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Old 09-15-2009, 10:25 PM   #1
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I'm looking to get a few goodies for the bike and was looking for some feedback.

1.) headphones? any recommendations, my ear buds keep getting knocked loose when I pull my hemet on,
2.) radar detector & laser veils - what is a good radar detector to get for a motorcycle? do laser veils work? are they legal?
3.)GPS - anyone using them? was looking at the zumo 550 but holy expensive!
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:30 PM   #2
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Big Ear Corp. sells custom molded ear buds. I believe price range is steep at $300-900. There are several threads about ear buds, I personally use the Skull Candy brand buds. I've also had some Sony ones that I trimmed down even farther to reduce the excess material that hangs on my helmet lining.

Radars, I suggest a Passport 8500 or 8500i (red display vs. blue). I personally think its the best bang for your buck. I've had mine 4 years now, and never had an issue. Legal speeding offers several mounting options. Up at the shop (Motorcycles Unlimited) we can fit your bike up with all the gadgets and accessories.
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These type of ear phones have always worked well for me while wearing a helmet. I had this pair and a Philips one too.
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My current setup is:

Escort Passport 9500i
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Hidden behind the winscreen. It is in a waterproof bag strapped to the cluster cables.

I use a Escort Direct Wire Smart Cord.
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This is connected to the power from my brake lights so that when the bike shuts off, the radar shuts off too.

Also connected to that power is my Radar Screamer.
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Volume switch mounted on left clip-on. Speaker mounted on my upper right below the instrument cluster. Also the smart cord box is mounted to the bottom of the instrument cluster. Has a Power and Alert light (which I actually notice pretty easily, specially at night) for silent mode.

I just ordered a Adjustable Windscreen Mount from LegalSpeeding.com so should be pretty sweet once it arrives.
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My setup works great for me. I can hear the screamer 120+ when it is on high. When I am riding in groups people 3-4 bikes behind me say they can hear it no problems. Hope some of this info helps you decide.

BTW Escort 9500i FTW!!!! Best radar I have ever used, bar none. When I bought it I ran it in my car side by side with my $200 Cobra from BestBuy. The difference was amazing. The Escort would detect things 2-3 times further away than the Cobra. Reason I choose it over a V1 is because it has GPS so you can store in false alerts. Once you start programming in the areas you drive regularly. You would be amazed how nice it is to have a radar only go off when it needs to and not for every bank/grocery/convenience store you pass by.
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1. Passport 8500 X50. Patrick says it's the one to use. I believe him. Kept me out of jail many a time. Try craigslist or ebay. Blue light = way cool.

2. Etymotic Research. ER-6i. Awesome sound. Ear fatigue = 0. Cost $149.

http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/er6i-acc.aspx

3. No GPS on my Triumph. The radar is too much as it is.
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The x50 is a great radar. The 9500i/ix is almost
the same radar with slightly better range
and GPS false alert lockout.
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I use a V1 on the bike. I also have VEIL on the headlight. do a search for a thread started by me if you want to see how the VEIL turned out. for headohones, i use a $15 pair of panasonic headphones that i mounted in the helmet
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V1 for the detector. It is the best money can buy why skimp on something that protects you from coppers. Also it tells you WHERE the cop is which is very handy while speeding.
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V1 for the detector. It is the best money can buy why skimp on something that protects you from coppers. Also it tells you WHERE the cop is which is very handy while speeding.
If it comes from behind, don't slow down
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2. Etymotic Research. ER-6i. Awesome sound. Ear fatigue = 0. Cost $149.

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1. Passport 8500 X50. Patrick says it's the one to use. I believe him. Kept me out of jail many a time. Try craigslist or ebay. Blue light = way cool.

2. Etymotic Research. ER-6i. Awesome sound. Ear fatigue = 0. Cost $149.

http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/er6i-acc.aspx

3. No GPS on my Triumph. The radar is too much as it is.
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Win. That is what I use. Love 'em

TiaTool also uses a set and I asked him about them and he had good things to say about them. I have been tempted to buy a set for some time now.


FYI you can get them for a whole lot less than $150. Last time I checked they sell for half that brand new all day long on ebay.
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I am using the Escort 9500ix. Most reviews rated it the best (even over Valentine1). I thought it was great until a laser popped me on Bay Area blvd. The thing never went off! The cop was standing on the sidewalk and walked out in the street and told me to pull over. I didn't believe him so he showed me the laser gun which was still on. This was two weeks ago.


GPS- I use a TomTom rider II system. It has a lot of neat features. Weather proof, option to enlarge touch screen buttons for use with gloves. Also, has blue tooth capabilities. Came with a scala headset for the helmet. You can browse your phone book and make calls with the touch screen or take/reject calls with the on screen caller ID. The "Take me to the nearest gas station feature" saved me a couple times. The whole system is for sale if anyone wants it.
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I am using the Escort 9500ix. Most reviews rated it the best (even over Valentine1). I thought it was great until a laser popped me on Bay Area blvd. The thing never went off! .
I think the reason some of the reviews rated Escort 9500ix 1st is bercause of price. Nothing beats a V1. And sorry about your tickets. that sux.
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I think the reason some of the reviews rated Escort 9500ix 1st is bercause of price. Nothing beats a V1. And sorry about your tickets. that sux.
You apparently don't read much. V1 new from Valentine Research costs $399.99. A new Escort 9500ix from Escort costs $499.99.

Both are amazing radar detectors with performance that surpasses standard radar detectors bar none. But they both have different features and neither will get the features of the other as those features are patented by two competing companies.

Look at it like this,

The V1 gives you the arrows for directional detection, the boogey counter, and slightly faster performance in the instant on (or POP) detection.

The 9500ix gives you (I believe) slightly greater range on Ka, GPS TrueLock filtering so you can lock out false alerts based on the radar frequency, exact GPS location and signal strength, and alerts you when approaching any speed cameras or red light cameras from a database that is updated monthly.

Hardcore V1 supporters will swear against TrueLock, as they say any sort of filtering when speeding is too risky, others like myself may have a long daily commute in which without TrueLock my radar would be going off at least 7 times each way at the exact same location, frequency and signal strength every single time I pass by. Personally it is much more enjoyable to not have my radar screaming at me all day every day for things I know are false alerts.

So comparing the V1 and the 9500i/ix in many cases is comparing apples to oranges. Both are excellent detectors and both are the top of the line in what you get in radar protection. It's a matter of what features you want.
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Also I have considered on multiple occasions running a V1 in my vehicle on a regular basis as well as the 9500. Leaving the V1 on mute and just using a remote display in my instrument cluster area. But being I have to take my radars with me everywhere I go, it's just one more thing I'd have to carry around.
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*shrug* no radar detector is gonna stop you from getting pulled over 100% of the time. especially if the leo uses laser, as stated above. nature of the beast, if your detector picks up laser, said laser is already pointed at you
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*shrug* no radar detector is gonna stop you from getting pulled over 100% of the time. especially if the leo uses laser, as stated above. nature of the beast, if your detector picks up laser, said laser is already pointed at you
Laser Interceptors/Shifters/Jammers/whateveryouwantocallit FTW!

And yes, a radar detector is mostly worthless against laser. Detection alone is a losing tactic against laser, bring the battle to them and jam those guns.

But to comment on your point, I saw a post at radardetector.net that pretty much sums it up best

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