Radar Detectors?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by ogklx400, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. randyo

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    where I've seen laser most often is in school zones
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  3. Tor

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    Yeah I've seen remnants of those kind of tires all over the place on the interstate, creating a real road hazard (for motorcycles anyway).
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    The speed limits around here are insane in and of themselves. Insanely slow that is.
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    concours WFO for 44 years

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    Only every damn day.
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  6. Colorad0

    Colorad0 Been here awhile

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    So what would be the recommenced RD for mountain/canyon roads, for someone who doesn't want to pay a monthly subscription?

    I'd want to get audio alerts, so I guess I'd need a Bluetooth system as well. Since i ride with ear plugs, will that even work? Or should ditch the earplugs and get some fancy noise canceling earphones?
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    Don't bother with the Bose noice canceling earplugs. I tried them last weekend and above 50 or so mph they get completely overwhelmed.
  8. Colorad0

    Colorad0 Been here awhile

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    That's a bummer. Guess I'll have to try those ear plugs that let through a bit of sound.
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    Bighammer49686 Been here awhile

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    I've used them in the past, and they have saved me from some tickets. The noise of the false alarms gets annoying after a while, so I rarely use it anymore. I'm not a speed demon, but often just with (not faster than) the faster traffic.

    With instant-on radar or laser, your detector is probably just going to warn you that it's time to find your license, registration, and insurance papers.
  10. Colorad0

    Colorad0 Been here awhile

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    I can ride from my front door and only see five cars in an hour, so I'm not worried about false alerts. If I ride where there's traffic, I keep my speeds down.

    From a bit of research, I don't think they use laser in my neck of the woods.
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  11. markbxr400

    markbxr400 Been here awhile

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    Been using the Cobra DSP 9200 BT on bikes and in my vehicles. Like them better than my Escort 9500ci. Bluetooth into my helmet. Unit was Cobra's first DSP detector, after being acquired by Escort. It is tiny. Also has iRadar app that gives heads up of speed trap data and can relay info from lasers ahead. Cobra started selling these for around $500, which didn't go over well, since people would simply buy an Escort if spending that much. When the price got to around $125, I bought one. Soon bought another, then another and another. Cobra stopped selling them because of the impact a low cost DSP bluetooth unit was having on their bigger sellers (Escort). You can still buy them today, they say "manufacturer refurbished", but probably not for long.

    They are pretty solid, very small, and save me from my lead throttle and foot daily where I live.
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  12. ogklx400

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    For a $125 bucks is it waterproof?
  13. markbxr400

    markbxr400 Been here awhile

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    Only if I throw a ziplock over it. Have been using on the bike for 2 years, no problems at all with it. I also have it on a tech mount, using the heavy duty plastic velcro. I usually pop it off in a heavy rain.

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  14. Tarmac Kid

    Tarmac Kid Doesn't Like Stuff

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    Let me hop on in here and say I agree with every point made by dietDrThunder thus far, and that Jarlaxle sounds like a tremendous bore! I'm always amazed that there are slowpoke jobsworths on a motorcycle forum! lol

    Some points to keep in mind and/or reiterate. Anyone saying that radar is useless because of blind spot/collision avoidance/lane departure systems is a luddite who hasn't used a new piece of kit from Valentine/Escort/Uniden. It isn't an issue so stop accepting that trite as gospel.

    Speeding from A to B 100% of the time just because one has a detector will result in a ticket. It isn't a catch all.

    Even old detectors without false filtering can provide tremendous value to a backroad motorcyclist, especially in highway mode for a stronger signal and higher sensitivity. I rarely encounter troopers on the backroads of TN and NC but when I do they are driving using the K or Ka band. A radar detector is of tremendous value in this sort of situation. It WILL give you a warning in time to make a corrective action.

    I'll use a local favorite, hwy 421. Fairly heavy police presence most of the season and I can ride the route on the tail of the faster guys leaving the country store. I even lived in Shady Valley at one point and I didn't get a ticket riding that year. Why? Most people are stupid. When I hit the final straightaway before the dog leg into town, I get to the speed limit, when I get to the mountain top crest where cops like to stop I roll off to the speed limit, when I get to the playground corner where cops like to sit I go the speed limit until my eyes provide the all clear. I don't speed in the places I know a cop is likely to hide. In between those places I give it hell and if I do catch a cop traveling between two spots he is likely to be using k or ka and the detector will tell me. Oh yeah, I don't do 2-3 gear sit down wheelies through town.

    On the highway in the car, I use the detector religiously. I slow at underpasses, hilltops and I check all on ramps for a stopped officer likely to use laser.

    The only downside to a modern radar detector is when you just pass a line of cars, an alert is signaled, your spidey senses say to slow, you slow and no cop ever materializes allowing the line of slowpokes to pass you right back. So embarrassing! On a backroad and a motorcycle though? A great tool to use!
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    If Jarlaxle is a bore, I like boring.

    I did buy a radar detector the other day. It was a no-name Chinese special. I got it for $4. That included shipping. And no sales tax! It was a deal. :)

    I used it going to Long Beach a couple days ago. It kept going off on K and Ka band...out in the middle of nowhere with nothing but trees around. I will say that it did not go off when I passed by a couple LEOs. It's a great detector! :D Worth every penny for the laughs everyone got from it.

    I ride year around in the Seattle area. For at least six or seven months of the year, there are only a couple other bikes on the road. Those riders, I respect. Then the temps get above 50F and the rain stops...and it is like a bug hatch on a lake. Swarms of wanna-be bikers come out. And I don't trust any of them.

    Some are newbies and have no real experience. Some are hooligans and want to make the public road their personal race course. The rest of us on the road are just pylons that need to stay where we are so they can zip around us like we are standing still. I not only don't trust any of them...I don't respect them at all. It's like they were able to ride half-way normal throughout the rainy season in their cages, and now that they are on two wheels...well, those laws about speeding and such...they're like the "Pirate's Code"...just suggestions.

    Count me in with the boring crowd. :)
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    Truck speeds in Idaho are 65.
  17. MinglewoodNC

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    Marc Parnes visual alert is the best then. I've been using one for years and it WILL get your attention, just get it mounted at the best spot to get it to flash in your eyes.
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    I might be purchasing a valentine one here on ADV the inmate said I can even try it one for a while and if I don't like it he said to just return it to him. ADV is the best . Thanks for everyone's info.
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  20. ogklx400

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    Any of you ADVer ever seen a locking system for your radar that also helps keep the weather off of it? My bike gets ridden daily and I'm on and off it a good amount and it gets rained on and stuff like that. So if I could just be able to lock it on handle bars and keep it dry? Thanks ADV for all the info I read. I don't really even go over the speed limit often and haven't had a driving award in years. Just want to try it for a year or so and ride the same way as if I didn't have radar detector.
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