The Latest in Motorcycle Alarms (cont.)

It goes without saying that the most important feature of a motorcycle alarm is a very loud siren. Most alarms on the market today are a loud 120-130 decibel; the louder the better. Other common features to look for in today’s motorcycle alarms are:

Shock Sensor – The most common and probably the most important feature; the shock sensor activates the alarm when the motorcycle is disturbed. Most alarms provide an adjustable sensitivity level.

Other items to consider when purchasing an alarm are:  Does the alarm come with multiple remotes in case you lose a remote?  Is the siren and main electronics waterproof?  And, How easy is it to install? Many of today’s alarms come as a self-contained unit that should be fairly straightforward to install under the seat or other concealed area and should be waterproof.

Is a Motorcycle Alarm right for your Motorcycle? Today’s alarms work on all makes and models of motorcycles. Most motorcycles are not alarmed, and thieves know that. A good alarm can protect your investment. With many alarms under $100, can you afford not to?

Other Security Recommendations:

Don’t advertise your bike – Park it in a garage or out of plain view. In some cases, plain view may be best. When we travel at Motorcycle Gadgets, we always ask the hotel if we can park our bikes at the entrance under the carport so that the hotel security can watch our bikes.

Reinforce your garage - Don't confuse a garage-door opener with a lock. A lot of motorcycles are stolen right out of the garage. Consider arming your garage as you would your house with a Zone Alarm.


Cover your bike – A motorcycle cover is a deterrent and keeps people from squatting on your bike. A cover alarm provides added security and alerts you when someone removes the cover.

Carry Insurance – When all else fails, insurance can replace the wheels (but not the memories). If the cost is too high to add theft to your insurance policy, consider adding the coverage just for long trips.

Xena Zone Alarm

Grenade Cover Alarm

Tilt Sensor – Used in conjunction with or in place of the shock sensor, the tilt sensor activates the alarm when bike is stood upright from its side stand.

Power Sensor- This features activates the alarm when there is a drop in the motorcycle power, which would be common when the electrical system is being tampered with in order to disable the alarm.

Ignition Cutoff – This feature cuts power to the ignition preventing the motorcycle from being started. Special wiring is typically required to identify the ignition wires for installation.

Paging – When out of range to hear the alarm, the paging feature wirelessly alerts you that your alarm has been activated. Typical range is up to 1/2 mile.

GPS – Alarms with the GPS feature give you a chance to track and potentially recover your motorcycle after it is gone. This feature is typically more expensive and sometimes requires a subscription to a recovery service.