go off ,if someone even hits the saddle of stands up against the bike for a photo ,if you stop for gas and take the key out of the ignition to fill with gas the alarm sets and by the time you finish filling the tank and close the lid the alarm is going off ,

they also run your battery down pretty quick if you are not using the bike .

The feed back that we get from customers after a few weeks with their alarm is that they wished they had never fitted it in the first place , Ciaran
 

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I tend not to worry too much and just take the precaution of leaving the bike in reverse,in well lit busy places,which would probably foil the opportunist, and a cover over the bike will keep the light fingers off usually.

For models without the rotor covers I think the disc locks are a good idea and I have even seen the locks that go on the brake side of the handlebars that opperate the brake which might help.

Nothing will deter a serious thief, but he is gonna need some mates to acually lift a Wing to remove it!!!:shock:

Aheavy duty chain and padlock round a signpost or railings, to the wheel,will also help to deter the scumbags.
 

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wexy wrote:
As most of you know I sell bikes for a living and here in the shop we get a lot of people who come in to get alarms fitted and my advice to you is FORGET IT .. They are a pain in the neck and not worth the hassle on a wing ,It is very rare to have a wing stolen ,

The main problem with alarms is that the constantly go off ,if someone even hits the saddle of stands up against the bike for a photo ,if you stop for gas and take the key out of the ignition to fill with gas the alarm sets and by the time you finish filling the tank and close the lid the alarm is going off ,

they also run your battery down pretty quick if you are not using the bike .

The feed back that we get from customers after a few weeks with their alarm is that they wished they had never fitted it in the first place , Ciaran
Here is where I will disagree with the great wexy.

I have a META alarm fitted to my Valk, and also to my SuperMagna. It is a dedicated bike alarm, NOT a modified car alarm. I've had them for years, and couldn't recommend them enough. :clapper:

It will passively arm the immobiliser circuit after 40 seconds of the ignition being turned off. It does not sound when closing the gas cap. :cool:
Once fullyarmed, if the alarm does get set off, it resets itself after a 30 second run.
The power drain is minimal, with a 115db (I think) siren. It's bloody loud, in other words!!
Once armed, the power drain is miniscule, and after 10 days it goes into Sleep Mode, and draws no power at all.
(read the guff in the META site. tells you everything)

Steve's 1500 has, just like his old 1200, has a modified car alarm. It's a right pain. If the bike is not rigged to a tender, it will drain the battery. Go on......ask us how we found THAT out!!!!

If you want an alarm, by all means get one if it means peace of mind. But do spend the extra and get a dedicated bike alarm. And get it fitted properly.

Just my €2 worth....:D
 

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Mine alarm sounds for 30 seconds as well. If one of the sensors alarms more than 5 times in a row it will automaticaly disable that part of the alarm. The alarm only arms when I turn it on, so no trouble at the gas station for me.
 

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I've been around GoldWings for a long long time. I have traveled all over the US and Canada. To this day I've never meet anyone who has first hand knowledge of a GoldWing being stolen.

I know of someone who had a bag that was bungied to the bike taken, but an alarm would not have helped that.

However, I have a device on my bike called a Hoodwinker. In short it's a flashing LED that turns off when the bike is on, and turns on when the bike is off. It makes everyone THINK I have an alarm. But I don't get any false alarms. Best of all they sell for about $15.00

Burt

The other day my wife asked me what I was going to do today, I told her "nothing." She said "didn't you do that yesterday?" I told her "Yes, but I wasn't finished yet!" Nice to be retired.
 

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I have found over the last 19 years of ownership of my Goldwing that letting everyone see a rather largish, dressed in black leather from head to toe, known to carry a gun most of the time, German heritage male step off a bike that sports club affiliated stickers tends to eliminate the need for an alarm on the bike. :cheeky1:
 

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Let us not forget that Don Berry had his stolen. :(
 

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Silverfox wrote:
Let us not forget that Don Berry had his stolen. :(
The author of Trask???
 

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I had read about the Zena Disc Locks, When just the other day I was in my local bike shop and noticed a display of these. The owner ask me if I wanted one and I said maybe someday. He then says just take one, there free, can you imagine that, something in the bike shop for free. Didn:t have to tell me twice..
 

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I had read about the Zena Disc Locks, When just the other day I was in my local bike shop and noticed a display of these. The owner ask me if I wanted one and I said maybe someday. He then says just take one, there free, can you imagine that, something in the bike shop for free. Didn:t have to tell me twice..
Wheres ours ?? you mean you went to a dealer and were offered something for nothing and you walked out empty handed and never thought of us ??

some friend you are :cheeky1:
 

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Once I got home and showed my son he said wheres mine. I plan on returning to the shop and offering a token gesture to see if I can get one for my son.If they will let the rest go go pennies on the dollar I:ll scoop them and let you guys know...
 

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With the 1800, put it in reverse before you turn the key off. It locks the back wheel. Use some common sense when you pick a spot to park it.
Don't forget to turn on the kill switch. Just adds additional frustration time for a thief.
 

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I am looking for the best and easiest install of an alarm system.
 

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I put on a G Force just to keep the nuisance people away and for peace of mind at hotels on trips. Took just a couple of hours to put it in.

http://www.angelridevideos.com/reviews/Alarm.html

The hardest part of the install because I have a trike was finding a place to mount everything because with the trike harnesses that are out of the way are moved to places that used to be open under the seat.
 

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in all the years I've only known of five GLs stolen. Two were done in front of a bar and I think they were mistaken for Harleys. The guys were caught but all the bikes had been parted out.
I have a converted car alarm on my Ducati because it has been molested a few time. The alarm I install has that warning feature, a voice that tells you to back away and an SD card you can use to add sounds. I added a gal screaming rapeish sounds and it has scared the crap out of people that have touched the bike. It will also call me and let me listen in to what is going on.
It was $700 retail, $325 off the web. Took about a half hour to setup after reading the directions
 
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