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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-18-2007, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Laser Jammer and Radar Detector

Ok i know i already started a thread on this in a more obscure place, but maybe this section is more popular and i would be able to get some help:

Has anyone ever put a laser jammer on their bike? I found one the Alex Roy (gumball 3000) uses and it shows mounting for cars but I would like it for a motorcycle.

The link for it is here Blinder Laser jammer

Also has anyone mounted up a Valentine 1 radar detector up on their bike? Any Ideas?

Also how would I be able to power these devices since they plug into a 12V socket or can connect directly to a 12V cord?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-18-2007, 08:21 PM
 
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I wish I had *something* when the cop said I was going 54 in a 40. Since then I thought I could wire up a radar/laser detector of sorts very discreetly under the front seat or somewhere and connect its blinkin' light to the red 'general error' light above the speedo on my F4i so if the detector picked something up it would flash right in front of me on the instrument panel. Its pretty seamless and I could install an on/off switch on one of the ram air covers, maybe even a second one to switch between settings. Just a thought but I'm not a radar/laser detector expert.
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First, because the jammer does two things I believe they are illegal everywhere (in the U.S.); I know for certain they're illegal in Australia and most of Europe. Those two things are: 1) Knowingly interfering with the transmission of a licensed device (aka radar gun) and 2) transmit a signal, which requires a very specific license for the bands on which it works.

On the mounting questions, I'm awaiting the elimination of a car in our family but expect to have an Escort to try the mount. I've looked my bike over and there seem to be three main options:
1) In the windshield above the dash
2) In the ram air
3) Under the cowl

The latter option is dicey in case either the suction cups come off or I hit a big bump and the forks compress a whole lot. The ram air option has performance implications(?).

I had planned to use an earbud for knowing about the fuzz since I actually don't keep any eye on the gauge cluster for the majority of my rides and so would need the audible alert. Also, the detector won't notice a shot from behind either, so that's something to be concerned about.

Not sure if you've seen a V1 but they're quite a bit bulkier than the Escorts so you should take that into account. Also, their main advantage, that I've noted, is that they indicate the direction from which a signal is coming and in the case of a bike, as I noted, you'd never get a rear-sourced signal.

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actually laser jammers are legal in the US, the reasons you were talking about were of radar jammers. those are illigal because they do transmit a radio signal, the jammers just are essentially a really bright IR light that confuse the device.

anyway, so in the airbox you think would work well? i defiently would not trust suction cups there, so it would be onto some custom fabrication of brackets.

also OSU how would you wire it up so the lights on the instrument panel lit up with it any idea?
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how would you wire it up so the lights on the instrument panel lit up with it any idea?
Just splice into the wiring harness for the front instrument panel. LEDs use such little power it won't hurt the bikes computer so you could do anything you want.. the wiring diagram in the bike's service manual would help. You would also have to open up your detector to do some soldering and run some wires. I could still see this being a downfall like kan said since I don't constantly stare at the gauges.
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sweet thanks!!!
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I remember seeing something that you could get for your helmet. It worked with the radar detector (wireless if I remember right, it's been a while) and installed in your helmet. Basically, it was a little LED that you could mount in your periphery and it would flash whenever a signal was received. Unfortunately I didn't save the info because I learned a long time ago that radar detectors are a waste of money. Several years ago, when cops sat there and ran their radar non-stop the detectors were great. But now with instant-on radar, etc. by the time you know they're there, they've already got you.

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I remember seeing something that you could get for your helmet. It worked with the radar detector (wireless if I remember right, it's been a while) and installed in your helmet. Basically, it was a little LED that you could mount in your periphery and it would flash whenever a signal was received. Unfortunately I didn't save the info because I learned a long time ago that radar detectors are a waste of money. Several years ago, when cops sat there and ran their radar non-stop the detectors were great. But now with instant-on radar, etc. by the time you know they're there, they've already got you.
Yeah, it depends a lot on your driving habits. I know my relatively long commute route so well that there are few spots for them to hide. If there's any vehicle in advance of you they act as the lure so that your detector can "spot" the cop in advance and you can slow down.

While owning a detector I learned after 2-3 tickets you have to have that lure, which is not an issue where I typically am driving.

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Yeah, it depends a lot on your driving habits. I know my relatively long commute route so well that there are few spots for them to hide. If there's any vehicle in advance of you they act as the lure so that your detector can "spot" the cop in advance and you can slow down.

While owning a detector I learned after 2-3 tickets you have to have that lure, which is not an issue where I typically am driving.
wow i never really thought of that, but it makes perfect sense, that is a really good tip that I think lots of people have missed.
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