I want to get a good quality Radar Detector for my bike before the summer begins. Any helpful suggestions from people who have one would be appreciated. Quality and concealability are paramount, price secondary.
From strictly a car point of view, I would say that Escourt is the King of detection for distance and performance.
But, you don't really have to take anyone's personal viewpoint. There's a website indicating testing done a variety of detectors out there, if only I could remember the address I'll post it as soon as I locate it.
Yes well thats what I have in mind, I am thinking about putting it into my fairing and using a earphone in my helmet. That way it's hidden and all I have is small chord that I need to put in one ear or two.
I have an Escort 8500 mounted behind the screen of the Daytona, also with earphones. Seems to work fine. My main concern was that with a rider sitting behind the unit (instead of off to one side in a car) you might not get adequate warning of radar behind you. Haven't been caught yet though, so I guess it's working....
Other point to remember is that if you buy a unit that has laser detection, it needs to 'see' and cannot be behind a fairing panel that isn't transparent. Even a dark tint can stop it working according to the instructions that came with mine.
The Passport is good, but very big and heavy - that's why I went for the smaller Eascort.
I remember seeing a product before, might've been from a link on here... I'm not sure how it worked, but it could be used for a shift-light or a radar detector. Had a small light that was mounted inside your helmet down in the corner of your 'viewport'. Was cordless and would light up with the shiftlight/radar detector...
Hi they do make radar mounts for bikes. I have one for my 2000 zx9 and I think I got from M.A.W. I've had it for about 3yrs now and use it with the Bell cordless radar detector made for Motorcycles. It comes with an ear piece input. It workes for me okay but the signal strength drops tremendously when it is being battery powered. Valentine 1 is the best on the market in my opinion and I'm saving up for a cordless V1..
Well, I have a radar detector on my 99 cbr900 and no one would even know it was there unless I told them. It's made by a company called K40. The model # is a UN3000SW but the new model number is a 2000 or 2000p. But I would sugest the 2000 because the 2000p has the bulky pods and as everyone knows not much room on a bike. I work at a car stereo shop in St Louis and it is one of the two lines we carry for radar detectors. The other being Escort which I have a 8500 in my car. Escort also make an "undetectable" version called a SR7 but I haven't messed with one yet. Escort says its basicaly their 8500 in an undectable version. The only complaint I have about the SR7 is the display is quite large for a bike. It's fine for a car but big for a bike. On the other hand the K40 only has 2 LED's to mount and a city / highway switch. The LED's light very bright at night and daytime depends on the glare. It also comes with two mini peizo sirens which below 80 mph I can hear but above that well I've never gone that fast so I don't know about that. It is a very clean install. It did take me about 5 total hours (two nights after work) but I'm by no means a fast installer. One other good thing about the K40 is it comes with a 1 year guarantee against tickets. Now hold on. There are some limits to that gaurantee I know there is something about they will pay for the ticket if you get one. Sorry I'm not exactly sure about what is covered and what isn't but I don't want to give out fasle info. I will call K40 and get the lowdown in the next couple days. The two detectors also have rear detection, which I installed on my bike but who needs rear detection when you on a bike!. I will take some pics of the install on my bike and post them if I can figure out how to do it. One drawback to these detectors compared to the other detectors mentioned in the forum is these two detectors are well above $800 installed. Which might change some minds about getting one but it's well worth it. It's all hardwired in and you don't have to worry about taking it off your bike because of theft. Anyway the website for K40 is www.K40.com and Escort is well I couldn't find one but if you do a search for "escort radar detectors" I'm sure you will find some info. If anyone has any questions please feel free to email me at PIMPN78#aol.com Please write something about the radar detector in the subject because I tend to get deleete happy.
I have used several models of Bell and also have been a long time (prior) user of Escort products, having owned the original Cincinnati Microwave version (with a big needle type meter) and several subsequent models. All of these are inferior to Valentine 1. You have to order the separate accessory to use a headphone with it.
If you don't want to spend the dough for the Valentine 1 then I'd say go with Escort.
i bought a cheezy radar detector from radioshack for 60 bux...took it appart and ran some small wires and took the visual readout and mounted it near my "dash" so i can look down and see what kind of band im picking up..now the cool part is that the actual detector is mounted where the dumb little parking light used to be (91 gsxr 750) right above the main headlight...shaved it in with plexiglass and some bondo and tinted it black (same color as my bike) so you can eve see it...THEN while i had the detector apar i ran the little wires for the mini speaker for the audio alerts and ran them w/ a plug in jack i got coming off my helmet ... which also has 2 Koss "mega" headphone speakers in it...along with the CDplayer i riged on my bike...ENDLESS possibilities....ya know you gotta have tunes when you roll!!! keep on keepin on!
PS...the detector being "shaved" DOES NOT decrease the performance of the detector itself!!!!! its the bombdiggity
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