Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Oxnard, CA, USA
Some of the latest generation Escorts have some nifty features, but nothing beats the front/rear detection offered by the Valentine 1.
When I was asking the same question, I started looking at what the Long Distance Rider crowd was using. I figure guys that do 30-50K miles a year (or more) ought to know what works and what doesn't. Easily 90% of the LD bikes that I saw that had radar detectors were running V1s. So that's what I bought.
The only downside I've found with the V1 (besides price) is that it's not waterproof. But that goes for most radar detectors, and there are waterproof boxes that you can get.
I've been running a V1 for a couple of hundred thousand miles now, and it has saved me well over its own cost in tickets and insurance hikes. I pretty much won't ride the bike without it in place and active. In fact, the only time I take it off is when I have to do a long car drive, and then V1 comes off the bike and goes in the car with me . . .
'13 Dark Graphite Metallic K16GTLD, 24K miles and counting...
'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 60K miles miles and counting...
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
BMWLT#145, IBA# 366, MOA# 111996, SCMA# 24032
All lower 48 states plus Alaska on the K13GT in two weeks . . .
Some people see the gas tank as half empty. Some see it as half full. All I care is that I know where the next tankful is coming from...