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post #1 of 11 Old Sep 3rd, 2010, 3:39 pm Thread Starter
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plug and play BMW alarm! worth it? pros and cons!

Does anyone have this alarm and care to comment?
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Re: plug and play BMW alarm! worth it? pros and cons!

Well I've had two R12 bikes both have run to around 30k and the OE alarm has never been a problem.
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Re: plug and play BMW alarm! worth it? pros and cons!

My question is do you think it is a worthwhile investment? I mean money well spent? Thanks
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Re: plug and play BMW alarm! worth it? pros and cons!

I think that's a subjective question.

I think it'll be worth it if you leave the bike outside on a street and your within earshot. The only time I do this is when I'm Touring, then I feel it's worth it.

At home in the garage where I live, probaly not. In a lockup in London, maybe.

Both mine came already fitted to used bikes so no real extra cost to me. But if I was going to buy a bike I'd go for one fitted with an OE alarm.
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Re: plug and play BMW alarm! worth it? pros and cons!

I paid extra for it. I tend to think it is worth the money, but of course it won't keep the bike
from being stolen, so perhaps it is just a matter of some peace of mind
And of course it can fail. But if I had to make the same choice, I think I would take it again.
As has been mentioned above, a highly subjective matter.
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Re: plug and play BMW alarm! worth it? pros and cons!

Thanks these were my thoughts! Just checking Around! I think I will do it!
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Re: plug and play BMW alarm! worth it? pros and cons!

All the alarm is good for is killing the battery. If a thief wants your bike, it is gone. The dealer recommended against the alarm. The best advice I have received is to park near a bunch of Harleys. They will be stolen first.

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Re: plug and play BMW alarm! worth it? pros and cons!

Jentines advice has merit. Noisemakers help only if you're nearby. I use an aftermarket alarm with proximity sensor in some situations but mine is garaged at home. Traveling use is outside a motel door, outside next to a bedroom window, etc. Even then, wheel locks, cover, etc are also in use.
Anything can be stolen- delaying and reducing desirability alters the odds, that's all.
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Re: plug and play BMW alarm! worth it? pros and cons!

Quote:
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... The best advice I have received is to park near a bunch of Harleys. They will be stolen first.
Very true. When we were docked overnight in a marina prepping for a night of thunderstorms, we always made sure that a boat with a taller aluminum mast was very close to us

THe theory works in just about any application.

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Re: plug and play BMW alarm! worth it? pros and cons!

A two-way alarm with good range, or the new systems that use a cellular radio, really do work. A few years ago I had someone break into my car while it was parked on the street. I didn't hear the siren, but the key fob shrieking sure woke me up. I greeted them with a 12 gauge, and the cops picked up one of them (the other ran). I was able to get reimbursed for the broken window by the caught thief, and he got nothing out of the car.
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Re: plug and play BMW alarm! worth it? pros and cons!

I am probably going to get this one:

http://www.scorpioalarms.com/product...rlinksr-i1100/

It's similar in function to the one in my truck. I can control the system from my iPhone and iPad, and if there's an alarm it is displayed on the phones and iPad (including my wife's iPhone). So in essence it has unlimited range if the bike is within cell coverage.
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