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08/03/2007 - Tech-Spot: Honda’s HISS

Honda were the first manufacturer to introduce their own immobiliser system onto mass-production motorcycles.

Honda’s H.I.S.S. (Honda Ignition Security System) has been around for almost a decade and has undergone refinements to keep ahead of bike thieves.

H.I.S.S. features a fail-safe electronic interlock that prevents the engine from being started in any way other than using the motorcycle's two original keys. Totally disabling the engine at the very heart of its ignition system, the system cannot be bypassed by either hot-wiring the ignition or exchanging the ignition switch module, thus effectively deterring joyriders and greatly reducing the possibility of ride-away theft.

A highly visible red warning LED is built into the instrument panel of the bike which warns-off potential thieves by constantly blinking at a five-second interval for a period of 24 hours, then switching off while the Ignition Security system itself remains fully active and alert. A large, diamond-shaped H.I.S.S. sticker on top of the fuel tank cover clearly indicates the presence of this highly effective security system, providing a strong message for would-be bike thieves to look elsewhere for easier pickings.

Honda's H.I.S.S. 2 was launched in 2003 and by passing Thatcham’s five-minute attack test won Category 2 approval from them. What sets the new system apart from its predecessor is a secure bracket, which holds the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) in place, making its removal almost impossible. The new system was developed by Honda in conjunction with vehicle alarm specialist, Datatool.