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Latest, Greatest, Waterproof, Reliable Radar Detector??

I remember when I did use (a cheap) one in a car, they were so nerve racking that it wasn't worth it. Maybe shadowing the fastest vehicle is as good as it gets for the stress involved.

Anyway, I'd like to see what's out there for a motorcycle; and any feedback on how they pragmatically work on the road would be welcome in the big city. Also, how attention getting are they with a brain bucket on and ear plugs in?


Amazon 1-star ratings really rake down some top units on reliability. I think waterproof was as good as it got on what I looked at too: maybe that's a whole another line of products though.

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No idea on waterproofed radar detectors. But the best radar detector on the market (single unit "windshield mounted") are made by Escort. I have had the x50($350) and Redline ($500). I have also had $200 other brands: cobra, beltronics, valentine, etc. Learn from my mistakes and buy an escort radar dector if you want the best quality. But as I said, I have never tried getting them wet. So hopefully you find a comprise somewhere.

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You don't need a radar detector around Los Angeles. The cops hardly pull over a bike unless its doing something really stupid. http://youtu.be/bLp-bw8z2BQ?t=2m7s


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I have the only motorcycle radar detector I know about. The Adaptiv TPX. It works really well when you are the second or third vehicle back when the cop fires off his laser. I you are in front, your caught since you only detect laser when it is on. It is not rated as high as some automobile models, but I don't plan on making a habit of speeding. It just happens.

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I remember when I did use (a cheap) one in a car, they were so nerve racking that it wasn't worth it.
I've had the same experience. Damn things drive me crazy. On a bike, my eyes are generally sufficient. Bikes have a pretty small area to lock onto and most of the ones I've had had really good brakes. I've only had two occasions that my peepers were insufficient.

One time I was riding home from an AMA road race with a couple of friends. Rain was imminent and I was leading our pack with a pretty good lead and head of steam when I saw a cop car ahead. I slowed knowing I was within the speed limit before he could lock me. He got behind me and pulled me over anyway. When he came over he told me the speed I was going. I asked how he could tell so far away. He then pointed to the plane flying overhead.

Another time I was coming home from work and had an itch. It was in a neighborhood and I was going about 33 mph in a 25 mph zone. The cop was behind a car parallel parked on the street. When I raised my head following the scratch, I noticed him, but it was too late. He was going to let me go except I had just received the ticket from the race and he wasn't about to let a recidivist off.

Be that as it may, both tickets together probably cost less than a decent radar detector and were a hell of a lot less annoying.
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I've had the same experience. Damn things drive me crazy. On a bike, my eyes are generally sufficient. Bikes have a pretty small area to lock onto and most of the ones I've had had really good brakes. I've only had two occasions that my peepers were insufficient.

One time I was riding home from an AMA road race with a couple of friends. Rain was imminent and I was leading our pack with a pretty good lead and head of steam when I saw a cop car ahead. I slowed knowing I was within the speed limit before he could lock me. He got behind me and pulled me over anyway. When he came over he told me the speed I was going. I asked how he could tell so far away. He then pointed to the plane flying overhead.

Another time I was coming home from work and had an itch. It was in a neighborhood and I was going about 33 mph in a 25 mph zone. The cop was behind a car parallel parked on the street. When I raised my head following the scratch, I noticed him, but it was too late. He was going to let me go except I had just received the ticket from the race and he wasn't about to let a recidivist off.

Be that as it may, both tickets together probably cost less than a decent radar detector and were a hell of a lot less annoying.
Sounds like the 2nd one was stalking you out. 33 in a 25? Sheesh, I almost get sandwiched every other day from people riding my azz behind and people slamming on their abs brakes in front when they see traffic a mile ahead. It's hard staying alive on a bike and not stay up with traffic flow with all the cage drivers multitasking. If you don't react, you are smashed!!

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my adaptive tpx is completely weatherproof and seems to work as well as the valentine in my gt. no tickets in 18 mos. at least 20 saves.
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I use an Escort 9500 on a magnetic mount. It's not weatherproof but if it starts raining, I just remove it and stow it away in my tank bag.


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Be that as it may, both tickets together probably cost less than a decent radar detector and were a hell of a lot less annoying.
Not around here...speeding is usually only $100 or less. The court costs though add another $100 to $200. On top of that the State of Alabama and the Insurance companies work together to Fleece another $1500 to $2500 out of the dirty speeder in insurance premiums over the next 3 years. It is FAR better to hire a lawyer and pay him $750 or so to pay off everyone involved. So an effective radar/laser would be cost effective.

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I would check local laws first. Getting caught with a radar detector is highly illegal in some areas like here.
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I would check local laws first. Getting caught with a radar detector is highly illegal in some areas like here.
Check the laws, and you will SEE that detectors are (generally) legal out west, but NOT legal where you are.

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I believe that radar detectors are legal in all states except for Virginia in the US.

Of course, if you happen get pulled over for speeding and have a detector visible, your chances of getting off with just a warning are essentially 0%.


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I believe that radar detectors are legal in all states except for Virginia in the US.

Of course, if you happen get pulled over for speeding and have a detector visible, your chances of getting off with just a warning are essentially 0%.
The only good chance to get off anyway is to have nice set of bare knockers with a smile. If you are a guy, you have to cry or really give a good story (like hurrying to the local County Judge's Uncle's funeral, and crying help's too.) Guy's are generally 'quota-meat.'

Realistically, it's splitting lanes during rush hour traffic or shadowing behind the fastest car in the fastest Non-HOV left lane. Then you can't really speed. EVERY cop always act like they are waiting for a story from you, so they don't have to ticket you: bs, you are "quota-meat." It takes a lot of adrenalin to pull someone over for a bs ticket and possibly get your shift blown away (not from me, but all the crazies, PLUS the early release convicts are up to 20% of each average state's total population (and growing!) - USA Today, 12-14-2012 - Snitches everywhere!)
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Dude your on a Versys no radar detector required.

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Dude your on a Versys no radar detector required.


That's funny ...

And probably true ...

To be honest, I really only use my radar detector when I ride the K1600 or the Street Triple.


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50kph/30mph over posted limit gets you a $2000 fine, your drivers licence taken away for 6 months (10 years for 2nd conviction) and a 1000% increase increase in insurance rates should you ever reapply for a licence after the suspension had ended. The Versys will easily do 150kph

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Dude your on a Versys no radar detector required.
Damn things can barely get out of their own way!

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Dude your on a Versys no radar detector required.
Mine is on the concours.

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