We tested the 986G Steelmate alarm, remote control for your motorcycle
We tested the 986G Steelmate alarm, remote control for your motorcycle
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First of all we have to thank Steelmate Spain for giving us one of their 986G Steelmate alarms to perform this test. The second thing is to warn you that this is not a test to use, since it is not about anything that we can climb and twist its ear to see how it goes. And the third is to thank Diego who has lent us his Triumph Street Triple as a guinea pig to install the alarm and see how it goes.

As soon as we received the package containing the alarm at home, we could see that inside it goes practically everything you need to install it on any motorcycleEven to the original kit they added a conveniently wired relay in case we wanted to opt for the installation with remote engine start. In the box we find the alarm control unit, the 120 dB siren, a pair of system controls and the necessary charger for these controls, the warning led that is installed on the motorcycle and the wiring necessary for installation. An installation manual is also included. With all this, after studying the instructions, we got down to work to see how the Triumph was left with the alarm.

Steelmate 986G alarm

And it is not that the instructions are complicated or that the alarm requires a deep knowledge of electronics, but with the manual's diagram in one hand, the motorcycle's electrical diagram in the other and all the devices deployed on the motorcycle we entered a kind of metaphysical doubt about what we were doing. Should we cut around here? Is this the turn signal wires? And since it was not a question of burning something on the motorcycle or melting the alarm control unit, we decided to require the help of a specialized workshop in Triumph so that they would solve the ballot to us. Despite the fact that in the advertising of the alarm they say that it is easy to install and that you only have to connect six cables, it is not the same to reach for your own motorcycle than someone else's motorcycle, so the option chosen was the safer for everyone.

A week later and after paying a few euros we had the motorcycle with the alarm perfectly installed. And boy, was it perfectly installed, because as soon as we started it up and gave it a couple of shoves, it started to beep as if it were the end of the world. And it is that the scandal that it arms goes a long way in a closed place, in addition to the intermittences giving flashes and the control vibrating like crazy. The silence when it turns off is very welcome. What happens is that of the promised 120 dB the dB meter of my mobile only reached 81 dB, with which it will be necessary to check if the alarm increases in intensity in a place with fewer neighbors nearby.

Steelmate 986G alarm

As we have already mentioned, we opted for the simplest installation, advised by the mechanic of the workshop who informed us that he had installed some of these alarms and had had problems with the remote start due to the checks of the electronics of the Triumph. The control unit fits perfectly in the hole under the motorcycle seat, and the siren was placed on one of the sides of the rear sub-chassis so that it is hidden under the motorcycle's tail caps. The command after loading it offers us enough options to control all the functions of the alarm.

The scope is more than enoughWe even got to test it with the bike in the underground garage and the remote control five floors above and it still had some coverage. So it seems that those 5,000 m that they promise us in the instructions are quite true. Although they stay in 3,000 m to be able to command on the motorcycle.

Steelmate 986G alarm

The control is simple as the solo, and it has only three buttons, one to activate the alarm, another to deactivate it, and a third to start the motorcycle remotely (in the case of having installed that option). With these buttons we can handle all the options, although for some we have to use the manual to remember the combination of buttons to touch. The one with the closed padlock, as we have already said, activates the alarm. This is so when we press it only once, and if the alarm is triggered, the remote will beep five times and vibrate to attract your attention. If the motorcycle receives another hit in the next 15 seconds, the remote control will beep three times and vibrate for 30 seconds, showing you the movement icons and the flashing indicators. On the motorcycle, on the first impact, three beeps will be heard with the turn signals on and on the second impact the siren will sound for 15 seconds with the turn signals flashing for 15 seconds, in both cases the engine will lock up. There is an option in which the alarm goes into silent mode, when you press the activation button twice, a mode in which the motorcycle's siren does not work, but the remote continues to give the same warnings with the first and second blows that detects. With this option the motorcycle does not emit noise, but the indicators do turn on. The screen displays a crossed-out speaker icon for silent mode and with the speaker broadcasting for normal mode.

The other button on the remote control is to deactivate the alarm. When we press it, the motorcycle's siren emits two beeps and the indicators turn on twice. In command we will see an open padlock indicating this situation. Even so, If in 30 seconds you do not touch the motorcycle or start the engine, the alarm is automatically activated, emitting a beep and flashing the turn signals. If you put the key in the lock while the alarm is armed and you put it in the ignition position, the alarm will begin to beep along with flashing of the indicators at the same time that the remote control will show icons that indicate that you are trying to start the alarm. motorcycle. If you have activated the anti-kidnapping option, you can turn off the engine of the motorcycle remotely (if you are not on the motorcycle yourself). There is also a function called "panic" in which by pressing the arming button and the start button, the motorcycle will beep like crazy on its own. Another detail is that while you use the motorcycle, when you arrive at a gas station, without activating the alarm, when you remove the key from the motorcycle, it beeps to warn you that it is not activated, just like when you return and put the key in the lock to restart.

Steelmate 986G alarm

Finally let's talk about the alarm sensitivity, which offers three options ranging from the most sensitive to the least “delicate”. In the most sensitive position, with a simple slap on the motorcycle seat the alarm is triggered, while in the least sensitive option you have to give the motorcycle a good kick to make it go off. Calibration is very simple and is done through the remote, adjusting it to your preferences and the environment where you are going to park it. Finally, the remote control has a battery check option, which comes in handy so that the consumption of the alarm itself does not give you the unpleasant surprise of having exhausted the battery. Although you have to remember to press the button to check the load from time to time. And the remote will also have to be charged, although after more than a month charged the charge indicator has not dropped a single of the three bars it has.

In short, the alarm offers us extra protection on our motorcycle, by price of 162 euros (10% less than the initial price) although shipping costs will have to be added to this price and if in the end you do not dare to do the installation yourself, the amount of labor for the workshop you go to. Is it expensive for you? Well, I think this is like ABS, with the fact that I save the motorcycle only once, you have already amortized the money paid out.

Note: The 986G Steelmate alarm It was loaned by Steelmate Spain. For more information, consult our policy of relations with companies.

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