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Old 05-25-2008, 10:09 AM   #1
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Radar Detectot Question

Well I want to install a radar detector on my zx14 and don't know who makes a motorcycle radar detector. What do you'll recommend and how much $ am I going to have to spend. Thanks
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Old 05-25-2008, 11:11 AM   #2
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I use an Escort 8500 on mine with a Techmount and a H.A.R.D. system.
We carry all of it in stock.
The 8500 red is $285.95, the Techmount is $69.95 and the H.A.R.D. is $149.95.

I use that set up on all of my bikes and it's more than payed for itself many times over.
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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.
41DT1FV2NCL SL500 AA280


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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Why? your on a bike pull that throttle back and bam... no more worries


jk passport 8500 ftw.
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Why? your on a bike pull that throttle back and bam... no more worries


jk passport 8500 ftw.
yep. got one of those too! who wants to buy a 8500 x50 from me?
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Thanks for the info
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:31 PM   #9
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BTW Escort 9500i FTW!!!! ... Reason I choose it over a V1 is because it has GPS so you can store in false alerts.
He's got a good point but I still prefer my V1 and the directional indicators. The performance is quite similar. The spec mode on the 9500 is awesome but not really needed.
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I've got a V1 on the busa... many people can attest to the saves it has given us... i love having the arrows. it's wired to speakers in my helmet
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yep. got one of those too! who wants to buy a 8500 x50 from me?
Ryan, how much?
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I have a Escort Solo2, uses AA batteries so no cords or wiring to worry about..... Don't really use it on the bike much if ever though......maybe I should?
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8500 in my truck and its been very helpful. a friend had the same setup as pyrofallout on his r1 and was very satisifed too.
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I have a Escort Solo2, uses AA batteries so no cords or wiring to worry about..... Don't really use it on the bike much if ever though......maybe I should?
i have heard some bad things about the solo2... isn't that the one that will go on standby to save battery life? plus i know it doesn't have much as far as range goes.
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Hey guys. Sorry but I ain't gonna be selling the x50. I put it in my ol ladies car and she won't give it back. She likes it and she needs it so I am just gonna give it to her.

BTW Brett your right about the Solo2. I read, I believe it was Radar Roy, the Solo2 uses less power in battery mode to save the batteries obviously, but this hinders the range of the device. BTW guys if you want info on radar detectors radarbusters.com. This guy puts Radar's through there paces and truely tests them in controlled settings, he is an ex-cop and an expert in knowledge when it comes to radar and laser speed detection.
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I use the escort solo. Its range is fine. The old model shut down after 30 min without a detection. The new one detects motion. No motion for 30 will shut it off. I have a little lanyard I attach to the bike for the time the cups cut loose. You can plug in an ear bud to make sure you hear it. It needs no wire work. Just stick it on the screen and go. It can also be moved between cars easily
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i use to install radars in cop cars and i have a v1 but the 7500 and the 8500 are in the same ballpark the only thing i have noticed is v1 has more false alerts its super sensitive but it displays a fraction faster than the passports do i would avoid the solo a nice hard wire job will look just as clean the guy to see about that is eric at best buy 290 and hollister he is one of the best installers in houston he can do bike alarms to just stick with passport or v1 the v1 has a motorcycle setup that allows you to patch in sound to a head set in your helmet i can tell what kind of radar it is by the sound so i can see that being helpful the v1 is also field programmable like the passport
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