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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I'm gonna get a ticket real soon if I don't get some protection. I don't see any radar detectors advertised for motorcycles and am wondering why. Instead of an alarm why not have a super-bright red light next to the instrument cluster as a warning? Help?
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Re: Anyone know anything about radar detectors on motorcycles? (Area 51)

You can use one from a car, you just need to either hard wire a power lead to the bike or get a cigarette lighter style power outlet. There are stands that will slide into the steering stem to mount them on, or some people put them in a tankbag and will hook up a screamer to boost the alarm sound so they can hear it in their helmet.

Search google for motorcycle radar, there are some websites dedicated to bikes.
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Re: Anyone know anything about radar detectors on motorcycles? (Area 51)

Try here http://radar-detectors.com/goo...oogle They have some jammers too that are supposed to work hand in hand with the detectors.

I'm in the process of doing the same thing. Just recently coming back from being oversesa for 6 years I cringe at the mere sight of the po-po when i'm on the bike or in the car, and hope they aren't on the prowl. I have got to do something. My average commute speed back and forth to work there was 105 MPH and got passed by a good number of cars then. Here it's about 70-75 and the speed limit is 45-55.
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Re: Anyone know anything about radar detectors on motorcycles? (Area 51)

Valentine 1 is all you need to know.

I have one on my V-Strom, never been popped or even close
Pricey but so is one ticket.

Take a look below it has forward and rear facing radar, arrows wich indicate direction of cop along with bogy number and strength. It also cancels out the city garbage such as door alarms. Small processor chip does that. Wired into the little black box on the right is the audio for wiring into a helmet. That to comes from Valentine. http://www.valentine1.com/ $399 for the detector and $49 for the audio box. You will have to hard wire it to the bike, not hard since the detector comes with the hook up kit.




Modified by BALLS at 7:17 PM 8/18/2005
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Re: Anyone know anything about radar detectors on motorcycles? (Highsider)

Hey highside,
I ran with a radar in my car for a while. Probably about one out of five to ten NC highway patrolmen use the radar. Most of them just had it turned off, either not trying to catch anyone, waiting to pulse a fast mover, or most of the time using vascar. When I finally did get pulled over (in my car) I saw the guy before the radar went off (he was behind a bridge). He said that he switched b/w vascar and radar pretty much everyday. So its really a fifty-fifty chance at best that your radar will warn you in time. Vascar has come back b/c its pretty much undetectable and is much easier to calculate now than it use to be b/c of technology. What they use kind of depends on the location they are setup (go line of sight, etc) and how many patrolmen are helping I guess.
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Re: Anyone know anything about radar detectors on motorcycles? (BALLS)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by BALLS »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Valentine 1 is all you need to know.
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+1
 
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Re: Anyone know anything about radar detectors on motorcycles? (TLSer)

V1 is best but dont get a drop of water on it.
 
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Re: Anyone know anything about radar detectors on motorcycles? (Busamouse)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Busamouse »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">V1 is best but dont get a drop of water on it.
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Zip-loc bag and rubber band solves that.
Did a 1400 mile weekend 90% rain never had a problem with the V1 enclosed in the bag.
 
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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
I use a V1 along with the HARD system. HARD is a heads-up display which has a led light in your helmet. It is wireless. True both are not water proof. HARD cost me $150 and it is great. I don't go anywhere without it.
 
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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Re: (Duk748)

Escort 8500 X50.

Performs better than the Valentine in most comparisons and still less expensive at $299 or $339 if you prefer blue LED's.
 
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
I have an 8500 x50 with the laser blinder M20 and HARD for my helmet. You need the hard sys because at any speed you can hear the detector and would want to watching that rather than the road. I have had good results and bad. Like the hard sys is very bright at night and I need to point it downward. I turn it off in town. The laser jammer has saved me from a rediculous ticket that would have beed 30 over posted(hwy). If you lok on Ebay you can get the blue led 8500 for 185 and I got the rest from Radar Busters.
 
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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
I have both the V1 & Escort 8500 as well as the HARD System ... which I no longer find myself using. I prefer the 8500 hands down for the bikes because it is far more compact, has a built in earphone jack & produces less false s than the V1 while providing the same or better radar alert protection. I even run the 8500 with suction cups on the windscreen of my Duc ST (70k miles & it only fell off once with a set of hard POS Pilot Road tires). The V1's directional arrows are just great & I run the V1 exclusively in my cars. but in order to run an earphone on the V1 a separate earphone adapter needs to be purchased. This not only adds another 45.00 or so to the cost of the unit but makes the V1 even bulkier. This may be fine on bigger bikes like a GS but it is too much mass on sport bikes, imho.

The HARD system is well done & the lack of wires is a great selling point but the reality is these radar detectors detect K band, X band, & Laser ... each of which gives off a unique audio signal & each unique audio signal merits a different reaction from the rider or driver. The HARD System just flashes a light & that light does not discriminate between any of the aforementioned bands. So to get the max benefits from a detector you need to hear the signal. For earphones I use a single ER-6 Etymotic in my right ear with the other earphone tied off tho the cord & protected & a earplug in my left ear.

I've been running this setup for some years now & it flat out works for me. What I'd really like a wireless audio signal & then I'd be a really happy guy.
 
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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
I used to use an Escort Solo II with a set of EAR custom molded headphones. I had the detector mounted to the top triple with a headphone extension wire running from the headphone jack and under the tank. The female end came out where my left leg touched the tank. I plugged in the headphones at the point.

The detector worked well most of the time but sometimes it would alert without an producing an audible tone (I could see theh alert on the display). Because of that I never had 100% confidence in its effectiveness and I always took it easy with the speed defeating the purpose of a detector. Battery life is not great either. I ended up dropping the detector and breaking it and I have never replaced it.
 
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