Motorcycles frequently lack anti-theft technology. Motorcycle theft prevention can easily be helped by adding an activated GPS tracker. 2016 National Insurance Crime Bureau state that motorcycle thefts were up 2% to 46,467. As we roll into the summer we’re also at a time when bikes come out of the garage and thefts go up. Some advice given to motorcycle owners includes locking the bike to a stationary, immovable object. There is also advice to lock the forks and disc brakes. Lastly you can use a motorcycle alarm. While some of the prior advice might work a GPS tracker is also great idea for motorcycle theft prevention. Deterrents, such as fast theft recovery, help with motorcycle theft prevention.
The first thing to look for on a Motorcycle GPS Tracker
is that if it’s waterproof so it doesn’t get wet during the rainy days. Other than that a tracking device with essential features (live tracking, route history, 5–10 seconds location update and geo-fences) should do just fine. I don't know of any non-installed tracking devices that will work for much longer than ten days. They run off a battery, and like any other portable device, the batteries give out after a while. The only way a tracking device would function for three weeks is is it was either serviced or replaced with a fresh battery, or it was wired into the electrical system of your car. In the latter case, any auto tech would find it easily.
I suspect it's more likely that you think the police have a tracking device on your car. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Jones (2012) that attaching a GPS tracking device to a vehicle is a search under the Fourth Amendment, and requires a search warrant. If the police attached a tracker to your car without a warrant, any information from the tracker, and by extension, any information stemming from that, would be inadmissible in court. Further, trackers are expensive and aren't widely used by local law enforcement. No one wants to put a $500 tracker on a car, have the target of the investigation find it, and have it "accidentally" dropped in a river or run over by a truck. If there really is a tracker on your car, there's probably a good reason for it. You might think about stopping whatever you might be doing to warrant this kind of attention. In no particular order, here are some things to consider:
these used to be hideously expensive, but now I think Google maps has put some pressure on Garmin's ridiculous prices.
Battery life vs. being wired in
having a wired-in GPS is ideal. The cradle is wired to your battery or wiring harness which means you don't have to worry about power on long days.
the best way to use a GPS is to rely on the voice prompts. Without a way to hear them you'll find yourself looking down a lot, especially in cities, and this increases the chances you'll smack into the back of someone.
if you have an unfaired bike it can be tricky to mount the GPS. RAM mounts have some good options though. Just make sure it doesn't interfere with your steering.