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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 04-02-2006, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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Lookin to get a good radar/laser/whatever detector for the bike and the truck, I've given way too much $$$$ to the state and county to put it off any longer. Anyone have any experience or heard which is best and which is crap? I'm thinkin a cordless (battery) for the bike, but how good can they be?
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Wish I knew. I too am a crazy mick that has contributed far too much financial assistance to the state. Search the site. I am sure this has come up a few times.

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I've got a battery powered detector which I use sometimes for the bike. I don't remember the exact model but it cost $99 at Cosco. I can think of one instance that it worked and saved me from a ticket.

There are quite a few threads on this site and others with the info you're looking for. Just search around.

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Escort X-50.....the range is amazing. I've picked up signal from at least 2 miles ahead while traveling through TX and OK last December, and was hit with laser a couple of times in MO....no tix, so the thing paid for itself 5 fold as far as I'm concerned.
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Escort X50 is number one in my books to....unbelievable range. I was lasered twice out west.....had plenty of time to slow down...but I was in traffic so I got pings for other people the popo had used laser. Remember a radar/laser detector doesn't make you bullet proof....drive like an ass, they will pop you. The cops love POP and have been illegally writing tickets using POP...almost impossible to prove they hadn't used POP to wite the ticket....but I know the State Troopers have been doing this.

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I got a Valentine 1 in my car, and it works good. The range depends on how powerfull the comp radar is though. Good thing about Valentine is that it shows the direction and the number of radars. Also battery powered radar detector is usualy not as good or reliable, I'd suggest you get a non battery powered one and just hotwire it, but make sure you use a fuse when wiring it to the bike.
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Cant remember if this one is still in production, but there was a radar detector that also detected the squads radio repeater if one was in the area (no voice, just warned you of one in teh vicinity). Wasnt cheap either.

But as Rick said, if your lazer goes off, unless you are lucky enough to pick up a stay signal from anotehr car, you're screwed. Also detectors dont help at all against instant on.
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Escort X50 is number one in my books to....unbelievable range. I was lasered twice out west.....had plenty of time to slow down...but I was in traffic so I got pings for other people the popo had used laser. Remember a radar/laser detector doesn't make you bullet proof....drive like an ass, they will pop you. The cops love POP and have been illegally writing tickets using POP...almost impossible to prove they hadn't used POP to wite the ticket....but I know the State Troopers have been doing this.
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I won't drive without my radar/laser detector saved my a$$ many times....IT is Whistler 1743....best part is i got it free with credit card points....little focker cost me 10K in creditcard points are equivalent to 3-5000 bucks
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What is Pop? Like Pepsi, Coke, DCoke?????
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Cant remember if this one is still in production, but there was a radar detector that also detected the squads radio repeater if one was in the area (no voice, just warned you of one in teh vicinity). Wasnt cheap either.
The Bear Tracker. It picked up the squads radios.
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What is Pop? Like Pepsi, Coke, DCoke?????

Its a new radar system thats invisable to 99% of radar detectors. Valentine though can detect it with near 100% accuracy. It sends out pulses so fast and quickly goes into standby so radars dont have time to go off.
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Valentine 1 ....End of conversation.

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Go ahead and do the resaeach. you wont find a better unit.

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Its a new radar system thats invisable to 99% of radar detectors. Valentine though can detect it with near 100% accuracy. It sends out pulses so fast and quickly goes into standby so radars dont have time to go off.
yes, the 8500 X-50 does pop. Also, POP-mode is not yet approved for speed tracking last i heard.

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yes, the 8500 X-50 does pop. Also, POP-mode is not yet approved for speed tracking last i heard.

i <3 my Escort.

on the X50 you have to turn on the POP feature....and when it's on you get many more false alerts For those of you that don't know what POP is, it's a feature on the lastest radar guns, it turns on and off the gun in less than a millisecond, a super duper instant on system, if you will, the LEO is only to use it to "sample" your speed, to make sure he has a good idea of your speed, then they wait for you to be within 1000 yards, then turn on the gun and get a accurate reading ,many State laws demand that they sample you within a 1000 yards to get an accurate reading. Of course the wonderful tax collectors (LEOs) are using the POP sample to write "illegal" speed tickets Ohhh they do this to keep us safe

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I got the Valentine1 for my car. Ive driven down Rt 64 too many times from Carol Stream to St. Charles. and it has gone off so many times with no cop insight until about 1-2 miles later. The fartest reading I have gotten was a good 3, almost 4 miles on route 31 down in Owsego
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I got the Valentine1 for my car. Ive driven down Rt 64 too many times from Carol Stream to St. Charles. and it has gone off so many times with no cop insight until about 1-2 miles later. The fartest reading I have gotten was a good 3, almost 4 miles on route 31 down in Owsego
V1 is called the "chicken little of detectors" it's always giving false alerts. In Arizona, wide open space, the X50 was getting hits about 8 to 10 miles away

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Thanks for all the help,...now I just hafta choose, and since the wallet is boss right now...I know the V1 is about $400, what are the X50/8500 going for?
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The X50 can be purchased on-line with red LEDs for 299, the blue LEDs 320.

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hmm...sorry if this is a stupid question, but do they actually mess up the radar readings that the cops see?

Also, which brand easily clips on/off its 'holder', i saw a thread where a mount was made out of sheet metal, and want to put on my bike.

Rick, does the Solo S2 work all that great, POP prot. and range-wise??

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ooh passport 8500 on ebay for 200....good buy??

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hmm...sorry if this is a stupid question, but do they actually mess up the radar readings that the cops see?

Also, which brand easily clips on/off its 'holder', i saw a thread where a mount was made out of sheet metal, and want to put on my bike.

Rick, does the Solo S2 work all that great, POP prot. and range-wise??
JAmmin has the Solo, and since we ride alot together, it's pretty well as sensitive as mine, when the batteries are fresh. I had the Bel946i (cordless) which also worked quite well, but, near the end of a long day I wouldn't trust it, I was spending a fortune in batteries. So I went with the X50. I know when that I get a single Ka alert....there is a LEO within a mile or two. I use a magnetic RAM mount for my X50...Jammin uses a stem mount with velcro with his Solo. In the car I use the suction mount.

It's not a jammer....it just alerts you to radar useage.

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ooh passport 8500 on ebay for 200....good buy??
go with the 8500 X50....not the older 8500.....I'm not sure if 200 for the 8500 is a good price.

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hmm...sorry if this is a stupid question, but do they actually mess up the radar readings that the cops see?

Also, which brand easily clips on/off its 'holder', i saw a thread where a mount was made out of sheet metal, and want to put on my bike.

Rick, does the Solo S2 work all that great, POP prot. and range-wise??

Just do the speed limit for a few years on your bike before you go ripping around with a radar detector......you will thank me later.

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I was doing some searching and came up with these sites with mounts to mount a radar on a motorcycle.

The bar mounts would be nice, I don't know about having my radar in my face coming out of the stem.

http://www.motorcycleradar.com/products.htm
http://www.radarbusters.com/products...otorcyclemount
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