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Just found this article via Facebook Bennetts link

I'm glad I've got a bike tracker on my bike now

To brighten up your hopes of becoming reunited with your beloved bike if it disappears without you knowing about it, then read on.

Earlier this week, less than 48 hours after it was stolen from an address in South London, a Ducati 899 Panigale was tracked down and recovered…over 1,000 miles away in Lithuania.



Fortunately the bike had been fitted with Bike Trac and along with help from Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) the security device did what it was supposed to do by initially raising the alarm and then keeping tabs on the bike as it crossed Europe.

The £12,500 bike, which was only launched at the end of 2013, was detected as being stolen but had already crossed the English Channel before UK Police had the chance of intercepting. Six countries later and the bike came to a rest in Lithuania but only after Interpol’s efforts to stop the tricky thieves on the Polish border had been thwarted when they chose a less obvious route.

The 899 had arrived in Eastern Europe within 24 hours of being stolen and although those chasing weren’t aware of what kind of vehicle was carrying it, the signal remained strong enough for the authorities to continue the chase and make the swoop.

Bike Trac describe it as their longest ever live track and the company’s Bill Taylor said, "By Wednesday morning we were able to establish a solid fixed signal so we were confident that the Ducati had reached the thief's chosen final destination. With the help of Interpol, local Lithuanian authorities swooped in and within an hour we had confirmation of the bike's safe recovery."

The bike and the suspects are now in the hands of the Lithuanian police.
 

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Hmmmm I saw this on FB tonight. I was thinking more about getting a datatool alarm installed rather than a tracker. This has got me thinking!! I pick mine up on Saturday :)
Forget the alarm and go for the tracker, alarms cause more problems than they are worth, my mates 996 came back from IOM on a recovery truck due to alarm, cost him a fortune to have it removed, and who pays any attention to them when sounding? Alarm won't recover your bike if stolen, the tracker should do - the proof is in the reading. A post on the FB site of Ducati Manchester a few weeks back mentioned one stolen from someones garage in the Manchester area, had bike track fitted, within a couple of hours bike recovered undamaged and thieving t&*t who took it locked up. Enjoy it when you get it.
 

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Well, the bike track works, just had a text of movement alert, it's in for service and they must of forgot to deactivate it while moving it, text came through at same minute as the activation alert and within a minute they also called me - top service. At least I know it works.


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That's excellent service. Better than some top car trackers
 

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Well, the bike track works, just had a text of movement alert, it's in for service and they must of forgot to deactivate it while moving it, text came through at same minute as the activation alert and within a minute they also called me - top service. At least I know it works.


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Total agree with you , awesome service , mine even tells me if the battery is running low by text.
 

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Two new questions, not sure if anyone can help with these...

Question 1
In the UK there seems to be 2 motorcycle tracking systems:
1. Datatool's TrakKing (that can show you where you have been, and how fast) - https://trakking.net/
2. Road Angel's Bike Trac (that seems to be getting all the good PR at the moment) - http://www.biketrac.co.uk/

Q: I was wondering which to opt for and why?

Question 2
Should I also bother with the Ducati alarm system, there seems to be a fair amount of noise about bad experiences - would that affect insurance premiums?

Actually that's more like four questions :)


Any advice would be really useful right now as my 899 has arrived and I have to decide on the 'extras' now!

Thanks gents.
 

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I went for the bike trac + alarm but a lot of people just go for the bike trac. The alarm drains battery where as the bike trac doesn't as much. But bike theft is high in my area & I wanted a key fob just because I'm sad like that so went for both. I've only heard positive feed back about the road angel tracker + it seems to be the one that ducati seem to promote. Not sure about the other one
 

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Is BikeTrac an EU and US thing? I wonder if there is anything like that in Oz.
Just sent an email to Australian Road Rider Magazine, asking if they could do a review of systems available in Australia.

In the mean time I'm going to give this crowd a call and make some enquiries

Find & Follow

Seems their Mini Tracker is designed for Motorcycles

Find and Follow - http://www.findandfollow.com.au
 
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