PassTime GPS has the Motorcycle Tracker that You Need

Aug 31, 2022

I remember the day that I bought my Road Glide. I was so happy to have one after riding a few other bikes that just didn’t fit right. I pulled it into the garage, shined it up, then took it out to a local bike night. That someone might try to steal my baby never occurred to me. 

Fast forward a few hours to me walking out in the parking lot and realizing that my bike wasn’t there. A couple of people who had been milling around outside told me they saw it getting picked up by a flatbed tow truck a few minutes earlier. Fortunately, they caught the name of the towing company and I could recover my bike before I lost it forever.

Over the years, I’ve tried a few different anti-theft devices, but none of them quite fit what I was looking for. Many required significant installation, others charged me a healthy chunk of change each month for a subscription. So when PassTime GPS told me about their Encore unit–how it didn’t need to be installed and required no subscription–it intrigued me. 

According to Statista, motorcycle theft in the United States is increasing by up to 30 percent year over year. Whether you’re renting out a bike or taking care of your personal ride, that’s a number that should stop you in your tracks. Theft prevention is difficult with motorcycles. They’re small enough to be lifted into trucks (or onto a flatbed), few of them have any type of security system, and fork locks are easily broken. But even if none of this were true, a tracking device provides peace of mind that nothing else can provide. 

The folks at PassTime GPS were kind enough to send us a unit to try. I’ve been using it for a couple of months now, attached to my wife’s Indian Scout. Since this is the bike that we rent out on Riders Share, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to put the device through its paces. 

The first thing you’ll notice is that installation isn’t really installation at all. It’s a matter of placing the device in a location that’s secure. Once that’s done, it just works. There’s no wiring required. PassTime GPS tells me that the battery will last up to about four years when used according to their recommendations. 

Once the unit is registered and in place, it will start tracking location. This is where things get interesting. PassTime GPS was originally marketed to people who own car dealerships where they have a higher likelihood of needing to repossess a car. As such, the interface is fairly business oriented. But that won’t stop you from using it for a single bike. If you happen to have a few, then it really starts to shine. 

From your Dashboard, you’ll see a Device Status that shows an overview of each unit. 

If you click on a unit, you’re then taken to the Vehicles screen where you can see an individual motorcycle’s information. This is where you’ll change the Power Mode, and where you can look at the location data history.

There are loads of options when it comes to notifications, and you can choose where each of them is sent. The device includes the notifications that you’d expect, such as trip start and end, as well as event and power. But it then goes further with tow detection, mileage and speed alerts, and you can even create geofence areas where you’ll be notified if your bike leaves.

In the time that I’ve been using the device, I’ve found it to be accurate, reliable, and it answers the problems that I had with other units. In fact, I like the unit so much that we’ve decided to put our name on it. If you want to buy your own PassTime GPS tracker, you can do so by heading to this page. Your purchase includes three years of service, after which you can choose to continue service for a mere $15 per year. 

We never want to think about our bikes being stolen. But there’s a lot to be said for having the peace of mind that comes with knowing where yours is at all times.