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Nov 12th, 2010 7:17 pm
remphoto I had an early model Escort Passport and it only went off when riding past a building with electric doors, so returned it and didn't look back. I have heard many stories of persons believing they received tickets due to having the detector visible (identifies one as a "professional speeder".) My secret weapon (no pun intended) is a Concealed Handgun License. Anecdotal stories suggest that having a CHL, and disclosing it if stopped as is required in many states, gives the driver the chance to show proper concern for the Officer's safety, plus many LEO's are sympathetic to the cause. Just a theory, I hope to not have to test.
Nov 12th, 2010 4:33 pm
lhendrick My V1 radar detector has warned me enough times to avoid several tickets. I am usually cruising just 5-15 over the limit, so hearing a bleeep! is all I need to back off and avoid a stupid ticket. If you are blasting along 20-30 over PSL you are just asking for trouble. On my last long (6800 mile) tour across USA, I left off the V1 because I was looking to go slow and savor the miles rather than blast along on the slab. Only problem was going through small towns on 2 lane roads, and having to be vigilant for the Barney Fifes looking to nail me for 43 in a 35 as I passed the diner. Many times I was zipping along between towns with folks behind me and had to SLOW DOWN a lot to pass through towns. Folks behind me not happy to do the limit of 30-35 in little towns, but I knew there were local PO's just waiting to nail my NY plated GS.

I will not be touring our fine country without the V1 again!
Nov 12th, 2010 3:16 pm
marKgt Not being a radar detector owner (but seeing how one would be handy on a GT), if you get stopped with a detector, are you more likely to get a ticket, rather than a warning?

The Ohio Highway Patrol will pretty much write you a ticket any time they stop you, anyways. Ohio Sheriffs seem to be a bit willing to warn. (at least my last encounter)
Nov 5th, 2010 2:03 pm
Meese Hey Randog,

Nothing personal here, I was speaking in general terms.

I find that radar detectors are quite useful tools if you understand how they work and rely on your own senses and experience first. But having an "early warning system" is often quite useful.

Yeah, false alarms can be a pain, but after you put a few thousand miles on you learn to recognize "normal" behavior from "weird" behavior and it all just becomes part of the ride.

I see you're in Ventura, just down the road from me. Maybe we can run up Hwy 33 one day . . .
Nov 5th, 2010 11:46 am
Robert_W
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Originally Posted by GMack
....So CA has flooded the roads with new CHP officers too. You can cross from CA to AZ and you immediately find that the speed limits increase to 75 MPH (I-40) and all traffic seems to move comfortably at that rate and at times even slower to 65-75 although the signs are 75 MPH. People will drive with what they are comfortable at, even Montana tried that experiment. .....

Mack
Please don't lump us into the same paragraph with CA !
Nov 5th, 2010 11:12 am
Randog
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Originally Posted by Meese
But with no radar detector, you don't "recognize the threat" until you get pulled by the reds & blues at 20 over (or more). How is that better?

The radar detector is merely a tool that gives you useful information about what's up ahead (or catching up from behind). You're still the one who's responsible for you own actions, and for paying attention to the current situation . . .
Sir,

I never said it was better go without. I only said that I agreed with other member. Iím merely stating that Iím going to op out not to use one on this bike.

You also inferred that Iím not responsible for my own actions; I donít know how you would know this but youíre wrong.

Most radar detection experts would agree that ďpaying attentionĒ is your first and best line of defense against a radar violation. ďpaying attention doesnít involve the use of a radar detector. False alarms from detectors can be distracting and annoying.
Nov 5th, 2010 7:56 am
GMack If you never ever speed, you don't need one - and you know what the PSL of that section of road is even if you haven't seen a sign in miles.

However, if you even push maybe 5 MPH over in some areas of CA the silly fines, and especially court costs as set by different counties, can be $300-$500 now. My traffic school instructor was a CHP officer and his tolerance level was 10% of the PSL, unless he had a bad day and it became zero, or you were the only one out there and him. Go figger.

I figured one or two "situational awareness alerts" have paid for the device now. States like CA use the meter maids as a source of income. That's why the govenator didn't give them 3 furlough days a month as "They bring in money for the state" compared to other state workers.

So CA has flooded the roads with new CHP officers too. You can cross from CA to AZ and you immediately find that the speed limits increase to 75 MPH (I-40) and all traffic seems to move comfortably at that rate and at times even slower to 65-75 although the signs are 75 MPH. People will drive with what they are comfortable at, even Montana tried that experiment. CA is still locked into some very low speed limit areas so they get more tickets too. Far fewer meter maids working the highways in AZ too. They did use speed cameras to supplement the state income for a while, but since shut them down and only use the red light ones now. Not cool to go home and find 3 speed cam tickets maybe 8-10 months after the fact.

I do like the jelly baby bassinet on the back to the bike that can jettison the baby so the cop will have to stop to "Save the baby" that somehow fell off your bike so you can get away. One for the open car window too.


Mack
Nov 4th, 2010 9:25 pm
Meese
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Originally Posted by Randog
Every time I recognize the threat and slow down, Iím still exceeding the speed limit, 10 over is still a violation in California.
But with no radar detector, you don't "recognize the threat" until you get pulled by the reds & blues at 20 over (or more). How is that better?

The radar detector is merely a tool that gives you useful information about what's up ahead (or catching up from behind). You're still the one who's responsible for you own actions, and for paying attention to the current situation . . .
Nov 4th, 2010 7:36 pm
Randog
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Originally Posted by mikeyr
With all the new technologies the police are using these days like instant-on, laser, etc. are radar detectors really that useful anymore ?

Don't have one and not really sure they are worth it anymore, bought one a garage sale in the late 70's not sure it ever worked and gave it away a month later, 30+ years without and no complaints. Some VERY close calls though especially now that I ride the GT, including one yesterday.
I agree with mikeyr, I ran with radar detectors for the last 4 years, two on my Kawi C14 and two on my ST. Problem is recognizing the threat and slowing down in time. Its dam near imposable to do. Every time I recognize the threat and slow down, Iím still exceeding the speed limit, 10 over is still a violation in California. I even got a citation for 5 over, go figure?
Nov 3rd, 2010 6:45 pm
kbmwrs Thanks guys.

I'll be asking more questions about hook-up and mounting when I get closer to buying it.
Got to save up.
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