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What is the best detector for use on a Wing? I'm not talking about a remote, permanently mounted one, but a removable unit that you can take from your cage to the Wing, etc.

Have very many of you used the Passport 9500ix with the sound wired into your helmet? Any feedback would be appreciated.

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The best vote would go to a Valentine One. Directional arrows will let you know where the signal is coming from.

2nd Best: Passport Escort series. Been running a 8500 for several years and quite pleased. It is piped into the headset and rides in a Legal Speeding hard case for weather protection.
 

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Passport and Bel Electronics are the same company now.

I like the Bel 995, which I have in my truck....it was given the "best detector under $300 by RadarBusters.com

I have a Bel RX65 on the bike, and I will probably upgrade to the Bel GX65 series that includes the GPS database for photo radar traps. But the Excort is great...I happen to have the wiring built in to power and get audio for the Bel's, so that leans me in their direction. But as I said, since they are owned by the same company, the technology is pretty much the same.

The Escorts are more popular though.

Also, you may be interested in "Veil" which is a high tech anti-reflective coating for the headlight, which still lets the headlight beam through, but slows down laser acquisition time and gives you a better chance of braking in time. It's one of those spinoff products from the focus on stealth technology for the military. Not classified or anything, but you can imagine how much attention has been paid to defeating laser guided weapons. Some of that attention has been spun off.

Independent testing reveals that as long as you have a dark colored vehicle, the most reflective item on the front of a vehicle is the headlight area...no surprise since you have all the mirror like stuff around the bulbs...and it doesn't matter if they are aiming for front license plate....it's mostly the high reflective headlight area that pays off for the LEO's. Motocycles are already hard targets to laser, but not impossible.

Personally, I have a large WHITE Ford Expedition land yacht, so I am one big laser reflector....not worth coating my lenses, and Veil doesn't work on paint...I might as well just mail the fines ahead to the cops. But I do have it on my GoldWing.
 

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I use the 9500ix on my bikes and in the car.

I bought a hardwire kit as well as a radar screamer. The Radar Screamer is a small piezo speaker which is very loud. It plugs into the headphone socket on the radar detector,saves you having to use earplugs just for the radar detector.

My Son uses the 9500IX on his Triumph 675, we have mounted on a RAM steering stem mount and he either uses his ear buds or his Radar Screamer, which I've also installed on his bike.

The Radar Screamer also has the ability to flash an LED.

Here's the Radar Screamer in action, on my driveway, on my Aprilia.


Here's the Radar Screamer


It has a mute switch, which lets you set the volume to high/low/mute.


Here's a Slideshow of pictures of my setup on my Aprilia.

On the Goldwing, I use a 1" RAM Clutch cylinder reservoir cover, a RAM 2" connector and a RAM 2" x 3" plate with a 1" ball mount.On the plate, I have Velcro. I mount the Passport on this plate with Velcro. I also hard wired the Passport for power.
 

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What is the best detector for use on a Wing? I'm not talking about a remote, permanently mounted one, but a removable unit that you can take from your cage to the Wing, etc.

Have very many of you used the Passport 9500ix with the sound wired into your helmet? Any feedback would be appreciated.

Doug
I've had the Valentine 1 since 2001 after getting a speeding ticket in Nebraska. So far no more. I change between bike and car. The directional arrows are what makes Valentine in my opinion an advantage over others.
 

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I've got the Escort/Passport 8500/x-50. It has tremendous range for plenty of warning. It has saved me on numerous occasions. It was personally recommended by Radar Roy of RadarBusters.com.

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I use the Bel GX65 and it is awesome! :thumbup:
 

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I really like my 9500ix. Saved me from going to jail on Tuesday:p
 

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Beltronics STI Driver or Valentine One...both excellent. I have Beltronics STI Driver. The only time I got caught speeding is when I was too lazy to transfer it from the bike back to my car :shrug:
 

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My "Portable" detector is an Escort Solo S2
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-Xz5n6afFMNK/p_036SOLOS2/Escort-Solo-S2.html and I see Amazon has it for $224. I can pop it off and take it to the truck or a friends car. I use the plastic 3M velcro and a Techmount attached to the dash mount for the TomTom and Cell phone. I can see AND hear it enough to get the message to watch out.
http://wingstuff.com/pgroup_detail/...9943_gl1500_gl1800_techmount_handlebar_mount/

I found they have a newer version and it's black but it's a bit more pricy too.
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_036SOLOS3/Escort-Solo-S3.html?search=radar&nvpair=FFBrand|Escort


 

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I have a Valentine One on my 10 Grand Sport Corvette which will go a bit faster than my Wing. I love it, and it does it's job well! I have yet to wire the Wing for the Valentine. I think it is a toss up between Valentine and Escort
 

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I have the 9500ix and the escort redline, for in town 9500ix is great, for on the road the escort redline is the king, the range is unbelievable.
 

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The best vote would go to a Valentine One. Directional arrows will let you know where the signal is coming from.

2nd Best: Passport Escort series. Been running a 8500 for several years and quite pleased. It is piped into the headset and rides in a Legal Speeding hard case for weather protection.

+++++++1 ...maybe 5 or6 by now!!
 

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I've owned 3 Valentine Ones over the years. After experiencing how few false alerts the new Escort 9500ix gets, I'll never buy another Valentine again. And no, I don't miss the arrows at all. They were more of a gee-wiz item anyway. Most of the time when your detector goes off, you want to slow down, regardless of where the signal is coming from. And the arrows were slow to respond to direction changes, and many times wrong. The worst part was the huge number of false alerts on the Valentine. It got to point that I ignored it, which made it pretty much useless.

My 9500ix Escort only alerts when there is a real threat. And this means I pay attention when it goes off. This is by far the best detector on the market right now.
 

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I've been using an Escort Passport 8500 for about 8 years. Works great, and I have it set to run as a volt meter when it's not alerting me to hungry bears.
 

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Thanks everyone for all the responses. I'm pretty much leaning toward the Passport 9500ix and copying the setup ChrisE has on his bike. He's been nice enough to send me some pictures of the components he has put together and it looks like a good workable setup without breaking the bank.

This board is a such great place to solicit help from others who have already solved the problem you're facing. Time and time again I have asked for help on problems that just about have me tearing my hair out and someone always comes up with helpful solutions.

Genuinely appreciative
Doug
 

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I had the Valentine on my bike and then swapped it for the Adaptiv TPX. It works very well and is waterproof I find it easy to use I have the visual alert setup. More false alerts than the Valentine but not annoyingly so.
 
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