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Old 06-08-2009, 01:31 PM   #1
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Old 06-08-2009, 01:39 PM   #2
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http://www.cli-maxridinggear.com/ser...etector/Detail

What do you think? I need to make sure smokey dont get me on the run to Austin.

Oh yeah, for you who say dont speed, kiss my !
Seriously dude - going to ROT and PLANNING to speed? Why not just have your check set up for direct deposit to the state?
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Valentine 1 or Escort Passport 8500 x50 or Escort Passport 9500i/9500ix

IMO anything other than those you are just wasting your $$$. How much is 1 good speeding ticket run you? $200-$250? Even more to keep it off your record?

Spend the money on a quality detector, you will save the difference in the end.
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I talked to Patrick about this very thing - he installed mine two weeks ago - and he recommended the 8500 with the H.A.R.D in helmet system. Apparently the 9500i/ix doesn't do too well in a motorcycle environment. He may have more to add.

Interestingly, the 8500 has saved my two or three times already. We went on a trip to Austin and saw about 10 different police cars just one way. It was incredible. I had never seen so many.

It can't save you in every situation, but at least it will give you ample warning if the LEOs are trolling up ahead. If they hit you with instant on, then you're screwed. Just because you have radar doesn't mean you can speed with impunity.
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I talked to Patrick about this very thing - he installed mine two weeks ago - and he recommended the 8500 with the H.A.R.D in helmet system. Apparently the 9500i/ix doesn't do too well in a motorcycle environment. He may have more to add.

Interestingly, the 8500 has saved my two or three times already. We went on a trip to Austin and saw about 10 different police cars just one way. It was incredible. I had never seen so many.

It can't save you in every situation, but at least it will give you ample warning if the LEOs are trolling up ahead. If they hit you with instant on, then you're screwed. Just because you have radar doesn't mean you can speed with impunity.
I have both a 8500 x50 and a 9500i and the both work great on my bike. The only thing I can think of is the 8500 has a make a nice waterproof motorcycle mount box available online for it that they don't make for the 9500i.

I have a legalspeeding.com windshield mount that I have used with both radars with no problems and power is through a escort smartcord hardwire ran to a relay that turns on with the switch. audio is through a radarscreamer on the same relay.

The HARD is cool, but I didn't want to have to turn it on and off everytime in my helmet or have to worry about batteries dying.

With what I have I just put my radar on the mount and plug in the to cables and go.


EDIT: Also if you get an 8500, make sure and get the x50.
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yo STI is pertty good radar too safed my a lot of times
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yo STI is pertty good radar too safed my a lot of times
I have heard good things about the Bell STI driver but I have never used one. I want to say they came in third in RadarBusters tests right behind Escort and Valentine.
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i had a 8500 with a screamer, works great, saved me a few times. I carry a ziplock baggie with me under the seat. if it looks like rain i can just remove the detector or just cover it with the ziplock.
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EDIT: Also if you get an 8500, make sure and get the x50.
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Here is some hard data for you to crunch on. Radar Roy from RadarBusters is a retired LEO and knows his when it comes to radar and radar detectors.

X-Band Test Results (if you even care, I don't think anyone near here even uses X anymore)
K-Band Test Results
Ka-Band Test Results


Notice the top Escort, Valentine, and Bel models take the cake in all 3.

Cobra/Whistler = teh suck!
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I have two radar detectors, a Bel 995 and an Escort 8500 X50. While Bel and Escort are sister companies, the 8500 X50 smokes the Bel 995. Plus, the Bel has way too many false alerts. It's simply annoying. If the Escort has a false alert it's just a short blip and it's gone. I have had a few detectors over the years and the Escort is the best bang for the buck in my opinion. Never had a Valentine, so I can't vouch for their effectiveness.
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:52 PM   #14
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If you want a concealed detector, supposedly the Escort SR7 is the best of the best at a pricey $850.
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