New Harley Davidson ape-hangers from Demon’s Cycle

Custom motorcycle builder, Demon’s Cycle, has launched it’s new ‘El Diablo’ line of ape-hanger handlebars for Harley Davidson bikes. The company claims that the new handlebars cost around 25 percent less than similar parts from Harley Davidson whilst offering a high level of finish and build quality.

The bars feature triple-plated chrome components, smooth hidden mounting controls and wiring, as well as chrome switches. They are also available in black. The El Diablo handlebars are supplied fully assembled by a Harley Davidson certified engineer, enabling customers to install them quickly and easily.

A range of sizes are available, between 10 and 18 inches. The bars are 1-1/4 inches in diameter and taper to 1 inch in the center section allowing standard handlebar controls to be fitted.

Tom Steinbacher, owner of Demon’s Cycle. “The El Diablo range offers style and quality without cutting back on quality. Although there are several different styles of handlebars for Harley Davidson bikes, the truth is you can’t beat the style and look of ape hangers, especially the ones from the El Diablo range.”

New motorcycle tracking device helps locate stolen bikes, and more

A new GPS motorcycle tracking device from Laipac Technology can help riders track the location of their bike if it gets stolen. The StarFinder Aire is compact, water resistant and has an aerodynamic design so that it doesn’t ruin your bike’s looks or performance.

The StarFinder Aire uses GPS technology to keep track of its location, and can communicate its coordinates via SMS messages or over a GPRS mobile data connection. The device can be set up to send an SMS message with its coordinates to a user defined cellphone number, or through a GPRS connection to the manufacturer’s LocationNow website where the user can login to get realtime updates of their bike’s location.

A ‘geofencing’ feature allows the tracker to be set up so that it automatically alerts the owner if their bike is removed from a certain location, such as their garage or a parking lot. With two inputs and two outputs, plus an optional analog input, the tracking device can be integrated into a bike in a variety of ways. For example, the motorcycle’s starter motor can be disabled remotely via the LocationNow service to prevent a thief from starting the vehicle.

The device can also be used to monitor a rider’s behavior, making it useful for tracking the speed and location of a motorcycle when a son or daughter is riding it. It can also be used to send an alert in the event of an accident, as the device features an integral accelerometer which can detect when the motorcycle has been involved in a collision.

Should the motorcycle tracker lose its mobile signal, it can store several thousand sets of location coordinates in memory and then send them to the user once the connection has been restored.

The StarFinder Aire will be available in the second half of 2012.

UK insurer offers free anti-motorcycle-theft solution

UK motorcycle insurance broker, Carole Nash will offer free security marking kits to all customers opening new policies or renewing old ones, following a successful trial of the DNA+ programme in 2011.

From March 2012, all motorcyclists who take out or renew policies will receive a free Carole Nash DNA+ kit containing a liquid-based forensic coding solution together with high impact hologram decals designed to act as a theft deterrent. The DNA+ solution combines DNA and microdot technology that is registered exclusively to the policyholder. The clear liquid is painted onto the bike’s different parts, providing a unique ID which makes it easier for the police to recover stolen bikes and trace the thieves.

Nick Baker, director of products and marketing at Carole Nash, said: “As a motorcycle insurance specialist, we fully understand the emotional and financial cost of theft to bikers. By introducing Carole Nash DNA+ as a standard benefit, we hope to not only add value to all policies but to reduce bike theft. The pilot scheme went extremely well and subsequent research has shown that customers are more than willing to take a few easy steps to protect their pride and joy from potential thieves.”

At present the only identifying marks on the majority of motorcycles are the frame and engine number, allowing thieves to dismantle machines and sell valuable parts. With Carole Nash DNA+, police can use an ultra-violet light to read the coding and trace individual parts back to the owner via an international database. The cost of a year’s subscription to the database is included as long as the motorcycle is insured through Carole Nash.

Over 15,000 Carole Nash bike insurance policyholders have already been given a DNA+ kit as a result of the three-month pilot scheme in 2011. “I found DNA+ very easy to use when I applied it to my scooter, and the instructions were simple to follow. Knowing that the identification marks are there does give me added peace of mind that, if the unthinkable were to happen, the bike would be easily identified by the police and returned to me,” said Gareth Jones from Wales.

The launch of this initiative follows increased worry within the motorcycle community about the cost and other effects of motorcycle theft. In 2011 MCN launched a Mark Our Bikes campaign to encourage insurers to provide free security marking systems. “Security systems like DNA+ create for the first time a way of linking dozens of individual parts to the owner,” explains MCN senior reporter Steve Farrell. “This helps the police identify them as stolen parts and catch the thieves trading in them. The Carole Nash DNA+ scheme is an excellent step in the right direction towards the reduction of motorcycle theft.”