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Hey guys:

I got a nice little radar detector from London Drugs a while back that has all the goodies from loud voice warnings etc to lots of lights and has not only VG2 anti detection but POP Radar coverage 360 degrees and bla bla bla.
Anyone have any stories good or bad.

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No matter how many lights and bells you have, you more n likely need an earpiece jack to really make use of it on a bike...

I have a battery operated one, it's paid for itself a few times.
 

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www.valentine1.com

This is the radar detector of choice. Pricey, but worth it, when you consider the features (directional arrows and "bogey counter," to tell you where the source of radar is, and how many sources there are) and they are constantly upgrading.
They upgrade their "countermeasure ability," and you can send your unit to them for upgrading. Never be left behind in the steady march of better features or improved electronics. It is never "obsolete."
You can only buy it direct from them, and they have sound capability.
Mine is wired into my factory sound system, into my headsets.
 

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I've had my share of RD's over the years, they've saved me a few times, I just got sick of the false alarms all the time.
 

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Stewy said:
I've had my share of RD's over the years, they've saved me a few times, I just got sick of the false alarms all the time.
Technology may have improved.... I get few false alarms.
In the city yes... but the city is a dumb place to "need" a radar detector anyway.. and out in the country it performs well.
 

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Technology may have improved.... I get few false alarms.
In the city yes... but the city is a dumb place to "need" a radar detector anyway.. and out in the country it performs well.
dead on, bingo!
 

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No matter how many lights and bells you have, you more n likely need an earpiece jack to really make use of it on a bike...

I have a battery operated one, it's paid for itself a few times.
Agreed, when you place the detector in a good spot, its hard to see and you actually should not be looking at it anyway...not safe..keep those eyes on the road ahead. D, do you have headphones...I am trying different configs, to get comfort and earplug like sound protection.
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So ar radar detectors illegial to own? I never bought one because i thought if i get pulle over and a cop sees it he will give me a ticket or take it way?
 

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So ar radar detectors illegial to own? I never bought one because i thought if i get pulle over and a cop sees it he will give me a ticket or take it way?
Bzzzt! Thank you for playing our game, we have some lovely parting gifts for you.:laughing
Seriously, they are lawful to own in *most* jurisdictions, such as British Columbia. They are unlawful to operate in Ontario, so I pack it away and ensure it is not operable. (if found, they can confiscate if they find it "plugged in," and operating)
BC, Alberta, Washington, Sask, Man, Idaho, Oregon, all legal to own and operate.
By the way, "illegal," is a sick bird, "unlawful," is against the law.......:thumbup
 

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For the bike check out the Escort 8500 / Bel Rx65

They come with headset mounts and are easily adapted to bike use. Also in may test are preferred to the V1 although many still insist that nothing is better than a V1 no matter what test actually show :)

Note, I'm biased as I own the Rx65, always important to get info on what people own & what experience they have.
http://www.radartest.com/article.asp?articleid=1064
 

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By the way, "illegal," is a sick bird, "unlawful," is against the law.......:thumbup
Don't you mean, "ill eagle?"
 
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so...whats the use of these things? so you can tell if a cop is aiming a radar gun at you?
 

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so...whats the use of these things? so you can tell if a cop is aiming a radar gun at you?
Yes.
But that's a simplistic outlook.
Quite simply, a quality radar detector can advise you when, from where, and how many radar sources are operating, and you can use your own intelligence to determine if they are a threat to your driver's license or not.
If you only ever rode/drove the speed limit, save your money.If you have a tendency for travelling at a velocity that exceeds posted limits....well then.
Here are a few real life examples of what my V1 has done for me, from here, to New Brunswick, to Key West, to Cabo and and Alaska, and many points in between.
BeeP! I'm advised there is a radar operating ahead of me. I'm advised the signal is getting stronger the more I travel in a given direction. I know my risk is high that I'm under electronic surveillance. Beep! I'm now advised there are 2 radar sources operating in front of me. I go by a police vehicle operating radar neatly parked in the bushes. I'm now advised there is a radar oeprating behind me, and another one, with a stronger signal, operating in front of me.....Had I owned another radar detector, I may have sped up to nominal cruising speed after having passed the initial PC.
In Nevada, while at night, I got a blip from behind me. Whaaaa?? No vehicles behind me. Every now and then, I'd get a Braap from the V1. In the hollow of a long basin, I saw a set of headlights behind me, and he would occasionally monitor my speed by radar. I knew he wasn't banging anyone else, there was only the two of us on that lonely road. Stopped in the next town, he trolled by to take a look, and turned around and went back from where we came.
Yes, there are times when the detector warns you, and it's just too late. It's a matter of surveillance. You can eliminate the odds of getting a speeding ticket by travelling the posted limit at all times. You can reduce the odds of getting a speeding ticket by knowing when, and where, they are operating.
Laser? If tagged, pull over, unless you are fortunate enough to get a laser warning by virtue of the scattered light beams bouncing off the stuff in the air or off the vehicle in front.
It happens.
Some people complain about speed limits, police action and the alleged unfairness of it all.
Some people do something about it.
 

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I have the Passport 8500. It's saved me a dozen times over from some serious tickets.

Ratzilla, most modern detectors will alert you when radar bands X, K and Ka are being deployed. X is an older, out of date band that is easily confused with bank alarms by your detector and rarely used by the po-po anymore but K and especially Ka are the most common radar bands being used by law enforcement. Most radar guns are mounted to a moving or stationary cruiser that scan a broad field in front and behin the patrol car and alert the officer of the speed of surrounding vehicles. It's very common for patrol cars, especially RCMP and state troopers to use radar against oncoming traffic when on the highway. So a radar detector will catch radar beams bouncing around, up to a mile before you reach the speed trap or oncoming cruiser. This is when the radar detector is most handy because you know that a police cruiser is close by when it starts to alert, and you usually have plenty of warning to check your speed.

Most modern detectors also pick up Laser or LIDAR radar. The problem is that Laser is 'instant on', meaning that the officer most likely is visually sighting you through a view finder in the Laser gun and by the time your radar detector picks up the Laser signal, the officer is already reading your speed. Your only hope is that your detector will catch an errant Laser scanning through traffic before it hits you. The plus side though is that a Laser speed enforcement device is very expensive for the po-po and because of the prohibitive costs, you're more likely to see them in the city, than the country where you're more likely to speed.
 

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Oh and Michael, a few months ago I crossed over from Death Valley, California into Nevada. From about 2 miles away, I picked up a strong Ka signal on my 8500. Way, way out of sight was a Nevada State Patrol cruiser in wait. I mean so far away, that I had to cross hill and dale before I came across him, with my 8500 screaming to high heaven. Too bad the Dodge Charger R/T that wanted to drag me didn't have the same hardware I had. Ticket city for Charger boy.
 

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Oh and Michael, a few months ago I crossed over from Death Valley, California into Nevada.
Heh, heh, heh.
Aren' those little boxes just great?:laughing

I'm not dissin' the Bel, I owned one too. For me, I prefer the features of the
V1 but recognize others prefer the Bel.

It's also interesting to be cruising along US freeways at nominal velocity, and have a few vehicles pile up behind you. You slow, they slow, as you go buy the local or State Patrol workers, and then you resume speed, they resume speed.
Sort of a travelling cadence of progress.

I'm also learning the subtleness of how the police set up, and use radar, and begin to notice where they prefer to work.
Stealth, in that they're fairly well camoflaged.
Visibility, to see oncoming "perps."
A safe, or relatively safe place to pull over the offenders and write up the performance awards.
My "situational awareness," is improving.
 

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Thanks for that link Frank, it's exactly what I was looking for!
 

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michael said:
My "situational awareness," is improving.
That is a very good point.

Once you get know a stretch of road you can easily pick out the possible locations for radar traps. And even on an unknown road, if you see a long straight coming up you can say to yourself, "Now there's a prime spot for radar!"
 
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