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post #1 of 12 Old Mar 6th, 2019, 2:35 pm Thread Starter
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Are radar detectors useful anymore?

Hey everyone,

I've got space available on the bike and would like to add a radar detector, but I've read some recent articles that suggest there's too much interference from things like adaptive cruise control, mirror blind spot detectors, etc. What's your experience, and would you suggest they're still a useful addition?

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post #2 of 12 Old Mar 6th, 2019, 9:30 pm
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The newer ones are better at dealing with items you listed. Mine has saved my butt more than a few times.....but they are not bulletproof. You have think smart with them. They won’t help much with lasers, they will just let you know you have been tagged. Look at some of the ones that just came out in the last year or so from Uniden as they are getting good reviews.
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Hey everyone,

I've got space available on the bike and would like to add a radar detector, but I've read some recent articles that suggest there's too much interference from things like adaptive cruise control, mirror blind spot detectors, etc. What's your experience, and would you suggest they're still a useful addition?

Many thanks,
Devin
So many choices for detectors out there...I would go to the Vortex Radar channel on youtube; he really gets into these things (as well as dashcams and laser jammers). He doesn't do motorcycle-specific stuff.

But you are correct when mentioning that these new gadgets on cars these days can interfere with detectors. There are several that deal with those things, some better than others. Some detectors aren't even detectable by radar detector detectors, meaning you can use them (still illegally, of course), in places like VA.

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Re: Are radar detectors useful anymore?

I use the Valentine 1, and have no issues at all with the interference! There are many reasons as to why this particular brand is good (but far from inexpensive), but relating to interference, the unit can be programmed to ignore certain signals (like what is being emitted from modern cars) by their signatures.


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Re: Are radar detectors useful anymore?

i know i wont be protected by laser... but i still use mine ALL the time.
i turn off the K and the X band detection, so i only use the Ka band.

i've been told "some" police still uses K or the X band but.... i dont speed THAT much...
where i live, southern CA, Ka band is what most seem to use.

it saved me from tickets few time in CA, and few times also in Nevada and Arizona, so its been well worth it.
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Hey everyone,

I've got space available on the bike and would like to add a radar detector, but I've read some recent articles that suggest there's too much interference from things like adaptive cruise control, mirror blind spot detectors, etc. What's your experience, and would you suggest they're still a useful addition?

Many thanks,
Devin
I have a V1, and find it very very useful. Not against laser, but in the hills, it helps with rolling Ka, as I have it restricted to only monitor Ka. I would say it has saved me at least 3 times, where I might have ticked the speed up a bit on a 55MPH road, but picked up a signal miles down the road. I let some other fool take the ticket.
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Running the WAZE App, especially in more urban areas with good cell signal and a concentration of traffic can be better than a radar detector at times. Still false alarms when law enforcement moves from marked locations but it sometimes indicates they are still in the area or up the road now. The additional benefit is the early warning of hazards on and off the road. A marked hazard indicated in WAZE has certainly helped me avoid a surprise of pieces of a retread tire or large object/pothole on the road.
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Were it me, I'd really like to see a Bluetooth hook up to my headphones and smartphone, or second choice would be to mount one to my helmet, so I could hear it go off, since I like to keep my eyes on the other drivers.

I don't know which brand I would choose. These are my IGoFaster four commandments... which thus far has worked well...

IF IGoFaster...I

1. NEVER am the fastest guy on the road
2. Follow the fastest guy...at a safe distance
3. Persuade someone else to follow the second fastest guy (me) (to feed to the wolves)
4. Look 20 seconds ahead, watch out at on ramps where cops like to hide, watch out going over hills

I REALLY LIKE the idea of using social media apps to report on road hazards like (citation dispensers).

Hope that is helpful...and good luck!
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Re: Are radar detectors useful anymore?

Valentine 1 is the only way to go. $400 from Valentine's website. Read their website. Lots of great info. You can turn frequencies off or on depending on your area.

https://store.valentine1.com/store/
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Valentine 1 is the only way to go. $400 from Valentine's website. Read their website. Lots of great info. You can turn frequencies off or on depending on your area.

https://store.valentine1.com/store/
What’s the box on top of the radar detector? I see you have a Marc Pharnes module.
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What’s the box on top of the radar detector? I see you have a Marc Pharnes module.
I think that it's the control for the optional audio output.


I took a different direction, and don't want the annoying beeps in my helmet, and so I opted to mount the Valentine unit where it has the best coverage for front and rear, and hooked up the optional second display (small) to be in my immediate line-of-sight while riding, just as you see here:



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Re: Are radar detectors useful anymore?

Of course, they are useful! Especially in states where they are restricted or banned. Useful as revenue generators in the form of fines. It's part of the game. If you spend the money to buy one, (I have a couple in my vehicles, but never used on my bike.), to remind me to watch my speed. But, if you cross the state line into Virginia and forget to remove yours...you run the risk of making an involuntary donation to their treasury even if you don't speed.

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