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I'm back at it again--Trying to buy the right Radar Detector for my new BMW--The best advise always comes from the people that know and use the Detector--That is the PRO TOURING BMW RIDER (that is YOU)----What do you thing I should spend my money on? I don't really care what it costs--I want the best, just like my BMW. Thanks ktap191 :bmw:
 

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Lest I mislead you, I've owned and ridden two BMWs (an LT and a GT), but currently ride a 2010 Kaw Concours14. So if that excludes me ... so be it. But I guarantee you, few people on this website will argue that fact that I ride at a very "spirited pace" most of the time. ;)

Two words: Valentine One. That little gem has saved my butt more times than I can count. I toured the US for 20 days, over 11K miles, and it saved me in EVERY State. Pricey, but worth every penny. I don't ride a bike, or drive a cage without it with me. Period.

Note: The only thing it won't detect are aircraft. Sneaky suckers! :( Don't ask me how I know. :eek:
 

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Sorry--I guess I should have said one of the PROS--lots of great bikes--my honda included. Thanks for responding. I have looked at the Val. How does it work with the helmet? Is it hard to detect a warning?
Thanks ktap191 :bmw:
 

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What Joe said.

When I was looking for a good radar detector, I looked around the parking lots of various bike gatherings and long distance endurance rallies. You know, the types of riders that do 30-50K miles a year.

Pretty much every bike had a V1.

After running mine for well over 200K miles, I can see why. In fact, the only time it comes off the bike is if I'm taking a long car trip. Afterwards, it goes right back on the bike.

Pros are great long-range radar detection, plus a bogey counter and front/rear arrows so you know where the threat is coming from. That feature can be very useful, and no one else offers it.

Cons are false alerts in congested areas, but you can always mute it then (and you should be doing the speed limit in town anyway) and it's not waterproof. Mine lives under a cover and all is fine.

Also it's pricey, but it flat works, and it has paid for itself many, many times.

Mine is plugged into my com system so I get warnings through my helmet speakers. You can also get external beepers and helmet-mounted LEDs to help with those instant warnings.
 

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Note: The only thing it won't detect are aircraft. Sneaky suckers! :( Don't ask me how I know. :eek:
I know a guy who fitted an aircraft proximity detector on his bike for just that reason . . .
 

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Lest I mislead you, I've owned and ridden two BMWs (an LT and a GT), but currently ride a 2010 Kaw Concours14. So if that excludes me ... so be it. But I guarantee you, few people on this website will argue that fact that I ride at a very "spirited pace" most of the time. ;)

Two words: Valentine One. That little gem has saved my butt more times than I can count. I toured the US for 20 days, over 11K miles, and it saved me in EVERY State. Pricey, but worth every penny. I don't ride a bike, or drive a cage without it with me. Period.

Note: The only thing it won't detect are aircraft. Sneaky suckers! :( Don't ask me how I know. :eek:

+100 on the V1

Had mine for over 15 years now and it is still the best available

I have gotten 3 tickets in the last 10 years, twice when I was without the radar on the car/bike and once when I crested a hill in Palm Beach County FL and the cop had just let the previous catch go and picked up the GUN at point blank and zapped me!

Nothing I could have done and nothing that a diff radar detector would have done for me.

V1 rocks!
 

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That makes it unanimous, Luv my Valentine
 

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Another vote for the V1.

It stayed on my LT permanently, until I totaled it. (110,000 miles)
Now it is in my truck, moved to the car for long trips. Never had a ticket since purchasing it in 2001.

It is not cheap, but worth it. I would actually like to get another one, so both the car and truck would be permanently equipped.
 

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I own 3 Escort Passports (1 on the LT and the other 2 in my cars) and my experience is pretty similar to the ones above, except that my Passports do not have the front/rear arrow.
Saved my bacon many a time, including in town on Ventura Blvd during a lunch ride...
I would not drive without a radar detector of any kind, especially now that both the state of California and the city of Los Angeles are broke EVERY mean to make a buck is now in effect (for your safety... of course!:rolleyes:).
 

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The only thing better than a V1 is riding with a federal judge. What makes it so good is it's sensitivity in that it picks up radar farther in advance than others I have experience with and the amount of information it provides, information indicating where the alerts are coming from.
 

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If purchasing the V1 do you need to get the remote audio adapter (20200) or is there another way to wire directly into helmut or speakers?
 

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If purchasing the V1 do you need to get the remote audio adapter (20200) or is there another way to wire directly into helmut or speakers?
Believe we had a link here at one time that outlined the wiring on how to make it work with the comm system.

I looked for it without success.

Anyone help out with the link?
 

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I have a Passport 8500 that has been impeccable. What I like about it is very few if any false alerts. If that suck beeps, you better be slowing down & looking. I also have a visual alert l-e-d plugged into the speaker jack for easier visuals. I don't have helmet speakers...yet.
 

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I also have the Passport 8500 I also have the Legal Speeding LED set up. Works great. You don,t worry about not hearing or trying to see the lights on the radar detecter. I mounted the light right under the map light and is very bright. check out the LEGAL SPEEDING website. :dance:
 

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I love my passport 9500 also. It's not cheap either but effective. Use it with the Marc Parnes visual alert which works really well.
 

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If purchasing the V1 do you need to get the remote audio adapter (20200) or is there another way to wire directly into helmut or speakers?
That's what I use to send the signal to my intercom. Also, I have the remote audio adapter mounted right next to my left thumb so I can easily mute or adjust the V1 without even looking.
 

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Re: Radar Detector Advice

Has anyone used a TPX sold by Adaptive Technologies? It's waterproof and made specifically for motorcycles. I'd be very interested in hearing anyone has some experience with this unit. They also sell a laser jammer. I thought jammers are illegal. Thanks.
Scott
 

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SEG said:
Has anyone used a TPX sold by Adaptive Technologies? It's waterproof and made specifically for motorcycles. I'd be very interested in hearing anyone has some experience with this unit. They also sell a laser jammer. I thought jammers are illegal. Thanks.
Scott
I've had the TPX for a year now and have mounts on both bikes to switch back and forth. I have no complaints. Good lighting, big buttons, and the visual alert light is also very nice. I have always uesd Escort products in my cars and this unit seems just as good.......no tickets using the TPX so far. JINX.....
 

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Re: Radar Detector Advice

I also have one of these units which I use on two Bikes as well as my truck, and it seems to save me on a regular basis. If I had to complain about anything it might be the fact that it does not give you any indication of where the threat is. But, as far as I know, the V1 is the only one that does that, and it is way more than this one was!

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SEG said:
Has anyone used a TPX sold by Adaptive Technologies? It's waterproof and made specifically for motorcycles. I'd be very interested in hearing anyone has some experience with this unit. They also sell a laser jammer. I thought jammers are illegal. Thanks.
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Another vote for the Valentine One. Used it in multiple cars and my scoot, it gives lots of warning and points to where the warning is coming from. You can't go wrong with one of these.
 
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