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I'd love to know what alarm people have on their 899. My insurance company requires an alarm that has 3 of the following 5 features: immobilizer (which I assume I don't have to worry about since I believe the bike comes with that with the key), battery back-up, audio alarm, motion detector, GPS. So really, I want an loud audio alarm with an motion detector. I was thinking of putting a Gorilla alarm or Scorpion or Ducati alarm (which I assume would be the most expensive option). In part, I need to know what alarm will fit on the bike and will not interfere with the bike's warranty.
 

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I didn't fit an alarm, but did get a bike-trac fitted. That way if it gets stolen I'll hopefully find it and the thieving gits that took it.


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Same here, Bike-track tracker fitted rather than an alarm. My experience with alarms is they can cause more problems than they're worth, also, how many times do you hear an alarm going off and how many people pay any attention? My mate's 996 was brought home from the Isle of Man 2 years ago on the back of a recovery truck due to the alarm failing, and it cost him quite a bit to have the alarm removed so he could use the bike again. the 899 has an immobiliser as standard, and with a tracker you've got a better chance of getting the bike back if stolen. From the Facebook page of Ducati Manchester last week - An 899 was recently stolen from the owners home in Warrington a week or so back, he had it back undamaged within a couple of hours and the thieving toe rags that took it were behind bars, personally I'd of cut their nuts off! Check with the insurance co, they may accept a tracker instead of an alarm and you may get a reduced premium.
 

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+1 on the GPS tracking solution. I have a Scorpio alarm on my other bike that I haven't used in years because it was just too much hassle. I'd rather know where the bike is if it isn't in my possession versus just getting an alert that it's being tampered with (assuming I'm even in range).

Can anyone recommend a good GPS-based solution for the US? (I see that Bike-trac is UK-based).
 

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Same here, Bike-track tracker fitted rather than an alarm. My experience with alarms is they can cause more problems than they're worth, also, how many times do you hear an alarm going off and how many people pay any attention? My mate's 996 was brought home from the Isle of Man 2 years ago on the back of a recovery truck due to the alarm failing, and it cost him quite a bit to have the alarm removed so he could use the bike again. the 899 has an immobiliser as standard, and with a tracker you've got a better chance of getting the bike back if stolen. From the Facebook page of Ducati Manchester last week - An 899 was recently stolen from the owners home in Warrington a week or so back, he had it back undamaged within a couple of hours and the thieving toe rags that took it were behind bars, personally I'd of cut their nuts off! Check with the insurance co, they may accept a tracker instead of an alarm and you may get a reduced premium.

You sound like my ducati dealer. That is almost word for word what he told me when it was trying to decide on security.

The other pluses with a bike-trac is you'll get a text if your battery gets low. If your lean angle goes over to far (ie you drop your bike) it will contact help and give them you gps position. Nice bit of security when you are out for a solo blast :)


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You sound like my ducati dealer. That is almost word for word what he told me when it was trying to decide on security.

The other pluses with a bike-trac is you'll get a text if your battery gets low. If your lean angle goes over to far (ie you drop your bike) it will contact help and give them you gps position. Nice bit of security when you are out for a solo blast :)


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Yep, I like the bike track, can look at the routes you ride after you've done them too, with that function I made sure the speed logging function is disabled!

They quite switched on to, I had a call after moving it out of the garage without the key in it saying an unauthorised movement had been detected! My wife also had a "bike down" text as I was washing it one day, haven't a clue how that happened!!

May have to let em know when bike will be on the ferry over to The Netherlands when we go to the WSBK at Assen, as it will detect bike moving when on the boat!
 

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Yep, I like the bike track, can look at the routes you ride after you've done them too, with that function I made sure the speed logging function is disabled!

They quite switched on to, I had a call after moving it out of the garage without the key in it saying an unauthorised movement had been detected! My wife also had a "bike down" text as I was washing it one day, haven't a clue how that happened!!

May have to let em know when bike will be on the ferry over to The Netherlands when we go to the WSBK at Assen, as it will detect bike moving when on the boat!
Never knew you could turn off the speed function, but now I do it's getting turned off... Haha!

Mine is In the dealer in glasgow with an oil leak. Every couple of days I get call because someones moved it without turning on the ignition. A little annoying, but thats more the dealer than Bike-trac. Good piece of mind!

I'm taking the same trip at the end of June for the Moto GP. Will definitely get it turned off for the ferry.
 

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Never knew you could turn off the speed function, but now I do it's getting turned off... Haha!

Mine is In the dealer in glasgow with an oil leak. Every couple of days I get call because someones moved it without turning on the ignition. A little annoying, but thats more the dealer than Bike-trac. Good piece of mind!

I'm taking the same trip at the end of June for the Moto GP. Will definitely get it turned off for the ferry.
Think I'll contact them before I leave see if they can put something on their system for the times when on the ferry, don't fancy getting a call every 5 minutes!
 

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I've just ordered the bike trac and the ducati alarm to be fitted. When you say they call you is it just an automated response or is there someone on the other end of the phone?


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I've had a call from a real life person, quite impresses. Be careful with the alarm, they drain the battery quite quickly so if layer up for a few days make sure its plugged in to an optimiser, the twins need quite a bit of power to crank over, and if keeps running low you'll be getting texts from the bike trak system telling you of a low battery. Didn't bother with the alarm myself, have it chained down to a ground anchor in the garage with top end chain and lock (all Thatchem approved)
 

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Dealer adviced me against an non Ducati Alarm, because of the wiring that could/may cause problems with the bike wiring/ electrics , and warranty problems.
Apparently the Ducati alarm isn't a Cat rated alarm, so no point if having it to lower insurance premiums.
I went for a Biketrac tracker. Good thing with that as well is it sends you e-mails and text's if the battery is low
 

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Dealer adviced me against an non Ducati Alarm, because of the wiring that could/may cause problems with the bike wiring/ electrics , and warranty problems.
Apparently the Ducati alarm isn't a Cat rated alarm, so no point if having it to lower insurance premiums.
I went for a Biketrac tracker. Good thing with that as well is it sends you e-mails and text's if the battery is low
Cost my mate a fortune to have the datatool alarm removed from his 996 after it disabled his bike on the way back down from the Mountain at the TT's a couple of years back. Took ages to get the wiring sorted when home, had to get recovery all way home.....:eek:
 

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+1 on the GPS tracking solution. I have a Scorpio alarm on my other bike that I haven't used in years because it was just too much hassle. I'd rather know where the bike is if it isn't in my possession versus just getting an alert that it's being tampered with (assuming I'm even in range).

Can anyone recommend a good GPS-based solution for the US? (I see that Bike-trac is UK-based).
In the manual they're showing a light on instrument panel for GPS it said "if fitted ". I was wondering if there is optional GPS Chip that the dealer can instal for the purpose of tracking the bike and so ford ?
 

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What are people doing for security solutions in North America (incl Canada)? My insurance company is expecting that I have some form of additional security in the event of theft (e.g. GPS tracking, or etching). I'm interested in knowing what you guys (and gals of course) are doing.
 

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Can anyone post a link of the bike trac that they use? That would be great.
 

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