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Hello Everyone: I an newbie to the site. I have a 04 FJR that I absolutely adore. Anyone have an opinion ( I probably shouldn't have said that :lol: ) about good radar detectors for the FJR?
 

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It is a difficult question because of where you live (Mexico). I have no idea what equipment they use, but if it was built in the past 2-4 years, a radar detector is useless IF the radar or maybe LIDAR user knows what they are doing. Only a burst of energy has to hit you and the reading is locked in. Detectors are not fast enough unless the officer just leaves it on for vehicle after vehicle. Radar-trained by law enforcement, the best detector are your eyes and your brain. Good luck
 

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I think Kone is looking for suggestions from people who actually own and use a radar/laser detector, not from someone {Luke} who does not and has NO F N clue......I have been using a Passport 8500 on my FJR and in my Cage for over a yr, and consider it an essential device. Just like you would not ride without your helmet or boots, riding without some form of speed detection is just plain foolish...No, it is not a 100% guarantee of avoiding a ticket, but it sure as hell is better than not having one. It has paid for itself many times over. I use a Radar Screamer [ google that} for alerting me; easier and less hassle than ear phones.. mounted in the left handlebar mirror mount with a Stem Stand...Many of my riding buddies [with different bikes] have copied this combo/setup after seeing mine. everybody still has theirs....Like any new product or device,there is a learning curve to the passport. It will take awhile to learn what the different lights and sounds mean and what is a real threat and what is a bogus threat [ 7-11 s; banks; etc.]...Read the instructions, ride around with it, learn it..you will come to love it!....YES , it is not a license to speed; but it will give you a certain degree of confidence and peace of mind when you want to turn up the LOUD HANDLE on those early Sunday morning rides, out of town. And when riding at NIGHT, when all headlights look the same and vision is non -existent. a good radar detector is a must have, darkness is where this device really shines!...... Final word , just buy the complete setup, detector , stand/holder/screamer.Try it for a couple months. If it ain't for you. put it up on e-bay. I've seen them used sell for as much or more than buying new. crazy!... ...Enjoy your motorcycle more, get a good detector. I have over $500 invested in my setup, and worth every cent .

To all you Na sayers, why should everyone else be as miserable as you?.. Let us have our Fun.

Flame Away :)
 

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I use a Valentine V1 and have for a few years. It has a big advantage over other detectors because it monitors the rear and the front, not just the front. I made a mount using suction cups and have it mounted on the top of the side fairing. It is the best as far as I'm concerned, in fact, I have 3 of them.
 

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I bought a Valentine 1 when I bought my NSX in 95. I still have it and use it. I mounted it with velcro on top of the brake reservoir, the first year I had my bike. I was then told by Kieth it works in the tank bag so I put it in the tank bag till my accident. Obviously you lose the directionality arrows in the bag but I had ear speakers hooked up to it so I didn't care about the direction of the radar.

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Valentine 1 and H.A.R.D remote wireless helmet LED, stem stand mount on steering head bolt- paid for itself a few times over, not to mention license points, insurance rates, dirty looks from wifey..... :evil:
 

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Another Valentine user here also, along with a Visual Alert instead of the Screamer. Saved me many, many times!!
 

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I am super happy with my Escort 8500 X50. It's saved my butt more times than I care to think about...on both 4 wheels and 2 wheels.
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I own a radar detector. I also use a radar gun as part of my job. As I said, used properly, the gun beats the detector every time. How many times has anyone been pulled over and told by the law, "I would have given you a ticket, but your detector saved you."? New devices are vehicle specific, they can target an individual vehicle and provide instant read-outs. But hey, spend the money and any time you don't get a ticket, credit the detector. As for driving at night 'when vision is non-existant', driving over the limit seems just the wrong thing to do, detector or no.
 

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Then why do you own a radar detector?? There are times when the detector is not going to save you...only vehicle on a road comes to mind.

It's just one more layer to help avoid giving money to the Government so you can spend it on more Farkles... :D

John

Loki said:
I own a radar detector. I also use a radar gun as part of my job. As I said, used properly, the gun beats the detector every time. How many times has anyone been pulled over and told by the law, "I would have given you a ticket, but your detector saved you."? New devices are vehicle specific, they can target an individual vehicle and provide instant read-outs. But hey, spend the money and any time you don't get a ticket, credit the detector. As for driving at night 'when vision is non-existant', driving over the limit seems just the wrong thing to do, detector or no.
 

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8500/Screamer here.

Has warned me quite a few times up in the Colorado Rockies. Maybe the local yokels don't have the high teck stuff (yet). Lot's of cops sitting on the side of the road - mostly waiting for sport bikes. I think they have a Jones for crotch-rockets.

My one ticket for speeding was in Nebraska on Memorial Day weekend a couple of years ago. My 8500 did not go off. Two troupers sitting on an on-ramp on I-80. The one in the Mustang pulled me over and gave me a no point - no fine for 85 in a 75 (I had slowed down a bit when crossing the Nebraska line - they can be rascals over there - maybe it's a CU Buffs-Nebraska Cornhusker thing :lol: He asked if I was carrying any weapons - me, a fat, silver haired old thing in ballistic armor riding suit on a touring bike - yeah, sure. He then informed me that I was clocked by aircraft. That's why my screamer didn't scream.

Probably wouldn't be such a bad idea to mount some kind of mirror on the windscreen to check for aircraft approaching from the rear. I-25 north of Denver has a lot of aircraft at times.

I have heard very few negative comments about either the V-1 or the 8500. I would recommend either one, if you like cute little arrows, then buy the V-1. One thing to be aware of is that the Valentine is only sold by Valentine whereas the Passports are sold just about anywhere, or at least that's the way it was in the past. I don't know if that matters or not.
 

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My significant other bought it for me when we bought a Passat V6. Guys, buy a detector, ride safe, surround yourselves with bells and whistles, but in my mind, getting on that 2 wheel screamer is supposed to be fun. The less time spent worrying about this or that, the more fun!
 

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Loki said:
I own a radar detector. I also use a radar gun as part of my job.

How many times has anyone been pulled over and told by the law, "I would have given you a ticket, but your detector saved you."?
That's the most assinine thing I think I've ever read. If the detector saves someone, the cop wouldn't be pulling them over in the first place. FUQUE!
 

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Quite possible that some of the LEOs that have 'instant on' and whatever other tech that makes them 'win' against detectors don't actually employ that spiff new tech unless they are filling their quotas/revenue generating.

If the radar emitter is left on, everyone with a detector slows down, and 'the children' are made safer (because Speed kills dontchaknow).
The occasional idiot still blows by and gets the ticket (s)he earned.
 

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Radardetector

Here is a very happy user of a Bel 940. I'm sure it saved over the last 40 000ml a big bag of money. The problem thats "loki" is not aware of looks like that the most Cops don't yous there device propperly. Usualy here in New Mexico they drive with the device on and start targeting you when you comes closer. Thats the way to safe money. The other thing is what I call the lucky shoot when they comes around the corner and start using the gun. This happens in my case 1 time in 40000ml . So I considre the dedector a very good thing.

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BOUNCE, you have to get out and read more. The most assinine thing I ever read is "Mission Accomplished", followed closely by "I didn't know it was loaded." As to your rude and crude signoff-right back to ya.[/b]
 

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biting... tongue... real... hard... ow...


You mean there's people here that ride their FJRs over the legal, posted speed limit?


You all ought to be asss-shamed of yourselves!! :evil:

Mission accomplished. (oops, I didn't know it was loaded)



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Another point of view from behind the "GUN"

As some of you may recall from FRJ 05, this is your friendly State Trooper and fellow 2005 owner adding his 2 cents (I'm sure I'll suffer for it but here goes). Every time you elect to travel more than the posted limit there is an assumed risk of a citation (ticket). There is no foolproof way to simply speed when and where you like. The guns we use, not unlike Loki's are "instant-on' and if you happen to be the lead vehicle, I'm already putting the Crown Vic in drive by the time you hear the "beep". In addition when you see a sign that says "Speed enforced by aircraft" rest assured it is. Those big white lines and an inexpensive stopwatch from a Piper Cub are indefensible. I'm sure the current technology is such that radar detectors are helpful but many times I see them sitting on the dash of a "customer". I can't speak for other states but we don't have quotas, we can write as many or a few as we like and most of my colleges don't even pull out until 15-20 over. I would think my fellow LEO's on this site would agree. Cops like to ride fast too! PS FJR's radar profile is very small so stay beside a vehicle when your detector goes off.
 
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