Cyclone C11 Bike alarm

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Hi Guys, I purchased a Cyclone C11 bike alarm from N cook security and thought you might like my experience. One of my previous "lives" was a car alarm fitter, fitting Cobra, Lazerline, Scorpion alarm systems costing lots of money. Coming from the premium car alarm arena you are brainwashed into believing that all cheaper alarms are either going to be trouble, lack features or ineffective and so purchasing a bike alarm costing under £25  was a huge leap of faith. The Cyclone C11 alarm is made in China and this only seems to have affected the cost of the alarm as neither the quality or features seemed to have suffered from its origins. I was particularly impressed with the small size of the main unit and the quality of the remote controls which are of a heavy chrome construction and would probably still work if you ran them over with a truck! Fitting was a breeze and N Cook Security who I would highly recommend, were very helpful and provided a dedicated wiring diagram specific to my bike.
The fitting of the alarm was straight forward but always start by disconnecting the negative side of your battery. The complicated part was figuring out where to fit the main control unit and then unbolting lots of parts to hide it. One of the things that most DIY alarm fitters do is find the easiest place to fit the control box, it also makes it easy for the thief to find it too. You want to find a hard to reach place that is dry and also not next to something that runs hot like an exhaust pipe. The main box has a sticky pad to secure it but I also fitted a tie wrap to make sure the control unit stayed put. The same consideration should be given to the sounder and wiring. The sound needs to get out so pay attention to where this goes. Once these are fitted it is a simple matter of following the wiring diagram making sure that you solder and heatshrink the connections. Crimps or skotch blocks are not recommended as these are the biggest cause of alarm failure or false triggering. 

Once this is completed, check your connections twice, then reconnect your bike battery and start your bike. Do the normal pre MOT testing of your lights and indicators to ensure that nothing is wrong. Next turn the bike off and make sure its in neutral. Press the padlock button on your remote and the bike should beep, flash the indicators and the blue led should flash. Tap the bike and you should get a voice warning followed by some beeps. Tap it again and the alarm should go off. Once you have tested this, try the remote starting. This should be done off road. Next start the bike with the key and try the kill feature.

Remember your alarm is only as good as the installation. In my experience 99.9% or faults are due to bad installation. This alarm does not have battery backup so ensure that the wires are hidden and cant be reached. Solder your connections then waterproof them. Most importantly you should recognize your capabilities and if you don't know what your doing be smart by finding a qualified fitter before you either blow your alarm up or your bike.


Have fun! And keep safe. Remember cheap doesn't always mean crap. This alarm is stunning value for money and I can't fault the quality.

Kind regards, Shaun  
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