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  1. #16
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    It got broken when it was discovered in the shower at the gym. Mike later ruefully noted he should have put it in the wimin's shower.
    I've been told. Dreaming`s free.
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    GPS Tracker - install

    The tracker is now installed on the bike

    GPS works best a good clear view of the sky. Those gps signals are really weak, so you dont want any metal between it and the heavens. As the DRZ is very largely plastic I had a range of choices from under tail piece; seat; tank or screen. Not wanting to give away too much, you can see where I chose in the photos. I like some of the camouflage options suggested here, but in the end I just wanted to get it on the bike.

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    The wiring harness runs along the main loom, using the same clips. I have run the earth wire direct to the battery, and the main power is discretely tucked into the hot side of the fuse. The harness has a thick black sheath, but the control wires themselves are quite thin. I haven't found where the power on detect wire can attach, and I'm not going to use the kill relay, so I've just wound them out of the way for now.

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    I've been playing and testing the configuration on my desk this week. They are a little fernicketty, and the lack of any real user documentation slowed me down, but I think I have it working as desired. For the record the best resources I could find were from a english sailor http://soggy-sailor.blogspot.com/201...s-tracker.html and an almost relevant manual https://usermanual.wiki/ShenZhen-LHY...ogy/LK209/html Edit: https://viptracker.com.au/image/data...and%20list.pdf is also handy.

    One thing the testing revealed is the backup battery only lasts around twenty four hours, not the three days I was expecting from advertised current draw and battery size. More worryingly, I have also had a few instances when it has not awoken when queried. I am hoping the issue is power related and will go away now we are connected the bike battery - fingers crossed.

    Real world testing next...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jim.cox View Post
    Real world testing next...
    Following with interest.
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    GPS Tracker - where

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    Working? - seems so
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    GPS Tracker - summary

    The evidence:

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    So I've had a while to play now - and the conclusions are

    a: it works as tracker

    b: its reliable - 100% so far

    c: its great peace of mind for not many $$$



    Commentary...

    It works exactly as I hoped.

    I can query the bike for its location and status.

    It was easy to install and has been 100% reliable so far.

    To save txt charges, I'm not using the alarm functions much. But they can easily be turned on when wanted. I have also disabled the alarm auto-arm. I could never quite set the configuration exactly as I wanted - there seems no way to stop the move alarm from calling as well as txting, you can with the vibration and shock sensor.

    As well as short back-up battery life, one of the learnings has been that it is twice as expensive to run as you budget. You end up paying twice each time you call the unit - for the call txt and for the response...

    But next time I would be thinking of getting a similar unit, but with the bigger backup battery.

    It looses points for fiddly configuration and poor documentation - all in all I'd rate it as about 8.5 of 10

    I'm going to put one on every bike I own.

    Just my $0.02
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    GPS Tracker - bonus

    The bike just called.

    The tracker was unhappy - not seeing enough volts.

    This is the alert you get if the battery is pulled from the bike.

    But I'd just left the key on, and thus the headlights, when I got home a couple or three hours earlier.

    Nice of it to warn me, those DR-Z batteries are just a bit too darned small...
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  7. #22
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    You would have preferred the warning 20 min after you had gone to bed?
    I've been told. Dreaming`s free.
    Think I'll go, back to sleep.
    Everybody listen, voices in my head
    Everybody listen, do yours say, what mine says?

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