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Honda now fitting trackers to new bikes

Honda UK is now offering all its new-bike buyers the option, free of charge, to fit a tracking device in a move that will bolster industry moves to improve motorcycle security – and improve the trade’s image with politicians – against a background of spiralling crime in London and other big cities.

As part of its “ongoing commitment to advance motorcycle safety and security”, Honda UK has teamed up with Datatool to fit TrakKing Adventure devices on all new road-going Hondas from 2 July. Existing owners will also get a discount on fitting at a Honda dealer. With the free fit to new bikes, all the customer will pay for is the 24/7/365 monitoring service subscription, currently about £10 a month.

As reported by BDN in the July issue, Honda has thrown its support behind the recently-announced Motor Cycle Industry Association’s MCIA Secured initiative and is keen to highlight the role that manufacturers can play in ensuring riders have access to the tools which will keep them and their bikes safe.

Neil Fletcher, head of motorcycles at Honda UK, said: “This ground-breaking safety and security initiative is a long-term Honda commitment to ensuring peace of mind for riders of Honda’s on-road range.

“Fitting a tracking device such as TrakKING Adventure is a significant deterrent, looked on favourably by insurance companies and can lead to around 90% of bikes being returned to their owner if they are unfortunate enough to be stolen. For riders, dealers and insurers, it’s a win-win scenario, speeding up the process of getting back on the road and ensuring customers retain their Honda motorcycle.”

Tony Campbell, CEO at the MCIA, added: “Following the announcement of the MCIA Secured scheme due to be rolled out over the coming months, it is great news to see Honda take this important step in fighting motorcycle and scooter theft which has become a growing problem in recent years.

“The MCIA Secured programme has been introduced to make it clear to customers which anti-theft security is fitted as standard to new motorcycles and scooters and at the same time encourage manufacturers to invest more in security for the customer. The MCIA and the industry has been working tirelessly hard with government and other authorities to tackle the problem of theft and therefore we are extremely pleased to see Honda introduce TrakKING as a standard fit security item on all new Hondas.”

Dave Plummer, Datatool Brand Manager at Scorpion Automotive, commented: “Tracking technology is increasingly important for riders looking to protect their motorcycle or scooter, particularly within urban areas. It’s an incredibly positive step from Honda UK to commit to providing our TrakKING Adventure hardware to its customers free-of-charge. We’re keen to work together to develop the product to meet the needs of Honda riders throughout the UK.”

As well as being Thatcham Quality Assured, TrakKING Adventure is also accredited as a police “Secured by Design” product, which means it meets the high standards set by police forces around the UK to reduce and prevent crime.

In addition to the automatic theft monitoring and instant notification, Datatool TrakKING Adventure provides a detailed journey history with every journey automatically uploaded to the cloud for later review, as well as the ability to provide location and event-based alerts.

Once activated, the TrakKING Adventure software allows riders to record and review their routes with friends online and via the free iOS or Android smartphone apps.

This mapping technology and the tracking capability covers the whole of Western Europe, allowing Honda owners to take their bikes abroad with complete peace of mind.






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