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Old 03-29-2004, 01:36 PM   #11
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The Valentine is the best, in my experience, and has saved me $$ and points many times. The Escort is also good. Most of the rest are junk and will only give you a false sense of security and drive you nuts with false alarms.



Detectors are illegal here in the Middlewest but I've run one in my tankbag using the heads-up helmet display from Legal Speeding and no one has ever noticed the detector as it's out of sight but still works fine.



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Old 03-29-2004, 02:04 PM   #12
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Yer screwed! Did you know you're also pitching a no-hitter?
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Old 03-29-2004, 02:21 PM   #13
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How reliable is radar in clocking bike speed? It seems every time I approach one of those "check your speed" roadside radar trailers on my bike, it generates random numbers way above and way below my actual speed, whereas in a car, they're always very accurate. What causes this? Is the bike too small? Is it made out of "stealth" materials -- aluminum and fiberglass instead of steel? Is it because there's no radiator to increase the radar signature (I read once that certain 'Vettes are hard to clock becasue they have fiberglass bodies and their radiators are tilted, causing the signal to bounce up instead of back to the transmitter)? Is the radar picking up the speed of the front wheel rotation rather than the bike speed (I also read this somewhere, though it doesn't seem very likely)? And is the radar cops use in their cars any more reliable?
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Old 03-29-2004, 02:33 PM   #14
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Excellent point. The cop was stationary with my LASER ticket and if I had even tried I could have ditched him. He caught me because I slowed down to the speed limit with the hope that he hadn't got a good reading. Even going the speed limit, it was still about five miles down the road before he caught up with me.
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Old 03-29-2004, 03:12 PM   #15
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Bel (Beltronics) 9 series detectors, then Valentine One. I found way too many falses with the V1. The one thing is that neither are (as of yet) Spectre stealthed (a newish radar detector detector -- only the umm Passport or Escort, forget which one, is stealthed vs it) and no detector is worth anything vs Laser.



The vast majority of radar detector detectors are Stalkers and most good quality units are stealthed vs them. Both Bel and V1 are reverse engineering the Spectre stealthed unit and their next gen units should be stealthed vs them too.



But they won't do jack ***** vs laser, instant on or no.
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Old 03-29-2004, 08:00 PM   #18
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I have the 8500. My riding pals have the Valentine One and when we're out together they tend to pick up the K/Ka signals a split second before me. To be fair, they have their detectors mounted in the open behind their screens, while mine is within a clear plastic cover on my tank bag.



I once had the 8500 slip out of the unzipped plastic cover at 50 mph then bounce and slide down the road. It's deeply scratched but still works just fine! Friends seem unwilling to enter their Valentines in that contest so by default the 8500 wins the durability testing.
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Old 03-30-2004, 03:49 AM   #19
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yeah i have a radar/ laser jammer from rocky mountain radar and there is nothing anyone can possibly say about it but positive things. I have been behind state trooper who smacked there radar because they cant pick anything up .. all I can say is if your worried about a ticket pick one of these up
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Old 03-30-2004, 05:46 AM   #20
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My Passport has been saving me since 1985, of course if the Fuzz in your area is using Laser, you might as well do the speed limit or take your lumps
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