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post #1 of 16 Old 08-22-2015, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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FOBO BIKE Tire Pressure Monitoring System

I don't know if any of you are familiar with FOBO BIKE. It is a Tire Pressure Monitoring System for motorcycles. I installed it on my 2011 V-Strom 650 ABS about a month ago. There are two metering/transmitting units. You screw them on the tire stems and monitor the tire pressure of each of your tires. They sync via Bluetooth with an app on your smart phone. You can use the app to check the pressure on your phone. It will also send you alerts via a text message or email if the pressure drops below predefined limits. It will also notify you when you are riding if you have a Bluetooth enabled helmet.

It has certainly made me more disciplined about keeping the right pressure in my tires.

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Yeah - I have a TPMS and its reassuring to see the pressure each ride.


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What kind of battery life do systems like that have? Realistically, not just what those companies advertise.
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I has tire monitoring on my 800ST BMW. Neat item. Nice to have the information at had but the occasional check with a tire gauge seems to be adequate for most of us.
When I got a chip seal shard in the rear tire, the bike let me know. I rode several miles to a good spot for a plug event.
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I have been running TPMS on my cars and bikes for about 7 years and I think they are the best thing to be invented since they discovered BEER.

For many the App would be OK but for me I prefer a stand alone system.

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Mine is only a month old but the battery still shows 100%. That is another nice feature of the Bluetooth interface to your smart phone, it tells you the battery strength of the sensors.

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What kind of battery life do systems like that have? Realistically, not just what those companies advertise.
The units go to sleep when not in use so the battery life is dependant on use, but they are very good.

I use the Tyredog system on my cars and get about 6 to 8 months from the 2xAAA batteries in the display unit and 12 to 18 months from the wheel sender unit batteries, the display can be plugged into 12v but I have found that unnecessary because of the good battery life.

On my bikes I use a cheap ebay copy that is branded TPMS, the sender batteries give about 12 months but it only has one AAA battery in the display unit and about 2 months is all it is good for.

I would highly recommend the Tyredog system but I would not purchase one of the cheap ebay units again, it can sometimes require a reset when it should never need one and will shutdown for no good reason.

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I am interested in the FOBO system. Hoping to hear more reviews.


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What sort of security does the Fobo stuff have ?

If it is only Bluetooth does that mean I could steel the senders from your wheels and use them with my phone or is there a security code that is required ?

With the Tyredog system the sender units are coded to only work with the one display unit so there is no point steeling the senders off another vehicle, (the bolt on security system is next to useless if you really want to steel the senders.) you can buy programmable senders if you happen to loose one of the Tyredog senders.

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I think the senders get paired to the phone software. Have to go through FOBO to migrate to a new phone. That's the impression I got. May be able to use generic TPMs software and pair though.


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