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Old 06-14-2004, 04:57 PM   #11
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Default Janklow Detector?

Who needs a radar detector when your not alive to use it? What I need is a Janklow detector. Something that warns me of drivers with too many tickets or accidents. Or better yet, drivers who don't have a license or insurance... Hell, Cops don't scare me. It's stupid people that I am afraid of!
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Old 06-14-2004, 05:13 PM   #12
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Default Re: Do I need a Laser/Radar detector?

HavenÂ’t tested a new V1 lately but the original model was subject to false alarms. The Passport 8500 is the way to fly.
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Old 06-14-2004, 06:24 PM   #13
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Default Re: Do I need a Laser/Radar detector?

buy a V1 or the new Passport 8500 x50



My old detector was OK but had tons of false alarms. Still, the worst that can happen is you slow down unnecessarily...better than a ticket.



My brand new x50 is so silent I began to wonder if it was even on...then it went to full alert on K-band. There was tons of traffic going the other way, so I never saw the cop, but I slowed down and I'm sure the new detector just paid for 25% of itself right then.
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Old 06-14-2004, 07:12 PM   #14
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Default Re: Do I need a Laser/Radar detector?

I am not sure which isthe best brand. I can tell you as a RADAR operator that I have actually seen the detector not responding with a unit right in front of the detector. Also depending on the units within an agency, the unit may only pick up certain units and not others. The LASER unit is very hard to beat, on the road or in the court room. The best bet is active driving: looking for tailights, slowing down near blind spots. Also watch the weather. If it is a nice day after a few crappy ones, we like to get out of the car too, you know what that means. Also stay out of the fast lane if you can. We like to do point and pull from that lane.
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Old 06-14-2004, 07:49 PM   #15
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Escort solo 2 has saved my butt no less then fifty times in the last three years. I did just got nailed when he threw on his radar a short distance from me. I still was able to slow from 115 to 78 for a huge savings on the ticket. So yes I will not ride without one.
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Old 06-15-2004, 12:14 AM   #16
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you were speeding wernt you ? (snicker)
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Old 06-15-2004, 01:36 AM   #17
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Keep to the side roads and keep your eyes open and pray for good luck. I don't know of a single sport bike rider who obeys all traffic laws. You could always sell the Ninja and get a nice Honda Shadow 750 and ride the highway at legal speeds.



I don't own a detector. Too many of my friends have them for their cars and bikes and are too stupid to pay attention to them.



And you should have that "speaking of yourself in the third person" looked into. You sound nuts.
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Old 06-15-2004, 02:49 AM   #18
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I agree completely. A radar detector can be very useful if used properly. That means making sure you have traffic in front of you before you exceed the speed limit. I make it a point not to be the first one in line. I wait until at least one vehicle passes me, and then follow behind. You are then in a good position to detect the radar signal being aimed at the guy in front of you.
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Old 06-15-2004, 03:14 AM   #19
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Default Re: Do I need a Laser/Radar detector?

Radar detectors are just one more distraction to take your focus off of looking at the road and traffic. But then, I generally stay close to the speed limit.

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Old 06-15-2004, 03:31 AM   #20
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I'm approaching this from a bit of a different angle: I drive a cage ~35 k miles per year - sorry....work, you know. Instant on Ka band used off axis, you are dead meat - period. Even the 2ed string detectors do great with on axis X band, but only the small town local yokels use that now...mostly as a "sleeping policeman" as you enter the small towns. Re Laser...what is left to discuss?

Bottom line, cordless is not as effective...don't cheap out...don't expect miracles and DON't ride out front on the interstate....and slow to an affordable ticket speed when you can't see ahead such as around a corner, etc.

I think someone already posted the great advice about getting you head up and looking farther down the road. This is such an obvious tip that is underutilized by most all of us.

When at work, I'm a determined speeder...I do NOT get paid by the hour if you get my drift. I think it was Brock Yates (or maybe Pat Bedard) who called speeding tickets a "tax on the productive". In the last 15 years of 35 to 40 K miles/year, I've had exactly one ticket here in my SE territory...using my "no out ft" and "slow for lack of forward vision" rules. I quit bothering with my detector 4 or 5 yrs ago as my strategy made it redundant.
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