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Kind of demonstrates the genius in Henry Ford's complete vertical integration model for his company.
A little bit of difference between a high tech supply chain and a low tech one used to build Henry's cars. Even Apple has to outsource chip production.
 

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I use Waze for many reasons. But on the bike I find it extremely helpful when I get a warning in my earbuds that there's an object on the road ahead. And JBV1 after the initial setup is pretty hands off unless you want to play with it. I have it set to never alert under 25mph.
 

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I also run the JBV1 app in concert with the V1G2. Get the quick-start from the RD Forum and you are in business Quickstart
I run my Android device in split screen as well with Waze. Yes, laser can get you, but this is not about racing along at stupid speeds, it is about hustling along and being aware.
Have fun!

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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A little bit of difference between a high tech supply chain and a low tech one used to build Henry's cars. Even Apple has to outsource chip production.
True, but it still illustrates the weakness. Even more interesting is that, what, 90% of the semiconductors, are made on Taiwan. Strategically, this is a bad situation.
 

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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.
I'm with you in using the TPX. Simple and gets the job done. It's a low distraction device, though I wouldn't mind if I knew what direction the threat was, but in reality it's not that critical. I get alerted, I check my speed and act accordingly. I don't need to know what specific frequency is being received, only that I'm being or about to be surveilled.

However I'm not in 100% agreement with you concerning Waze. Waze is a great tool as long as you have a cell signal, however it's only effective if the community is diligent in reporting. If a LEO just stopped and setup an enforcement site, a radar/laser detector ideally will alert you to it without the need of a community voluntarily reporting it, and if you're not getting a mobile phone service you may not see the notifcation.
 

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From the little bit of research that I've done today, it looks like the Escort Redline 360C and the Uniden R7 have surpassed the Valentine in all but one interesting area - they don't produce open source code for other apps to integrate with the detector. In independent tests the R7 is now beating the expensive Redline 360C in range sensitivity and they both have blind spot masking and allow programming a speed below which cancels out all alerts. In you're connected to the cloud on the Redline it knows the speed limit on the street you're on and can be configured to not emit alerts unless you're speeding. It also uses some of the crowd sourcing features of apps like WAZE. The Redline 360C is pricey but looks like the most feature rich - just not available anywhere right now. The Uniden R7 is very very close in features and slightly better in performance and a few hundred dollars cheaper at $500. Adaptiv also now has a TPX 3.0 that closes the gap with the latest generation detectors. One thing I like about the Adaptiv units is that the H.A.R.D. transmitter is already built into the unit whereas on any other unit, you need to buy the transmitter as well as the helmet attached receiver.

There's some really cool technology coming out all the time in this market and it shows every sign of the arms race continuing between the major players. I already have an Adaptiv TPX 2.0 that I'll continue to use until I make a decision and the unit is available for purchase. That RD is pretty simple, basic and just works mostly but suffers from very little flexibility or programability vs the latest generation so there's a lot of false alarms unless I use filters that cut out potential threats.
 

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but this is not about racing along at stupid speeds, it is about hustling along and being aware. Have fun!
:unsure: Wonder what the defference between racing along at stupid speeds and hustling along is?🤔

As Carlin says, I assume it's the difference between an idiot and maniac, depending on if they are going faster or slower than me.
 

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Wonder what the difference between racing along at stupid speeds and hustling along is?
That's easy—it's about the same as the difference between three digits and two...

As Carlin says, I assume it's the difference between an idiot and maniac, depending on if they are going faster or slower than me.
I don't really care if you're going faster or slower than me, as long as you're not doing it in front of me... :D
 

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I don't really care if you're going faster or slower than me, as long as you're not doing it in front of me... :D
So I am not the only who can't help themself? Even if they were going faster than me, when I see a bike in front of me, I check my old Escort 9500 and just have to catch up.

After I race along at some stupid speed and pass them, I will usually slow down to a hustling along speed -- unless I become aware of them deciding to race along too. Vrooom.🏍
 

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May not be the best review ever written, but here's CNET's take on radar detectors.
 
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May not be the best review every written, but here's CNET's take on radar detectors.
Their reviews seem pretty consistent to what I've seen elsewhere. If money is not a factor, the Redline 360C - but it's not available anywhere right now; followed by the Uniden R7 and Valentine gen2 which are equal on performance with some feature differences.
 

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Any pics of your mounting location/setup?
This pic is from my new RT but the installation is very similar to my K16GT. The mount is an Adaptiv Technologies control mount, the only difference from the K16 is that the K16 uses a horizontal base as opposed to the vertical one on the RT. I use a magnetic RAM mount base, the RD has a metal plate adhered to the bottom of it. Very solid yet easy to remove.
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