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post #1 of 34 Old 05-09-2017, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Radar detector install help and thoughts

Hi all, I could use the wisdom and experiences of others.

Disclaimer: please don't judge. I live in a state where over 80mph is grounds for reckless driving and, as many of you know, twisting the grip on a K16 can get you past that before you know it, even when passing a tractor.

I have an old Escort 8500 x50 that I tried and failed at installing on the bike this weekend. On my old VFR, I had it in the map pocket of my tank bag and this worked remarkably well. However, no tank bag, more fairing, etc. of the K16.. and I'm looking for a viable solution.

Ideal requirements:
  • Hard wired power
  • BT to my sena 20s
  • waterproof, don't have to deal with taking it down
  • concealed
  • Max protection / detection

Latest attempt and failure:
Bought a waterproof bag to mount to front fender or to Oil cooler opening. Didn't even try once I started positioning due to too much blocking of oil cooler and/or to bulky with all the gizmos in the bag. Attempted setup:
  • Hardwired, fuzed power cable to Batt (Blackbox in my future)
  • Autocom radar to comm system cable to BT transmitter (takes crappy mono output, de-noises and makes stereo)
  • BT transmittter on same fuze; defaults to on when given power

My frustration:
  • My sense is there's no where to mount a 'dash' detector in a concealed, waterproof manner. Especially if trying to minimize handlebar clutter
  • Custom install detectors (Escort Max CI or CI 360 leading the pac) are almost certianly an option, but are expensive

So, I'm wondering for those that run with detectors
  1. What mounting solution(s) have you found to work well?
  2. How do you deal with weather proofing or when the rain comes?
  3. Have you been able to conceal it? If so, how?
  4. How are you handling alerts such that they're timely to your brake lever?
  5. Are there any tips, tricks, or placement secrets that you've found critical?
  6. Any install pics you're willing to share?
  7. Has anyone considered a rear saddle bag mount? In looking at an overhead view of the bike, it appears that the outer third of our saddle bags would clear the faring and legs while riding, thus allowing clear view of the road ahead. Places on the rear left saddle bag, it could be an interesting mounting option.

All this said, any/all thoughts welcomed. Thanks in advance.

Justin / 2015 K1600GT
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post #2 of 34 Old 05-09-2017, 07:57 PM
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⁣JGrins, just a quick response regarding detector selected. Many use the TP..I(?) radar detector made for motorcycles. Not even looking to debate the quality of this detector and ability to provide early warning on radar, but to note it is not a shielded unit and I can never understand why a rider would unplug such a tool to ride in Virginia? Really good options exist that allow you to ride all day long in D.C. (not a big issue there as usually passing thru in 10-15 minutes) and in Virginia. So much of the good riding is either in Virginia or has us weaving in and out of the state.

Also as someone that, at times, cordinated with a number of LEO's in the area, Spectre and other detector detectors are used in Virginia.

As far as mounting, others have done some pretty good setups. I simply put a shelf on the dash with the Redline having a good view forward. And its fairly easy to direct wire the connector so the unit comes on with bike.

Also as someone else noted Uniden apparently has two units coming out in mid June that appear to have good range and noise reduction. Really surprised in they claim both units are shielded even though one includes the GPS function. Until now GPS meant the unit would not be shielded.
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post #3 of 34 Old 05-09-2017, 08:02 PM
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I went with a passport 8500ci, detector unit mounted on lower lip of oil scoop, brains of unit below right speaker wrapped in plastic for weather protection
Control unit double sided taped to right speaker
I pulled power from lowbeam on right side(no canbus issues)
Since there was no way to hear unit, Mark Parns supplied his 8 led light strip which we wired into the units brains via the speaker wires(removed passport speaker). Led strip is velcroed to top of glare shield
Volumne control now controls Led intensity, full bright in daylight impossible not to notice
Those concerned with oil temp, there was no change in bikes coolent tempature
Best part the unit is totally hidden and works great
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another option for my mount was to form layer of fiberglass and attach with one screw and velcro at ends. detector is then attached to carbon plate with velcro for quick removal
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I have a Max 2 installed on a dash rack with sound to my J&M CB and a visual warning in my helmet. I remove it in wet weather as it is not needed then.

FYI the camera has been changed from the Sony to a Garmin.
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I use the Adaptive TPX v2 (much improved over v1, better accuracy, and much reduced "false hits"). Waterproof, and easily removable for overnight; made for motorcycles. Has wireless audio option, but I don't use. Warning LEDs are centered on the shelf, and aimed at my face.

You can quickly cancel the warning with the large buttons is stealth is an issue, and if I mount other farkles on the shelf it's "hidden in plain sight". Quick release to easily remove when needed.

Wired to the PDM60 for auto on-off with ignition.
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My V1 sits on a flat plate mount on the right handle. Velcro with sticky tape backing on the bottom of the V1 and top of the mount keep things in place and allow easy removal. The phone cord is direct wired up to the mount.
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Put it away when in the rain.

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Originally Posted by JoeP View Post
Put it away when in the rain.

Hey Joe is that a Escort Max2 ?

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Originally Posted by Booger Man View Post
Hey Joe is that a Escort Max2 ?

Yes. It works like a charm and now with the latest firmware works even better, eliminating a ton of false signals.

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