I thought I would write a post on how well specific electronic counter measures can work in tandem on longer rides.
Over the last few weeks my bike and I have been all over the US on a couple of longer rides including the Iron Butt Association’s 100CC Insanity (Coast to Coast to Coast in less than 100 hours). In my case the ride followed the normal route of San Diego to Jacksonville and back to San Diego.
I rode down the week previously and then last weekend flew back to San Diego, picked up my bike and went off to Las Vegas and then home. Vegas to Vancouver 25 hours, but I did stop for lunch and then I had to find a 30 amp fuse in Bothell Washington at 2:00 a.m
Hers’ a quick hint when you are tired ....do not leave all 5 HID lights turned on when you start your bike. HID’s take less power to run but they do tend to draw a bit of power on start up and can blow fuses.
As many of you know Truckers in the US are not allowed to have Radar Detectors in their possession. Obviously the 55 mph limit for trucks on certain highways in certain states is hard on them and so they have developed a communication system, to pass on the comings and goings of all police vehicles on the interstate within a 5 mile radius of their truck. As you ride through the traffic you are by listening in to the cb you are able to learn where the radar is, if there is a plane or helicopter timing speeders from the air and where the police are hiding.
A few examples last night riding home though Snoqualmie at about midnight I new 5 miles out that there was “Smokey” sitting lights off in the median facing uphill, at the bottom of the hill watching for speeders at mile 34 Westbound on I-90
Now my Valentine one gave me warning because a few other cars got zapped but I was 5 under the limit as I came into range. The previous week in California I was made aware of the “bear in the air” miles before the actual setup and I let by me the tailgater at a perfect time that he was given a “performance reward” from the CHP
The Valentine One with it’s multiple bogey alerts and directional arrows paid off for me in Arizona where 3 miles apart, 3 separate cruisers were zapped oncoming traffic. The first cruiser was fairly visible with the KA Radar blasting out the signals but he was set up on my side of the median with a turn around about 25 feet ahead of him. He was not really looking for Northbound speeders but was in fact shooting at the oncoming traffic the middle car (unmarked Chrysler intrepid (white) was shooting both ways and the last car was a ghost car sitting low in the ditch zapping northbound traffic. He was set up in the mirror image of the first cruiser. My V-1 tracked all three radars and the first one showed it was pointing away from me and allowed me to figure out their strategy.
Driving down I -5 into California there are a few radar signs that show your speed. Twice the multiple counts on the V-1 have indicated to me that”real radar” is hiding farther down the road.
So what is the purpose of this post? Itseems for long distance riding in unfamiliar territory (especially for night riding) a combination of a good high quality radar detector and a cb radio makes a lot of sense.
Rememebr this post does not endorse excessive sppeding but we all know stories of motorcyclists getting ticklets for 5 - 7 mph over. This technique can help minimize those tickets.