Updated: Aug 31
Motorcycle theft is a reality that many riders are far too familiar with. Three thousand motorbikes are stolen every year in the UK, robbing riders of both their bikes, and most importantly, of the chance to practice a much-loved sport. What’s more, we can predict that the lifting of coronavirus restrictions will increase the risk of motorbike theft, a risk that is already worryingly high. The reopening of public sports events such as The Devitt MCN Festival of Motorcycling and BIG Bike Ride is exciting. However, the sheer quantities of expensive bikes at these events make them literal goldmines for criminals, who seize the opportunity to steal vehicles whilst their owners are distracted by the commotion of the event.
Graham Solder has developed the Axxess28 security system— Protect MotoX— as the answer to motorcycle theft. Axxess28 partners with award-winning security company Ajax to combine the best optics, fast processor and advanced software algorithms to set the benchmark in terms of motorbike security systems. The system includes a wire that is to be attached round the bike for protection. When the wire is broken, an alarm is activated in a central control panel.
This panel is a web-based user hub, that takes less than a minute to detect the loss of communication with the detector, and inform a central monitoring station and users about the problem through sending notifications to any connected devices. This gives the product an advantage over other security products, through ensuring that the user is immediately notified about potential threat to their bike. The affordability, compatibility, and immediacy of Protect MotoX sets it miles ahead of other products in the field.
We spoke to motorcyclist Gary Hillier who has been using Protect MotoX to protect his bikes. Gary has been riding for forty odd years, and in 2005 was crowned British champion in the British Classic Championship. In recent years, motorcycling has become a bit of a family legacy, with his son taking up his love for the sport. ‘My son has now got into it, and we’re in the process of getting a few bikes ready for him. It’s something that’s always been in my blood and now hopefully is in my son’s blood as well.’
Gary is adamant that motorcycle theft is a growing concern. ‘It happens every single day’, he says, ‘and has happened to many of my friends. I know people that have actually had the back of their workshops actually taken out by thieves who come in through the back to avoid cameras when stealing bikes’. Gary highlights that the economic and personal loss from motorbike theft is a double-whammy: ‘The price of a bike nowadays comes to six and a half, to ten, to twelve thousand pounds. If my bikes were stolen, it would ruin me and my son from ever riding again’.
Gary calls the lengths riders go to protect their bikes ‘ridiculous’. Despite securing the vehicles with CCTV, alarms, and padlocks, ‘you still see people posting on Facebook that their bikes have been stolen in the early hours of the evening’.
Gary cannot praise the Protect MotoX enough. He reasons that the product far outshines other security mechanisms. The product is easy to use: ‘you can arm and disarm it on your phone, and you can also alert family to it as well.’ Due to this, the product outstrips other products in that it immediately notifies the rider of a theft. ‘Even though it can be a supposed comfort to have disc cutters and padlocks and things, you would never know that your bike had been stolen unless you had one of these AJAX system set up, because as soon as the their breaks the wire, they’re going to be unaware that it will activate an alarm. Unlike other products, Axxess28’s Protect MotoX means that you can be alerted from anywhere in the UK— or anywhere in the world— if the circuit was broken. As you’d get informed by an alarm, at least you would then be able to call the police.’
On top of this, Gary praises Protect MotoX as cost effective. ‘It’s a small price to pay to protect your cherished items you’ve worked hard all your life to get. To insure motorcycles can come to £400-£500 per bike, and then you need to buy chains and locks. This item is a fraction of the cost. If you’ve got four, five, or six motorbikes, then this further brings the price of the alarm system down’.
Overall, Gary gives Protect MotoX a glowing review. He states, ‘I would recommend it to anybody’. When asked to rate the product out of ten, he gives a resounding ‘ten out of ten. Definitely’.
If you’re interested in learning more, visit the Axxess28 website at https://www.axxess28.com/
You can also contact Graham Solder at firstname.lastname@example.org