There are few things more infuriating than being robbed. Especially if the SOBs get away with your motorcycle. According to 2012 National Insurance Crime Bureau statistics, the unlucky victims of motorcycle theft in America aren’t likely to see their machines intact ever again either, as only 39% of stolen motorcycles were recovered during the survey period (ending June 30, 2013). Preemptive action is the only way to ensure a fighting chance against becoming a statistic, and for most this means employing some type of locking/security system. There are chains, anchors, disc locks, steering locks and combinations of all the above available, but finding an effective system that’s mobile, without being cumbersome, can be a challenge.
German company ABUS offers its solution in a line of brake disc locks that employ 3D Position Detection, which if activated sets off an alarm of up to 110 dB. ABUS has been in the security business for over 85 years and in that time it’s produced everything from padlocks, bike locks, and door locks and was the first company to design and sell U-locks. In 1993 it’s “Mobile Security” division became an independent entity within the company and debuted during that year’s Intermot show. Since then ABUS has sought to create compact and effective motorcycle locking solutions.
We got our hands on the ABUS Detecto 7000 RS1, and have been using it for the past few months to see how it stacks up.
The RS1’s 3mm x 5mm square bolt, lock body and supporting pieces are made from hardened steel and the unit’s alarm system is designed to reach 110 dB. Its “snap-and-go” design allows for easy engagement on the front brake disc and it comes with two keys and two AAA batteries necessary for the alarm function.
When locked the RS1 can be transported without setting off the alarm, which is only armed once the inner panel is pressed in.
The RS1 comes with a carry case that has a Velcro latch on the back, allowing riders to secure the pouch on the bike while riding, under the seat for instance (since instructions recommend to not carry the case on the exterior of the bike). For me, since I’m generally carrying a backpack while riding, I would typically ditch the pouch all together and just carry the lock in my pack. It measures five inches long and just about two inches wide, with a depth of about two and a quarter inches, so can be stored away easily in packs, saddlebags or tank bags without taking up much more space than an iPhone. It’s got some heft for a piece its size but is by no means heavy, weighing about one pound.
Overall the RS1 worked well. The alarm is loud enough to call attention to the nefarious types that are trying to pilfer your ride but not so ear-piercing as to burst an eardrum if you happen to set it off while crouched down to remove the lock. And this didn’t prove to be a problem anyway because the system never set-off during removal. It boasts 3D position detection and lives up to its claim, but it’s not a particularly delicate sensor and took a good shake on the bars while parked to get the alarm to activate. It inhibits full rotation of the front wheel well and activates quickly when trying to roll the bike.
The Pixel Yellow model tested prices close to $120, but in researching MSRP I’ve seen deals as low as $103 USD. It’s a quick, easy way to ensure a little more piece of mind when leaving your bike parked, and with the added noise deterrent may be the reason thieves decide your ride isn’t worth the trouble.