Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
I tried several locations, and found by rather intense testing that It does not work well anywhere except out in the open with a clear view forward and back. In the side cases, it will pick up radar to the front fairly well to the side it is mounted on, but it is blind to radar to the side opposite. (Rear detection was good if not mounted behind the chrome trim strip). I tried the topcase, and if mounted to one side it is blinded to the front by the speaker grills. If mounted in the center of the top case, it is blinded by the rider. Radar cannot see through YOU.
I did a lot of testing using a Ka band door opener signal in a mall parking lot. Tried the detector in every available spot on the bike. I found a spot in the parking lot that just got the signal to full strength on the V1. I could lean over in front if it and reduce the signal to 1-2 dots. I finally ended up mounting it in a Pelican box mounted to the right side wind wing by the windshield. It had great reception both front and rear, but if the radar was to the rear left, I blocked it. That is the direction that is least likely to be a problem though.
Basically, if ANYTHING other than plastic is between the radar and the V1, including you, it will not receive it well at all. Plastic is OK only if not painted with a metallic paint.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.