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First and formost, I rarely speed, so pls no lectures on "Just staying within the speed limit, stop at red lights, etc". :thumbup:


With the advent of Red Light cameras and speed cameras that do not use any transmitted signals, I've come to the conclusion that some/any help is better than no help....we've all (maybe) rolled down that hill gaining speed, or moved quickly into that 55 down to 25 area speed zone in town, and suffice it to say I've not gotten any speeding tickets over the past 20-25+ years, But, hey, I work so I may as well get my little toys. I know many folks like their Valentine 1's and such, however, the Escort Passport 9500ix has caught my eye as a likely contender. Some GPS Units can use downloaded points where these red light cams and such are located and use them as POI's. Not my 2610 tho, unfortunately.......so, for those who DO use a radar detector or are contemplating purchasing one, what are your thoughts for one on The Wing ???

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I have the Escort 8500 with the blue led display. Really like it. I don't go fast that much so couldn't justify the extra $100 for the Valentine. I have mine routed throught the intercom on a ram mount. I put my helmet on it when off the bike as it is a great helmet holder as well.

(just make sure you turn the volume down before you put your helmet on or it will blow your ears out)
 

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I move a 9500ix between the wing and our cars. I like it (except in DC and Virginia - the mounties there don't 'preciate 'em).

'Tis just one more tool.
 

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I've gotten more tickets using a radar detector. I get pulled over less now, but I get off with a warning more than I did with one. Most LEOs don't like those things and will give you a ticket, rather than a nice warning to slow down. I've been clocked at good speeds (faster than with radar detectors) and they've been very gracious with me.
 

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I run the 9500 i or x I would have to go look again. It's not the latest one with the downloadable stuff in it. But it does have built in GPS and can be set to show speed. I use it for a Speedometer.
I like it and would think the new one would be even nicer. The Laser detector part is pretty useless though. Goes off for no reason or not at all.
I'm not a big speeder, but it has warned me enough times to pay for itself.
 

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I don't usually speed .. where I get in trouble is where the speed limit changes ... and it costs more than the price of just a ticket...
your insurance goes up, it even affects your credit score.. what a crock..

so I have a Excort 8500 which is interfaced thru my intercom... they can use electronics .. why can't we ?

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I just got one from Radar Roy's web site, the Escort Passport 8500 X50. I emailed him personally and told him I didn't need all the bells and whistles, red light cameras etc, just something with plenty of range on the open road since that is the only place I MIGHT accidentally go over the limit. He recommended the 8500. He also gave me a 10% discount code that saved me $31 bucks. I used it today for the first time and was pleased with the mounting, display, and audible alerts. Time will tell.

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All right, get ready, I'm going to give you the latest thing for the cages and bikes with a gps.
Already,the gps tells you just about everything, where you are, how fast you are going, how long to get there, intersections, bridges, and cities. How about a feature that tells you when the speed limit changes. Wouldn't that be cool.
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Have a 9500i and love it.....but you have to pay for the downlaods after I think 3 months. It does tell you were red light cameras are and I love that it learns and mutes false alarms after a couple passes by so you dont hear the stores after a few times by:thumbup:
 

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Saved my butt a few times
 

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I never run one.....One reason....they are illegal in Virginia....The Leo's here if you were caught with one (even if you were from out of state) would ticket you & confiscate your radar detector. After years of taking peoples property...the law makers here declared it unconstitutional, but you are still ticketed for having one.
 
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With the instant on pulse guns many of the Leo's use these days, I feel it would be silly for me to pay out some $400 for a detector just to tell me a few minutes sooner that I just got a ticket. :shock: I just drive the speed limit in towns but the interstate, that's another story. I usually keep up with the flow of traffic and never take the lead.
 

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I have the escort 9500ix it's sweet and the red light camera updates come every week now.
Oh, I live in VA and use it all the time. I just put it in the left fairing pocket out of site and can hear it through my helmet speakers or radio speakers depending on what helmet I have on. Got it plugged into the aux via isolater block from escort, and Y adapter from radio shack to run XM and RD together. Local LEO don't seem to have the Spectre radar detector detector equipment, not sure about state police but so far so good on the interstate . Now in Emporior VA they have the RDD and it's a cash cow for them.:roll:

The Escort 9500ix is top shelf stuff.:cool:
 

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I don't have one, but know a few people who do. I am no expert. But from friends who are in law enforcement, CHP and Sheriff's Dept. I have been shown in demonstration, that with the systems they have today, once you hear a blip with a detector.... they got you! Also they can scan multiple vehicles at the same time. Nothing like in the old days where they would splash the highway to get car's to slow down and only target one vehicle at a time. Does anyone have other information on this????
I'm always inquisitive. :shrug:
 

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I haven't looked at any of the models you guys have been referring to, but I have heard of some remote mount units that allow you to put just a small light on the dash for notification and a button on the dash to disable the light when needed, like when the trooper is standing beside you. Any suggestions on something like that?

Lidar is very direct. It is aimed like a gun and is target specific. Detectors for lidar have to rely on stray signals. conventional radar can be kept in hold mode until target is within range. When that happens your detector will only alert you in time to pull over and start finding your license. I have heard stories of johnny law and the revenue stream that bother me. I would like to have that early warning system in place so I can double check my speed. When the detector goes off and you check your speed you can at least know where you stand when you get pulled over.

I was in Texas one time and got pulled over. I had no detector but did have my GPS on. Trooper tells me my speed and I said, Hmmm, according to the tracking feature of my GPS I wasn't going that fast. I got a warning.
 

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There are radar detectors and there are scramblers and then there are both. I have used a combo unit for several years made by Rocky Mountain Radar. I just purchased my second unit RMR-C450 (it should be here this week) that I will be using on the bike.:thumbup: The only issue with the scrambler is IF they zap you with the gun within 100 yds or so the scrambler doesn't work. Or that is the way the old one I have is/was (it died after 7-8 years). :cop2:

Of course I only use them for entertainment purposes. Watching the flickering lights and the chirp of the unit makes me think I am bird watching on a summer eve during a meteor shower. :chicken: :lol:
 

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I've used many different detectors in the past and have used only the V1 for the last 8 years. I spend a lot of time on the highways and it has saved my butt many times. Using a radar detector requires SKILL. Skill that you learn over time, ie., when to speed, where to speed, lane positioning, etc. Having said that any of the new ones seem to work just fine. I just personally like the reliability of the V1. Good Luck.
 
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