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I want to put a radar detector on my Warrior. A passport 8500.
Have any of you installed one on yours ??? Anyone know of a good mounting system that won't just hang it out there above the handle bars screaming steal me ??? Something a little more inconspicuous like under the headlight ? Also do you know of a good helmet system for hearing the alarm??? It's very hard to drive the speed limit on this machine so I am in desparate need of your assistance!!!!!

Thanx Mike Purple 2002 warrior
 

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I have the mini fairing and was able to tuck it right under it. I put a small piece of foam under the detector, a couple of small pieces of velcro on the top. It has not moved during the last 4000 miles and you can't see it either ...
 

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I have the mini fairing and was able to tuck it right under it. I put a small piece of foam under the detector, a couple of small pieces of velcro on the top. It has not moved during the last 4000 miles and you can't see it either ...
 

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If you are not going to be keeping it behind some peice of lexan, be sure that you clean the bugs off of the sensor window (I think thats what that gig is called) regularly.
 

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You've got multiple choices.
Personally, I use the exposed ram type mount on my bikes. I know you said you didn't want this type but it lets me take the detector off and throw it in my pocket. Anyone looking at a nice bike (i.e., the warrior) while I'm not around is going to see a radar detector no matter how well hidden.
One company makes a led that installs inside your helmet and flashes when the detector goes off. Operates by radio wave so you get light but not sound.
For the passport, do a google search on "radar screamer", it's a speaker that mounts on the bike so you don't have to hard wire to the helmet.
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ah good, another source of public revenue to fatten the coffers! radar detectors make you think you are invisible. you are not. trust me, when you notice that you have detected some incoming radar you are already on somebodies radar screen. I use to drive for a living. the worst thing you can do is install a RD. you will think you can exceed the speed limit regularily and get away with it because now you are invisible. its a mental set up. when you do get pulled over, one look at your detector is an automatic ticket, no excuses. As you get a little older you may find this to be true, have some fun on your bike, where there is an open stretch of road, ie no cars, open her up and then get bak to reasonable mph. when ever you see mr lawman always acknowledge him, slow down. he will note your acknowledgement and leave you alone. he is looking for someone not payin attention (invisible-rd..in their own world). and allways when in discussion w/mr lawman its 'yes sir this is one fine machine Im havin to keep under control', thank you very much sir for your consideration. you have a great day sir'!
 

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If it's laser radar, then yes, when it is detected it means you were detected (99% of the time). If it's one of the "older" bands (X, K, Ka, etc.), their beams are wider and bounce more and you have a better chance of slowing down and avoiding the ticket, but if you're the only one out there and mr lawman has instant-on radar, regardless of the band, get your checkbook out.

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Had one on my handle bar, velcro, till a gust of wind going to Sturgis last year took it.
 

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Thanx for your help guys. As far as it giving false sense of security, I have owned a passport 8500 for 2 years and regularly drive my Lincoln Mark VIII 80-100 mph and it picks them up very early and very efficiently. Not one glance frome a cop much less a ticket. It is kind of un-nerving though cruising at 95 mph with no alarms going off and pass a state trooper who is on his lunch break in the median with radar off. Happens more often than you would expect.
Again thanx and happy riding.
 

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I have the Escort 8500 with a radar screamer (speaker). http://www.motorcycleradar.com/
This radar has saved me several times. You can hear the screamer at high speed and that is with a full face helmet and ear plugs.
 

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PonchV, I think I must disagree with radar detectors being worthless. I got a couple of tickets before and decided to give a RD a chance, since then I have not received any tickets in my car (knock wood), on the other hand, the other night on my bike, I was being tailgated by some POS in a truck. I was on a fairly open stretch of road and kind of in a rural area, I decided it would be safer to try to accel (instead of slow down since he may have been drunk) a little ahead of this idiot, about the time I pulled from 65 to 83 and only put 20 yards ahead of the truck, along came a prick in a black and white. He pulls me over instead of the 3000lb truck 20 yards back (at most) and gives me a ticket. Now I think had I had a RD I might have stood a much better chance than just riding "blind" to the radar.
 

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Medicineman, ok-theyr not worthless. just as long as you dont think you can speed w/o getting caught, you will get caught, thats all. youl just know why you got caught.)
 

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quote:Originally posted by PonchoVilla

Medicineman, ok-theyr not worthless. just as long as you dont think you can speed w/o getting caught, you will get caught, thats all. youl just know why you got caught.)


Im not in total disagree. Like others have said the "POP" radar and Laser is pretty much a lethal radar detector killer and by the time you see the light you are another statistic.
 

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I have an older Uniden that has payed for itself countless times. I haven't tried to mount it to the bike though.

Bottom line is, you can't drive with your head up your...clouds... and expect to rely on any radar detector.

Keep your eyes open, and the hammer down[/emoticons/emotion-1.gif]

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I've got a Valentine 1. Lots of disputes of passport 8500 vs. Valentine 1. Mine's always worked for me but it annoys me that valentine requires extra accessories( for another $80 on top of their $399 base price) to get sound wired from the unit. Not trying to start a "which one is better" thread, but I think my next will be a passport 8500.
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hey ponch sounds like you know the cop routine pretty good. how about this reasoning. if you have a rd & are already riding the speed limit & that mother trucker tailgates you then you know at that moment you can punch it. we dont need rd anyway, were faster than that. besides, i can feel the radar. (kinda tickles)
 
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