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On the way to work this very morning, as I approached the main highway at a 90 degree angle from the side road I live off of, my detector gave a couple of beeps. Odd, I thought, because I don't get any local false alarms here on any other day. So, as I turned right onto the main highway, I was already on alert and eyeballing the various sets of headlights from oncoming traffic AND NOT GOING WOT at the moment that I usually do when I pull onto that segment of highway. Yeah, I get a kick out of WOT often on my way to/from work out there on that two mile stretch of nearly flat roadway. It's how I roll. However, on this particular trip to work, my detector spoke to me and told me that there may be danger approaching, and so, I did not accelerate as normal for me. But as I proceeded up to the 55mph speed limit, it happened again. My detector beeped a couple more times. Guess what happened when the third car approaching me got within a couple hundred yards from me - yep, you guessed it - my detector went FULL ON BEEPING. County Mounty John Law rolled past me and all turned out nicely as far as my detector preventing yet another ticket from occurring. I absolutely have gotten my money's worth out of that little darling, and will continue allowing it to assist me in finding those speed detecting devices mounted in police vehicles before they find me breaking the law. Again, it's how I roll. ...just sayin'..
 

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Thanks Fred, I'll check that R4 out. I also like the features and size of the Radenso DS1. I been looking for a new RD to replace my old Redline and 9500IX Escorts. The new Hondas really tick them off.
I loved my old 9500IX units, but like you found they falsed too much after the advent of blind spot mirrors and active cruise control and vehicle avoidance sensors started becoming common place. You really have to update your RD fairly often these days to keep up with evolving technology, or else you just end up with a noise maker. The latest models from Uniden, and Escort with built in GPS lockouts and BSM filters do a pretty good job at eliminating falses, but they still aren't perfect.

I'm still waiting for Radenso to release Theia, and I have high hopes for it. For right now, I think the R4 is the top dog. Ka band detection is unlike I've ever experienced before. I get over the hill and around the corner detection of at least a mile or more and even pick up off axis events.
 

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Illegal in Ontario (and most of Canada I believe) and I keep it about 9 over.. which isnt really 9 on the motorcycle anyway, so I'm pretty sure they will pull me over last. They have better things to do than pull over a GL1800 rider doing 9 km/h over
Radar detectors are legal in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan - the three western provinces.

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I may need to upgrade my Radar detector from the info I read here. Its an Escort.. No idea the model.. I also use it as a voltage indicator for the 1800's system

My last performance report was january 1 , 2004 near Tortilla Flat AZ area. Speed Limit out there changes from 55mph to 40mph as you near the mountains.. I received a report for 58mph in a 40mph zone. I bought a radar detector a few months later and have purchased newer units since.

Probably 10+ yrs ago in Utah headed south from Blanding on the 191 the detector beeped on the KA band 1 time. In the middle of nowhere at a speed near 3 digits with 1 KA band beep .. I slowed quickly to the speed limit , maybe 30 seconds later a popo suv came over the rise in the road, headed towards me as the detector had already started beeping continuous..
 

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Do any of you currently use or know a fellow rider who uses a radar detector?
It just pisses the police off! They can detect whether or not you have a detector sometimes before you detect their detector. And if they pull you over and you lie to them say you don’t have a detector then they really get mad instead of giving you a warning or break it probably just give you a ticket.
 

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It just pisses the police off! They can detect whether or not you have a detector sometimes before you detect their detector. And if they pull you over and you lie to them say you don’t have a detector then they really get mad instead of giving you a warning or break it probably just give you a ticket.

The only police in the US that use Radar Detectors Detectors (RDD) are in Virginia and Washington DC. I'm not sure about Canada, they might use them there. Police in all other states do not break or confiscate radar detectors. They can also easily be mounted in such a way that they are out of sight and the only one who knows it is there is you.

Also, most good detectors now have shielded LOs and are just about undetectable, and if you're driving in one of the two states that they aren't allowed in, all you have to do is shut it off and it can't be detected.

 

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I never did and never will use a radar detector as it gives one a false sense of security and statistically people that use one get more tickets than people that only use common sense.
Depends on what you have and what you use it for. The one that I purchased years ago will also warn you of upcoming or approaching emergency vehicles (amblances, fire tricks, etc). For the many that ride with their music blasting through their headset, (I'm guilty... allegedly) it's nice to have an additional warning of an upcoming emergency vehicle. I'm also a speed limit driver/rider in the appropriate lane, so I am not worried about using it for speeding, but it is a nice reminder to watch my speed even if it does go off erroneous signal. ☺
 

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I do have one. Uniden R7. I use Max’s bracket on the right side. I ran a dedicated cable from accessories block. I have use it almost 2 years now. It goes into my car or the bike. The Uniden’s Ka and Laser are fantastic. I barley get faults with it. Here in NJ, the State Police is harsh on speeding. I have passed many of them or they pass me with it, no issues. I am a bit heavy on speeds on HWYs and so the early alert for me is super. I am so use to it by now, always going to use it. Saved me soooo many times. The Police has some great spots to hide by me. Happy and safe UN-detected ride…..!!!!
 

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I never did and never will use a radar detector as it gives one a false sense of security and statistically people that use one get more tickets than people that only use common sense.
I enjoyed mine years ago. I found that it got me into the habit of being more focused on what was going on around me, because occasionally it would lightly "beep" even though there was no radar and then I'd look everywhere just to be sure. I reached a point where I simply didn't need it any more. I continually look all around for anything that looks out of place or for vehicles which seem to be "following" me, in that they are going the same speed or perhaps gaining. Then I slow down and let them go by. Most of the time, it's just another fast driver, but occasionally it's a cop.
 

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Banned in all states of Australia and if you do happen to be caught with one a $1500 fine and a lose of 7 demerit points on your licence :rolleyes:
Whoa! Here in the U.S., they are only illegal in Virginia and Washington for personal vehicles. Other states prohibit them for commercial vehicles and some states regulate where you can mount them.
 

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Whoa! Here in the U.S., they are only illegal in Virginia and Washington for personal vehicles. Other states prohibit them for commercial vehicles and some states regulate where you can mount them.
The Feds prohibit the possession and use of radar detectors in CMV's, all 50 states. 49 CFR 392.71.
 

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Never will, I ride respectfully and obey all traffic laws 100% by the book. :LOL:

Seriously, I hate radar detectors......as mentioned common sense works better.
False alarms all the time so you end up ignoring it anyways. Plus a lot of the time, by the time it picks up the signal you're already busted.
Cop finds out you have a radar detector you're immediately given a ticket......no leeway then.
No thanks.....
Brian, Please don't get offended but I find your comments comical.
"Never will", "False alarms all the time so you end up ignoring it anyways. Plus a lot of the time, by the time it picks up the signal you're already busted.
Cop finds out you have a radar detector you're immediately given a ticket......no leeway then."
If you despise radar detectors, and do not use them, how do you know and give advice that they give false alarms all the time and if it picks up you're already busted and when the cops find out you are IMMEDIATELY ticketed. I run a V1 and feel all these comments are unfounded in my experience of running a detector out in the open for over 6 years of long distance touring. Yes there are false alarms, but the longer you use the detector, it learns, you learn, the falsies become irrelevant, it has for me. When it picks up you are already busted! Yea, if you're the only guy on the rode out in rural America. Majority of the time you are gonna have contestants out in front of you catching the brunt of that radar, your detector will pick that up and give you fair warning. If your out all alone it rural America, this is where you use that common sense if you choose to do so, if not, you keep the hammer down and hope for the best.

I've been running the V1 on top of my handle bars for 7 years now. I live in Texas and have been as far North East as Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, down in Key West, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Montana, South Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia ,West Virginia, Kentucky , Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Georgia, Alabama, I have not yet made it out to the West Coast. Yet, all these places while running the V1 uncovered, out in the open, above the handlebars for everyone to see, you won't to know how many tickets I've recieved, or how many times I've been stopped because a LEO has seen my detector, ZERO. Before crossing into Canada, I stow the detector and mount away, before entering and riding in Virginia, I stow the detector away. Yes I got stopped in Texas, the LEO give me two warning tickets, I posted them in a previous post, he laughed about the detector and made comment that he could beat that all day long. But to say you will receive a citation for running a detector with "no leeway", is just untrue in my experience's.

There is no false sense of security, I know these detectors can be beat easily with the instant on and laser radars. My common sense tells me, I may get busted and receive a ticket for negligence of the law, but I may also get run over at the very next intersection that I stop at and lose my life.

Obviously opinions are opinions, but sometimes they lack common sense. Let's just say that if you were 20 years younger, and your reflexes were as sharp as ever, do you really think that your reaction time beats the speed of sound, or light? Last I checked, the speed of light was 299,792,458 m/s or, 186,000 miles per second. Laser works on the premise that a beam of light is activated, bounces off of a target, and is received back at the source a variety of times and calculated to the speed that you are going. Radar is the same, but works at the speed of sound, incidentally that is about 767 miles per hour. At 767 mph, or approx 1124 feet per second, that radar echo can ping you, and back over 3 times in 3 seconds at 500 feet, not calculating the decreasing inbound distance. Not even considering the delay that the detector takes to process the radar signal, and alert you......you're telling me, that while doing 80mph, riding a motorcycle, accounting for all sorts of other 3rd party distractions, that your reflexes are so sharp to respond to your radar detector that you can stomp on the brakes, before that radar or laser gun has your speed? That's.................impressive.

I think that radar detectors can be useful for things like roving radar. While a cruiser is rolling down the road running moving radar catching people that are coming opposite of him. Sure, he doesnt have a sure lock on anything, he doesn't know who is doing what speed unless you're the only one out there. He also doesn't turn it off. So there is just radar going everywhere and that detector can see that. Any sort of stationary unit, let's not mince words, has got you when he pulls the trigger. I guarantee you that your reflexes, and that little toy aren't nearly as fast as the technology that he holds in his hand.
Derick, I went back and read all 60 something post on this thread and never seen where anybody made this or any where close to this kind of statement. This is you spewing out a bunch of numbers and beating your on chest. There has not been one comment from those that admit to running detectors that they think that they can beat the radar. That statement is just not in this thread. It is obvious you don't agree with the opinions of those that use detectors. No need to devalue their common sense. Maybe you're lacking some common sense as to think that those of us running detectors are oblivious to how they work.

I run a detector because I want to, not because I think it going to prevent me from getting a citation. I do believe it decreases my chance of and getting a citation. But my common sense tells me that the LEO's are using electronic surveillance to catch me speeding, whether that is 5 mph above the limit or 20. If I can legally use the same electronic surveillance to avoid or lesson my chances of getting a citation, how is that a lack of common sense.
 

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One thing I do know, by having one, it saved me aggravations many times over till now. So for me, it’s worth it 100%. And, will have one always. If anyone is interested to own one, Uniden by far, the best and most reliable. This dam% thing alerts me way in advance. The set up is clear and the menu is rich to choose settings.
 

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Radar is the same, but works at the speed of sound, incidentally that is about 767 miles per hour. At 767 mph, or approx 1124 feet per second, that radar echo can ping you, and back over 3 times in 3 seconds at 500 feet, not calculating the decreasing inbound distance.
Radar is an electromagnetic wave, and EM travels at the speed of light, not the speed of sound.
 

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Brian, Please don't get offended but I find your comments comical.
"Never will", "False alarms all the time so you end up ignoring it anyways. Plus a lot of the time, by the time it picks up the signal you're already busted.
Cop finds out you have a radar detector you're immediately given a ticket......no leeway then."
If you despise radar detectors, and do not use them, how do you know and give advice that they give false alarms all the time and if it picks up you're already busted and when the cops find out you are IMMEDIATELY ticketed. I run a V1 and feel all these comments are unfounded in my experience of running a detector out in the open for over 6 years of long distance touring. Yes there are false alarms, but the longer you use the detector, it learns, you learn, the falsies become irrelevant, it has for me. When it picks up you are already busted! Yea, if you're the only guy on the rode out in rural America. Majority of the time you are gonna have contestants out in front of you catching the brunt of that radar, your detector will pick that up and give you fair warning. If your out all alone it rural America, this is where you use that common sense if you choose to do so, if not, you keep the hammer down and hope for the best.

I've been running the V1 on top of my handle bars for 7 years now. I live in Texas and have been as far North East as Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, down in Key West, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Montana, South Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia ,West Virginia, Kentucky , Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Georgia, Alabama, I have not yet made it out to the West Coast. Yet, all these places while running the V1 uncovered, out in the open, above the handlebars for everyone to see, you won't to know how many tickets I've recieved, or how many times I've been stopped because a LEO has seen my detector, ZERO. Before crossing into Canada, I stow the detector and mount away, before entering and riding in Virginia, I stow the detector away. Yes I got stopped in Texas, the LEO give me two warning tickets, I posted them in a previous post, he laughed about the detector and made comment that he could beat that all day long. But to say you will receive a citation for running a detector with "no leeway", is just untrue in my experience's.

There is no false sense of security, I know these detectors can be beat easily with the instant on and laser radars. My common sense tells me, I may get busted and receive a ticket for negligence of the law, but I may also get run over at the very next intersection that I stop at and lose my life.


Derick, I went back and read all 60 something post on this thread and never seen where anybody made this or any where close to this kind of statement. This is you spewing out a bunch of numbers and beating your on chest. There has not been one comment from those that admit to running detectors that they think that they can beat the radar. That statement is just not in this thread. It is obvious you don't agree with the opinions of those that use detectors. No need to devalue their common sense. Maybe you're lacking some common sense as to think that those of us running detectors are oblivious to how they work.

I run a detector because I want to, not because I think it going to prevent me from getting a citation. I do believe it decreases my chance of and getting a citation. But my common sense tells me that the LEO's are using electronic surveillance to catch me speeding, whether that is 5 mph above the limit or 20. If I can legally use the same electronic surveillance to avoid or lesson my chances of getting a citation, how is that a lack of common sense.

The first line was a joke, comedy, laughter, see the big ole' smiley?.......thought it was pretty obvious. 😆😆😆😆

Then I say.......seriously.......you took my first line and mixed it in with the rest of my comments.

I've used plenty of radar detectors in the past and my comments stand as my experience.
I find them little benefit......and more of an annoyance/irritant than anything.
 

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The one that I purchased years ago will also warn you of upcoming or approaching emergency vehicles (amblances, fire tricks, etc). For the many that ride with their music blasting through their headset, (I'm guilty... allegedly) it's nice to have an additional warning of an upcoming emergency vehicle.
How? nothing on our fire trucks or ambulances give off a signal.
 
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