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Old 05-08-2006, 06:17 AM   #1
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Radar detector for a motorcycle? Anyone?

I don't drive fast in my truck but the bike is another story. The VMAX just wants to roll about 10-15mph over the posted limit? Here in FL the roads are so straight that 80 feels like standing still. Just wondering if there was a motorcycle specific radar or what some of you guys are running for rader detectors?

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Old 05-08-2006, 06:26 AM   #2
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Whistler makes a MC specific model, had breakfast yesterday with a guy who had one mounted on a FJR. He said it works well. I have a Valentine 1 on my R.
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Old 05-08-2006, 08:29 AM   #3
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Valentine one........ Front & rear sensors, arrows - front back side.

Its expensive but will pay for itself.....
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Old 05-08-2006, 08:54 AM   #4
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The trick is to not only get a good radar detector (the V1 imho), but to hear or see the thing when it goes off. Get a Visual Alert from Marc Parnes.

Saved me a ton of cash on a recent trip across the country...

http://www.marcparnes.com/Visual_Alert.htm

not the best picture, but you see the Visual Alert on top of the V1.

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Old 05-09-2006, 11:18 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info.
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Old 05-09-2006, 02:04 PM   #6
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4 out of 5 veteran speeders agree: Valentine 1 is it.



I wire the sound output from the V-1's Remote Audio Adapter into my helmet, along with intercom and music from an iPod. The detector is on a priority channel, so it mutes the rest when it goes off.
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Old 05-09-2006, 02:09 PM   #7
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The Valentine 1 with the remote audio adapter works well for me. Wire it up so you can hear it in your helmet. The sound plus the visual information provided by the V1 is far and away superior to any other radar detector. Worth every penny. No substitute.
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Old 05-09-2006, 03:25 PM   #8
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never used one on a bike, but have tried many different types in cars.

Valentine has em all beat hands down.

Tells you which direction, how many, and if I remember correctly, how far away. borrowed one on a x-country trip. Man, amazing device.
If i commuted on anything buy my airhead (<75 only) I'd have a valentine.

Keep in mind it has sensors facing different directions.
It should be mounted so that your body isn't blocking the rear facing sensor.
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Old 05-09-2006, 04:57 PM   #9
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I have used an Escort 8500 on my bike for the past 5 years and have literally escaped hundreds of tickets. It doesn't have directional arrows like the V1, but is very high quality piece of equipment. The Escort and V1 and perhaps the new Bel are the only viable detector options, everything else is junk.
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Old 05-09-2006, 07:35 PM   #10
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Old 05-09-2006, 08:33 PM   #11
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Don't mean to hijack but what sort of mounts do you all use? Doug (husband) just got an Escort 8500 off ebay. This will go on his 1150GS Sport. Thanks,

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Old 05-10-2006, 09:23 PM   #12
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Check with RCU, Hoon Hardware and Legal Speeding. I use a homemade mount I made with some leftover parts and a scrap piece of plexiglass I formed with a heat gun. It's waterproof and does the job and best of all it was free!!! I'm cheap, what can I say?
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Old 05-10-2006, 09:44 PM   #13
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V1, RCU Mount, remote audio into helmet (like Emoto's). Perfect for me.

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Old 05-11-2006, 05:40 AM   #14
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V1, RCU Mount, remote audio into helmet (like Emoto's). Perfect for me.
Another vote for the V1.

Which RCU mount are you speaking of??
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Old 05-11-2006, 07:36 AM   #15
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Another vote for the V1.

Which RCU mount are you speaking of??
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I have the RCU model for the 1150GS Adventure, but they make designs for other bikes as well. It is just a shelf on which you can add anything you want. I place my V1 to the right side so I can see it easily alongside the instrument cluster in front of me, but the rear facing antenna can see past my body on the right. The shelf also helps reduce glare on the instruments in the daytime. Works for me.
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