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    Radar detectors

    Any help on getting the right radar detector would be of great help. I am tired of the unknown mounty waiting for me.

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    Same here. We got nailed Sunday.

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    I use an Escort 8500. Its as good as a Valentine, but $100 less. Its still expensive though. Oh, and it can be upgraded.

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    Jake:
    I did some research on this on the radar detector sites and the ones to get are the Escort 8500 X50 or the Bel equivalent (same company). The Valentine is still right in there, however.
    I got the Escort, and it's excellent; very well filtered, with good range. I have picked up Ka band at 7 kilometres. I have a set of Etymotic ER-6's plugged into it.
    I wait for a fast moving scout to come by (usually an LT or a Porche) and pull in an eighth of a mile behind. This technique has saved me a lot of tickets.

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    I know there's always multiple opinions when it comes to getting the right gadget, but there's probably little argument that The Valentine Radar Detector is the favorite out there. Not the cheapest mind you, but it does a great job.

    It's the only radar detector that shows whether the radar is coming from front and rear. All others just show what's coming in front of you. It shows the type of radar, how many sources it's coming from, and how strong it is. This is helpful for example if the source is coming from behind you and the signal strength is fading, then you know you're moving away from it and it's probably stationary. If the signal remains constant or gets stronger, that's usually an indication you're being tailed by a cop with radar. And yes that's happened on a number of occasions.

    BMR Products makes a great shelf and mount designed for the Valentine, however I would recommend playing the sound through an Autocom since when you're focused on the road, you may not see the lights in time. Kind of like when you've been riding down the road and realize your blinkers have been flashing for the past mile. I know . . . I'm the only one who does that . See shelf below:
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    Hey, RTRandy......where did you get that nice hood for the GPS?


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    I have a V1 and never ride without it. It is on a RAM mount to get it up as high as possible and I have the Hoon Hardware Radar Box to keep it waterproof.

    I listen to the V1 with earphones and that is far superior to just relying on seeing the lights - especially in the daytime.

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    The interface on the V1 is what makes it superior in my opinion. It's tempting to say that one detects a copy 50 feet further away, but if you know how many signals you're receiving, which direction they're coming from, what type of radar they are and which one is the strongest, you're way ahead.

    Valentine 1 offers all of that. Additionally, they offer software upgrades for your unit as they develop better detection programming.

    You should also be aware that radartest.com is a paid site. Detector manufacturers pay to have their equipment tested, which Valentine refuses to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hlothery
    Hey, RTRandy......where did you get that nice hood for the GPS?
    I know you can get em at cyclegadgets, but you can also make one yourself out of an Office Depor presentation binder cover and some velcro. Much less expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hlothery
    Hey, RTRandy......where did you get that nice hood for the GPS?
    Click on the BMR Products link on that post and it'll take you to their link. They make those hoods themselves and they're reasonably priced at $27.50

    That photo is from their link, however I have the exact same set up using the Garmin 276C and the Valentine shelf. I think I'll take a photo tomorrow and post it to show how it came out.


    , http://bmrproducts.com/index.php,

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    Out of the weather for V1....

    Just a note...

    ...the Valentine is NOT weathertight (waterproof) and may fail if it gets wet. There is a housing available ("Radar Box" at radarbusters.com) that will provide a level of protection against the elements. A must have for the V1.


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    A couple of years ago, I rode a friend's R 1100 S which is equipped with a Valentine, and I noticed that it falses a lot more than the Escort 8500. I know the Valentine is a good unit, and has the 360 degree reception feature, but I thought I should mention it. His unit is about 5 years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rinty
    A couple of years ago, I rode a friend's R 1100 S which is equipped with a Valentine, and I noticed that it falses a lot more than the Escort 8500. I know the Valentine is a good unit, and has the 360 degree reception feature, but I thought I should mention it. His unit is about 5 years old.

    Rinty
    There are three levels of control for controlling falses, which are set by the user by pressing the volume button. There's an All setting, which shows everything, a Logic setting the cuts out many falses, and a Super Logic setting which, in my experience, only reports real radar hits.

    He may also be due for a firmware upgrade.
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    That would explain it then, because we were way out in the boonies, and he would have had it set to the most sensitive mode, for maximum protection on his speedy S. I do the same on my unit.

    Rinty

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    Quote Originally Posted by rinty
    That would explain it then, because we were way out in the boonies, and he would have had it set to the most sensitive mode, for maximum protection on his speedy S. I do the same on my unit.

    Rinty
    Actually, the sensitivity is the same all the time, it just applies different logic to filter out false signals. I usually leave mine on Logic, unless I'm in the city, in which case I put it on Super Logic. With it set to All, it'll show me things it knows are falses, like signals from other radar detectors, door openers and that sort of thing.

    Drives me nuts.
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