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 ???
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.
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
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.
Get whatever you think you need, but nothing replaces a good insurance policy.
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. ( $2500 )
I rather take my chances withsome kind of tracker or ????
Thanks for the input...ride safe !!!
Sorry VRide45, I wasn't making fun of your original question.......it's a good one. I just repeated what someone else said about a vstrom not ever being stolen and it made me laugh!! Kinda like the Fat Chick at the Prom.......hey, someone's BOUND to get drunk enough to ask her to dance during the night!!
I've had parts stolen off my bike back in college.........it's something that irritates the #$%^ 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.
When at home I lock it in my shed. When on the road I try to spot a nice Harley or Honda Goldwing and park next to one of them. I figure I am safer when a more expensive bike is next to me as most thieves will grab the nicer bike instead of mine. I also have a cable with a alarm built in (that I don't use most of the time to be honest). All of that and full coverage insurance with a low deductible.
Lock it as best you can with what you got to try to prevent it being stolen. I wouldn't want my bike back if stolen. And keep up your insurance premiums. GPS tracking devices are too expensive for the value they don't return to you, only one that makes out is the GPS device seller.
I dont lock the Vstrom up. But i am also very concious about riding it or not depending on how long I will be away from it at my destination. I have a trip coming up where I will need to leave it in an unfamiliar city alone that I am kind of stressing out about though. Not sure what I am going to do. I do cable lock the R6 up to something sturdy everytime though. I think I would be a fool not to.
Well..I ordered me a FIN GPS Tracker>> .... Find It Now USA - FindItNowUSA.com ..
I heard others talking highly of it so I got 1. It was under $500 and just got it installed last Saturday. So far..so good and very cool.
I know i could of added on to my Insurance for a little more to cover my added on accessories but it just wasnt something I was thinking of at the time.
This thing lets me know in seconds if my bike is moved so I feel better about getting it back if it is stolen. I will know BEFORE they get a chance to trash it. This thing also lets me know if my battery is going bad, has a back up battery and was so easy to install it took me about 10 minutes. Well worth the $$$$$$
My 600SRX was stolen ( went down to the Emergency room to laugh at the guy who stole it and broke his sholder totaling it - cops wouldn't let me in ); but I figure the 1K is too fat a pig for someone to push down to the woods to hotwire, so I don't even lock the forks at night!
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