Radar Detector??

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by mrpete64, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. mrpete64

    mrpete64 Been here awhile

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    I am thinking about buying a radar detector. I was looking at the TPX that is made for a bike and is waterproof.

    I would appreciate any insight(s) you might offer regarding this matter. I know absolutely nothing about this device and am interested in hearing from you regarding what to purchase.


    Thanks for you help.
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  2. Paul Mihalka

    Paul Mihalka Old Fart

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    You will get many different answers. User reports on the TPX are not very good. Not the most sensitive you can get. It is convenient and has built in systems for rider warning. Again by user reports the tops is the Valentine with high sensibility and arrows to tell you where the radar is. If you don't want to spend a lot of money Escort has always on Ebay factory refurbished model 8500 detectors with warranty for $150. I have one of them. Sensitivity is good, but does not have all the bells and whistles of a Valentine. What is very important to plan on a audio or very visible warning to the rider. You can't count on seeing or hearing the warning of a detector.
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    TwoShots Vagabond

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  4. pearlblue1800

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  5. price

    price Adventurer

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    I have owned many radar detectors, Passports, Fox and a couple of others, the Valentine 1 is the only way to go. What is a big ticket worth? Save money on a detector? get tickets, or just ride unprotected and pray.
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  6. manganos

    manganos Let me pontificate.

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    Beltroincs STi Driver :gerg
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  7. NJ Moto

    NJ Moto Running Free

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    I wouldn't say the V1 is the only way to go. As a V1 and Passport 8500 X50 owner I can tell you that sensitivity is nearly identical between these two units. The reason I prefer the 8500 is because it exhibits far less false alarms.

    Oh, I really like the built-in voltage monitor too.:)
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  8. mrpete64

    mrpete64 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for your suggestions.
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  9. DirtFarmer

    DirtFarmer Has anyone seen my mother

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    +1

    I bought mine from Best Buy. At the time they offered a 3 year service contract for $11.
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  10. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    I have a Vmax and run the V1. I trust it, twice over kind of trust it. This bike runs best in the 80+ range.
    Remember you also will need some speeding tactics.
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  11. Firestorm

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    I have the beltronics 995.......

    Works great... But allot of things will set it off. Radar doors at gas stations.Police use 60% use K, the KA then X. But i've noticed it seems like 90% of the police I see on the road use KA.

    But as always drive safely out there.
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    Xeraux Archvillain

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  13. blsexton

    blsexton Been here awhile

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    I ran a V1 with the MC adapter box through a headset for years on my RT with an ECU Shelf. Absolutely loved it- and the software is update-able for the V1s, definitely a plus.
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  14. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

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    I just have a cheap Whistler radar/laser detector that I've been using for about 15 years

    I can barely see it in the daytime or hear it. But it sure seems to pick em up. I've had it go off out in the high desert of Eastern Oregon many times and not see any cops for 4 or 5 minutes then come around a corner and bingo there's a trooper on the side of the road!

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  15. AZ_ADV_RIDER

    AZ_ADV_RIDER Demons In My Helmet

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    I have used a Beltronics V940 Detector for the last couple of years on my bike and couldn't be happier. I live in a town that has speed traps galore and is swarming with radar happy cops who are bent on providing additional income for the city - I have yet to get a speeding ticket even with my "flexible" driving habits around the Western US. It's not waterproof (I live in the desert) but if it does rain, I just pop it off its mount and put it in a water tight case - I never ride fast in the rain so don't need it. Cost is around $145 (Amazon) and the reviews I have read online are excellent - it can't be beat price/performance IMO!

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  16. Harry Swan

    Harry Swan One more time

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    I read those reports on the Adaptiv TPX not being as good as the Escort & V1 but after running into Wayne from Adaptiv in Bend this summer I bought one anyway. I do like the mount and it works great with my J&M sound setup ... and in at least one ride two weeks ago it did it's job better than an Escort Passport. I got the signal and slowed from the TPX but my friend didn't see anything on his Escort mounted on his windshield and he got tagged for 88 in a 55 MPH zone. That ticket cost him $446! He relies on lights and I assume he just didn't see them. Got to admit, it aint' worth a damn if you don't get the warning.
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  17. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

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    Expensive lesson. If he wants to rely on lights he needs either the HARD or VISUAL ALERT

    I personally like audio alerts, my eyes are busy enough. I run a cable to my sound isolating earbuds.... sometimes mixing music in as well.

    One other thing.... I've been using a detector religiously for decade now and find it generally less effective as the speed limit increases. I.E. as you move up the ladder to straighter/faster major routes and especially the slab, the cops start using more sophisticated equipment (instant-on radar and laser) where a detector won't help. Thankfully for me, in the really twisty backroads, the only place I care to speed significantly, the cops only tend to use constant-on, where my detector is very reliable.
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  18. Gizmo

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    +1, I too have had experience with other radar detectors and I prefer the V-1 for sensitivity and the amount of useful information it provides on the nature of and level of threat presented.
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  19. mrpete64

    mrpete64 Been here awhile

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    Again, thanks for you suggestions. I appreciate it.
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  20. fast*st

    fast*st Dirt rookie.

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    Another path to follow is to monitor the CB freq when hammering on the slabs, should be 19 east/west and sometimes 15 north/south. I've found I can get an 80 mile advanced warning on any stationary traps just by listening, as well as construction backups.
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