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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

disarm quickly?

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