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Old 07-22-2013, 08:29 PM   #1
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Review of XENA XX Series Disc-Lock Alarm (XX6 SS)
Just received the Xena XX6 alarm I ordered from PowerSport Superstore via Amazon for $64.19 (including shipping). The Stainless Steel version in this size is no longer listed on Xena's website, so being discontinued could be the reason for the discounted price.

http://www.xenasecurity.com/product/...X6Black/page1/

One review suggested practicing removing and replacing the battery compartment before installing it, because when the battery is in place but the compartment is not, the alarm will sound. (NOTE: Leave the plastic "Remove Before Using" strip intact and in place until you're done practicing.) It shouldn't take more than a few minutes and a couple tries to get it down fast enough. The process isn't particularly complicated, but with the alarm blaring it could be much more difficult (and annoying). When I was done and tried to pull the tab out of a closed unit it just tore off, so I ended up having to dismantal it one more time. Warning beeps started sounding before I was done.


SENSITIVITY

To test it I unlocked the steering column and started to straighten the handlebars, and that's all it took to set off the alarm.


MIS-FIRING?

The lock is supposed to be dis-armed when the button is up. When I went to change the lock position the next day, the lock gave a sort of warning type beep. It was silent when I put it on the ground for a few minutes, but beeped again a few times when I was putting it back on the disk. Then it was quiet again. Since the instructions say it will beep if the battery compartment is removed, I'm guessing that the movement might have caused the sensors to think the battery compartment had been removed.


LOUDNESS

About as loud as a fire alarm or maybe the beep a truck makes when it backs up.


BATTERY

Although I read different models may require different sizes and quantities of batteries (one review said 6 expensive watch batteries), this one takes just one lithium battery (standard shaped CR3 3V). It's estimated to last 8 months.


TURN KEY CLOCKWISE TO OPEN

Although the key will turn counterclockwise, it won't unlock, possibly making it seem like the lock is stuck on the disk.


INSTRUCTIONS

Are folded so small you may not notice them until recycling the packaging. They are also available online.

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Old 07-23-2013, 03:14 AM   #2
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I've got an XX6 and an XX10, and you've just reminded me to change the batteries.

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Old 08-15-2013, 01:03 PM   #3
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thanks for the detailed review. It has been sometime that you have the alarm. What do you think of it now?

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Old 08-15-2013, 05:22 PM   #4
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thanks for the detailed review. It has been sometime that you have the alarm. What do you think of it now?
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No false alarms yet (from animals or the wind. Also no real alarms )

Negative:
I'm not sure if the unlocking mechanism is really getting more finicky, or if my patience is just waning. I used to be able to get it open while only the warning beeps were sounding. This last time the actual alarm went off before I managed to get the key to work, and I was seriously wishing I'd had my earplugs in at the time. I'm going to try holding the lock in place more firmly next time and see if that reduces movement enough to prevent the warning beeps from sounding. I'll be sure to post again if the unlock-ability gets worse and I end up permanently removing it for fear of it getting stuck there (or my hearing getting damaged from the alarm going off repeatedly within an arms length of my ears).

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Old 08-15-2013, 06:10 PM   #5
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Dielectric grease in the keyhole. Mine got rough in the tumblers after a few months of regular exposure to rain, which made the release a bit finnicky.

The XX10 is even worse, since it's a double-locking device. The secondary lock gets hung up on the rotor every once in a while. Just gotta make sure to pull it straight back, instead of just snatching it out hastily.

Still, great locks. I don't have much need for them these days, but they are great peace of mind.

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Old 08-15-2013, 06:40 PM   #6
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Dielectric grease in the keyhole.
Thanks, I'll look for some of this. Lock hasn't been in the rain at all (or even much damp air in recent weeks actually), but being an older model, who knows what kind of storage conditions it was in before purchase.

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Old 09-28-2013, 08:26 AM   #7
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Holding the key-hole portion of the lock flat against the brake disc before inserting the key definitely helps. As a general rule, if I put my earplugs in beforehand, the alarm will not even chirp during the process. If I don't put in my earplugs first, it chirps and occasionally goes off.


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I'm not sure if the unlocking mechanism is really getting more finicky, or if my patience is just waning. I used to be able to get it open while only the warning beeps were sounding. This last time the actual alarm went off before I managed to get the key to work, and I was seriously wishing I'd had my earplugs in at the time. I'm going to try holding the lock in place more firmly next time and see if that reduces movement enough to prevent the warning beeps from sounding.

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Old 09-28-2013, 05:54 PM   #8
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I have this lock and it has worked flawlessly for a couple years now. Parking downtown I've seen and heard it ward off a few people including a friend of mine who wanted to sit on my new bike before I came down to greet him lol. Said it scared the crap out of him when the alarm sounded lol. There are the aforementioned little niggles, but I haven't once changed the battery yet. When unlocking, I place my hand over the sound holes, and if for some reason it goes off (it never does now that I have experience with unlocking it) the alarm doesn't hurt your ears

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Old 09-28-2013, 06:29 PM   #9
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Good to know about the lack of false alarms. I've been worried since my bikes are pretty much right next to my neighbor's bedroom window. They're nice but I don't think they're that nice! :D

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Old 09-29-2013, 10:07 AM   #10
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Good to know about the lack of false alarms. I've been worried since my bikes are pretty much right next to my neighbor's bedroom window. They're nice but I don't think they're that nice! :D
On a sort of related note, I read here ( http://lockitt.com/XenasecurityInfo.htm ) that

"When the XENA unit is triggered, it will sound 2 short beeps and then the alarm will sound for 15 seconds before it goes silent and re-arms itself."

However, my experience was that it seemed to ring longer than that, but I didn't wait to see how long it would make noise before I managed to get it unlocked (which silenced it). If anyone knows how long the alarm will truly sound before going silent and re-arming itself (or before the noise just wears out the battery), that would be a useful piece of info since I'd rather not bother the neighbors or wear out the battery by going out to test it.

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Old 05-29-2014, 11:34 AM   #11
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I bought the Xena 15mm.

Excellent. Easy to use. No issues so far. I have had it 3 months. Has never done a false alarm overnight or anything but I have set it off forgetting its there.

definitely buy. Its easy to store under the seat too!

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