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post #31 of 59 Old 05-02-2019, 12:16 PM
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I'd been driving Jeeps off-road for several years, so I knew the basics of throttle/clutch/shift/steering. I also learned to read the road ahead and know where your tires are at all times, and not to just assume that every possible track was the same. Plenty useful on two wheels or four.

When we got to street driving, my dad would not only ask if I'd seen the car ahead/behind/to the side, but what color, make, and model it was. He also got really excited when things were about to go wrong, and raised his voice while becoming harder to understand.

I did much more practice driving with my mom...

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Riding a motorcycle has definitely made me a better and safer driver. You learn to anticipate what's going on ahead and keep your head on a swivel. If not, around here, you don't survive...
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Funny, but today I was talking to a life long friend, retired state trooper, and asked him about radar detectors. This guy I might add was probably the most respected credit to the uniform I have ever known. He laughed when I asked him if I was pulled over for speeding and he saw a detector. I asked if it would count against me. He said,'and let say I was doing 80, He would probably write one for 5 over, but since I was doing 80 and he saw the detector, he would write it for 80. Something about knowing full well I was doing 80. Then we laughed together and talked about being retired and out of our jobs.

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Do detectors save you from hidden cop cars that get you speeding from behind?


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Do detectors save you from hidden cop cars that get you speeding from behind?


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Kinda depends, if the radar is Ka band then your detector would pick it up every time it went off, like him clocking other cars in front of you or if it was on auto constantly throwing out a signal. Laser might be tougher, you might get a hit as it bounces off a car in front of you but if it's quiet and you blow by and he hits you... it's all over but the crying. There's pretty much no defense against it unless you drop the cash for counter measures.
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I was riding through the mountains at night when my Valentine one went off. I slowed down and went by a cop on the side of the road. The cop pulled out behind me and followed me for awhile. The speed limit was 55 and that's what I was now doing. My V1 had an arrow pointing behind me so I know it was him. After awhile he passed me and my V1 arrow was pointing in front of me.

A bit later my V1 started pointing at the side but I couldn't see anything as it was so dark. Then my V1 was pointing from behind once more but there was nobody behind me. I think he was following me with his lights off. He followed me for a few miles then turned on his headlights and turned around.
I knew everything that guy was doing even tho it was pitch black outside.


Another time I came around a curve and a motorcycle cop hit me with his hand held radar unit. I was toast.

It has saved me countless tickets but sometimes you get caught.
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Depends. If your detector has a rear antenna (Max 360, V1), then mos likely yes, if the cop is using radar. Even without a rear antenna (Redline, Uniden R-Series) will pick it up from reflections in front of you.

But you said “hidden cop”, so I assume you mean a stationary cop like on an overpass, shooting down at cars on the underpass. Then he would most likely be using laser and no detector will save you from laser. You need laser jammers like those from AL Priority, which are very effective in thrwarting laser.

A Valentine 1 is a great detector when paired to your phone and using the app. Stand alone, a V1 is not a long-distance detector and I for one would not recommend it. Unless you travel in a car a lot, and actively use the app and are in dense traffic (with the app they filter out K band falses very well, but long range detection is not their strong suit).
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Here's my radar/laser jammer setup; all ALP. It's more stealthy than picture suggests. Single sensor up front is before I went to NetRadar and added 2nd laser sensor for DragonEye; takes 2 to jam DragonEye. If I get hit from the rear with DragonEye I'm toast. Went with weatherproof NetRadar to reduce constant falses I was getting from my Redline (sold). NetRadar is unit mounted in center. Also, Redline was mounted on top of brake reservoir and definately wasn't stealthy.
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How many of you ride with a radar detecter? I've been thinking about getting one. If you do have one, which one serves you well? I was told that the Escort Redline is a good one. What say you?
The new Redline isn't the original long distance kink the old Redline was. So, pass on this one.

The new long distance king appears to be the Uniden R7.

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For the laser enforced areas, a jammer is necessary. BUT, the new law enforcement Dragon Eye is very difficult to jam. Only the best units will even read the Dragon Eye. $$$$

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