Is your bike secure? Motorcycle Alarm and GPS Tracker for added peace of mind.

Is your bike secure? Motorcycle Alarm and GPS Tracker for added peace of mind.


Hello guys MotoHolic here and welcome
to my channel today we’re going to continue talking about motorbike
security system, last time we talked about disc brake lock which is a passive
security system, link will be somewhere up here. Today we are going to talk about
active security system like an alarm and a GPS tracker, so stay tuned to find out
cons and pros of active security systems. So before we get into Cons and
Pros of alarm and GPS tracker I would like to tell you guys that the more
security systems you have installed on your bike
the less chances or the lesser target your bike becomes for potential
motorbike thieves. Because if the trouble is not worth the reward
then the thieves are just going to move on and steal somebody else’s bike
instead of yours. So that’s why it’s a good idea to invest into some motorcycle
security system. So I have this alarm system installed on my bike… and it gets
installed in your bike and you get a little key ring like this, that pretty
much controls the alarm. So what you could do is – you could arm your bike with
the press of the button, you could disarm it. You could start your engine, this alarm system
has a remote start option we’ll talk about that a little bit later. And it has
an alarm test button that you press and the bike just starts making noise.
With my experience over the period of two years, maybe close to three
years, I’ve had this system installed, I had no issues, the only one issue I had
is that the siren of the alarm, the speaker that actually makes noise,
that just got busted and stopped working for some reason, maybe it got wet or
whatever it is and I had to replace it. But it’s not such a big expense and it
wasn’t a big issue to do it. Now for a GPS tracker I have actually got two trackers with me, I haven’t installed them in my bike yet, but here is one of
them. It’s just a little black box that you connect to your motorbike. You
put a pre-activated SIM card in it and once it’s all configured then you would
pretty much activate the deactivate it, check the location of your vehicle and
a bunch of other things by just sending a text to that number. Also you
could enable online tracking, for that you’ll need to have data enabled on
your SIM and then it will just sync to the server and you can watch live tracking
of your vehicle. So there are a few types of active alarm systems for your motorbike.
First is just plain and simple alarm for your bike that when somebody
tries to move your bike or touches it it will go off. You can arm it and disarm it
with your remote, this is what I have. Then there is a 2-way alarm, it’s pretty
much what it does when the alarm goes off it sends the signal back to your key
chain and it will vibrate or send you a message or something like that, we’ll get
more into details of this later on. And then there is an alarm with
immobilizer, it’s pretty much like a more advanced alarm system. If your bike
has an immobilizer it will turn that on and then the thieves won’t be able to
start your bike without some serious wire figuring and messing around. Or you
could go with a GPS tracker also. That’s another option but that is
not exactly an alarm, it will send you a
message to your registered phone number when your bike gets moved, but it’s not
going to make noise and scream, it doesn’t have a siren or anything.
You could also go with the combination of any of the above, you
could get an alarm with the GPS tracker, or like a two-way alarm with GPS tracker,
I will get more into details of this alarm system as we go on. Just to be
clear, guys this whole video I’m not trying to promote any alarm system or
anything, this is just my own personal experience of what I have with
motorcycle alarms and motorcycle security.
Let’s get to the Cons of an
alarm system installation. Number one is that it is quite an intrusive
installation, you’ll have to cut some wires you have to splice some wires
connect and do quite a bit of tinkering on your
wiring system of your motorbike. Number two is that alarm system is
actually not as effective as you think, it is effective as long as you
can hear the siren then you can run out to your driveway and see who’s messing
with your bike. Or if you’re sitting in a cafe and suddenly your bike alarm goes
off you can go and see. But if you can’t hear it – it’s only going to
alert people around it, and depending on the type of neighborhood you live in –
some people don’t care and they just walk by a bike that is sitting
there with alarm going off and somebody fiddling with it.
Some people might pay attention and call the cops, it really depends on the
country and the neighborhood that you are in. I mean, I’ve seen a video of a guy,
he did a test of disc brake lock with an alarm on it and it was his own bike so
he locked it and then he pretty much loaded the bike onto like a skateboard
and rolled the bike with alarm blaring through the whole central street of the
city and nobody paid any attention to him nobody stopped him nobody even asked
him hey what’s going on “are you stealing this bike or what?” Siren on your alarm it’s a bit overrated, don’t put too much trust onto it, because sometimes people
just they don’t care. OK, Con number three, apparently it is not that
complicated to bypass the alarm system I have not done this myself personally I
have not tried it and I don’t recommend you guys doing that either.
But if the installation of the alarm is quite simple, and if the alarm is not
super sensitive – with some know how you could get into the bike wiring system
and disable the alarm before he goes off. Con number four – is that in some cases
because of the intrusiveness of the installation of the alarm – it actually
might void your warranty on your bike now I know some people don’t care about
this and some people do care about it. But pay attention to these things and it
really depends on your dealer, depends on the manufacturer of your motorbike and
things like this. I know that for example Indian manufacturers specifically say that installation of a third party alarm system on the
motorbike will void the warranty. Good luck trying to explain to the people at
the service center that because you installed the alarm now you have an
issue with your timing chain and that these two things are not related. They
will just say “sorry you installed the alarm – it voids the warranty so we’re not
going to do any work, any warranty work on your bike because of that.” Sometimes
they’re just douches like that… Con number five – and I almost forgot about that one, guys remember that alarm and the GPS
tracker – they’re both battery hungry so that means if you have it activated on
your bike and your bike is not running and your battery is not charging – it will
slowly slowly drain your battery. I mean motorbikes have smaller batteries
than cars so this is really an issue for us motorcycle riders, so pay close
attention to it. If you have an option choose an alarm or a GPS tracker that has less power consumption. The GPS tracker for example
that I have – it has a sleep mode, so basically if there is no activity – it goes into like a hibernation, sleep mode, and it barely consumes any
electricity. This is something serious that you guys should look into and
search before installing the alarms Alright enough of the cons of the alarm
system, now let’s go to the Pros! Pro number one is you could start your bike, you could actually operate your bike without having to insert the key into
the lock. Again it depends on the alarm system and the installation and how you
do it, with my existing alarm I’ve had it wired in such a way that with the remote
start I could start the motorbike and I don’t need to put the key into the
ignition. I could have the key in my pocket and ride with it and not worry
that I lose the key or I forget in a bike or anything. It’s just another
convenience… It also might be cool thing, you know you’re walking down the street
and then you see your bike parked over there and before you even make
it up to there, with the remote start you could start your bike and everybody is
like: “Wow this bike! This guy’s bike started without him even being there!”
Yeah I have to admit, guilty I’ve done this a few times myself
whatever… OK, Pro number two – the siren of the alarm is actually quite loud, so
if you are in a quiet neighborhood, in a residential neighborhood, if the alarm
goes off it will go sirens blaring and everyone will probably wake up
and you know people will hear it. So I don’t know it could be a con it
could be a pro… For alarm it is a pro because it is loud and
everybody hears it. A little bit of a con on the side is you know, if kids
come and start messing around with your bike somebody just touches it or slaps it and
it goes off it’s kind of like a fake alarm and it is quite annoying. I’ve had
this thing with my bike that kids figured out that I have an alarm so
they would just run up to my bike, slap it and then it would start blaring and
they would laugh and run off, so yeah it is annoying in that sense Pro number three is
that alarm is another deterrent for the thieves, yes if they know that your bike has
an alarm they’d rather target another bike that doesn’t have an alarm system
installed, because it makes it easier for them. As I said earlier in the beginning
they go for an easy target not something that is complicated, so if your
bike is not worth disarming the alarm and having a chance of getting caught in
the process – then they’ll just move on to another bike. Pro number four of the
alarm system that actually it might save you on the insurance. It depends on
what country you live in it depends on your insurance company and everything.
But it is something to consider that you might save some money on insurance
premiums just because you have an alarm system installed. Check with your
insurance company and find out all these details, see if it’s worth it for you or
not. If the price of the alarm is higher than the amount of money you save on the
insurance, how much higher and all these things. This you could easily Google
up and find out and contact your insurance company and get all the
details. Pro number five is only applicable if you have your alarm coupled with your GPS tracker, so if you’re out of earshot
range and you cannot hear the alarm going off, then your GPS tracker can send
you a notification message via SMS or via Net that somebody has moved your bike and your bike is on the move. Again this
pro only applies if you have an alarm with a GPS tracker or if you have
managed to install the two together so the GPS sends your message when alarm goes off Pro number six is that it is quite convenient if you always park your
bike in large parking lot with lots of motorbikes or in a crowded place,
it is quite easy for you to find your bike when you have your alarm. What you
do is you just press the activate alarm or deactivate alarm button on your
remote, your indicators will blink or will make the sound and
then you can easily find it and locate in a crowded area. How would I go about
installing an alarm system? With a GPS tracker, without GPS tracker, what would I do, how would I install it? So number one I would take just a simple alarm without
any immobilizer two-way and any of this because as I mentioned earlier the
two-way system is not really reliable it only works at the range of
the remote and the range of the remote is generally like 100 meters or 200
meters at the most. So if you are way out of earshot of your alarm, or your bike then the two-way system is really not going to inform you that
somebody moved your bike and you’ll be just thinking that it is fine. It will give you this false sense of security that nothing is happening. So I will go for a simple
plain alarm system that will just activate upon somebody touching the bike
or moving the bike, most of them will have a feature that has a remote start,
connected to your indicators that they flash when the alarm goes on and off and
stuff like that. I would avoid doing all this because as I said earlier I want to
minimize the wire cutting and intrusion on the electrical system of my bike. I have friends that had issues with this kind of things. They have
installed exactly same model of the alarm as I have and exactly the same
model motorbike that I have but for some reason his alarm would just randomly
sometimes go off and go on it would cut off his bike and do all this kind of
crazy stuff. So I would personally like to minimize the amount of intrusion, so I
would just take the alarm, connect the positive and the
negative to the power and that’s about it and I would obviously connect the
siren to it and that’s it. I’ll just have it for the alarm. I will not
use the remote start option, the immobilizer option, two-way option, none
of this stuff it is quite pointless for me.
Now as for a GPS tracker I would not go for online tracking because it really is not
necessary it’s a waste of data, it’s a waste of money for me, I would just take
a normal message alert system that will be set it in such a way that when somebody
moves your motorbike then it will send me a text message. Actually that feature
does not rely on GPS signal or anything so even if your bike is parked in
downstairs basement or something and there is no GPS signal – as soon as
somebody moves your bike – it has a Geo sensor or whatever like a sensor in it,
that triggers it and says “hey somebody moved the bike, let’s send the
text” and I will get a text. I have done dummy tests with my existing GPS system
about that and it works perfectly fine it doesn’t even need a GPS signal for
that kind of thing so it just sends me a text saying “hey somebody moved your bike”
The downside of that is if you want to go ride your bike you have to send a
message to your GPS tracker and say “hey deactivate the motion alarm” otherwise
it will just keep sending texts for you. So as I said, I will have these two active
alarm systems, plain and simple just the siren and a GPS tracker, and I
would not put them in the same place. I would not connect them to the same wires or anything just for this security reason, in case the thieves find out that
I have an alarm I will start blaring they will go and disconnect the alarm
and they will think “wow everything is safe now we can roll off your bike and
stuff” but I will still be able to track them via my GPS tracker. Now another
thing is it is a good option to get a GPS tracker which has a backup battery
in it I’ll tell you why. If the thieves take your bike and start taking it apart
they will disconnect everything from the batteries first thing first, right? But if
your GPS tracker has a built-in battery you still be able to
track them based on that battery. I have to tell you it’s not going to last
forever but it will give you some time to get the location of these guys and
whatnot. Well guys I really hope that none of this actually happens to your
vehicle, that you don’t have to rely on your alarm all the time and that God
forbid that you have to use the GPS tracker to find the culprits and chase
them down and knock on their garage door and stuff, but it is always good
to have these measures and to be prepared for any of these kind of things. That’s all for today thank you for watching you can also follow me on
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