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    Radar Detector

    OK everyone, What is a good radar detector without spending an arm and a leg. Where is a good source to buy?

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    Depending on the dollar/arm-leg exchange rate, Valentine 1 or Escort 8500-X50.

    Valentine is only available from the factory and Escort seems to be the same price whether from the factory or from a dealer. Neither are waterproof so you need to pay attention to where and how you mount it.

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    I have a Bel RX 65 and I'm EXTREMELY happy with it. It has saved me many times. I liked it enough to buy two more for my cars, replacing my 20 year old Passports. The Bel can be configured to read voltage and therefore acts as a voltmeter on the bike.

    My buddy has a Valentine which strictly speaking is 'better', but it cost a WHOLE lot more. Like 2X. I think I paid about $269 for mine. I looked and can't find the receipt, but I got it online and googling for price will get you there if you like the detector.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenwald View Post
    If you guys only knew!
    Okay, Greewald. You've got my curiosity up. Please, do tell.
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    Greenwald, since you are retired LEO, maybe you need to share the knowledge with your motorcycle brothers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 460Jetboat View Post
    Greenwald, since you are retired LEO, maybe you need to share the knowledge with your motorcycle brothers!

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    Sheb style!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wezul View Post
    Sheb style!
    What Greenwald is saying is that they don't work; by the time your detector/alarm shocks your brake hand to grab a handful of brake, the cops already got you.

    the question is...does he want you at all?

    Those of you that got a way without a ticket? You are just Lucky or they were waiting for somebody, a VIC (very important criminal) to come along and you failed to register on the BOLO report.

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    You mean I can use the speedometer to avoid traffic tickets? My, a ticket avoidance system built into every motorcycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redclfco View Post
    What Greenwald is saying is that they don't work; by the time your detector/alarm shocks your brake hand to grab a handful of brake, the cops already got you.
    Bingo!

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    With the new pulsing radar guns that is no surprise.
    You'll find a lot of those auto door openers at strip malls and grocery stores, though.

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    If the LEO is shooting other traffic, most detectors will pick it up. but if you are the only one coming down the road, it just might be your day to spend some $$$

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    kgadley01 hit the nail on the head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redclfco View Post
    What Greenwald is saying is that they don't work; by the time your detector/alarm shocks your brake hand to grab a handful of brake, the cops already got you.
    Partially true. Very true with the lasers. If it goes off you're either looking at one of those fancy LED billboards, someones very bright LED brake lights, or you have been notified to pull over!

    When I used a detector (I don't any more) it mostly went off to notify me I was around a shopping center. If I was the only vehicle on the road and it went off I could be sure that it was too late to do anything and that I'd get a ticket or not at the officers whim.

    In maybe 10 years I can only think of once that I know the detector helped. US 395 is nominally 65 or 70 MPH but traffic moves at 80+. Once in a while the CHP will be out in force to slow traffic down. It was in one of those situation where the radar gave me notice about 3 miles before seeing the grouped officers pulling people over right and left. It helped that the landscape was gentle rolling hills. It was at the top of each hill where the V-1 pointed out activity ahead.

    There were maybe 2 other times where the detector might have helped.

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    Right, this is VERY dependent on where you live-and of course with laser almost futile. I know in California, with all the instant on, the radar detector is somewhat of a ticket detector. But I have gotten blasts that have warned me, but it certainly is not as useful as it is here in NC.

    Here, the cops drive around with radar on, or sit with it on. I get signals way in advance and with great warning. In these situations, it works well.

    Also, I've seen cops just sitting at a turn out, etc., with it on, writing reports. I suppose if they get a good number, they'll come after you. With them just spraying radar all over, it works great.

    Also, it will tell you when you are hit with radar. I've had a blast on the Blue Ridge Parkway with what I suppose was instant on. It at least let me know what was up so I could nail the throttle and get out, the blue lights just a distant blur in my mirrors as I hauled ass to an exit, or in this case, the Little Switzerland Hotel back parking lot--time for a coffee!

    Radar detectors are a tool. They are not 100%, but they do work well in states with lazy cops who don't use instant on or have a long lag time between getting a read and putting down the donut and starting the engine.

    Also, shopping centers, etc. use X band. I don't know any counties using X band anymore. The last I saw of it was at least 5 years ago. K and Ka are the prominent bands here now. The Bel, and I'm sure others, allow you to make it insensitive to X band, or turn it off completely, and this thus eliminates the "grocery store" alerts. Where I ride fast, there are no stores, so I don't worry about it since there's nothing but cops if it goes off.

    All it takes is ONE SAVE to pay for the radar detector. One save.
    Last edited by RoboRider; 12-08-2009 at 10:48 PM.
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