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    Radar/Laser Detector

    Got an opinion or recommendation on Radar/Laser Detector? What will suffice or what features are necessary? Appreciate any thoughts
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    I had an Adaptiv detector. It was absolutely useless against state police, in fact I think it caused the State policeman to issue me a ticket instead of giving a warning when he saw/commented on the detector.

    I gave up on detectors, I keep it under 80 on the highway and no more than ten over on secondary roads and the speed limit through towns.

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    You'll hear a lot about radar detectors being of no use. They certainly are LESS useful than they used to be now that there is instant on and laser. But, I can say that I still have picked up signals that have indeed warned me aware of a speed trap. My thought is that if it saves you ONE ticket, it pays for itself.

    I have a Bel 220 or something like that. I can set the display to read voltage, so it acts as a voltmeter. I find it to be a good instrument. But, it is a machine, and only one part of avoiding tickets, which must include good eyes, common sense, and watching your speedometer needle. I tend to go fast in the twisties, where 35 on a 20mph corner is "fast," and then go "+9" in the straights.

    You'll also hear a lot of praise for valentine. My buddy has the Valentine, cost about 2x of my Bel, doesn't work any better than my Bel in actual street use.

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    Escort 8500 with Marc Parnes' Visual Alert LEDs mounted on top. Made a simple aluminum bracket for my 2011 RT that uses one screw on the fairing next to the right-side windshield adjusting arm and a 1" square of 3M DualLock to support the bracket. Then the Escort goes on with Velcro and the LEDs go on top with more DualLock. Very stable, and the LEDs plug right in to the Escort, are very noticeable.

    There are detectors with more bells and whistles than the 8500 but this one has about as good a range as any and is fairly low-profile.

    Yes, detectors are slowly losing their usefulness as more agencies get lidar (laser) and instant-on or "pop" radar, but where I ride there are still relatively few of those guns in use. Most local leos are still on K or Ka-band radar guns.

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    The best one is the Valentine One. http://www.valentine1.com/ Between the quality of the detection, the directional arrows that let you know where the threat is (this is invaluable!) and the ability to get a factory upgrade, the V1 has no peer. Yes, some other detectors have good reception and may offer other features, but overall fall short. Some people will disagree with me on this.

    Ignore anything on radartest.com because he is in the business of selling another brand.
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    good advice

    Quote Originally Posted by kenlavine View Post
    I had an Adaptiv detector. It was absolutely useless against state police, in fact I think it caused the State policeman to issue me a ticket instead of giving a warning when he saw/commented on the detector.

    I gave up on detectors, I keep it under 80 on the highway and no more than ten over on secondary roads and the speed limit through towns.
    100% agree with you on that. They see the detector and start writing.

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    Valentine 1 with Marc Parnes Led alert!
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    I like the Escort Solo because it's battery powered (AA) meaning no power wiring hassles.

    Plug a Sena SR10 into the earphone jack and it will Bluetooth the warning to your helmet, i.e. still avoiding wiring hassles.

    Last I knew, an earphone jack was an option on Valentines, meaning to me they don't see motorcyclists as their market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    I like the Escort Solo because it's battery powered (AA) meaning no power wiring hassles.

    Plug a Sena SR10 into the earphone jack and it will Bluetooth the warning to your helmet, i.e. still avoiding wiring hassles.

    Last I knew, an earphone jack was an option on Valentines, meaning to me they don't see motorcyclists as their market.
    You trade a one-time hooking up of a power cord for a never-ending need to buy or charge and swap batteries. It takes very little time to add the wiring for a V-1; on many bikes, I bet it would be less than an hour.

    I agree with you that motorcycles are not Mike's target market, but yes, there is something called a "Remote Audio Adapter" that allows for ear/headpphone output. He is doing something now with bluetooth, but I am not so sure it is configured for our communicators.
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    Quote Originally Posted by na1g View Post
    Escort 8500 with Marc Parnes' Visual Alert LEDs mounted on top.
    +1 Best performance value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 195848 View Post
    +1 Best performance value.
    This may be true, but for me the directional arrows on the V-1 are something I would never want to do without, now that I have them.
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