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post #1 of 15 Old Mar 14th, 2010, 6:43 pm Thread Starter
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Anyone have a personal preference in warning devices for radar detectors? I am in between the Marc Parnes visual alert and the Radar Screamer. Can't afford to have another driving award like last weekend.
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post #2 of 15 Old Mar 14th, 2010, 7:56 pm
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The only thing about detectors are they are only good when the signal is sent out.. the reaction to receiving your detector signal and the reading on the official in the car is usually a tad late..

In my case having a lawyer to take care of the award process is to have the awards process put out far, far away..
then its down to paying the court costs and having to do defensive driving when the gavel comes down..
I would rather go that route than to have points on my insurance.
Just saying..
Or..... have a really good story..

ANd usually the story gets kicked out as he has heard that one before.. Tuff crowd.

Good luck .. I use a passport 8500IX...

I also didnt have it in view and running when I got the last "qualification inspection" , no award.. I feel if it was out.. it woulda been call the lawyer and let him get on with it..

I also have slowed down a bit as well.
WIsh we had highways like in Montana as well

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Actually i just wanted to know the best alert system, I have had a passport 9500 for a couple of years now but when I traded my 04 RT for the 09 back in October, I did not have the same mounting system and just had not taken the time to put one in place. I think I will go with the ram ball deal with the clutch reservoir mount. The thing is I can't hear it very well and needed something like the Screamer or the Visual to help me notice quicker. First award I have had in 16 years and don't want to make a habit out of it.State Trooper got me for 66 in a 45 in third gear, I had just started off from a stop sign when i met him in a curve. I have slowed some too but what fun is that on a bike? Gives me goose bumps when i think back to when i would set the cruise on my old GT for 120.
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Anyone have a personal preference in warning devices for radar detectors? I am in between the Marc Parnes visual alert and the Radar Screamer. Can't afford to have another driving award like last weekend.
I bought a visual alert per recommendation of PO as soon as I got my LT a couple of years ago.
Works well as long as you remember to keep the detector on its brightest setting. Only complaint is that I wish the cord was a couple of inches longer. I have mine installed on top of my xm radio just above the radio. Its a little tight there, but very visible. I have a friend who has a BMW S (and rides like a stripped-ass ape) & he has his mounted right up on the inside of the windscreen. I really don't know anything about the Screamer, but didn't like the idea of a loud noise drawing attention to myself. Since I wear earbuds, I also wasn't sure how effective the Screamer would be. I'm thinking of buying a shelf and moving everything up there. Right now I have the detector on a ram mount.

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Thanks Raz,
I'm tending to go in that direction it seems. The price is a little better also and less wiring.
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I use a Passport 8500 and the alarm sound goes to my helmet via the Baehr intercom.
This setup saved my bacon many a time...

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I bought an Adaptiv TPX detector. You can get a three LED visual warning light that you can mount anywhere you want. They also have a audible unit that you can put in your helmet that is wireless.

I have the visual warning LED top dead center above the dash. It works well although it is not in direct line of sight. I am going to add the audible warning soon. The wiring harness is very well made and has individual jacks for the audible and visual alarm. I don't have anything to compare the detector to but it sees the radar before I do. One other nice thing is it is water resistant. I got caught in a heavy downpour the other day and everything was drenched. The unit weathered it perfectly. It is advertised as vibration resistant as well. The button are designed to be operated with gloves.

Adaptiv's customer service has been been very good. I am a happy customer.

Good luck with what every you choose.

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The HARD from Pirate is perfect, although its a bit of a pain, no worse than getting dressed for a ride though. Uses a set of batteries/month or so (it takes 2 each CR2032).

You can't miss it if you set the LED close to your eye where you can see it real quick.

I velcro it to the outside of my multitec and run the wire inside the helmet, I found it more comfy to mount outside. This thing is NOT rain proof however, If it starts raining, I just un-velcro the unit and stuff it inside my helmet until the rain stops.
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There are plenty of choices of radar detectors out there,
I've owned several Passports over the years, (good detector)
but I've never been as happy with any detector as I am with my Valentine,

I'm convinced that once you've had a Valentine you'll never be happy with anything else.

Anyone can lay down cash for a screamer or obnoxious flashing light,
I found another solution,
I've been using this same amplifier on my last four bikes,
close to a couple of hundred thousand miles,
so it has withstood the test of time,

If you like to "tinker" it's a cheap solution that works very well.


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He Idbiken, I had looked at that HARD setup previously but had some doubts as to how durable it was after reading some comments. What's your take? And also I have been considering a multitec myself, how do you like yours?
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Only thing Hans is I don't have a Comm System.
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Only thing Hans is I don't have a Comm System.
For the price of the speeding ticket you will NOT get you can buy a basic Autocom for your bike...
I'm just sayin'

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Thing is; it looks like you really don't need the com system...............the point is to make the Valentine 1 louder...........I think that would work............It won't go through the helmet phones, its just going to go off LOUD................Probably scare the livin' crap outa' a guy the first time.....................
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Ok, the multi-tec...if I didn't like coffee so much I'd be wearing my corsair most of the time! I'm still thinking about buying a new corsair someday, mine is too old to wear now really, a nearly weightless helmet to me.

The Multitec is a good helmet though, just seems a little heavy to me. But at least I can see where the gas is going at the pump when I can flip it up I wear specs too so the flip up is nice for those.

The HARD seems delicate but as long as you take care of it, no problema. I've had mine for years now. I velcro the 'box' to the right side of the helmet near the bottom and the wires run into the helmet easy like.

It is very bright at night. I tuck mine in so I can barely see it, the LED will light up your entire faceshield and is blinding. Easy to take care of that via positioning of the LED.

I like the visual, can't trust these ears much anymore.

One thing...DON'T forget to shut the on-off switch off or you'll waste your batt's. Check it before you store it (don't ask) also, just in case you 'bump' it on again. The CR2302's ain't real cheep (can get 2 for 5 bucks in some places I think but they are usually more expensive than that).

Biggest thing is, the unit is not waterproof whatsoever (but neither is my escort). So don't speed in the cold rain without your RD. I was lucky enough to be let go that time doing go-to-jail speeds trying to find some heat, lucky for me the LEO was a sympathetic biker!

For reference, until I crashed last Oct, I hadn't owned a cage since Jan 06. I ride daily and typically about 1000 miles/week, about 50k/year. My RD/HARD is on the KS for all trips outside the city.
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Yeah, I have had an HJC flip up since 03 and it's time for a new one. I do like the flip up because I too wear glasses. Otherwise I would have the other. Like you, I ride year round also. Haven't had a cage for a couple of years now. Might just give the HARD deal a try. Thanks.
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