Marty - in the western Oregon mountains.'06RT, (gone '04RT, '86 Venture Royal, '81 Yamaha Virago920, '82Suzuki GS1100GK, '76 Suzuki GT750, Triumph 750 Bonneville, BSA Road Rocket 650, 61" Harley knucklehead)
I have an Escort 8500 that was hardwired through the Autocom on my ST1100 and has served me well but it is time for the new 9500ix. I really don't rely on the radar detector for speeding as much as an audible reminder when I'm entering a town. The false alarms always remind me to check my speed. Some areas have easy to miss low speed limits when you aren't familiar with an area. I like to believe I'm reasonable at matching my speed for the surroundings but sometimes an extra reminder doesn't hurt.
I have the 8500 in the car but it is unplugged and under the seat. I have discovered that the laser detection is virtually useless. If my laser detector goes off it just means pull over if I had been exceeding the limit (more than 9). My braking skills are not faster than the speed of light.
I am most intrigued by the 9500ix warning of the red light cameras. I don't run stop lights. Anyone on a motorcycle who does is foolish. But the camera installation companies usually get a piece of the pie for the fines they generate. It is fairly well documented that they reduce the yellow light time. A experienced motorist who has become accustomed to timing the yellow lights is now fair game. This abuse of revenue generation is now causing more crashes at intersections since drivers are abruptly stopping which catches the driver behind them off guard.
Tom Wright - South Jersey
2012 BMW R1200 GSA, and a 2nd or 3rd something rideable & 42 assorted training motorcycles.
thanks for all the comments and please keep them coming. the detector is not for me but a friend who like speed. i got a ticket while riding with them in ohio for 88mph. we were detected from the air and they had the leos up ahead waiting for us.
for my part i try to stay withing 9 mph of the speed limit but there are times i want to fly and my bike doesn't even stain.
Works for me. I cofess that I have grossly exceeded the posted speed limit on many occasions when I believed that neither cops, animals, or side road traffic posed a threat. And I slow down when they do.
Never had a speeding ticket on the bike (though one warning) and probably 20 years since a speeding ticket in a car.
I bought a mount from Adaptiv for my 1600 GTL. I bought 3M dual lock tape, not Velcro and used this to out a Escort 8500. I bought a cord from powerlet and I am good to go. If it rains I really don't need the radar and I take it off and put it in the bag. Dual lock will hold you to the motorcycle if mounted under arse and seat so the detector ain't going nowhere. The adaptiv mount I bought is mounted on my handlebar. I can see the light in my peripheral vision and that works for me. You still need your peepers to spot them anyway. I already got popped by one coming at me that turned his radar on when on top of me. Relying strictly on the detector will get you a ticket or in my case a verbal warning ( gray hair and a hot wife works wonders ). So maybe instead of a detector just invest in gray hair and a hot wife. The hair costs nothing and actually just costs if you darken it up. The hot wife, well she will cost more than any BMW made.
"I ride therefore I am"
2012 1600 GTL
[QUOTE=MPMARTY;808017]That's why I keep my radar detector and pistol in the United States where I'm given some freedoms still. I keep my dollars here too and refuse to buy anything made or imported from our friendly neighbors to the north.[/QUOTE
Sorry to disappoint you but if your house is made from wood marked SPF (& the list gets much longer than wood) then you are quite a ways from not buying from the friendly Canadians.
AND! they have some of the best fishing in the world.
Last edited by PALADINWEST; 08-10-2012 at 01:21 AM.
2008 HP2 Sport 10,000, 2008 R1200GSA 69,000, 1990 R100GSPD 100,000, 1986 K100RS 152,000
Not true. They are legal in B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan, not the other provinces and territories....they are illegal in Canada....DarrylCainey
Marty:That's why I keep my radar detector and pistol in the United States, where I'm given some freedoms still. MPMARTY
The federal government just dissolved the gun registry a few months ago. Handguns are strictly controlled, but you can buy them, and most kinds of long guns with a permit. And you don't want to cross the border in either direction with any kind of gun.
So bring your radar detector into the West and detect away with impunity, while enjoying the scenery.
"When you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there."