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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-02-2003, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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Which police radar detector should I get?

Any suggestions on which brand/model of fuzz buster I should get?

I will want to use it in the car and on the bike. For the bike, what is the easiest way to connect it to the battery? How do you mount it so it's in the field of view?

Any ideas/suggestions?
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I recommend the Escort Solo...you can use it cordless on the bike as well as plug it in for the car. Passport has surpassed Valentine One in recent years.
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I recommend the Escort Solo...you can use it cordless on the bike as well as plug it in for the car.
That sounds good... I like cordless...

I know that some units are big and heavy which will be harder to mount on the bike. The most important thing is "does it work well"

I used to have a BEL years ago and I though that was a pretty good brand too but it used to go off all the time, which drove me crazy.

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If course it goes off and you can't see a cop anywhere, but you get to know when the alarm is real and fake by the tones. The setup for the bike was mounted on top of the tankbag and I ran an earpiece into my helmet. Good luck trying to mount it on the windscreen. I have seen these "screamers" you can buy that exponentially amplify the sound of the detector so you can hear it while riding. The problem is that everyone else can hear it around you including cops.
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If course it goes off and you can't see a cop anywhere, but you get to know when the alarm is real and fake by the tones.
I wear ear plugs when I ride so I can't wear an ear piece. I was planning on mounting it somewhere, where I can see the lights blinking... not on the windscreen, maybe around the instrument cluster area.
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I wear ear plugs when I ride so I can't wear an ear piece. I was planning on mounting it somewhere, where I can see the lights blinking... not on the windscreen, maybe around the instrument cluster area.
that's a bad idea. you'll be in the habit of watching your instrument cluster instead of the road. audio is a better way to go.

Better yet, don't get one at all and ride responsibly. Money can be spent on more fun stuff than a radar detector (especially since you're still on supervision ) If you want to go fast....get on the track
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My 2 cents, waste of money. If they want you, they will get you. You can have the best whiz bang detector, it's hard to beat instant on, or an air patrol. And if your on supervision, and get nabbed, your meat.

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My take on Radar detectors is simple. They do not work even if perfect why... well

Technology changes all the time, police departments change what they use constantly.

False positives happen often and you start ignoring the radar in certain spots... then bam a cop is there where you always get the false positive.

Time of reaction. When you notice the radar, it might already be too late, and we all know that sudden braking and bikes don't mix.

False sense of security. Speeding is a risk you take, the radar detector does save you on accasion but when it does not, then you are in a lot more trouble. Your eyes should really be on the road, anything that distracts you from the road is in my opinion negative to riding.

I used to have one in my cage and I took it out after getting a ticket about 4 years ago, why well, it is cheaper not to speed than to take a chance on getting caught speeding.

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My $75 radar dectector has paid for itself by warning me of enough cops ahead, but they really are useless if you think it's a 100% guarantee. Laser or a quick-on radar and you're screwed regardless. Somebody makes a detector for bikes that has lights mounted in your helmet so you can see it easily, but I think I would start spasming after 5 minutes of having lights flash 2 inches from my eyes.
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isn't speeding illegal?

Look, I can appreciate this. I was young too, I felt just like you. Hated authority, hated all my bosses, thought they were full of shit. Look, it's like they say, if you're not a rebel by the age of 20, you got no heart, but if you haven't turned establishment by 30, you've got no brains. Because there are no story-book romances, no fairy-tale endings. So before you run out and change the world, ask yourself, "What do you really want?"
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post #14 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-02-2003, 01:39 PM
 
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I have the escort passport 8500 in my car. It's great. You can't depend on any radar detector 100%, though. Motion detector doors and other radar detectors cause it to give a false warning, but you will quickly learn your area and what signals on the detector are usually false. With the 8500, you can detect up to 8 different frequencies of radar simultaneously. That means if a cop is set up near a motion detector door that normally sets your detector, the 8500 will show 2 different signals, instead of letting you think it's just the usual false alarm. It's going to be even less effective on a m/c though. You're eyes need to be everywhere but on the radar detector. I think they have mounting kits and earpieces for sound. Cheapest I found the 8500 was here:
http://www.radarsource.com/escort.ht...radar_detector
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I think everybody knows they are not a perfect solution for keeping out of trouble. But they do help a lot of the time especially from the lazy state troppers that just leave thier radar on. I use one everyday between springfield and joliet and it has saved me thousands in ticket fees. and thats one of those cheap piece of shit rocky mountain radars that are supposedly suppose to jam radar (but of course really does not do that).

When your like me driving 1500 miles a week on the expresway with no cruise control youend up speeding no matter how hard you try not to. The flow of traffic is going about 75 80 usually. So a radar detector is an excellent investment. But like I said it wont save you all the time. I did get nailed by a guy in a black camero. And I deserved that one he was workin for it by being very crafty with his instant on. and I was being oblivious. by the time I saw him it was to late.


By the way I am looking into the escort 8500 or the valentine one myself. Both are the best out there on the market today, but the escort is a bit cheaper.




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that's a bad idea. you'll be in the habit of watching your instrument cluster instead of the road. audio is a better way to go.

Better yet, don't get one at all and ride responsibly. Money can be spent on more fun stuff than a radar detector (especially since you're still on supervision ) If you want to go fast....get on the track
We'll, I'm in the habbit of watching for cops, which also isn't a good idea. I ride as responsible as I can, but of course I always go a bit above the speed limit. I just think there is too many cops out there lately. I got pulled over again yesterday, and I have another speeding ticket now I'll be on supervision for the rest of the riding season I can't afford to get caught again.
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Some of these post crack me up.

I like to keep it positive

If you have the money...and I think you do...buy one!!
They will work. They will also slow you down alot from all the fake alerts, I found this very helpfull when I was a young buck.

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I did get nailed by a guy in a black camero. And I deserved that one he was workin for it by being very crafty with his instant on. and I was being oblivious. by the time I saw him it was to late.
There is that Black Camaro, and also a 94-97 White Mustang GT that has dark window tint with a damaged left front light, between 355 & 55 all the time......
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[Bnow I'll be on supervision for the rest of the riding season I can't afford to get caught again. [/B]
Woo hoo!! someone I can keep up with on group rides now!!

Look, I can appreciate this. I was young too, I felt just like you. Hated authority, hated all my bosses, thought they were full of shit. Look, it's like they say, if you're not a rebel by the age of 20, you got no heart, but if you haven't turned establishment by 30, you've got no brains. Because there are no story-book romances, no fairy-tale endings. So before you run out and change the world, ask yourself, "What do you really want?"
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So, I read something about cordless and being good for mounting on the bike and blah blah blah. My dad and his gf got me a radar detector for my car recently as a gift and it does have a cordless feature. Being that it came with batteries, I decided I'd try it out. I think the batteries lasted like for.. uh.. 4 days worth of driving back and forth to work? In any case, just wanted to mention it in case you don't fancy buying batteries all the time or whatever.
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That sounds good... I like cordless...
Passport escort 7500 or 8500 (I have the 7500 in my car)
Do not buy the cordless one.(solo)
It is half as good as the one with the cord. Also you would have to change the battery every 2 weeks.
good luck

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