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radar detectors

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by sherpa, Nov 18, 2002.

  1. fish

    fish Banned

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    howzat? :confused

    The ROI on that $400 gizmo is a no-brainer. It's saved my ass so many times, that I consider it the best and cheapest accessory I've ever purchased.

    Gotta second philspace's comment about water. When it starts raining hard, I just put it away. Waterproofness would be great, as would the ability to plug in audio without the need to purchase the extra remote audio adapter.
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  2. temoore

    temoore Been here awhile

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    The radar screamer is the best alert for a MC mounted detector. I tried earphones, etc. Mounts nicely under the dash, not noticeable. Has soft, loud and mute setting. On loud, it provides enough of a noice to cause the reaction to slow down immediately, even at speed w/ earplugs. I have found if it is not loud enough to immediately get my attention, it won't be effective.

    http://www.motorcycleradar.com/radar_screamer.htm
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  3. mleir

    mleir Evil Doer

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    If you need to run the detector out in the wind and are worried about hiding it when LEO pulls you over, just put your helmet on it. The officer will like the fact you took your helemt off. It shows a) your not some 16y/o punk and b) your not going to run. With one swoop you have please the LEO and hidden your detector.
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  4. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Ex-Gov

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    Mine is velcroed on a RCU shelf. When the LEO is directing traffic or gets way to close I simply pull it off the shelf and stuff it in my tank bag - done it many times:evil :evil
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  5. Mike Butt

    Mike Butt Agent Provocateur

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    I've ran a V1 in a tankbag in the rain in Yukon, worked great. I typically run it on the crossbar of my GS, with RadarScreamer. Kind of funny to pass a cop with the 'screamer going off, they always quickly glance at their dashboard and start fidgeting around :evil
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  6. Rev Kiecker

    Rev Kiecker Been here awhile

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    And if laser is getting you, you're already screwed....as previously stated.... :))):
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  7. Brainfry

    Brainfry Can't put a price on fun!

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    True... UNLESS you're picking up the "spray" from some other poor
    fool getting zapped...
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  8. ShaftEd

    ShaftEd Long timer

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    I have velcroed my Bel Vector on the shelf right behind and below the highbeam light. It is totally tucked in and angled a bit up so I can see the lights on the detector display. While this system eliminates the laser and probably the rear detection, it is nice because being tucked away it is in the shadows so I can see the lights. It cannot generally be seen by anyone else, so I don't worry about LEO's getting a bad attitude, and thieves don't know its there to steal it. It is basically picking up the signal through the black plastic below the highbeam. Seems to work fine, as the it went off today just before I rounded the corner to see one of those "This is your speed" radar mobile units. Easy to hard wire to the running light in the highbeam too. Obviously a more open mount would work better, but I just don't want to have to remove the detector every time I park the bike. It's loud enough that I can hear it with plugs during commuting, but not at super high speeds. For that I have to monitor the lights.
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  9. MountainMan

    MountainMan accelerating

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  10. Brainfry

    Brainfry Can't put a price on fun!

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    Yes, though a lot has changed since 1980. Though after living
    in Minnesota for the past 5 years, you'd never know by looking
    at the hairstyles.
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  11. gypsy77360

    gypsy77360 East Texas Philosopher

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    I use a Passport/Escort 8500 ($300 or less) on my R1150GS. Figured out cheap mounting: Use enclosed suction cup mount , wrapping radar unit in cheap wrap around ,velcro closing beer "koozie" (bikers should have one in tank bag anyway), and letting unit rest on top of dash.Use a Radio Shack(or equivalent)earphone plugged into jack on Passport unit.Voila-- you are now able to adjust warning volume to any alert level you wish. The Passport unit gives different distinct tones for X,K,Ka and Laser bands. These tones also vary with strength/distance of cop sending unit. I run my unit in "auto" mode so it adjusts for sensitvity as you pass from rural/highway/city areas.Laser units are expensive , so small town PD probably won't have them for awhile. However , I have encountered Laser with Texas DPS ,(State Troopers), and they are scary.Instantaneous ticket if he is zeroed in on you. It is a "point and shoot" unit , as someone above mentioned.If they have you in the crosshairs , when they pull the trigger they gotcha. The bleedover will however set off the Passport similar to a crashdive warning on a sub, so if he is aiming at the vehicle ahead of you , it may allow you enough reaction time. Research the Passport website and read reviews.
    $ for $ , I believe Passport is the best value. Zoom Zoom Zoom.
    Oh yeah, unit has no problem seeing through GS windscreen, hell --they are designed to see through cage windshields.
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  12. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    A detector wont help you if theyre using this
    http://www.vascarplus.com/

    I grew up in NC and did alot of driving in VA.
    Vascar is BS...IMHO. VA has had it even before Thomas Jefferson got here. They have to visually clock you between lines painted on the road. Either an overpass or an aerial deal...

    No worries....to me, anyway.

    Bob
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