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Where is everyone hooking up to a power source. Are you connecting directly to the battery or a key one circuit? Thanks in advance.
 

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I just use the WAZE app. It's not a full proof system but it's probably percentage wise just as effective as a radar detector, especially from everything Rick just said above ^^^.

A lot of the time the police have moved from where other drivers have marked them but many times they are right were the app told me they were. I don't rely on it to flat out fly but it does keep me honest as I have a heavy right hand/foot. Also a great warning to traffic as well. Got me out of being stuck on the slab before I was past the last exit I could get to more than once.
+ 1 on the Waze app - lots of wazers in AZ to tell you where to slow down.
 
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Radar Detectors

Thank you all for responding about your thoughts on radar detectors. I'm now down to an Escort or a Valentine. Both seem to be very good. My thanks to the Motor Officer's ideas too. Most of us are very aware about our surroundings when riding and I do think that riding a motorcycle definitely makes you a better car driver also. You tend to be more aware of everything.Again, another big thanks for this forum for providing an input avenue for members in a positive way.
 

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+ 1 on the Waze app - lots of wazers in AZ to tell you where to slow down.
+1 for Waze AKA Canadian Radar Detector

Its so prevalent where I drive that you can tell by the number of commuters that are simultaneously slowing down despite there being no visual reason to do so.

Its not perfect but I know where the radar traps are, I also focus on how to not stand out in a crowd (its not a race, its just about getting somewhere) Fortunately on some of my normal routes that isn't hard as Canadians as a rule drive well over the posted limits on the open highway.
 

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Most of us are very aware about our surroundings when riding and I do think that riding a motorcycle definitely makes you a better car driver also. You tend to be more aware of everything.
Being a passenger has made my wife a better driver, too.

When driving or riding, I'll often run a commentary on what I see ahead, and verbally predict what drivers are going to do. After a while it becomes automatic, and she's picked up on that and will play along.
 

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Being a passenger has made my wife a better driver, too.

When driving or riding, I'll often run a commentary on what I see ahead, and verbally predict what drivers are going to do. After a while it becomes automatic, and she's picked up on that and will play along.
Without a doubt riding a mc has improved my car driving. Scanning ahead and looking through turns are natural for me now on a motorcycle or in a car.
 

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Being a passenger has made my wife a better driver, too.

When driving or riding, I'll often run a commentary on what I see ahead, and verbally predict what drivers are going to do. After a while it becomes automatic, and she's picked up on that and will play along.
I did that when I was teaching my kids to drive. I then asked for a commentary almost every time we went out.
 
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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... :cool:
 

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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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radar detectors

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


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


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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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