Top 4 GPS trackers
With all the different GPS motorcycle trackers on the market, it can be difficult to find the right one for your needs.
To help you decide, we at MCN have come up with this list of four motorcycle GPS tracking devices that will easily and securely fit to your bike, some of which you can find on the MCN Shop.
Built to protect and track your bike in the unfortunate event of a theft, these durable, waterproof devices offer alerts and full location tracking and could even save you money on your motorcycle insurance.
dguard - new to the market
A relatively new choice on the marketplace, dguard was launched last year and has since been updated for greater ease of use and fitting. Primarily an e-call system in the event of an accident, the tracking element of the device syncs to your mobile phone through an app. MCN's Dan Sutherland tested the first dguard system in the UK on his own Kawasaki ZX-6R.
This can then be configured to your preferences for such things as sensitivity. The theft warning device is activated once your ignition is switched off and is signified by six flashes of the external dguard button. As soon as your motorcycle has not been moved for at least 10 seconds, the monitoring is armed.
If your bike moves without the ignition switched on, the system will then relay a message to your phone with the bike's location. The frequency of text alerts depends on the sensitivity you have selected.
Autocom GPS Tracker
The cheapest bike tracker in the list - but still capable of delivering where it counts.
The Autocom GPS Tracker is an affordable device for budget, safety conscious motorcyclists. Although the device has no annual contracts, it still provides everything you need to help keep your bike safe, including:
- Movement and shock sensor
- Precise location detection
- Deep Sleep mode to save battery life whilst bike is stored
- Viewable data via your PC or smartphone
In addition to this, the tracker can be powered via the bike’s battery or the internal rechargeable battery. The tracker even continues to track even when there’s no GSM signal, meaning you can retain some degree of security on the most remote of rides.
Waterproof and dust proof to IP66 standards (internationally rated), the device also offers SMS alerts sent to your phone, should something happen. For a budget tracker, this delivers what it promises and would be the perfect security device for those on a budget.
Endorsed by Ducati and Kawasaki and Thatcham Quality Assured, a BikeTrac unit is available via a one-off payment of £299, with either a £99 yearly, or £9.99 monthly subscription fee. Alternatively, you could pay £179 over two years, or £229 over three years - potentially saving you over £130.
Features include stealth installation and a self-maintaining battery, with all authorised BikeTrac dealers being trained to ensure that a unit is installed in the most covert location possible.
BikeTrac units also include their own internal battery, meaning they don't fully rely on the bike's battery for power. If it detects a drop in the voltage, owners will receive a helpful text informing them. The internal battery lasts for up to 30 days.
Other features include alerts to selected contacts in the event of an accident, too. BikeTrac also do a range of hard security, which can be seen in the video below.
Autocom GPS Tracker Portable
A battery operated tracker with no annual subscription costs. Perfect. This tracker can be viewed on your smartphone, tablet or PC.
Apparently, using this is as simple as sending a text to a friend and, much like the other Autocom device in this list, the unit continues to monitor even when there is a loss of GPS signal. The device will also flag up when signal is low.
- Configurable tracker alarms included
- No installation required, simple to operate
- GEO-Fence facility restricts movement within designated area
- Provides precise location data
- Deep sleep mode preserves battery life when bike is stored
- Dust proof
- Dimensions; 64mm x 46mm x 17mm