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Muchachos, I really need to get a radar detector. Not because I'm a speed demon, (speeding is against the law and will get you personally acquainted with the impound trolls) but I would much rather like to be alerted everytime I'm near a Starbucks that has an automatic door opener. It's hard to open doors when you have a helmet in one hand and keys in the other.
I found old ancient threads on this subject but I don't want an old ancient radar detector, so what are you guys using? Or are you using anything?
 

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I recently bought and and installed Escort 9500ix: mounted it with a magnetic plate mounting system from Ram Mount. I highly reccomend the 9500ix - the GPS auto-learn function is fantastic to elminate false alarms. Lastly I installed a "screamer" which works really well - I also highly reccomend purchasing one of those to go with your detector.
 

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RADAR SCREAMER... my thoughts

It's loud and not exactly incognito when going through a radar trap. if you want to be the o ly one hearing the radar... I recommend in ear headphones... Cuts down on exhaust noise.

Unless you want to be alerted at every intersection with a redlight camera and going through realigned is your problem... I would recommend the 9500 if you want a simple beep when radar us around REDLINE is what your looking for.

I don't want to hear anything but silence from my radar detector unless a bogey is around the corner or km away, myself

To each his own
 

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New Bell STI is apparently the most responsive, beating
even Bell's own Redline at detection, plus it bests the
Escort(s) in terms of database for redlight cams, speed
cams, etc

Has a new segmented K band so you can turn off
segments (eliminating false alerts) when you know a
segment of the K band is not in use in your area.

Reducing the band width it has to deal with allows
for more processing power on what it is dealing with.

Clicky here: RadarTest
 

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Escort 9500Xi on a Stem Mount from Techmount, I think. Hard wired to the bike. Programmed to show my speed in kph or mph in the states, as will the speedo. I also use it in my car. I download updates when they come into my in-box, and they also have tech support for luddites like me. Wouldn't ride without radar. I think the 9500Xi is as good as it gets. Very programable. IMO
 

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Escort 9500Xi on a Stem Mount from Techmount, I think. Hard wired to the bike. Programmed to show my speed in kph or mph in the states, as will the speedo. I also use it in my car. I download updates when they come into my in-box, and they also have tech support for luddites like me. Wouldn't ride without radar. I think the 9500Xi is as good as it gets. Very programable. IMO
That 9500xi sounds like an awesome unit. I'm definitely going Escort shopping this week.
Thanks for the opinions guys!
 

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This topic has been beaten to death.
Having said that, i'd rather chime in than work so here goes...

After owning both the Redline (only a short period) and the 9500ix here are my thoughts:

Redline= Insane distance. It will tell you 10 miles out that a cop is thinking about using his radar. It is totally invisible to radar detector detectors so if you ride across canada on a regular basis then you will love that.

9500ix= best false alarm reduction. It will let you know when you're about to hit a red light or speed camera in middle of idaho. (That can be turned off). It learns after a few false alarms and mutes 'em (best best feature). If there is a spot on the S2S that the cops sit at, you can mark it and it'll warn you a few seconds out the next time.

If you ride only highway, and sometimes across Canada, buy the Redline
If you do a mixed bag, buy the 9500ix. After having it for a month it never goes off with false alarms. Now when it does go off I know its time to slow my ass down

My votes for the 9500
 

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So far I'm quite happy with my 9500ix. There was one time though that I went through a speed trap on the freeway north of seattle and the detector didn't even chirp until I was driving past the cops! Good thing there was alot of traffic that day. I guess they must have had their guns on a very low power or something?

I am kind of kicking myself because I wish I had waited a bit more and would have got the Passport iQ. Radar detection and GPS navigation in one device saves clutter. Plus, using it in places where detectors are illegal (Manitoba), you could just assume it is a garmin or tom tom.
http://www.escortradar.com/iq/


I based my choice on reviews, and there were some very favorable ones on the 9500ix, and I am still very pleased with it. It has saved my from a few tickets in the last several months already. That being said, I still wish I had the iQ instead.
 

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So far I'm quite happy with my 9500ix. There was one time though that I went through a speed trap on the freeway north of seattle and the detector didn't even chirp until I was driving past the cops! Good thing there was alot of traffic that day. I guess they must have had their guns on a very low power or something?

I am kind of kicking myself because I wish I had waited a bit more and would have got the Passport iQ. Radar detection and GPS navigation in one device saves clutter. Plus, using it in places where detectors are illegal (Manitoba), you could just assume it is a garmin or tom tom.
http://www.escortradar.com/iq/


I based my choice on reviews, and there were some very favorable ones on the 9500ix, and I am still very pleased with it. It has saved my from a few tickets in the last several months already. That being said, I still wish I had the iQ instead.
Two thoughts on what you said...
They may have been using laser. If so there is no warning with a detector. The only time it'll go off is if you get painted or if there is splash from another target ahead. Or they may have been using "POP" and you have your 9500 set to "POP-off" (ships from Escort with POP-off)

In places where it's illegal to own detectors, the iQ would have you caught just as quick as the iX. The cops in places like that have have Specter's and hunt all day long for guys with detectors. Cops just leave 'em on and when they sniff you out, that's it.

Just my .02
 

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I am kind of kicking myself because I wish I had waited a bit more and would have got the Passport iQ. Radar detection and GPS navigation in one device saves clutter. Plus, using it in places where detectors are illegal (Manitoba), you could just assume it is a garmin or tom tom.
http://www.escortradar.com/iq/


I based my choice on reviews, and there were some very favorable ones on the 9500ix, and I am still very pleased with it. It has saved my from a few tickets in the last several months already. That being said, I still wish I had the iQ instead.
Waiting for a motorcycle friendly (water prooof -glove friendly touch screen) version of this to be released. Then I'll upgrade from having two massive devices on my head stock to one.

...and another vote for the 9500ix. Love the programmability. I love it so much I just made up the word programmability.
 

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Does nobody here us Valentine 1? I have used it in my car for years. I feel the arrows it has makes it better than redlin and escort.
 
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