Radar Detectors?

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

  1. Hi-De-Ho

    Hi-De-Ho Mad Scientist

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    Yes, I have one on my radar detector. The product is a snap together shell...100 % clear/transparent....and snaps together like tupperware.
    The company that made these is out of New Zealand, and they made them to fit 4 or 5 of the most popular brands/models of radar detectors.

    I use a Valentine One, and it has been on top of the dash of my Goldwing 1800 for years, in every kind of weather imaginable. NO water gets through to my radar detector. NONE !

    In doing a search, all I could find is this: http://www.dontgetcaught.com.au/catalog/item/5421341/5372286.htm

    Same idea...probably copied by a company in Australia.
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  2. kwthom

    kwthom Retiree apprentice - willing to learn

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    Uniden R1 - recommended by another inmate here, @JustinP - who also frequents that major forum of all things related to this topic http://RDForum.org

    1. Buried in the fairing of my Hondapottamus (a.k.a Goldwing)
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    3. It's accessible; only if you know where to look.

    No, I don't get a look at the fancy-ass display the unit has, but the audio alerts are clear enough that I use it for what it's intended to be - early warning device.

    The good ol' MK2 Eyeball comes in handy as well. :p3rry
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  3. Sal Pairadice

    Sal Pairadice Adventurer

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    I bought a cheapo Cobra XRS9370 - something like that it was $60 shipped. On a back road a sheriff appeared over a little rise, and my detector finally beeped when he was 50 yards away. That performance was repeated several times and so I threw the worthless thing away.

    [​IMG]
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  4. neanderthaler

    neanderthaler Been here awhile

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    7D0C655A-7311-43F6-B2AB-AF7726C8D02E.jpeg I use a V1 and as others have said, it has saved my tail a million times over. Unlike others who say they are distracted by the alerts, I find that it keeps me more focused. Very different sound alerts to a different type of alert and I just naturally filter out the junk. My V1 is hardwired to a SM10 currently, however I use a SR10 also for different reasons. The SM/SR10 bluetooths to the helmet. I also use a Marc Parnes visual alert or, as pictured, a Valentine remote alert directly in my eyesight. Again, as other knowledgeable posters (with far lower IBA numbers than mine) have said, it is part of a complete system. 100% disclosure - I have received performance awards with and without every countermeasure system I could use. Sometimes nothing can help. I DO know that the few that I’ve received are greatly outnumbered by the thousands that I didn’t receive! I do completely ride safe and courteous and do my best to never draw attention to myself. I’m always geared up properly. If I believed the revenue gatherers were as concerned about highway safety as they are about revenue, I’d consider alternatives
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  5. markbxr400

    markbxr400 Been here awhile

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    ^^ Dang, how many channels do you get on that satellite TV??!! :photog
  6. markbxr400

    markbxr400 Been here awhile

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    On a serious note, I'm using the Cobra DSP9200T. Cobra's only DSP unit after being acquired by Escort, then they quit selling these so as not to east their own babies (Escort), so to speak. Unit works very well (actually better than my Escort 9500), bluetooths into my phone and Sena Helmet speakers. Not only do I get actual alerts, but also get speed trap alerts (based on location vis cellphone GPS), and I get iRadar alerts from nearby hits of other iRadar users. Didn't think much of the iRadar thing until once when I was clipping along I10 across Florida, I received an iRadar Laser alert. Sure enough, about a mile up the road an officer had his radar gun out shooting traffic. About the only way I was save from a pretty good ticket that day.
  7. phillyrube

    phillyrube Long timer

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    I've been in Florida and I've only seen like 2 or 3 traffic stops, and those had guys spread out on the street covered with M4s. Starting to think they don't enforce traffic around here.
  8. Tor

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    Using a Uniden R3 on my GSA, via a bluetooth TX to my Sena. Works perfect.
  9. CrustyAPO

    CrustyAPO Long timer

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    I had radar detectors on two of my bikes. Got some use out of them over the years and they saved my bacon a few times. As I got older I got smarter and got in the mode of not being the slowest on the road and not being the fastest either. Found I didn't need the detector after all. Though I do filter 5-7mph faster through traffic so I am not sitting in someone's blind spot, if I get ticketed for it so be it.
  10. little foot

    little foot Super Mediator

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    I haven't had a ticket in 30 years and never owned a radar detector. I'm the guy going 10 - 15 over the speed limit and flashing my lights at the guy in the left lane. Believe me I have been stopped at least 3 times a year, but some how I get warnings. I don't even have boobies.
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  11. Tor

    Tor Norwegian Viking

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    Not even man-boobs?
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  12. little foot

    little foot Super Mediator

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    well er uh.
  13. Daboo

    Daboo Been here awhile

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    I had some friends come through the Seattle area on their way to British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies. I took them through every nook and cranny (or so it seemed) of the North Cascades Highway. I finally turned around at the far end and headed home. I rode back like I don't normally do.

    Somewhere behind me, was a big accident or something. An ambulance went buy, followed by two sheriff's cars. Then another, and then another. A few minutes later, two more headed that direction. I figured my chances of being pulled over were slim to nothing at that point. So I rode back without a thought of the speed limit. Just what felt safe under the conditions. At times in 50-55 mph stretches of back road, I was doing 70-75 mph.

    My GPS tells me the estimated time of arrival, and that's where this story is leading. After about 3 hours of riding with most of it being well over the speed limit...I saved 10 minutes. Just 10 minutes.

    And if I had been doing that kind of riding without all the LEOs occupied behind me...there's a good chance I would've earned a ticket and a chance to explain to my wife why I just wasted the families money...for 10 minutes. Just 10 minutes.

    I had been giving some thought to buying a radar detector after this thread...but after seeing that minuscule payback for the many hundreds of $$$ it takes to get a decent radar detector...it sealed the deal. It just isn't worth it.

    Chris
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  14. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away

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    Not being the slowest or the fastest has kept me ticket-free for a good many decades. As such, I have never seen the need for a radar detector on the bike. The one time I got a speeding ticket in the cage was when I had an Escort radar detector that was defeated by a somewhat shielded, instant-on unit. Although billed as one of the best units at the time, I threw it away and never got another one.
  15. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    I love my V1. It is a great comfort to me. It is so easy to get a ticket outside my local area because cops have different speed thresholds, and it helps me actually slow down rather than ride faster. It makes me a safer, more alert rider / driver.
    It's counter intuitive, much like counter steering is.
    And based on the price of tickets these days - why waste money on a less than best model? My last ticket cost $650 and I went straight home and ordered the V1.