well does it work? If they just throw it into a van can
they get away with it going off? Do they know how to
So lets start with a basic
motorcycle alarm. This is going to
be a “Shock Alarm” an if its
something you picked up on eBay
from China it may or may note be
effective. Perhaps the “shock” part
of it is ineffectve. We have found
that the “shock” part of any alarm
is the weakest part of the alarm.
We say that because some
alarms you can touch the bike so very gently and it
goes off and others, you could sit on it and have to
bounce around on it before it goes off.
So the next part is the “Tilt
Alarm”. This is where if the
bike is on its kickstand and is
move into the upright
position, the alarm will go off.
this we gound quite
consistent and effective in
almost all alarms that have
“tilt”. It works well.
Now most alarms you look at
have these two components: “Shock & Tilt”. The
better alarms that we will discuss later have greater
sensitivity while the cheaper ones, but now all have
less “shock sensitivity” but good “tilt
Here’s what we don’t like. A thief
could carefully cut the chains to the
bike if they are just using basic
chains, so now there is nothing to
stop them from pulling a van up and
then 1,2,3 grabbing it and pushing it
into the van and yes the alarm will go
off, but its in the van with the doors
Best Solution: “Shock, Tilt, Perimeter
Alarm”, the most expensive alarm.
With this alarm, the perimeter component is beautiful.
Walk to within a few feet of the bike, the alarm goes
off. Again, a thief can’t even inspect the situation of
this potential steal, that loud alarm has the thief outta
there. The thief is also aware that
when the alarm goes off, most
systems send a signal to the
remote unit the motorcyclist carries
and lets them know the unit has
been triggered. Thieves know this.
Perimeter alarm components have
ups and down sides. The upside is
that the sensitivity is adjustable
from several feet to a foot or so
away. The downside is that we
hear from users is that sometimes the wind can set
them off, causing a hassle, an annoyance and a
possible dead battery.
We have heard people say
that alarms drain the battery.
In our testing, not so. Ok,
perhaps if you are not riding
your bike frequently, maybe
just weekly or every 2
weeks... the battery could
get its charge lowered. But if
you are riding every day or
every other day, no problem.
One thing to note. There is no one solution for bike
security. Great security will take all categories to
protect your motorcycle. While motorcycle alarms are
a fantastic deterrent, a would be thief
could still get the bike into a van dam
quick and close the doors with the
120db sound confined to inside the
van. So a chain lock would greatly
assist if parked indoors. On the
street, your alarm is likely on its own,
unless teathered to a post or
something. A disk lock will do nothing
when 3 guys pick the bike up and
throw it into a van.But a strong
shrieking siren alarm does deter
would be thieves... particularly when
they are only within a couple of feet.
One thing we did not mention was the paging aspect
of upscale alarms. Yes good idea, but if the pager is