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I'm getting ready to take possession of my new MV ( and first bike) and would like to hear some opinions on bike alarms.

What are you guys using? What do you recommend? I've been looking at the Scorpio ride system but don't know much about bike alarms.

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I have the MV Corse alarm made by Cobra Automotive.....that one, for the first generation B4 and F4 is no longer available. Nice plug and play system. Never caused me a bit of trouble unless I forgot how to disarm it?. ;-)

MV Corse shows one in the catalog for the newer models....why don't you check that one out?
 

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I've been thinking about getting an alarm for my new F3 but everyone i know who has had alarms has had one problem or another, flat batteries, can't disarm and immobilises the bike when you don't want it to. I might get one if i can find a top quality one but i think i am just going to invest in a quality chain, padlock and a ground anchor in the garage.
A bike can still be lifted into a van with the alarm going off (and in this day and age nobody would bat an eye lid) but it's a little harder if its chained to a lamp post.
 

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I have the scorpio on both of my bikes. I have no problem with mine. I do not leave the bike armed while in the garage so not sure how it would do for very long periods of time. No problem when left armed for up to 9 hrs.
 

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I have the scorpio on both of my bikes. I have no problem with mine. I do not leave the bike armed while in the garage so not sure how it would do for very long periods of time. No problem when left armed for up to 9 hrs.
Do you have the gps tracker and/or the proximity sensor? If so, how are they? And is the gps tracking worth the monthly fee?
 

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I have the proximity sensor on them. I like the fact that you can adjust how sensitive you want it. They say it will transmit to your remote up to 1/2 mile. This is not true if you work in a building with few to no windows.
 

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No alarm use in any of my bikes.
 

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Same here...fatalist I guess. These days thieves are either joy riding kids, or very sophisticated specialists. A friend's HD was stolen in Toronto...by a truck with a davit in it. They simply pulled up, strapped on, lifted the bike and anything attached into the bed of the truck, and off they went...30 seconds tops.

Vuk

(Obscure movie reference)
 

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I have the Spyball on mine, it was one of the plug-and-play factory kits for a while I guess. Its been fine, no issues. Probably my only frustration with it is the auto-ignition-disable feature if the bike has been off for 1 minute. Often I will hop off the bike for something quick like gas and then when I am ready to go I have to disarm it after starting it. Wish you could change the period.

My bike is garaged (and soon, living roomed) but I ride in the city and often to places for an extended time. Like said: some guys and a pickup truck is all it takes to snatch a bike. At least with this its screaming bloody murder the whole way. And its an obnoxious noise: its not the horn, its its own siren and the pitch is really, really irritating.
 

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The insurance pirates I'm with demanded that I have one of five systems that they approved of installed before they'd insure my F3. All the dealers I dealt with, (three in total, long story) told me MV would not honour my warrantee if I had anything other than an MV alarm installed. I had to fight for months before the pirates would accept the MV alarm because it didn't have all the bells and whistles they believe were needed. I had time because it was like 7 months between the time I ordered and when I took delivery of my bike. But it went right up to delivery. I had to have the dealership send them a copy of the bill of sale showing the purchase and installation of the alarm before they'd approve me. Of course I couldn't get an ownership without proof of insurance so it was a right fuster cluck of faxing back and forth and then running around etcetera.
It has two settings, auto on and manual on. In auto mode you have like 10 seconds (well it feels like only 10) from the time you turn the bike off to dismount, gather all your stuff and get away before it arms it's self. If it goes off there is an override button hidden on the bike. However, the alarm is very loud and with everyone looking at you it's hard to find the button without letting everyone know where it's located.
I've forgot how to arm it and have misplaced the instructions. So, it's on the bike but I'm not using it at present. :jsm: hehe :)
 

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I couldn't see the point in an onboard alarm with the number of rotor locks with alarms you can get. They're effective at stopping joyriders from moving the bike, but if someone is really out to take it you're out of luck. I've just considered using an old smartphone under the seat for tracking purposes. Either wifi for scattered pickup or, if you keep it active, constant cell service.
 

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If you don't need an alarm, don't take one. I once had a failure and it took weeks to figure out it was the alarm. In the end the dealer came with a BIG bill for all the work.

Here is the whole chain of events

http://www.mvagusta.net/forum/showthread.php?t=40327
 

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Yeah, alarms aren't going to deter serious thieves. Just like door locks wouldn't slow a determined burglar down. The idea is to make the bike less appealing for those "opportunity" thieves.

If dudes roll by in their own personal truck in a public area and see an alarm they might not want to draw attention to themselves and have their vehicle IDed. Doesn't mean, if you left the bike there for a week, they wouldn't come back with a stolen pickup and still grab it.

I have it for those random moments, where friends have had their bikes jacked out of crowded parking garages in a matter of an hour or so. Otherwise I'm in the company garage or locked up at home.

If youre really going to leave it someplace about the only option is a big ass chain.

I couldn't see the point in an onboard alarm with the number of rotor locks with alarms you can get. They're effective at stopping joyriders from moving the bike, but if someone is really out to take it you're out of luck. I've just considered using an old smartphone under the seat for tracking purposes. Either wifi for scattered pickup or, if you keep it active, constant cell service.
They would quickly pop that seat, not to mention the limited life of the battery on a smartphone that is constantly searching for connection. As for the rotor locks, the onboard alarm is more convenient. Also, I cant accidentally set-off with it still armed.
 

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Thanks guys. Seems like the popular opinion is that alarms aren't very useful unless insurance demands it.
I'll call my insurance broker in the morning to see if it's mandatory. In the mean time I do have a caliper lock as well, but I hear they can be easily defeated. Seems like the key is to leave it so we here visible when you're out and about, otherwise just make sure your insurance is solid and don't make the bike an easy target.

Can't wait to get this bike!!!
 
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