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post #1 of 19 Old 04-25-2012, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Hey..new to the forum but was looking to see if anyone had experience with GPS Tracking Devices that i can install on my bike ????
I have looked on line but hard to tell which one works and which one claims to work. LoJack is a waste.....anybody using 1 ???
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post #2 of 19 Old 04-25-2012, 12:28 PM
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As someone has said before........."Someone steal a Vstrom"???.......

(I couldn't resist.........it's a good question.....sorry to interrupt...:mrgreen

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I see you're in FL. If you're in South FL like me, you want to concentrate on not getting the bike stolen, versus getting it back after it's stolen. The reason is the "pros" here will have your bike in parts before you realize it's gone.

When I lived in a condo, I'd see a new bike arrive in the parking lot every few weeks. They'd last about 3-4 weeks, then they were gone. One guy had GPS, the crooks removed it in the van and threw it on the side of the road leading out of the condo.

If you don't have a garage, rent a storage unit. If you have to leave the bike out overnight, chain or cable it to a tree or pole. It won't stop them, but it might redirect their attention to an easier target. One guy parked his car up close against his bike...that worked for months, until one rainy night when he and his wife took the car to dinner and left the bike out.

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People will steal anything mark444....LOL...it can be a 50cc scooter..anything thats not bolted down or protected someway will surely disappear.
Thats why I am looking for something that I can use to track and locate my bike. If its installed correctly ( out of site ) and it doesn't have "GPS TRACKER" or company name or identifiable markings, I just cant see a thief ripping everything apart "wandering" if anything is on it. Its not like I would have a warning sign saying "Protected by GPS Tracker"
That is what i find funny after looking at some on line. They have their names on the unit and tell people they are a tracking device...duh..how stupid is that. I know they sell lots of these so they must work. I have also seen news clippings where theft rings have been busted using them. Insurance, locks n chains..comnments about having a dog or gun..thats surely all BS....insurance has deductables, most of the time does not pay for add ons and you have to wait for your money. Dogs or guns dont do jack unless you have a gun pointed at your bike 24/7 or a dog attached to the bike everywhere you go......neither is possible. I know nothing is 100% but I want to do what I can to help prevent it instead of waiting til its too late and wish I would have done something

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Had a Lojac on my DRZ when it was stolen. Wouldn't have gotten it back without it. You wouldn't believe how much damage can be done in such a short time. Bike went from pristine to trash in just a couple of hours. Totaled due to cosmetics either removed or altered to disguise the bike, and wiring cut and altered to make it run without a key. They also found the Lojac and disabled it, but the cops already had a fix on their location. Bike was gone by the time the law arrived, but a person on the premises spilled the beans after a weekend in jail. A few days later the thief was caught on my bike.
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Glad to hear they at least got the scumbag but you are very lucky with that.
My bike got stolen a few years back and had LoJack on it....never got it back so I researched LoJack and read thru my Owners manual. LoJack has very very limited coverage and the county I lived in was surrounded by other counties that had no lojack coverage in it. I was pretty much screwed.
If you are in Texas there are only about a 5% coverage area that LoJack CLAIMS to even have coverage in and those are a few Counties around Dallas, Houston and Austin..THATS IT !
So..in your case the dumbass thief must have not gone very far. What happens when you travel or go out of those areas?? You are simply given a false sense of security as it is almost worthless unless you live around a major city and your bike gets stolen and stays in that area. It also took be almost 90 days to get money from my Insurance Company and they didnt pay for the new exhaust, tires & wheels and other accessories I purchased 30 days before mine was stolen. ( $2500 )
I rather take my chances withsome kind of tracker or ????
Thanks for the input...ride safe !!!
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As someone has said before........."Someone steal a Vstrom"???.......

(I couldn't resist.........it's a good question.....sorry to interrupt...:mrgreen
Unanimously far to ugly to steal...... but carry on..

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Sorry VRide45, I wasn't making fun of your original question.......it's a good one. I just repeated what someone else said about a vstrom not ever being stolen and it made me laugh!! Kinda like the Fat Chick at the Prom.......hey, someone's BOUND to get drunk enough to ask her to dance during the night!!
I've had parts stolen off my bike back in college.........it's something that irritates the #$%^ out of me, to the point of doing something illegal to get back at them. Unless your bike is being watched (by the would-be theives), I think a full size bike cover helps somewhat?? Rant over, back to the original topic: locating devices.

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