Motorcycle Alarms and Theft Prevention

MC Picks 10 top security devices to protect your ride.

Motorcycle Alarms and Security Devices
MC Picks 10 Motorcycle Alarms and Bike Security ProductsAnimated GIF by Kathleen Conner

Passive security devices like disc locks and chains help keep your motorcycle from being stolen, but they can’t tell you when someone is tampering with it. You need that information if you’re going to catch thieves in the act––or better yet, before it––and scare them off before they have time to defeat your lock. These electronic security devices either send you a message, or sound an audible alarm, to let you know your pride and joy is in danger.

Bully Locks Billet Steel Disc Lock Alarm
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Bully Locks Billet Steel Disc Lock Alarm
The Billet Steel Alarm Disc Lock includes a 110dB alarm and a motion sensor built into the lock. The electronics are sealed against moisture, and a keyhole cover protects against dust and dirt. The body is milled from billet steel and comes with a hardened 8mm steel pin. A lighted key makes setting the alarm at night easier. ($59.95, www.cyclegear.com)

Dowco Guardian Cover Alarm
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Dowco Guardian Cover Alarm
The Guardian Cover Alarm lets you know if your covered bike is tampered with. It emits a 130dB warning when the cover is removed. Powered by a 9-volt battery, it requires no special wiring and installs in minutes with no tools. A two-year limited warranty is included. ($21.24, dowcopowersports.com)

Gorilla 8017 Compact Cycle Alarm
Gorilla 8017 Compact Cycle Alarm©Motorcyclist

Gorilla 8017 Compact Cycle Alarm The 8017 comes with a built-in two-way pager, a powerful 120dB five-tone siren, a two-stage shock sensor, and motion and current sensors. The compact size fits most bikes, and installation takes less than 30 minutes. The 8017 accepts up to three transmitters. ($249.95, gorillacyclealarm.com)

Harley-Davidson Smart Security Systems
Harley-Davidson Smart Security Systems©Motorcyclist

Harley-Davidson Smart Security Systems
Harley makes model-specific Smart Security Systems for most late-model bikes. They include a hands-free fob that communicates with the security module on its own unique frequency. A flashing status indicator tells you if the alarm is on or off, and the system self-arms five seconds after you turn off the engine, disabling the starter, ignition, and fuel injection. ($339.95-$359.95, www.harley-davidson.com)

Scorpio SR-I900 bike alarm
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Scorpio SR-I900
The SR-I900 alarm has RFID technology that knows when the remote is in range so you never have to reach for it to protect the bike. A built-in transceiver receives alarm triggers for up to a half-mile away from the bike, and an accelerometer senses impacts and changes of angle. A programmable multi-tone siren is included, and an optional perimeter sensor is available. ($329.95, ridescorpio.com)

Scorpio SR-I800
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Scorpio SR-I800
The SR-I800 features RFID hands-free operation and includes an accelerometer, a water-resistant remote, built-in battery backup, and a 120dB siren. A perimeter sensor and an ignition disable module are sold separately. ($149.95, ridescorpio.com)

Stockton 736 Alarmed Security Chain and Lock
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Stockton 736 Alarmed Security Chain and Lock
The 736 Chain and Lock comes with a 110dB siren, a four-foot-long chain with 10mm hardened-steel square links that resist cutting, and an integrated ultra-secure anti-pick lock. Two CR2032 batteries and a protective nylon cover are included. ($39.95, www.cyclegear.com)

Triumph Datatool Alarm Kit
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Triumph Datatool Alarm Kit
The Datatool Alarm kit fits Triumph Bonneville, Bonneville T120 Black, Street Twin, Thruxton 1200, and Thruxton R1200 models. It features plug-and-play wiring, and is resin filled for shock and water resistance. ($440.00, shop.triumphmotorcycles.com)

Xena XX-14 Disc Lock Alarm
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Xena XX-14 Disc Lock Alarm
The XX-14 features a strong lock body and a piercing alarm. The stainless-steel lock body has a broad fit profile and comes with a 14mm carbide-reinforced hardened-steel locking pin. A shock- and motion-sensitive 120dB alarm is powered by a single CR2 long-life lithium battery. The XX-14 is self-arming with no on/off switch; it resets to armed mode within 15 seconds. ($106.95, www.xenasecurity.com)

Xena XA201 Zone Alarm
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Xena XA201 Zone Alarm
The XA201 sets up a 20-foot armed and alarmed security zone in the home or garage. It uses passive infrared sensors to detect intruders and when triggered sounds a blaring 135dB alarm. An included programmable battery-operated key fob operates the unit remotely. A 15-second delay lets the user enter and disarm the alarm without triggering it. ($49.95, www.xenasecurity.com)