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For quite some time I've been thinking about and looking for rain'/splash resistant covers for radar detectors and other non-waterproof electronic toys. The options seem to be either a huge fugly black box for about $100, or ziplock bags.

Ideally, you want something that works and looks decent enough to leave in place, and for a reasonable price.

The attached photo shows a V1 cover from New Zealand. I think there was a place in the US that had them for a while, but I haven't seen them or anything similar for a long time.

Cutting a long story short, I was thinking of making a range of covers for just about anything anyone wanted (RDs, two way radios, phones, whatever) using a vacuum forming system. They'd look similar to, but hopefully better than, the NZ version.

Covers would have to be reasonably effective (rain resistant but not fully waterproof), and would have to look presentable. I don't like putting ugly crap on my bikes & don't suppose anyone else does either. I know - as motorcyclists, we are a notoriously cheap bunch, so most people will go for a zip lock bag or stuff the RD in a pannier or wherever ;)

My question is: would there be any interest in these covers? I think they'd be about $40.

Thoughts, anyone?

BTW, this is in the very early stages of thinking about it. Nothing has been designed yet, there's nothing you can order, nothing for sale - pure market research.

In the photo, the hole you can see is in the bottom for the wire, not the top...

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I have one of these and it was more of a novelty. It was hard to use becuase you couldn't get to the dial on the Valentine and it made it tough to push the knob to mute. It was more trouble than it was worth. On my LT and RT, if it starts to rain the water usually flies by. If it gets heavy I just put a ziplock over the unit unit I stop and put the Valentine away. Don't really need to use the radar in the rain.
 

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Are you listening to the V1 directly or through intercom or similar?

Does that mean the a soft deformable skin would truly be needed?

I'm thinking of something a whole lot easier on the eyes than the relatively crude one in the picture, but if there's no point, then there's no point;).
 

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When I used it on my LT it was hard wired to the bike and I could hear the audio. The front panel would need to be soft to push to mute.. The RT, I have the Marc Parnes LED lights mounted on the top of the Valentine so I never use the case. It would be great to have the case made out soft silicon type rubber.
 

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Silicone would definitely be best, but that's expensive and requires some really specialized gear - regrettably, not something you can do in your workshop..
 

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Someone use to make these things. Had one for my Escort 8500. It was ok but like others have said a Glad bag or just stow it away when it rains works for me.
 

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Someone use to make these things. Had one for my Escort 8500. It was ok but like others have said a Glad bag or just stow it away when it rains works for me.
Stowing it away don't work for many instances! One time last year, I was riding along when I ran into sudden very heavy rain, and it simply was not safe to stop anywhere to "stow" my V1 away, and I was thinking that there goes $500! Fortunately for me, the RT has such great weather protection that I literally didn't find a single drop of water on the unit when I got home! The V1 was mounted on top of the rear crash bar (to have "visibility" front and rear) with RAM extender so that it was situated pretty much beside my left hip, peering back over the left pannier.

I am playing around with making a watertight box on my own.
 

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My V1 lives on the bike full time, regardless of weather. So it needs a proper cover. I've been using a Hoon Hardware cover, but would be interested in a better solution.

Sometimes you do need to press the mute button, but if you have it wired to your helmet there's a separate audio control box that can usually be mounted somewhere out of the weather. So a flexible cover would be nice if you could do so, but there are other options.

Radar detectors are illegal in VA, so having it easy to remove would still be useful. Then again, my solution is to spend as little time as possible there... :)
 

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When my V1 is on the bike, I have it hooked up to the remote display. No beeps for me while riding!!! ;) The remote display is mounted right on top of the RT's dash, and in my normal line-of-sight. I use the visual alert rather than sound. I also stay away from VA as much as possible. Isn't there another state that bands radar detector? I know that it's illegal in Canada, and so I will need to be aware of that also.
 

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I use RAM mounts bolted to the dash and Marc Parnes' Visual Alert mounted front and center facing directly to my face. No sound, the lights do their work perfectly.

Marc cut the VA block to an angle I specified, then I cut under the block so the wire was hidden and it disappears into the dash. Probably more PITA than it was worth, but us anal-retentives have to find something to do!

Oddly, I found it took a long time to learn to react to the lights in the same way as when I heard the sound. Possibly because I've used V1s for so long in cars too.

Ideally, I'd like to mount the RD somewhere under the fairing, but that's a project for another day.

Also in my mind is to print a simple one piece curved "carbon fiber" (really its a form of plastic with carbon fiber embedded) arm from the dashboard to support the V1, replacing the RAM mount scaffolding and platform. Not that the actual weight savings means anything, but a part which weighs a couple of ounces will flap around a whole lot less than something weighing a pound+.

I drilled holes in a couple of the plastic bits, but not before ensuring that replacements, for when the bike is eventually sold, are inexpensive.

BTW, the back-pressure vent cut into the windshield is from Rifle Fairing - quite a neat little kit.

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My setup... Used a Nine-T handlebar bracket to mount the ram arm. It is hidden behind the windshield from bugs and other debris.

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That stacks up well enough!

Can't do that as I have GS/A mirrors on the bike - I don't like the stock RT mirrors which (only IMHO) are a major design flaw. have to move your eyes too far, and even then the view isn't as useful as it could be.
 
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