Need a RADAR detector

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Need a RADAR detector

Postby cgatnct » Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:11 pm

Any suggestions as to a good RADAR detector for an 04 GL1800A?

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Re: Need a RADAR detector

Postby gareva1 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:31 am

This website has some cool things and may give you some ideas, but know you can the radar detectors listed here cheaper elsewhere:

They have some cool mounts that if nothing else, may help you fab your own if you're into that, or you can just buy from there.

I was deciding between the Escort passport 8500 x50 , the passport 9500, and the Valentine 1...

The 9500 has gps to mark known speed traps and redlight cams, but there aren't enough around me to need such a feature...the V1 seems like one of the best up there with the 8500/9500 from Escort, but I got a good deal on the 8500, so thats what I ended up with.

Some people have done integrated installs, which do work nicely---the V1 has a motorcycle install kit with a remote display so you can hide the mounted radar.

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Re: Need a RADAR detector

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:12 am

Keep in mind, if you have the radar detector integrated, and you get caught with it somewhere where possession is illegal (i.e. Virginia, pretty well anywhere in Canada), instead of seizing the radar detector, they can seize your bike!

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Re: Need a RADAR detector

Postby tfdeputydawg » Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:24 pm

Also, make sure you notify your insurance agent you have a radar detector and ask if it is covered in case of theft :roll:

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Re: Need a RADAR detector

Postby Jim Peterson » Sun May 16, 2010 8:46 am

Valentine 1 is superior to all units and rugged also. The people at Valentine are excellent to deal with.

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Re: Need a RADAR detector

Postby gareva1 » Sun May 16, 2010 10:21 pm

Well, Valentine makes a good, even a great unit, I wouldn't say its superior to all units...the valentine one and the upper level escort passport models (8500 x50 and 9500) seem to always be in the top and flip flop around in real world, unbiased tests. The V1 is not consistently number 1 in the rankings (in fact, in the latest rankings, it only ranks number one in four of the radar sensing tests), but is is consistently in the top along with a few other models. You definitely cannot go wrong with a V1, but do the research before you buy any unit.

the V1 unit can be fitted with a motorcycle kit that allows you to mount the detector somewhere else and just have a miniaturized display on your bike (most people put it at the top of the dash, just above the speedo, under that lip that the dash makes), where the escort doesn't have something like that, unless you go for the permanently mounted models, and they are far more expensive than the V1.

Dunno if the V1 can be setup for a laser/lidar jammer, sometimes called a laser shifter, but I know the escort models can be, and I know of one winger who has installed this type of setup in his bike.

$500 is a lot of money for the full V1 kit for the motorcycle, and I just wasn't willing to spend that much when other units were performing in the same neighborhood for a little less...I bought an escort passport 8500 x50---it has saved me many times, and I move it from the bike and the car as needed. For the moment I don't even have the motorcycle direct power connection for it---I'm just using the cig lighter adapter run through the dash...I will get the permanent power connection real soon.

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