Tracking devices

GraemeandSally

RBLR 1000
Premier Member
#1
Following on from Marks missing bike, few months back a few of us talked about small tracking units of eBay/amazon what came if it any recommendations ?
For the cost I think it’s time to fit one
 

Jonnyp

IBA Member
#2
I have one, it's an LK210. I didn't get it from this seller but here's an example - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/High-Qua...637960?hash=item33f474f608:g:CSgAAOSwW75cwAav

There are several around. My advice would be to get one with an internal back up battery apparently the LK210 is 4 hrs.

These are very simple to fit and very easy to use. There are a few video's on YouTube - one quick one is here -

There seem to be several sites shown this unit - one such is http://www.xeelectech.com/e_products/GPS-Motorcycle-tracker-3.html and another is http://www.tk-star.com/

I use a GiffGaff sim with a top up app on my phone, just need to send it a text (sending 'where' gets a location with google map link) once every 3 months to keep GiffGaff happy.

I found a set up doc on a forum (this is not mine so I can't be held responsible blarr blarr blarr…) anyone can get this from my OneDrive - https://1drv.ms/b/s!ApNQJ5VPU_vSwALHnc-AdfP3TZY-

I also found a free.. yes free tracking site - http://gps-trace.com/en/index.html - you need to log in at least once every 6 months to keep this active and guess what I've not done... yep.. Would be great if this could be used with Spotwalla.. I ran the unit with GPRS on and tracked it for about 4 days and it used only pennies data if I remember right, that was last year.

Hope this helps...any questions happy to help.
 

Kim Leeson

Selfie Stick King
Premier Member
IBA Member
#3
I have one, it's an LK210. I didn't get it from this seller but here's an example - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/High-Qua...637960?hash=item33f474f608:g:CSgAAOSwW75cwAav

There are several around. My advice would be to get one with an internal back up battery apparently the LK210 is 4 hrs.

These are very simple to fit and very easy to use. There are a few video's on YouTube - one quick one is here -

There seem to be several sites shown this unit - one such is http://www.xeelectech.com/e_products/GPS-Motorcycle-tracker-3.html and another is http://www.tk-star.com/

I use a GiffGaff sim with a top up app on my phone, just need to send it a text (sending 'where' gets a location with google map link) once every 3 months to keep GiffGaff happy.

I found a set up doc on a forum (this is not mine so I can't be held responsible blarr blarr blarr…) anyone can get this from my OneDrive - https://1drv.ms/b/s!ApNQJ5VPU_vSwALHnc-AdfP3TZY-

I also found a free.. yes free tracking site - http://gps-trace.com/en/index.html - you need to log in at least once every 6 months to keep this active and guess what I've not done... yep.. Would be great if this could be used with Spotwalla.. I ran the unit with GPRS on and tracked it for about 4 days and it used only pennies data if I remember right, that was last year.

Hope this helps...any questions happy to help.
I've been toying with this idea for a long time, but the main ones all want a subscription and specialised installers (few and far between) so this sounds like a good alternative...thanks Jon for all the research.
 

owl*

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IBA Member
#4
I have a Monimoto device on my bike.
Around £150 all in - no yearly fee.
If the bike moves away from the key fob I get a phone call and a link to a google map with my bikes location on it.
It updates the location every 15 minutes.
 

GraemeandSally

RBLR 1000
Premier Member
#6
After Mark and BMBob both bikes lifted in seconds by the sound of it and parking near CCTV don’t help I am getting one and putting it deep in fairing out of the way
 
#8
i got the datatool trakking fitted hmm it has an annual fee about £100 cant remember exactly so a couple of quid a week. it shows you where your bike is on google maps and gives you a phone call if it moves when no ignition on and there is a text service for anti vibration activated after so many seconds.

if you're going on a ferry or disconnecting the battery you have to inform them otherwise you get a phone call and it does work because i've had the phone call forgot to tell them i was going on a ferry and as soon as we left the dock the phone rang, also you can check you're bikes location on the map at any time.

so in theory every things great in practice it has the odd quirk that can be annoying i get text messages when i move the bike in and out of the garage but only a few each month because thats what you get free once i've used them all up it stops sending them. i did ring the company about this and it has a time limited vibration sensor push faster or get a text???. it thinks some ones breaking in or forcing the locks etc

on my second year with it now and it does give piece of mind although i don't think the family check the map anymore
 

Aitch

Well-Known Member
#9
A tracking device is tempting so I've been looking at this thread with interest. The monimoto gets good reviews but its a bit on the large size and probably difficult to hide from view. The LK210 looks more promising BUT I presume the gps on both these devices will be blocked if the bike is nicked and placed in a van or garage.....

If money is no object, Automatics Mtrack https://www.trackersecurity.co.uk/buy.html# looks a better option as they can also locate with an rf finder. This video shows it in action
The downside is the cost - the cheapest model is around £110 for the tracker and over £180 per year for the monitoring contract.
 

madmac

Active Member
#10
Well having just gone through this week and kicking myself that I didn't fit one, I decided to get one for denise's bike it's from vodaphone trackisafe very small and has an internal battery that lasts 3 to 4 days but needs to be charged regularly but you can get around that if you're tek minded.
It does seem to work but I'm looking at other options and I will possibly get the vodaphone sim card which is made for trackers and it cost around £2 a month to top up.
I will let you know which 1 I get and report on the unit once I've sorted a new bike and fitted it.
 
#11
On the flip side - keep an eye out for tracking devices being added to your bike by others!!

I was reading recently about a trend for little devices to be stuck discretely to the bike or slipped into soft luggage, then you are tracked to where the bike is parked and at an opportune time it is lifted, and apparantly shipped promptly to Lithuania.
 
#12
I have a Monimoto device on my bike.
Around £150 all in - no yearly fee.
If the bike moves away from the key fob I get a phone call and a link to a google map with my bikes location on it.
It updates the location every 15 minutes.
That looks good, but their website does state a £36 subscription fee. It's not a lot to pay if it works mind. I assume you have tested it?
 

owl*

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#13
That looks good, but their website does state a £36 subscription fee. It's not a lot to pay if it works mind. I assume you have tested it?
The only thing you pay for after purchase is a 36 euro yearly renewal of a sim card supplied with the unit. I renewed mine this morning, so I've tested the Monimoto for a full year.

It's worked flawlessly, reporting by email as soon as my bike is even moved off of the stand if it's too far away from the little disc you keep on your keyring.

I would say that the only things it falls down on is that it's a fairly large unit to secrete on the bike somewhere (probably more difficult on my KTM 1290 SuperDuke R than a tourer or adventure bike) plus you don't get a bespoke control room response if it's stolen, just texts every 15 minutes with a link to a google street map showing the location.
 

Kim Leeson

Selfie Stick King
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IBA Member
#14
The only thing you pay for after purchase is a 36 euro yearly renewal of a sim card supplied with the unit. I renewed mine this morning, so I've tested the Monimoto for a full year.

It's worked flawlessly, reporting by email as soon as my bike is even moved off of the stand if it's too far away from the little disc you keep on your keyring.

I would say that the only things it falls down on is that it's a fairly large unit to secrete on the bike somewhere (probably more difficult on my KTM 1290 SuperDuke R than a tourer or adventure bike) plus you don't get a bespoke control room response if it's stolen, just texts every 15 minutes with a link to a google street map showing the location.
I like the Monimoto, but I don't want to confront the thieves, and as you say, you don't have the bespoke control room.
So what do you do, call the police and give them the coordinates, and hope they follow up.

From what I 've read, the thieves usually leave it behind a building for a few hours and wait to see if it attracts the owner or authorities, if not it's stripped, shipped to Lithuania, and spare parts show up on ebay!! bastards!
 

Jonnyp

IBA Member
#15
I like the Monimoto, but I don't want to confront the thieves, and as you say, you don't have the bespoke control room.
So what do you do, call the police and give them the coordinates, and hope they follow up.

From what I 've read, the thieves usually leave it behind a building for a few hours and wait to see if it attracts the owner or authorities, if not it's stripped, shipped to Lithuania, and spare parts show up on ebay!! bastards!

I think you're right here Kim, once the bikes gone you really don't want it back.. if you inform the police and they find it and then your insurance company is made aware, is the bike then listed as a stolen/recovered which goes down on it's DVLA history potentially, wiping hundreds if not thousands off it's value. Your no claims is going to get hit (even if protected) for losing the bike, if you're then insuring a stolen/recovered, you'll pay more.

The only reason I have the tracker is for an alternative to spotwalla and little piece of mind knowing that, if it gets nicked, at least I can say, I tried to get it recovered. Because mine is not backed up by an 'official' response service, it probably carries no weight with any one.

I have an alarm fitted.. would that stop anyone taking it.. probably not..