Valentine has updated its radar detector, with the new V1 Gen2 said to be a significant jump over the original V1.
The V1 Gen2 is not the most motorcycle-friendly device in the world, but no doubt some riders are figuring out how to adapt it to their bikes once it hits market. The Gen2 looks much like the older version, but has a new case and ” an all-new, and patented, radar-seeking engine adapted from a concept used by military CHIRP radars to find fainter targets farther away with higher precision.”
While mil-spec hardware isn’t necessarily the greatest, the engineering behind it can be solid, at least. The Valentine website says the new detector’s Ka-band range is improved, thanks to new “SAW-D2L and LNA technologies,” whatever that means. If it actually refers to real military technology, maybe a reader can enlighten us in the comments. The new technology is supposed to be more stealthy (less detectable by a radar detector detector, presumably, which is a real thing?), and also less likely to have false alarms from stop lights, automatic door-openers, onboard crash-avoidance systems and other similar gadgetry. It’s also Bluetooth-enabled, so in theory it could connect to helmet comm systems, which would make it easier to keep it hidden away in a topbox or something.
The new Gen2 is 4.6 inches by 3.8 inches by 1 inch, and weighs 6.5 ounces. Pricing is currently at $499, for the detector itself and accompanying hardware. The detector comes with a windshield and visor mount (maybe touring bikes could jury-rig a mount with this gear), power cords, a wiring harness connector and some other odds and ends. Find more details at the Valentine website.