With all the different motorcycle trackers on the market, it can be difficult to find the right one for your needs.
To help you decide, we at MCN have come up with this list of motorcycle security tracking devices that will easily and securely fit to your bike.
Built to protect and track your bike in the unfortunate event of a theft, these durable, waterproof devices offer alerts and full location tracking and could even save you money on your motorcycle insurance.
Why consider a tracker for your motorcycle?
There's no trick answers here. Effective motorcycle trackers simply act as a means of finding your bike, should it be stolen.
At one end of the market are the cheap units from companies you've never heard of - we strongly advise avoiding these and spend your money on something else instead. A step up from these are self-monitored systems from reputable companies that you install yourself.
These units send you alerts if something is awry and you can track movements via updates sent to an app on your phone.
At the other end of the scale are the managed systems where a team monitor vehicles fitted with the company's trackers 24/7. These people will contact you immediately, should your bike be stolen, and they will then liase with authorities to find the bike.
These are Thatcham approved units and have stronger tracking signals that continue to work even if a bike is taken to an underground carpark or inside a shipping container, for example. Here are some of our favourite motorcycle trackers.
The best GPS trackers
Rewire Security DB2
This is one of Rewire Security's budget but effective GPS trackers. You hardwire this unit yourself and pay a £5 monthly subscription that gives you real-time location, speed, and route history, among other things via the GPSLive app. The DB2 also comes with a SIM that will automatically connect to the strongest available signal in 120 countries and is accurate to roughly two metres.
The Stealth S5 is an installed product with Europe-wide coverage – and professional installation at a location of your choice is included in the price tag. The system comes with rider ID tags that mean once you’ve stopped riding and walked away, the S5 throws up a geofence around your bike and monitors it 24/7. If it’s disturbed, or moves at all, you’ll get a message to your device. If it moves outside the geofence, you’ll be called to verify the bike’s status and tracking with police liaison will begin. There’s also clever emergency assist functionality, too. Subs cost £9.99 pm, £109.00 pa, £279 for three years or £599.00 for lifetime ownership.
MoniMoto Smart Motorcycle GPS Alarm
Trackers are increasingly useful items, not least because smartphone connectivity and global mobile data networks mean it's harder than ever to hide from Big Brother. And if you want pure simple useability, this MoniMoto unit is great.
Buy the unit and you’ll get two months of SIM coverage as part of the deal. Then you’re looking at a £2.70 per month SIM subscription thereafter. Setting it up is as easy as deploying the batteries and syncing it to your smartphone via the App, through which you can see unit status, battery life, connection and location of your bike when tracking.
Just keep the little key fob safe and sound and take it with you while you’re riding. If the unit senses that it’s on the move, but can’t contact the fob, then you’ll get a call on your connected device and live tracking will begin.
It’s a doddle to fit, set-up and use – and you get a reassuring notification each day that the system is running fine. For pure simplicity and relatively low cost, it’s a great option.You also get a key fob that communicates to the tracker – arming and disarming it if the fob is nearby.
If the tracker detects movement and while armed it sends an alert to the owner and updates the location via GPS. This is a subscription-based service and the internal battery of the tracker should last about a year.
A relatively new choice on the marketplace. Primarily an e-call system in the event of an accident, the tracking element of the device syncs to your mobile phone through an app. MCN's Dan Sutherland tested the first dguard system in the UK on his own Kawasaki ZX-6R.
This can then be configured to your preferences for such things as sensitivity. The theft warning device is activated once your ignition is switched off and is signified by six flashes of the external dguard button. As soon as your motorcycle has not been moved for at least 10 seconds, the monitoring is armed.
If your bike moves without the ignition switched on, the system will then relay a message to your phone with the bike's location. The frequency of text alerts depends on the sensitivity you have selected.
Autocom GPS Tracker
Don't fancy a hardwired tracker and a big annual service contract? This is worth a look, then. There are no annual subs, you just buy the unit, however, it does rely on an inserted SIM to allow it to communicate with you, so there are obviously still costs to swallow.
It can be powered from your bike, or operate standalone from its internal battery. It uses geofencing and reacts to any movement or shocks and will notify you if someone’s moving your bike. Then you can view its location on a PC or smart phone.
The dinky little waterproof/dustproof unit measures 89mmx50mmx16mm - so it’s easy to secrete somewhere sneaky, too.Movement and shock-sensor, precise location detection, Deep Sleep mode to save battery life whilst bike is stored, and viewable data via your PC or smartphone.
If you want a serious hardwired tracker, this is great place to start. Your authorised dealer will fit it in the most thief-beating covert location possible, and once it’s up and running you’ll have a 24/7 monitoring and tracking service looking after your bike.
Backed up with a 30-day internal power source, it’ll also text you if your bike battery is getting low on juice. Thatcham S7 rated, it’s a GPS/GSM/ RF tracker that’ll read inside buildings, underground, in vans or shipping containers.
The unit is £299 + install, then it’s £9.99pm or £99pa – and they now offer 0% finance to help you spread the cost more easily.Features include stealth installation and a self-maintaining battery, with all authorised BikeTrac dealers being trained to ensure that a unit is installed in the most covert location possible.