I'm looking for some input on radar detectors. I saw what appears to be a good deal at Costco.com for a Whistler DE-1776 for around $120. Is there another model that might be better suited to the FJR :?:
The top Bel and Escort models appear to be comparable with the Valentine. I haven't seen any others that performed as well, but ya never know. Maybe you can convince a friend to try the Whistler and report on how well it performs. I had a cheap (very cheap) RD once and it went off on every RF source it encountered. The false positives every five seconds made it useless.
BEL and Escort are now the same company; depending on the BEL model they can be a decent value. I have used BEL in the past....my previously used (in both truck and bike) Bel 890 has been in my wife's Explorer for years. It is a decent piece of equipment, but it ain't no Valentine 1. I know how radar works ( I once upon a time wrote quite a few citations with the help of a radar gun. Always hated doing it..but when the Sergeant says,"..go run radar"... oh well...) and as a result I purchased a Valentine 1 about 2 years ago. I have never regretted the acquisition. I'm sure I have recouped the cost of buying it in saving the cost of quite a few tickets.
BTW, I have a BEL 916 that you can buy for a MOST reasonable price.
I've had an Escort, BEL, and now own a Valentine 1. I will not use any other detector now. Like any detector, you have to learn when it is falsing and when it's not, but it is definitely the closest thing to immunity you can get. Won't protect you from stupidity, but it will cover you in most situations.
Scramblers and Jammers are highly illegal, and will get you in BIG trouble if caught using them. Most of the ones advertised are just useless trash, do not work, and are too weak to do any good. If you do jam the police radar, they can tell they are being jammed. Being caught once with a jammer would cost you a lifetime of traffic tickets. Don't do it.
Also worth pointing out that the use of the Valentine 1 is illegal in most of mainland Europe with the exception of the UK. The police especially in Holland and Germany are particurlarly keen to seize your V1 or in some extreme cases both your bike and the V1. This was pointed out to us in Holland by an off duty officer (on a motorcycle) who clocked it on a mates bike. He advised us to throw our gloves over it each time we stopped, stating that police will rarely lift your gloves to find it, and never pull up beside a police vehicle at the lights if the V1 is in plain sight.
We wondered why, a short time earlier, a female officer on a motorcycle came along side our group of 9 at 80mph and gave each bike a good look in turn. Was she just eyeing the bikes, or checking for V1's. We shall never know, but remain thankful for the advice given to us earlier.
Just remember Ranger Dave that you will forget all about the GOOD deal if you have to pay a ticket. I've had two V1's for five yrs run them in car and bike wouldn't have any thing else. :lol: ride safe