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Howdy, Gang!
I was wondering if anybody out there had a really great method of hard-wiring your radar detector to the bike? I am hoping to find instructions, .pdfs, pictures, and/or websites that can help...

I am looking for a neat/clean switch-on ideas instead of the turn the key and the lights come on approach because of the possibility of the detector's fine electronics being damaged by the power draw of the starter. I does not work well for avionics, so I can imagine it is similar for this application...

Oh yeah - one last thing. I need to try to get this installed BEFORE I leave for Laguna Seca Moto GP this coming Thursday... :crazy:

Thanks y'all!!

Jet-A

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I used the gps connector, since I have no plans to use gps. I just cut it off.
It is now swicthed, my detector stays on for apx. 30 secnds after the key is turned off.

The connector can be found inside your battery compartment...it will be obvious.
 

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Thank you, Sir! I appreciate the knowledge.
 

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I took the hardwire adapter kit thingie for my X50 and wired it to the battery. It tucks nicely under the front of the battery cover when not in use, or it can be pulled out and zip tied to one of the cables on the right hand side.

Then, get yourself some $2 velcro and slap it on top of the front brake resevoir. Cut it in a nice round shape before you start slapping. Slap another piece on the bottom of your radar detector.

Been using this method for the last 14 months and 11,000 miles in all conditions and it works great, cheap, fast, and effectively. Non-gadget guys don't make fun of me cause I don't have brackets and shelfs sticking out every where. Gadget guys don't make fun of me cause they don't see the velcro even when its not on.

You could just turn your detector off and then after you've started it, turn it back on. I remove mine everytime I get off my bike so I hadn't worried about frying any electronics really.

Have fun at Laguna! I'm jealous.
 

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K.i.s.s.

I totally agree about the simplicity thingy... Awesome. Thanks! I will definitely think about that method.

Thanks Again!!
 

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I used a Blue Sea fuse block and hardwired it to the battery. Since I take the radar detector with me whenever I am off the bike, the switched power thing was never an issue with me.

The block was attached to the CPU on the left side under the fairing and works great.

I also bought Pirate's cluctch res. radar mount for use with my Valentine One.

Over-all it is a very clean install and allows me to add other farkles in the future...if it gets to the point where I need to make it switchable I will just re-wire the fuse block to a switched source.
 

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I tried the Catatafish method but it didn't work for me in the Southern California summer heat due to the irregularities in the surface of the reservoir cap. The velcro was stronger than the adhesive, and when I tried to remove the detector, the velcro would come with it. So I went with the little device from Pirate that attaches to the reservoir cap. It works great. It was simple to wire my X50 directly to the battery with the harness provided by Escort.
 

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Ordered Stuff from Pirate's Lair

This morning I ordered the Pirate's Radar Mount and H.A.R.D. thingy. I hope to get them on or before Wednesday, as I am going to be goin' to Laguna on Thursday morning...

The V1 was ordered yesterday (next-day-air) and should be on my doorstep right now...
(No, y'all can't have my address!) :p

So, I will hard-wire the system sometime this week in the evening with the help of Raffe (thank you, Sir!) and quickly mount everything Wednesday night and be ready 'n revin' to go first thing Thursday a.m.

Good times, good times...

Go Nicky!

Jet-A
 

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You lucky dog. I rode right past the highway exit for Laguna Seca after I picked up my KS last Thursday (07/06). To bad it was not next Thursday. Darn. Be sure to post some photos.
 

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I used the Valentine One hardwire kit to tap into the GPS connector under the battery cover. The cool thing about the GPS connector is that it automatically switches off after 5min. of killing the bikes ignition so I don't have to worry about draining the battery while parked in the garage at night.
 

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...That's how I am gonna try to do it...

FaceThePower said:
I used the Valentine One hardwire kit to tap into the GPS connector under the battery cover. The cool thing about the GPS connector is that it automatically switches off after 5min. of killing the bikes ignition so I don't have to worry about draining the battery while parked in the garage at night.
...This is how I am going to try to do it. Should turn out really nice and be able to do a quick disconnect to lock it away in the panniers or transfer it back and fourth between cars, etc.

I don't know if I will ever use the GPS port, since I really prefer to utilize maps and my "dead reckoning" skills. Besides, I have a Garmin 195 in the Maule and it just is used to navigate around airspaces and backup for the VOR instruments. ...Just not into the whole GPS thang...

Thanks to everyone's help! I appreciate the support!

Only 3 workdays before the departure to Laguna Seca... And cooler weather... Holy SH#T it's hot in Sac-Town! Can't wait to go!!! Wifey & I are departing mid-morning Thursday to be after "rush-hour" bay area traffic and still have some cool weather for departure...
 

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Jet-A said:
...This is how I am going to try to do it. Should turn out really nice and be able to do a quick disconnect to lock it away in the panniers or transfer it back and fourth between cars, etc.

I don't know if I will ever use the GPS port, since I really prefer to utilize maps and my "dead reckoning" skills. Besides, I have a Garmin 195 in the Maule and it just is used to navigate around airspaces and backup for the VOR instruments. ...Just not into the whole GPS thang...

Thanks to everyone's help! I appreciate the support!

Only 3 workdays before the departure to Laguna Seca... And cooler weather... Holy SH#T it's hot in Sac-Town! Can't wait to go!!! Wifey & I are departing mid-morning Thursday to be after "rush-hour" bay area traffic and still have some cool weather for departure...
You don't have to cut the GPS plug off. I used a 3M connector to tap into the GPS hot wire and grounded to the battery, giving me the switch function while still allowing me the option to use the GPS plug in the future.
 

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Thanks Raffe!

...With the gracious help of Raffe, we plugged into the Battery Tender cable with a new plug end to the V1 power supply. Really simple to plug/unplug completely. I will have to turn on/turn off the unit, but I did not plan on keeping the V1 unit on the bike while it's parked - - it will need to be locked away in the pannier at the very least.

Later, if I want to, I will change out the power source to be the GPS or some other relay, but for the trip to Laguna, we're good to go! Yipeee!
 

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Radar Detector Mount

I'd recommend a z-technik mount from cyclegadgets with dual lok and a powerlet adapter for power.

The reason is that there are states where these things are illegal (and entire countries, like Canada)...plus they aren't tremendously waterproof.

So this gives you a safe mounting solution, plus the ability to remove it and stow it safely in case of inclement weather or other problems.

And using a powerlet with the cigarette lighter adapter gives you a multipurpose DC source for other things when you aren't running the detector.
 
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