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post #1 of 17 Old 09-03-2011, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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My New RADAR Detector

Just got me a new Adaptive TPX RADAR Detector. So far so good, has saved me twice in the month I've had it...So it's almost paid for itself. Not that I go real fast but I do like to cruse at about 80mph on the Hwy and that's enough to get you a ticket (about $130) trust me how I know that from experience.

I already had Ricks GPS mount so I just modified it to support 2 RAM balls so I can have both my GPS and TPX mounted at the same time. Electrically I connected it to my fuse block on a switched circuit, which was really easy to do.

The TPX is quick release so it makes it easy to take off and lock up if needed. It also came with a visual alert (3 LEDs in a circle). It's really bright and can be seen easily in bright sunlight. Here are some photos.



Night time...just the TPX


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Looks good. Keep a couple of things in mind:
--If the instant-on radar is clicked on you, your speed is recorded before you have time to get the alarm and slow down. The detector works best picking up radar scatter from vehicles far enough away that you're out of the range of the officer's radar receiver.
--Very little chance any detector of any brand can pick up laser before you're nailed. It has no scatter.
--Some business door openers and security systems use the same frequency so the detector is picking up many of these. It can't tell the difference between the door opener on the donut shop and the squad car with radar and officer munching a donut in front of the shop.
--You can still get nabbed by ordinary speed check from a following patrol car, and in some places by plane.
--Do you have a quick-release on the detector to hide it if you are pulled over? LEOs aren't likely to give a break to an obvious scofflaw.

You probably know all this, but others might not. I sometimes hook up my Valentine, but I don't count on any detector.

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All good points ptrider, but it is still a useful tool, must always be aware of alll the shortcomings however. My riding buddy, wife and I all have CB's so on the open hiway (which is not our preference) we get reports from the truckers on LEO's patroling. I have an Escort and have the alarm connected directly to my ear buds, with the xm radio, gps and cb. The radar detector alert takes precedence over all the othe devices.
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I already had Ricks GPS mount so I just modified it to support 2 RAM balls so I can have both my GPS and TPX mounted at the same time.

Any chance you could take a photo of how you modified it to take 2 RAM balls?

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All I really did was drill two holes on either side of the single hole in the center. Then I used 1/4-20 stainless bolts to attach the RAM-B-337U 1" balls.
The only problem was that there really wasn't room for the wingnuts that come with the RAM socket arms, so I replaced them with nyloc nuts. Works great, haven't had any problems.

These are the best pics I have right now. Will try to take some more.





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I used an adaptiv radar detector on my K1200GT and it was very effective, particularly with the wireless audio alert mounted in my helmet. While there are obvious limitations to radar detectors as mentioned above, they are nonetheless a very effective means of avoiding a ticket, second only to using your head and being alert.

I sold it when I bought my wee as the drop of 70 or so HP from my BMW resulted in my speeding a lot less.

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I have the same radar detector on my bike also. I have mine mounted in a different location and I use the mounts from adaptive for mine. Works great and has saved me more than once. I don't normally speed but sometimes I'm not paying attention to my speed in slower areas. Still it's nice to know when the man has you on his radar.
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Nice settup. I like the big buttons. You might also look into a H.A.R.D. system to add to you rig.

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I got an Escort 850 with a blue light at eye level,
I got the same set up on my , Vee, ST 1300 and Hayabusa,,
This is a picture of the ST but the Vee is the same
Got a guy that builds me the wire light set up, any one need the link
I will post it..
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Got a guy that builds me the wire light set up, any one need the link
I will post it..

Yes would like to take a look. Just looking at radar / laser blocking options now. Do you know if the blue light setup can be connected to both a radar and a laser blocker together?

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