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Old 09-10-2008, 10:37 AM   #1
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Hardwiring Radar Detector

I kinda know what im doing with electrical stuff so you dont have to explain every single detail, but can someone tell me the basics on how to hardwire a radar detector to my 2008 R1?
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if its a escort pass port, theres a hard wire kit, you just tap into one of you existing fuses, and run the wire (looks like a telephone cord, with a telephone end) to you detector.


Very simple, Motorcycles Unlimited has them, or you can get them shipped to you from the internet
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its a $50 cobra from fry's
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its a $50 cobra from fry's
return it, and do some research... just like you would on a motorcycle purchase.

www.radardetector.net
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its a $50 cobra from fry's
yeah that won't do you any good anyways to be honest

I would suggest returning it.
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Its not good at all, or not for bikes?
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sbfuller is the one to trust in this case. He did his own extensive research and even posted the thread about radar-absorbing material for the headlight.
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Its not good at all, or not for bikes?
not good at all, unless you need a doorstopper... and even then it makes for an expensive one, office max prolly has those for about $3
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I had an extra fused wire that was for Euro running lights, and just used that.
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so basiacally I have to spend $200-$300 to get a decent radar on my bike?...im finding those passports on ebay for 200-250 plus a hardwire kit...will this kit work?http://cgi.ebay.com/Beltronics-BEL-P...3286.m20.l1116 ...anyone know if a whistler is a good radar?
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so basiacally I have to spend $200-$300 to get a decent radar on my bike?...im finding those passports on ebay for 200-250 plus a hardwire kit...will this kit work?http://cgi.ebay.com/Beltronics-BEL-P...3286.m20.l1116 ...anyone know if a whistler is a good radar?
the whister pro78 is about the best "low end" detector you can get. that will run you about $150 ish. check out the tests from last august.

http://www.guysoflidar.com/august-20...ctor-test.html
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how much is generically one speeding ticket? 125? + insurance going up

or court cost and defensive driving?

or forbid you get 2 tickets?!

It pays for itself, specially if you ride at 180 like your user title says....or if you own a r1 and use it
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Escort 9500i. $450 brand new from Best Buy 1.5 years ago and is worth its weight in gold IMO.
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i felt it was best to get a detector that i knew would give me the best warnings possible... I went with a Valentine 1. you really can't go wrong with any of the top 3 since they are so close in performance. I just liked the idea of having arrows to tell me where the radar source is in relation to me... it helps if you know to look ahead for it or in your rearview
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i felt it was best to get a detector that i knew would give me the best warnings possible... I went with a Valentine 1. you really can't go wrong with any of the top 3 since they are so close in performance. I just liked the idea of having arrows to tell me where the radar source is in relation to me... it helps if you know to look ahead for it or in your rearview
V1 and 9500i are both excellent devices. In the ideal world you would have some Frakenstein of the two and I would pay $600 for a radar detector like that. Personally I only speed sometimes, I liked the arrows but I liked the ability to program false alerts in and never hear them again more. I have my radar on at all times when on the bike or in the truck and on my normal everyday route it never goes off unless it is a real threat. But either way V1 or 9500i or 8500x50. Can't go wrong with any of them.

To the OP just fyi, when I first bought my 9500i for the first 2 weeks I ran it side by side on my windshield with my $150 bestbuy cobra....the difference was quite shocking.
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V1 and 9500i are both excellent devices. In the ideal world you would have some Frakenstein of the two and I would pay $600 for a radar detector like that. Personally I only speed sometimes, I liked the arrows but I liked the ability to program false alerts in and never hear them again more. I have my radar on at all times when on the bike or in the truck and on my normal everyday route it never goes off unless it is a real threat. But either way V1 or 9500i or 8500x50. Can't go wrong with any of them.

To the OP just fyi, when I first bought my 9500i for the first 2 weeks I ran it side by side on my windshield with my $150 bestbuy cobra....the difference was quite shocking.
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For instance the first day I was coming up 1128 from work and the escort started going ape . bout a mile later when i get right before the double curve the cobra starts going off, meanwhile the escort is going even more apeshit now, long story short there was a cop in the middle of the curve hiding between the trees. That's just one of many many times my escort has saved my .
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if its a escort pass port, theres a hard wire kit, you just tap into one of you existing fuses, and run the wire (looks like a telephone cord, with a telephone end) to you detector.


Very simple, Motorcycles Unlimited has them, or you can get them shipped to you from the internet
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BtW those RJ11 cables, you can really make one yourself if you want, there is pinouts online. But I say just order the smartcord direct wire. That way you can have the box with status lights and the mute button you can mount anywhere.
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