Some helpful advice from Acumen
On average approximately 50,000 motorcycles are stolen each year. They're taken from outside homes, from large urban environments across the countries major cites and highly organised gangs are at the heart of thefts preying on innocent motorcyclists.
Experts of motorcycle security, Acumen advise on how to protect your bike:
Protection is like layers of an onion – the more the layers; the longer it takes. Look at it like this; leave your keys in your bike and every motorcyclist can steal it. Take the keys out and 10% won’t know what to do. Lock it – another 10 get stumped. Add a disc lock (or equivalent) and another 10% of riders will be stumped. Alarm it; immobilise it, mark it, track it….all these layers mean you are more likely to keep your bike.
Thatcham, the insurance industry’s test-house list a star rating for new bikes and also write the test procedure and perform the testing for the Category 1 and Category 2:1 Alarm Upgrade systems on the market today.
Your bike may have a factory fitted immobiliser but only Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki have Thatcham approvals. Yes, that’s right; Suzuki, Aprilia, BMW, Moto Guzzi, Ducati, Harley (plus others) systems are NOT insurance approved. A quick trip to www.thatcham.org will show you how secure your bike is – a star rating 1- 5 (5 being the best) and the approved systems (OE and Aftermarket ) that are available.
Acumen’s Tempest CAT1 and Hurricane CAT21 are both Thatcham approved and will give you an insurance discount in most cases.
This is a new angle on theft protection. There are three types of trackers available at the moment – those that rely on the Police; those that work by GPRS and those that work by text message. All have their upsides and downsides.
AcuTrac feel that GPRS systems (GPRS is how the system ‘talks’ to the networks; nothing to do with it’s positioning) have three fundamental flaws when used for theft tracking;
The Acutrac guys have developed a text-message tracker which is the most cost-effective tracking there is. No annual fee. You pay for it when you use it. So, fitted price at £325 and after the initial burst of using it – you probably won’t use it again afterwards unless the bike is missing – total cost over 3 years is around £375. Access to your own individual web site so you can track yourself if need be – for that fun-factor, or follow yourself on that special touring holiday. Or keep an eye on someone who’s just passed their test and is out on their own for the first time. And AcuTrac is transferrable from bike to bike – some Trackers are not transferable which means even more expense.
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