Radar Detectors

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Prodaddy, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. Prodaddy

    Prodaddy Adventurer

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    Am going to install a radar detection system on my 2013 GS WC. Instructions say attach directly to the battery. Will this adversarially affect the CAN-BUS system in my bike if i don't install an auxiliary power fuse panel?
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  2. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer

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    I don't have a '13. On my '09, though, anything connected directly to the battery has no issues with CANBUS. Don't forget to turn it off as it will drain your battery. Ask me how I know.

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  3. IndyTiger800

    IndyTiger800 Been here awhile

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    Your radar led will have a fuse in it. It will be the same as putting in a fuse block except you will have power all of the time. Don't forget to turn it off.
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  4. bobbybob

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    Wire it into an accessory plug's wire. That will handle it just fine. Use Posi-taps.
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  5. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Install a fuse block triggered from ignition and don't worry about it....
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  6. mefly2

    mefly2 Long timer

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    Holy smoke! Does yours go fast enough to need a radar detector ... Valentine ???
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  7. WindSailor

    WindSailor Been here awhile

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    ^^^^^Ditto^^^^^^

    Let us know which one you get.

    I've been considering getting one -which the wife sourly disapproves of- . If I do, I think it will be one made for a car and installed on a bike. I don't think the motorcycle versions have the tech the car ones do.

    Tested: Adaptiv TPX Radar Detector

    Which is the World's Best Radar Detector?

    Those are somewhat dated, but good reading anyway.
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  8. JetSpeed

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    I wired my Passport X50 into the accessory plug with the OEM connector on my 05 and it worked just fine (as stated above), I also had a Nuvi 550 wired into the same plug together without any trouble, and I didn't have to bother with manually powering them down.
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  9. double_entendre

    double_entendre Ticking away the....

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    I've had an (unused) Valentine for years. Always thought it would make an interesting project to see if I could disassemble it and make it a stealth install. I've always thought that having a radar detector front and center on the dash took your odds of talking your way out of a ticket from slim to none.
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  10. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    I have a 2013 GS-W and I powered my V-1 off the circuit for the GPS. Works fine. No canbus issues, even when also running 2 GPS units. :lol3

    Beware of radartest. I seem to recall that they are owned by the people selling detectors other than the V-1, and amazingly, they don't rate the V-1 as high as the ones they sell. I am shocked, shocked I tell you. :deal

    [​IMG]
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  11. biometrics

    biometrics Been here awhile

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    I notice no one posting so far has a location in Virginia... and lucky you are. For anyone who lives in Virginia (or those who would consider passing through Virginia) and are considering such a modification... let me warn you ahead of time that Radar Detectors are ILLEGAL :deal in this state, and if you are stopped by the police and they see it, it WILL be confiscated... :eek1:huh

    If you physically attach it to your bike, such as the "stealth" installation that has been suggested in this thread, I don't think it would be impossible for your whole bike to be confiscated! :eek1

    Let's be careful out there! -John
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  12. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    If you are in VA, carry an el-cheapo sacrificial detector to hand over. :wink:
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  13. double_entendre

    double_entendre Ticking away the....

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    Virginia: Sic semper tyrannis. The DMV doesn't count. :evil
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  14. Spacelord

    Spacelord Mutha Mutha

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    Or.... Carry a padded envelope in your tank bag addressed to yourself with postage already paid. If you get pulled over stick it in the envelope and seal it.
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  15. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    Got love the dimwitted lawmakers in Virginia
    antiquated laws
    I still can't believe this law is on the books

    off my soapbox.. once again :rofl
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  16. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    good luck trying to quickly hide the real one while you're on a motorcycle and they're pulling you over.
    My solution: avoid the beautiful, but politically corrupt state altogether :lol3
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  17. PackRat

    PackRat Huey Guns

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    When I go to Va I just stick the V-1 in my front "Stich" pocket and zip it up....then I follow a Vette or some other more attractive target to my destination!:lol3

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  18. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    From a similar thread, don't ever tell your insurance company that you own/use a radar detector.
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  19. dsy

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    Probably. On the other hand, riding with a little common sense and a good early warning device, there should be no reason to even have that conversation with LEO. :rofl
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  20. JetSpeed

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    I'm with USAA do you know what their "Hey Idiot, Call in and Report the Stupid Stuff That You do so we can Drop You." Hotline number is?
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