Last edited by rockbottom; 06-09-2014 at 06:57 PM.
The R1200R reads quite easily on radar and laser lidar. The headlamps make excellent reflectors of both. Be careful out there ...
Some departments have a "no pursuit" policy for motorcycles, and unless you are really cooking at hi-mach numbers and acting stupid, most all officers I know will leave you alone.
Doug, 2011 R1200RT Polar Metallic
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Seems like in town police chase you till you wreck and rural cops radio about you till ya run out of gas.
Hot stuff - better known of as Oldwhatshername certainly did on the R in this link.
She was hauling ass on NM 522 - downhill into Questa, NM - to get to the BMW RA RALLY in Red River, NM in 2002. She was only something like 40 or so over....
So to answer your question - yes, and yes, police radar can snag you in a heartbeat if they want you - and you're over.
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No tickets so far on my R, but I've been flashed a few times when running 10 over. Local State Trooper, son of a friend with a R12RT, says motorcycles with fairings can be difficult at times to get a return off of.
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Radar, by the nature of band is at its narrowest when it leaves the antenna and then widens the further it gets away. It is not "target specific" and depends on the unit and the skill or training of the operator. Hence the training involved. Laser on the other hand IS target specific and the target IS selected by the operator. And yes, I've been told that headlights on any vehicle make excellent laser targets.
Don't believe the myth that a motorcycle cannot be detected by radar.
R1200R's can be detected by radar, as mine was two years ago in Wythe County, VA on Interstate 77. The LEO was in a perfect spot (around a curve, at the bottom of a hill) and I had no opportunity to reduce speed to avoid detection.
Since then, I have obeyed all speed limits to avoid a recurrence of any tickets.
They detect us just fine. The can detect a bicycle, as I was pulled over for 30 in a 20. No ticket though. Yes, there was a significant tail wind.