Brake disc with alarm (XENA) Worth it

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by varago, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. varago

    varago Adventurer

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    Your opinions please
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  2. yatman

    yatman Been here awhile

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    ...you mean brake disc LOCK with alarm...I'm thinking.....my:norton disk lock doesn't have an alarm but I still think a lock is worth it...however...locks and contracts are only for honest people anyways
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  3. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    I have one .... it's ... meh.

    Worked pretty well when it was new. The tilt/shock sensor is really touchy, goes off at the slightest touch.... you'd better be quick with the key or you're going to get a face full of LOUD, and it hurts.

    There's a little IR emitter/detector that reflects off a mirrored surface on the bottom of the lock. Over time the windows fog up, mirror get scratched, and the lock arms itself off the disc... like at home or in your pack/pocket. Combine that with the touchy-as-hell knock sensor... the last straw for me was when it went off sitting on a shelf in my house during the early morning hours. :bluduh

    I ended up pulling the battery and using it as a disc lock.
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  4. Jim K.

    Jim K. Long timer

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    I like mine because I will never attempt to ride off with the lock still on the wheel. (to the detriment of wheel & caliper). The act of getting on the bike & starting it sets off the wail of the alarm long before you do any damage.
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  5. jkam

    jkam Nomadic Man

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    I had the same experience with mine and pulled the batteries.
    2 weeks ago my bike was stolen about 15 feet from where I was sleeping in my RV.
    Bike front end was picked up and it was dragged into the desert and loaded in a truck.
    I should have had it chained to the RV but it 's too late now.:cry
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  6. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    I pull the right mirror down over the throttle when I lock the disc lock. Having to move the mirror reminds me the disc lock is engaged.
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  7. a2ronm

    a2ronm Been here awhile

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    Same experience. I use mine while travelling for overnight parking. I could barely hear it over motel AC and I stressed to much about waking other guests when it self-actuated.

    Pulled the battery and stress reduced.

    My typical routine is park as close to room as possible with front wheel turned to lock position

    Leave in gear and lock forks.

    Loop 5/8 steel cable thru rear wheel and attach to disk lock adapter (both Xena and Abus have them)

    Put disk lock on outer front disk as high as possible to take up cable slack.

    Then I put my cheap cover over the whole bike.

    [​IMG]

    Someone wants it after all that...well I tried.
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  8. Lurgan_Stoop

    Lurgan_Stoop Adventurer

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    Similar story on the false alarms and I too have pulled the battery.
    I may invest in a new alarm module (£8) at some point.
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    I've recently added the chain adaptor so whilst the alarm doesn't alarm the bike hopefully isn't going anywhere in a hurry.
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  9. BobPS

    BobPS Been here awhile

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    I bought it to be used on long trips and if I have to stay over night in some unknown place, but I haven't gone on any long trip that requires over night stay yet :D
    I tried it several times at home and, as others have said, found the alarm is quite sensitive, passing cars or motorcycles with loud pipes might set off the alarm.
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  10. Offcamber

    Offcamber Long timer

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    The Alarm is crap and goes off randomly, the lock itself works....just make sure you remember to remove it before you take off...
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  11. Wlfman

    Wlfman Long timer

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    I have one. They're ok, but sometimes can be set off too easily. Plus the one I have takes SIX of those little watch/button batteries. So when they die, its NOT cheap to replace them at $8+ EACH
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  12. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    I had one, not impressed with it. Use a Kryptonite lock instead.

    My way of not forgetting the lock is on the disc is to have a small ziptie on my keyring, and to remove it, and place it in the ignition lock BEFORE I put the lock on.

    Lock gets removed before I remove the ziptie from the ignition.
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  13. Eladbern

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    I like mine did have to replace the alarm at 2 years but they are available and affordable if I recall replacement module was 20dollars
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  14. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham Been here awhile

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    Nice lock, but it was difficult to get the thing unlocked/disarmed before the alarm went off. I took the battery out of mine and I'm sure my neighbors are much happier for it.
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  15. dasrider

    dasrider Been here awhile

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    I use a non-alarm version on my bike. Does anyone else lock the rear wheel instead? Seems that would be harder for a thief to remove and/or move the bike.

    I read an interesting writeup of an alleged bike thief who preferred to hotwire and ride off on a bike rather than throw it in a truck or van. Simple things like a disc lock on the rear wheel and the steering lock being engaged took more time to disable and would make the bike less desirable.
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  16. ThirdBestFriend

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    Get the lock without the alarm. It is just too damn sensitive. I bashed mine in with a sledgehammer to stop the ringing, now it works great!:1drink
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  17. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    I always lock mine on the rear. Seems like it'd be a little more difficult on teh rear than on the front... 10 and 8mm socket is all you'd need to pop the front wheel off and pull the brake disc + alarm off.

    If i cable it down, the cable goes through the front rim and bike's frame.
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