Tech Views — Vol. 4 H.I.S.S.

How Do You Protect The Bike You Love from People Who Would Steal It


How Do You Protect The Bike You Love from People Who Would Steal It

One of the things riders hate and fear most is 'theft.' We hear on the news that "gangs of bike thieves are running rampant" throughout the world. Unforgivable, but how can we protect our bikes from theft? There are countless anti-theft devices sold specifically for motorcycles, including U-locks, wire locks and chains. These items may, in fact, have an effect on reducing theft, but are they enough for total protection?

It goes without saying that Honda has also taken countermeasures, and one way in which Honda is battling motorcycle theft is with its Honda Ignition Security System (H.I.S.S.). H.I.S.S. is an electronic anti-theft device (called an immobilizer) that automatically disables the starting of the engine by means of electronic control.

Stop and get off the bike, remove the ignition key - and from that moment on H.I.S.S. begins to work... an effective amulet to ward off theft.

H.I.S.S. = Honda Ignition Security System


Simply turn off the engine and remove the ignition key, and H.I.S.S. goes immediately into action.

Honda's immobilizer is called the Honda Ignition Security System (H.I.S.S.), which electronically controls the starting of the engine.

H.I.S.S. Q&A

What is the Honda Ignition Security System (H.I.S.S.)? I understand that it starts operating the instant the ignition key is removed. That is to say, there's no need to turn on any switch or perform any other extra operations...

User Reviews

Let's talk to users who have actual experience with H.I.S.S., and hear their comments and opinions about how convenient it is, and what sort of anti-theft effects H.I.S.S offers.

Tsutomu 'Ben' Matsui

Tsutomu 'Ben' Matsui (b. 1963, Tokyo)

Since 1986, motorcycle journalist Tsutomu Matsui has contributed interviews, riding impressions and first-hand race reports to a host of magazines and specialty motorcycle publications. He has also ridden in the Paris-Dakar and Baja 1000 rallies.