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Hi everyone.

I’ll be getting my new, 2010 model V-Strom DL650 tomorrow, and like every concerned owner, I would like to protect it from potential thieves.

So I need an alarm system that should have the following abilities.

Very loud siren
Shock and tilt sensor
SMS notifications through GSM network
Included wire plugs for easy installation for my bike & instructions

Thanks for all your help
 

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Since alarms on cars have little or no effect on the rate at which they are stolen, why would anyone think anything different about them with respect to the rate at which bikes are stolen?

Out of sight, out of mind. Park it in safe places, away from prying eyes, with a cover on it.
 

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Ummm, that's the one great thing about the Strom being so damn ugly, thieves don't want em! :green_lol:
 

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I understand what you are saying, but still I would like to have an alarm on the bike. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks
 

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I hear where you are coming from. When I bought my first bike I was concerned and about it so I bought a lojack and it had an alarm/security system on it. But IMHO it was a waste of money and more annoying than helpful. Always having to keep the keys near it to move it around the garage and having them call me when my roommates moved it. So a lesson I learned is just use basic precautions and not worry about an alarm on my motorcycle. If someone really wants it they will get it. I don't even personally think it added that much piece of mind either. I still worried about my bike with the alarms and lojack.

So I guess ultimately it's your money and your decision, but I will never have it again.

That's my .02


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Gorilla Alarm

have had on one my GS for 10 years. Works great - has gone off several times over the years in the states and Mexico. But I put a bike cover on it every time I park it and am away from it for a bit doing tourist stuff or whatever.
 

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You can get a disc lock that has an alarm built in, goes on any bike.

Or my preference, 12G shotgun loaded with SG's or BB's. :fineprint:
 

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I have my external lights on movement sensors but no alarms in the garage or house. A chain thru the wheels will not slow them down. If you put it thru a floor mount bolt it will take them another 10 seconds.

However... ... I have dogs.
Not guard dogs but a Jack Russell and a bitsa. They have great ears.
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I have one of those disk lock alarms. Spends most of it's life in my tank bag. The only time I use it is if I am putting the bike up at a hotel overnight. I can hear if someone if messing with my bike that way. The bike cover is probably that I use is probably just as good of a theft avoidance device in any event. The biggest way to prevent your bike being stolen is to avoid making it attractive to thieves. I know that last year when I was on a trip, my anti-theft method was parking my old Honda between a new Gold Wing and a chromed out Harley. No one gave my bike a second look...
 

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In the history of the world has a V-Strom ever been stolen?
I know of only one that was stolen and another that had the ignition switch destroyed in an attempt. You're more likely to win the lottery that have the bike stolen.
 

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When I changed insurance companies because mine wouldn't insure wifey (new rider), the new company insisted I have an alarm on the bike. They said a disk-lock with an alarm was ok, so I bought this:

Xena XX14 Disc Lock Alarm - webBikeWorld

It's better than an alarm because it won't drain the battery, and unlike an alarm, it actually prevents people from rolling the bike away.

That being said, someone who wants to steal your bike will be able to; the good news is that very few people want to steal stroms.

Edit: put some tape on top of the battery contacts to practice intalling it, because that thing will go off about a dozen times when you install the battery and cause your wife to run out of the bedroom naked, grab the cat and make a bee line for the emergency exit. That, and you'll go deaf. Oh yeah, wifey was not impressed with my 2am battery installation. The manual should have a large warning that explains that the alarm will go off if you take your time installing it.
 

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I know of only one that was stolen and another that had the ignition switch destroyed in an attempt. You're more likely to win the lottery that have the bike stolen.
Especially a Vstrom stolen.....save the $$ and buy something to improve the bike while you're actually on it!
 

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I let a CMA guy bless my bike once

I asked him to include theft, crash and speeding ticket coverage.

So far it's worked for two out of the three.

I had once contemplated a centerstand lock, but it was a ncie day and I went for a ride instead.
 

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When I changed insurance companies because mine wouldn't insure wifey (new rider), the new company insisted I have an alarm on the bike. They said a disk-lock with an alarm was ok, so I bought this:

Xena XX14 Disc Lock Alarm - webBikeWorld

It's better than an alarm because it won't drain the battery, and unlike an alarm, it actually prevents people from rolling the bike away.

That being said, someone who wants to steal your bike will be able to; the good news is that very few people want to steal stroms.

Edit: put some tape on top of the battery contacts to practice intalling it, because that thing will go off about a dozen times when you install the battery and cause your wife to run out of the bedroom naked, grab the cat and make a bee line for the emergency exit. That, and you'll go deaf. Oh yeah, wifey was not impressed with my 2am battery installation. The manual should have a large warning that explains that the alarm will go off if you take your time installing it.
Yep, that is the one I have. And your caution about setting it up. Very true, although I put the battery in mine at 2PM instead of 2AM. I had a friend who warned me about that. No upset wife, no cold dinner, no sleeping on the couch. Life is good.

Although I did forget to put my ear plugs in before I put the battery in. WHAT was that you said? I can't hear you...
 
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