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With today's use of laser radar, the only thing your radar detector will tell you is that you have been caught.
Laser can only be used from a fixed stationary point. All mobile units must use standard KA/K radar. So yes, stationary traps using laser may be difficult to avoid, but any moving units will be picked up in plenty of time. I have found that the traps + mobile units today are made up of 90%+ radar still. Laser is not as common as you think.

X50 saved me many times.
 

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Laser is still not widespread (especially regarding small towns) as it requires departments to make a new invest for the hardware and training, and is limited in that it works only in virtually clear conditions.

So yeah, a good detector is worth it even without factoring in laser.
 

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great info! i'm researching the Escort ones....

have you guys got pictures of how you've mounted these to your bikes?
 

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Here's mine, Techmount (Control Mount model) Escort 8500 X50 also have radar screamer (not shown) 2007 CBR600RR
 

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i just talked to a friend of mine that is CHP in california....he says "save your money. i've given 100's of tickets to people with radar detectors. the majority of the time you are already caught before you know it"

having said that, i'm sure a detector could save you a few of the times...and just those few times would have it paid for anyways.
 

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X50 story I love telling

Im on my road trip last season, Im on a straight stretch behind 4 cars moving at 90kph... I have to pass...so pull out... a van is seen way off in the distance..probably 500+ meters

as soon as I pull out I get a little bleep in my headphones from my X50 so I pull back in...then as the van pulls by me I look over , sure enough, its a cop in a family van ghost car

without the radar I would have been up into the 160 -170 's without question

bike taken away and in the back of the squad car without question

does the radar work...you bet !!! If you ride the speed limit, then no you dont need one

unfortunately I like getting out of third gear every once in a while so ill keep mine thanks
 

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i just talked to a friend of mine that is CHP in california....he says "save your money. i've given 100's of tickets to people with radar detectors. the majority of the time you are already caught before you know it"

having said that, i'm sure a detector could save you a few of the times...and just those few times would have it paid for anyways.
Sure he's written 100's of tickets to detector owners, but more importantly he hasn't written tickets to 1000's of detector owners for the aforementioned reason.

Anyhow, I have the 9800i and it's fantastic. It's the same detection technology as the X50 but with a very robust GPS feature that allows you to permanently disable false alarms and it blocks out all detection signals when traveling at legal speeds. It's very elegant.

I also like how the 9800i will tell you your speed when the detector goes off and it has voice prompts that tell you the radar band it's tracking.
 

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The only other bit of wisdom I've picked up when using detectors is that if you do get pulled over, unplug it and stuff it in your pocket. Most LEO's tend to frown upon people trying to outsmart them and won't give a warning as often if they see a radar detector on the dash.
 

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It should be mentioned that motorcycle specific detectors (ie: run on a battery) don't put out enough power to have sufficient range. Stick to one that you hardwire in.

Also, use extreme caution when buying 'new' radar detectors off Ebay. There is a very well established scam on the go where they shovel junk parts into new cases and rip you off - big name brands and all. The seller here in the lower mainland for that stuff is legit, you can check serial numbers after the fact and all that, but... Be careful, you won't get factory warranty off a private distributor either.
 

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where can you buy these in the lower mainland that is legit?
how are you guys wiring in your detectors on the bike? cigarette lighter type connection?

i'd like to be able to use it on both the bike and the car....
 

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where can you buy these in the lower mainland that is legit?
how are you guys wiring in your detectors on the bike? cigarette lighter type connection?

i'd like to be able to use it on both the bike and the car....
Ralph's Radio in Vancouver sells Escort as do some Future Shops, the future shop in richmond has the new escort as well. Wired directly to the battery or an ignition switched source. I wired mine directly to the battery using the optional direct wire cord from escort, I figured if I'm off the bike the things unplugged and with me so I didn't bother wiring it to a an ignition switched source.
 

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I hard wired mine to the negative terminal of the battery and the positive off my headlight... that way at least its fused..

I ran a short male female headphone cord so I can plug into it from my ear buds

The busa has a large dash area so it wedges in nicely out of the rain with some industrial velcro from Can tire... sort of hidden and out of the way

I just throw my helmet on the tank to hide it if popo actually pulls me over

I got the hard wire kit from Lordco in BBY 15 bucks + or -

as above a phone cord works too, its alittle frustrating trying to figure which wire goes where..
 

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Nice !! I could fit all that on the busa and still have room for more stuff... wheres the order info :)
 

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Anyone care to comment on their radar detection setup if they have one? *I've read a bunch on how useless they are with laser but living in the okanagan i seem to see mostly traditional types of radar used. Or atleast my ancient bel unit in my truck seems to warn me often and accurately of radar. Often long before they're in sight.*

Just curious what the hot new modern setup is. Only interested in legal devices.*
 
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