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Unlike Fred H, I have not run out of gadgets to buy for my Wing! I am pondering a radar detector upgrade. I have read all the reviews and it looks to be a toss up between the Valentine and the Escort 8500. I have read the reviews on both and am undecided. I am leaning toward the Valentine but I am unable to find anyone who can tell me if I need the remote audio unit to interface with my Kennedy gear (alert via intercom).

I would be interested to hear which one you guys are running with and why you choose that particular model.

Thanks and Merry Christmas!! :xmas1:

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With the newer "laser" radar guns, are radar detectors effective?
 

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I have a link to the Guru of radar detectors and will post it in the next few hours when I get back to the house. :biker:


Here's the link I mentioned. May be helpful.

http://www.radartest.com/index.asp
 

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I bought both - originally bought the 8500 for the bike but that was quickly adopted by my wife.

I replaced it with the V1 - I really like the display of the V1 and the handy remote audio control. I mounted it under my LH control pod where it's easy to get to.

I've also got the Blinder Laser System installed front & rear, but the RD is much more active than the Laser detector, but maybe I'm not driving aggressively enough? :)
 

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I got the Escort 8500... found it on Ebay for a real good price... it was brand new...

a radar detector is effective if you use it properly.... ie -- don't be the lead dog..
that way radar will hit the vehicle in front of you.. giving you enough time to react...

of coarse don't ever speed..and you won't need one.. yeah right ... how many on here NEVER speed ????????? for those who live in a glass house
...........don't throw rocks...

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Jon said:
I bought both - originally bought the 8500 for the bike but that was quickly adopted by my wife.

I replaced it with the V1 - I really like the display of the V1 and the handy remote audio control. I mounted it under my LH control pod where it's easy to get to.

I've also got the Blinder Laser System installed front & rear, but the RD is much more active than the Laser detector, but maybe I'm not driving aggressively enough? :)
Thanks Jon, I would be interested to know how you mounted the remote under the LH control Pod (I assume that is needed to interface with Kennedy stuff?). I have seen pictures of this and it looks nice, but how does it attach and what about keeping it dry in the rain?

Also Jon, I sent you an email re: a dash mount order...

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I have the V-1 along with the remote unit. I also have Kennedy Cellset cables used in conjunction with the V-1 and remote unit. All the cables are easily connected with good instructions supplied by Kennedy on how to make the proper connections.

Hope this helps a lettle...
 

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BAT1800 said:
Thanks Jon, I would be interested to know how you mounted the remote under the LH control Pod (I assume that is needed to interface with Kennedy stuff?). I have seen pictures of this and it looks nice, but how does it attach and what about keeping it dry in the rain?

Also Jon, I sent you an email re: a dash mount order...

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I built a custom bracket that supports and shields the remote audio controller - eventually the rain might affect the life of the unit, but mine only has about 25k miles on it. Sheila's probably got nearly 75k on hers and I think she's ridden through some rain at one point or another :)

It attaches to the reservoir clamp bolts (slides under a RAM mount, if attached) and uses double-stick tape to help hold it tight to the bottom of the pod.

The remote audio controller is required if you want the alert prompts connected to the audio system (via a Kennedy module of some sorts).

Here's the front of the unit:


Here's the back of the unit (facing forward):


There's a small 'weep hole' in the bottom corner of the unit to allow any moisture that might make its' way into the bracket to drain away.
 

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Jon said:
BAT1800 said:
Thanks Jon, I would be interested to know how you mounted the remote under the LH control Pod (I assume that is needed to interface with Kennedy stuff?). I have seen pictures of this and it looks nice, but how does it attach and what about keeping it dry in the rain?

Also Jon, I sent you an email re: a dash mount order...

BAT
I built a custom bracket that supports and shields the remote audio controller - eventually the rain might affect the life of the unit, but mine only has about 25k miles on it. Sheila's probably got nearly 75k on hers and I think she's ridden through some rain at one point or another :)

It attaches to the reservoir clamp bolts (slides under a RAM mount, if attached) and uses double-stick tape to help hold it tight to the bottom of the pod.

The remote audio controller is required if you want the alert prompts connected to the audio system (via a Kennedy module of some sorts).

Here's the front of the unit:


Here's the back of the unit (facing forward):


There's a small 'weep hole' in the bottom corner of the unit to allow any moisture that might make its' way into the bracket to drain away.
Thanks Jon! Do you offer this unit for sale? If so Please add one to my Ala Carte Dash Mount order when you send me the invoice.

Guess I will have to give up the spot where I hang my intercom cord... Under the LH Pod that is...
 

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BAT1800 said:
Unlike Fred H, I have not run out of gadgets to buy for my Wing! I am pondering a radar detector upgrade. I have read all the reviews and it looks to be a toss up between the Valentine and the Escort 8500. I have read the reviews on both and am undecided. I am leaning toward the Valentine but I am unable to find anyone who can tell me if I need the remote audio unit to interface with my Kennedy gear (alert via intercom).

I would be interested to hear which one you guys are running with and why you choose that particular model.

Thanks and Merry Christmas!! :xmas1:

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I use both. I have several bikes, and have the Escort 8500 K-50 on one bike, due to space restrictions, and have Valentine on my other two, and on both of my wife's bikes.

I think they are both very close to equal in performance, but I like the "consumer information" that the V-1 provides much better than the limited information the Escort gives me. Once you get used to the Bogey counter, you REALLY miss it when you have to just rely on beeps and braps. :)

Yes, with the Valentine, you will need the optional audio adapter. We've ridden through some fierce rain storms, and not had any problem with the audio control getting wet, but I'd suggest that you provide some protection (or at least unplug it) when riding through a real frog strangler.

Both the Escort and the V-1 detector are quite easily damaged by water.

The Escort is less money, but the V-1 is upgradeable. When POP radar became a problem, I had my V-1's upgraded to detect POP. The service was very quick, and they came back looking like new.

In my opinion, I think the POP detection and the laser detection in the V-1 is more robust in the V-1. Far less false alerts.

The POP mode is off by default in the Escort, and with POP mode and laser mode turned on, I get a lot of false alerts with the Escort. With laser off (which is how I run mine, the false alerts drive me nuts), it works pretty good, but my wife running her V-1 usually gets a second or two more warning than I do on Ka bank POP alerts.

Moving radar (can't be POP or laser, so far at least) is a slam dunk with either of them. You'd have to be asleep or very unlucky to be nabbed using either.

My advice: if in doubt, go with the Valentine. :D
 

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I have used a Escort Passport for the past 5 years. As long as I have had it ON I have NOT received any tickets. There are no wires because it runs off AA batteries. I just velcro it onto the dash of what ever I am driving. For those that say Radar Detectors are worthless are the ones that don't use them!!! Enough said!!!
 

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A friend of mine who is a state trooper told me if I wanted to "rely" on one I needed to upgrade once a year or as technology changed. For years I had an Escort aand swore by them. i bought a V1 3 years ago and loved the system. Last year I bought new and got the Escort 8500 x50. I even bought 2 one for the boss and the other for me. My dissapointment has been that both units needed to go back to ESCORT for "required Service" as demanded by the display on the unit. Both within 2 weeks of each other. I understand things happen to electronics, but for both units to crap out makes me think ESCORT has lost some of it's quality control.

March I start my annual RD search, and I am pretty sure the V1 will be the unit this year. I'll pass down the other units like I usually do, One to my father and the other to my cousin.


http://www.radarbusters.com/ good site for information


http://www.speedzones.com/ another god site for information
 
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Well, since you haven't had much time to do anything yet, I thought I'd give you my .02 worth.

I like the V1 over all the others because of the Arrows. I know where the radar is and the V1 lets me know what kind of radar it is. It also detects lazer (which is not radar) but if you are in the Cop's sights you are nailed. If you are behind the vehicle he is "shooting" you might have a chance to slow down in time.

On most of the radar out there, the V1 gives gives you lots of warning. On the new "POP" radar, like lazer, you better not be the lead dog. But the newer V1s do detect "POP" radar.

Since I use the EK mount for my iWay, I just fix the V1 on the dash with Velcro. I have the remote but don't use it. I ride with a 3/4 helmet and I can hear the V1 when it sounds off. When I want it in the car, I just unplug it and pull it loose. Easy and cheap and it works fine.

 

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WHISTLER Cruisader, WORKS GREAT. H.A.R.D. in Helmet display. Front and rear laser detection. I test it out almost daily, has never failed me yet. :p 8) Terry
 

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I LUV MY VALENTINE ;-)

best detector ive ever had.... i have it mounted on the right handle bar
cuz i wanna make sure it can catch radar from behind..... it has snagged stuff none of my detectors never have....

i keep it on a velcro mount so that if it rains i can put it away....

i dont use the remote as the alarm is loud enuf i can hear it while
driving....and of course those big red arrows catch my attention right away..

and knowing the number of bogies out there has been a life saver...
 

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BAT1800 said:
I have read all the reviews and it looks to be a toss up between the Valentine and the Escort 8500. I have read the reviews on both and am undecided. BAT
If you have read all the reviews you would know that the Bel ProX65 is the usual top competitor, followed very closely by the Escort and then the Valentine. Yet you fail to place it in the choices for your poll. Hhmmm. I would like to see your reviews of radar detector products.

I have 3 Bel 65s, one on the wing and another in each vehicle. They perform great.
 

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I have the 8500 and I can tell you it works very well. This unit is upgradeable too! A bonus is it has a voltmeter that is very nice. I bought Jons mount with the radar on the left side and purchased a waterproof cover that the windshield vent handle holds in place so riding in the rain is not a problem.
 

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Well, you know what they say about opinions. :wink: Here're mine:

I have two V1s and one 8500. The reception / advance notice appears to be about the same on both... much farther than you would think as long as it's radar, not laser.

I strongly prefer the V1 due to the directional indicators. It's the only unit on the market that will tell you where the radar is... front, rear, or sides.

The only reason I'm running the 8500 right now is I have the older V1 being shipped to Valentine for the latest and greatest upgrades.

None of the detectors will help much with the laser units...

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