I read an article the other day that more motorcycles are stolen each year than are bought brand new, it takes on average 20 seconds to steal a bike worth £10,000, 80% are stolen from outside the owners home and of the estimated 20,000 bikes stolen every year 12,000 are never seen again, broken up for parts I guess, or shipped out overseas if it was a Ducati Panigale or such like..
So some while ago I was looking at additional security as we all do from time to time, weighing up the pro’s and cons of alarm systems, mostly cons it has to be said, doesn’t seem to matter what alarm system you have they all seem to cause hassle at some point…even if its just with French radio masts ! came across the Oxford tracker, put a post up a while ago, see here, looked good but I wanted something a little more professional, not knocking the Oxford product at all..I certainly decided a tracker was for me…further looking led me to Biketrac, a far more complete system…the unit itself is small enough to be hidden on most bikes but once wired in tidily you wouldn’t even know it wasn’t part of the bikes components, very clever, you do have to be a little careful with the positioning as you don’t want too much metal on top of the unit as this can stop the GPS signal, although from a recovery point of view this isn’t too much of a problem as the unit uses GPS, GPRS, GSM and RF signals but as the GPS signal is used on the tracking maps, that can be accessed through their secure web page, some drop out does occur if travelling under a heavy tree canopy for example…frustrated me for a while until I had a chat with the guys, once explained it all made sense..
You can see a few places where the signal was lost…
The unit self arms, you can set a geofence around it or temporally disable if, for travelling on a ferry for example but as soon as you turn the ignition on it auto arms again…the unit has a 30 day back up battery, this can also be remotely charged so it can be used on things without a power supply like dirt bikes or any plant and equipment.
Other features include, battery voltage monitor, also a biker down feature, if the bike does over more than 80 degrees with the ignition on it will send a text to your nominated person saying there may be an issue, you can turn this feature off though…
A couple of occasions I have moved the bike, or had work done on it and forgot to disable it, the alerts come through in minutes by email and text along with a phone call to see if every was OK
The cost of the unit to buy is £299 you will need the optional wiring harness if your going to hard wire it to the bike. the monthly subscriptions start from £99 a year but if you have 3 years subscription its £229.99, so a decent saving to be had, Biketrac is Thatcham catagory 6&7 accredited so should save you a few quid on your insurance but as its only 3 wires to connect if you want to install yourself its no problem.
Motorcycle News did a test back last year, view it here….personally I think its a good bit of kit,ignoring the initial purchase price the running costs are under £100 a year, less than a pint of beer a week 🙂
Contact info for Biketrac
Phone 01327 855586