Valentine One

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Gerg, Jul 20, 2002.

  1. temoore

    temoore Been here awhile

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    Yes, I am also a fan of Mikes, and have spoken with him when I had problems / upgrades in the past. He is truly the "radar detector god". For me, I just like the simplicity of one unit with almost as much sensitivity (plus ability to easily turn of X for falsing) for my motorcycle.
    If I was buying a standard detector for my car (I currently switch the 8500 over), I would buy a V1.

    The radar screamer rocks! It is the (IMO) best solution. For an alert to work, it needs to be immediate and get your attention as soon as the alert occurs. The screamer does this. I am not sure the H.A.R.D. system would be as immediate.
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  2. temoore

    temoore Been here awhile

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  3. hchuck

    hchuck GS Pilot

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    Buy a V1, the remote audio adaptor, the remote display adaptor, small speakers and a 2 foot coiled cord.

    Then, you have immediate audio and visual display. And, the best features from V1 available: number of detected radar sources and their relative location!

    I mount my V1 unit on a clipboard cut to fit the underside of my tank bag top cover. I then attached the V1, power and remote audio to the clipboard. Then attach the clipboard to the tank bag top cover with 5 pairs of 3M Hook fasteners <http://www.3m.com/us/mfg_industrial/adhesives/html/fasteners.jhtml> that have a bonded adhesive.

    I can take a few pictures if anyones interested.

    I have an SAE 1 amp powered accessory cord zip tied to my handlebar ready to power the V1.

    I run the visual display cord out the front of my tank bag and place a small 3M dual lock hook faster to my speedo and mount the visual display there. It's easy to setup/remove.
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  4. temoore

    temoore Been here awhile

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    Each to their own. I like the simplicity and still excellent performance of the Escort 8500. It is, in my humble opinion, a more elegant solution than having three pieces connected. I have enough stuff already, with GPS, radar screamer, electrified tank bag, etc. I really do like the V1, just think that all things considered, for my specific MC use, the Escort is a better solution.
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  5. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp REMF

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    I have a V-1 with audio module installed on an accessory shelf on my ST1100. Hard wired power from the instrument lights. I run the sound into my RF800 helmet using 2 Mini-blaster speakers I got from Aerostich. I hear it easily even with earplugs.
    The V-1 does alert a lot of X band stuff in town, but the bogey counter makes it easy to tell they are falses. If you start seeing 4, 6, 8 bogeys you know it's door openers or alarms. Plus you can just disable X band anyway. I can't remember the last time I've seen a cop using X band. It's all K or Ka now. The V-1 has saved my ass several times.
    That said, I've heard the 8500 works very well too, and it is kind of a pain having to use a separate module with the V-1 for the audio. I personally don't think you could go wrong with either unit (although I haven't used an 8500 myself).
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  6. temoore

    temoore Been here awhile

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    If I were to mount a unit in a sealed project box under the beak, I would definitely use a V1 since the remote audio/ video modules would appear to let you control the unit. The remote unit for the Escort only lets you see a basic warning lite and control the mute. May end up doing this some time so that I can operate it in the rain, and not worry about removing it every time I park.
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