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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Feb 5th, 2009, 3:49 pm Thread Starter
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My Escort 9500i Radar Detector gives repeated laser alerts when I use it on my 2007 K1200Gt. Works good in the car so I called Escort and they tell me that it is electronic interference. I can send it to them and they can turn down the sensitivity but then it won't pick up real laser alerts as well. Has anyone else experienced this? Escort says that a new one will probably do the same thing. Does anyone have other brands that work okay on their K1200GT's ??? Not sure if I want to get it turned down since then it would not work as well in the car. Any advise is appreciated.

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My V1 will sometimes trigger as a laser alert if the input voltage drops too low, like when starting the bike, or running full aux lights and heated gear and braking down to near idle. And it will occasionally trigger from some of the newer GM LED brake lights, but not very often. It is also possible to get a trigger when riding directly into a setting sun, but that takes a very specific set of conditions.

You could try an inline power filter to see if it's that sort of interference, or possibly move the detector to a different location (away from a gps or intercom, for example).

There is also a theory that laser detection is useless, as once they've got you targeted you're already caught. So some guys turn it off entirely to avoid any false alerts.

In my case, it has alerted me to a valid laser hit twice, and I was able to, um, modify my driving style so as to not get pulled over. But those are pretty rare cases.

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The only problem I had with my 9550i on the GT was it interfered with XM Radio (wouldn't get channels). Escort did something to it and it worked (it was under warranty). Sometimes I can get an occasional LED brake light to set of the laser side of it as well as some sunset conditions for whatever reason.

I recently had it converted to the 9500ix upgrade and it's great! No problems and the ability to update the weekly speed and red light cams and TrueLock work well. Very quiet in the city which is a blessing. Voice and tones work well through the Autocom (with their standard ground loop cord which seems to be needed for everything bike-powered to the Autocom.

I like it so much I bought another 9500ix for the car. The upgraded one I sent in to them has the red display which is easier to use in the daylight on the bike, also came with a 3 year database subscription and a spare auto cord. Blue display of the new one is better in the car.

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I have a 9500I and the exact same problem. I allowed them to do the mod to the laser circut. No more falsing. The funny thing was, my 7 year old 8500 suddenly started doing the EXACT same thing. Called Escort, they said, the filters get old, and this can happen.
Buy a new one. So I did. Had the exact same problem Something changed on the bike,
I don't know what. Also, the new 9500 I has a horrible problem with alternator noise.
Either through ear buds or the Autocom. 8500 never had that problem. I had to sent the
9500 back in last week because the audio failed. Would not make a sound, either through the ear buds, or the internal speaker. I asked them to l;ook at the alternato noise problem.
The only response was we'll sent the repair people an e-mail about it.
The GPS trick is pretty cool though. It really works well.
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I have been reading a few other posts that were already here before I started my thread and now am learning a lot. Thanks guys for your response. I have to decide if i am going to send this one in or just use it in the car and get another one. It works really well in the car and in fact just saved me a few minutes ago. I like the idea of sending it in for an upgrade to the 9500ix and might do that......hmmmmmmmm decisions decisions but one thing is for sure..... the laser alerts every few minutes will not do when it is on the GT. I have to do something.

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I have used my 9500i on both GT's (07 & 08) with no problems at all. It's powered through the CanBus Helper and also is hooked up to a Screamer (120db alert horn). It has saved me untold # of times and has paid for itself many times over. Although I would probably not get another one as I do not find the GPS feature very usefull.

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FWIW I found that Infiniti cars always set off my Valentines Laser alert..
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I don't have an Escort but my Bel will give me some falsies if the unit is plugged into the cigar lighter socket that is wired to the accessory plug in front of the battery which is CanBus controlled but will not alarm falsely if used on batteries only. Go figure...

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My Escort 8500 gives false laser alarms at time too. Oddly enough, it seems I get the laser alerts about the same time my phone is searching for a cell tower. Ever notice how those nasty AT&T GSM phones make a noise through speakers every once and a while? One of 2 things is happening. You're either about to get a phone call or it's looking for a signal. And there are some stretches of roads I travel where I'll hear that stupid buzz of the phone and my laser indicator is flashing on my 8500. Weird.

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I find the truelock GPS feature of the 9500I very useful. I live in the Tampa area and work in Ft Lauderdale. I traverse the same 230 mile stretch of the state twice a week.
15 miles is interstate, the rest is back roads. In and out of 6 towns, with about 11 known K band hotspots, all of which are currently blocked. When it goes off, I'm haulin' it in. For my purposes, it works like a charm.
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