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I'm considering upgrading my electronic counter-measures to something more current and would love to get advice from the collective wisdom here from those that have done the research recently and what you chose and why?

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I'm considering upgrading my electronic counter-measures to something more current and would love to get advice from the collective wisdom here from those that have done the research recently and what you chose and why?

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Wes
I went with the Valentine 1 Gen 2 detector. Super sensitive and programmable. You can select which bands to include so you can eliminate false alarms. For instance, here in California, the CHP use only the Ka band, so I program the unit to only pick up that band, and am not bothered by other signals. The unit indicates which direction the signal is coming from, forward, backward or side.

I have picked up signals over a mile away from my location. Far enough away that I stopped believing it was real - until a I spotted a CHP unit waiting on an on ramp. I use it on two bikes and in my truck.
 

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If you want just radar, then the Valentine1 G2 is the best. If your area uses LIDAR and you want that countermeasure, then the Escort system is the best.
 

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I went with the Valentine 1 Gen 2 detector. Super sensitive and programmable. You can select which bands to include so you can eliminate false alarms. For instance, here in California, the CHP use only the Ka band, so I program the unit to only pick up that band, and am not bothered by other signals. The unit indicates which direction the signal is coming from, forward, backward or side.

I have picked up signals over a mile away from my location. Far enough away that I stopped believing it was real - until a I spotted a CHP unit waiting on an on ramp. I use it on two bikes and in my truck.
Any pics of your mounting location/setup?
 

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I run a Uniden R3 24/7 and I live in VA. Yes, it’s illegal in VA. But, no, a RD is no longer confiscated. The fine for getting caught with one is $25.

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I run a Uniden R3 24/7 and I live in VA. Yes, it’s illegal in VA. But, no, a RD is no longer confiscated. The fine for getting caught with one is $25.

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Duane is that state infraction and fine, or county by county?
 

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If you need to buy now, then a Valentine 1 Gen 2 is the way to go.

if you can wait a few months, wait for Radenso Theia and see what the reviews are like. It’s claiming to be a complete game-changer and make every current detector appear archaic. Likely to cost around $900, so save your pennies.

If you deal with Laser, you need a set of jammers (aka parking sensors) from ALP.
 

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If you need to buy now, then a Valentine 1 Gen 2 is the way to go.

if you can wait a few months, wait for Radenso Theia and see what the reviews are like. It’s claiming to be a complete game-changer and make every current detector appear archaic. Likely to cost around $900, so save your pennies.

If you deal with Laser, you need a set of jammers (aka parking sensors) from ALP.
Radenso Theia is still vaporware. It's been promised to be released last year. They claim that COVID killed their timeline for a release, possible but why? This thing only needs a few people to develop, do Quality Assurance and Testing.

You could also look at the Adaptiv Adaptiv Technologies devices. They are designed specifically for motorcycles, and have "parking sensors" for the front and rear. What I mean by designed for motorcycles is that it's weather resistant (don't need to put it in baggie when it rains), big buttons for the use with gloves, an external light that is used to alert the rider of activity. I've got the 2.0 version and it's very close in performance to my Valentine1 Gen1 which has all the updates that where available before Gen2 was released. It rarely falses, when you configure it to work on the type of radar used in your area. I disable X and K band and run it in Highway Mode Ka band and it rarely if ever falses.
 

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I've got a couple tickets that are only 2 years old (both in a car) so I'm staying away from these gadgets and driving the speed limit. The last State Trooper got me with a laser so all the detector would do is say "he got ya".
 

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Radenso Theia is still vaporware. It's been promised to be released last year. They claim that COVID killed their timeline for a release, possible but why? This thing only needs a few people to develop, do Quality Assurance and Testing.

You could also look at the Adaptiv Adaptiv Technologies devices. They are designed specifically for motorcycles, and have "parking sensors" for the front and rear. What mean by designed for motorcycles is that it's weather resistant (don't need to put it in baggie when it rains), big buttons for the use with gloves, an external light that is used to alert the rider of activity. I've got the 2.0 version and it's very close in performance to my Valentine1 Gen1 which has all the updates that where available before Gen2 was released. It rarely falses, when you configure it to work on the type of radar used in your area. I disable X and K band and run it in Highway Mode Ka band and it rarely if ever falses.
Radenso can’t get semi-conductor chips. Due to doubt & some trolling on another forum, the CEO has offered tens of thousands of dollars to anyone who can secure them 10,000 units of a specific chip. No one has been able to source them. They have the people, they need the chips. Not sure if you’ve heard, but COVID has caused a supply-chain upset for a lot of different items.
 

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Good.....Maybe they'll have to make cars without all the electronic crap on them which I turn off anyway. I can dream, can't I?
 

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Good.....Maybe they'll have to make cars without all the electronic crap on them which I turn off anyway. I can dream, can't I?
Says the guy on the BMW motorcycle forum... :D

Semiconductor Engineer here. We're working as fast as we can. ;)
 

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I’ve had good luck 🍀 with the older Escort X50’s plugged into a LesPanes 6LED’s (that is mounted dead center) on the top of my dash-blinding light-so bright I turn the LPled’s off at night as then the X50 is very visible- mounted just to the right.
My old riding bud (retired and moved way south) always used a Valentine 1 gen 2(?) plugged into his ear buds and we always seemed to be alerted at exactly the same time ! When his Valentine died he switched to the X 50’s.
The new X50’s are lighter but don’t have anyway to add a plug in a LesPanes LED’s light - that one I use only in the “cages” but you can pick older X50’s up all day for $50.00 eBay or Craigslist-I leave a couple permanently mounted on the GT and GSW w one extra-just in case.
Last ticket was from an airplane ✈ I now look for the V on the side of the road and always look up at 45 degrees for small aircraft ! That was over 6 years ago and “a rather expensive LEO award 🥇😥”
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Valentine 1 Gen 2 on a Darb shelf v2 and JBV1 on my android phone. I run split screen with JBV1 and Waze which shows the alerts on my phone and also sends them to my headset via bluetooth. I have the actual lights on the V1G2 turned off.
 

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Radenso Theia is still vaporware.
My same thoughts. Kind of like a Zeppelin reunion tour; it's been discussed for so long but it's a pipe-dream. Radenso has a better chance of actually happening but for the longest time it was "any day now". I can do that for a month or two but after a year+...meh...not gonna hold my breath or put off a buying decision waiting for it.
 

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Though I've enjoyed some of the recent radar detector advancements for my four wheeled vehicles I have remained with the TPX for the bike. The TPX does not have the greatest range on the open highway but almost never ride at extremely high speeds on open roads so great range is not a priority for me on a bike.

The help I need on a bike is rolling into and out of corners and sometimes enjoying a straight away for a bit but where there are too many corners and ups and downs of a road for a maximum distance radar detector to have a practical advantage. Since there are no car based radar detectors which are water proofed, have big, easy to use buttons and easy to integrate an audio and/or visual alert like the TPX I still use the TPX all these years later.

For the car I've settled on the Uniden R7. Love the detector. The Redline 360C was a close second or maybe 1a but did go with the Uniden R7 and really like it.

If I was more open to using apps while driving I may be more open to a Valentine V1 V2 or some other products but I'd like the simplicity of a stand alone detector more than detector plus app, would probably just use Waze if I was more open to using an app but most importantly to me, I don't want to be part of the problem using an app of any kind while driving. There are varying degrees of how distracted this makes us and maybe we can use some apps to some level while driving and be safe (especially those just showing an alert), but I don't know many who stop at that. Be it seeing a text, a notification or other alert on that smart phone, I see it every day how it distracts us and I don't want to be part of that problem. For those who feel differently, there are some good apps to use in conjunction with a detector like a V1 that can be effective at reducing threats. However, the closer we get to app based detectors, maybe the more we wonder why we'd pay all of that money for the detector plus the app when we could just use Waze? Not sure as I don't use the apps but I'd think it would be a factor to consider for those who do.
 
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