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Please, no flaming me for riding above the posted limits.
Just curious if anyone uses a radar detector on their Wing, what kind and how you mounted it on a GL1800?
I have one now, use suction cup mount on windshield but unless I notice the display alerting me, I do not hear it. Almost got nabbed yesterday. And I am worried about the suction cup mount coming loose while I am riding.
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Hey RPK,i ride a 1500,so not sure about mounting on yours,i have a Techmount,hooks on with clutch master .I use a Passport 8500.In over 200k of commuting(mostly in van)have gotten only one ticket!! Is loud enough for me where its mounted as long as radio not up too loud,and up to 80 or so.I wear a 3/4 helmet,and still hear it.At first tried mine on sheild,vibrated too much.Great on bars. Got mount at CycleGadgets.com
Good Luck.Ride often and Safe.
 

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My little experience with these is limited. One thing I noticed is they go off at all kinds of devices not necessarily the cops. Another is the cops use newer frequency and when the detector goes off its too late. If you find one that actually works Im curious to hear of it too. Lastly here our politicians have gone with roving cameras that monitor speed and photo you, digital image, hard to fool. I have no idea what will detect the camera.
 

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Well, if Smokie can use radar, we should be able to use detectors, after all, they do make us slow down, even if just for a little while. As mentioned, modern radar is usually too quick for the detector and reaction time in order to slow down anyway. It's been my experience (unless you get some overzealous jerk) the Leo's usually ignore Wings as long as you're not going ridiculous speeds.
 

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I use an Escort Solo 2 (cordless) which sits on a magnetic RAM mount attached to the right hand brake assembly. I'll post a picture of it tomorrow when I get it out of the garage.

Since I normally ride solo and don't need the intercom setup in the helmet, I use my MP3 player with earbuds for quality sound, and have a single speaker velcroed into the helmet that I connect to the earphone jack of the detector. That way I can listen to my tunes and if the radar detector alerts, I can hear it over my music.

I opted for the cordless detector so as to not have to run electrical up the handle bar. It works pretty well, but not nearly as well as my (corded) Escort Passport 8500, which I use in my truck. The nice thing about the magnetic mount is that it quickly releases with a twist of the wrist and gets locked in the trunk if I have to leave the bike alone.
 

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I use an Escort Solo 2 (cordless) which sits on a magnetic RAM mount attached to the right hand brake assembly. I'll post a picture of it tomorrow when I get it out of the garage.

Since I normally ride solo and don't need the intercom setup in the helmet, I use my MP3 player with earbuds for quality sound, and have a single speaker velcroed into the helmet that I connect to the earphone jack of the detector. That way I can listen to my tunes and if the radar detector alerts, I can hear it over my music.

I opted for the cordless detector so as to not have to run electrical up the handle bar. It works pretty well, but not nearly as well as my (corded) Escort Passport 8500, which I use in my truck. The nice thing about the magnetic mount is that it quickly releases with a twist of the wrist and gets locked in the trunk if I have to leave the bike alone.
Here's what I use. I had to machine the two aluminum spacers shown in picture #2 because the spacers sold with the Ram mount would not fit into the brake mount bolt hole recess.

Also, because I've hooked the earphone cable from the unit to my helmet with my arm and almost pulled the detector off the mount, I also place a large rubber band around the unit and mount to make sure I don't drop it.
 

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Here in Ohio, law enforcement has quickly gone to lazer which makes it very hard to detect. Detector goes off only tells you that your going to get that ticket.
 

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Radarsdad,

I have the Escort 9500ix. It is mounted to my Wing windshield with Escort's new suction cup mount, just above the vent. Seems pretty secure. It has saved me a number of times in my truck and Vette. Once so far on the bike. On the Wing I can not hear it even with the volume turned all the way up at anything over 55MPH when I have the stereo blasting.

For those interested, Escorts are pricey but the best in my opinion. Can't speak for the Valentines but I hear those are decent too. I've had a couple Escort models. Easily have paid for themselves with the number of times I would have gotten a ticket, especially on interstate highways. They do alert you WAY in advance on X and K band radar. BUT if it's instant-on laser, you are probably going to pay.

Where did you find the single speaker and cord to put in your helmet for the detector? I need one bad!
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Radarsdad,

I have the Escort 9500ix. It is mounted to my Wing windshield with Escort's new suction cup mount, just above the vent. Seems pretty secure. It has saved me a number of times in my truck and Vette. Once so far on the bike. On the Wing I can not hear it even with the volume turned all the way up at anything over 55MPH when I have the stereo blasting.

For those interested, Escorts are pricey but the best in my opinion. Can't speak for the Valentines but I hear those are decent too. I've had a couple Escort models. Easily have paid for themselves with the number of times I would have gotten a ticket, especially on interstate highways. They do alert you WAY in advance on X and K band radar. BUT if it's instant-on laser, you are probably going to pay.

Where did you find the single speaker and cord to put in your helmet for the detector? I need one bad!
Rob
I looked several places and finally bought a set of inexpensive headphones at Walmart. I chose them because the speakers were about 1 1/2" in diameter and the thinnest I had found. They un-snapped easily from the headband and I placed a small adhesive backed velcro disc on the back of each one, then inserted them into my Shoei J-Wing helmet and tucked in the wiring. The speakers in the helmet and my ear buds actually touch each other, but not enough to be an issue.

They will work with any stereo device that has a 3.5mm output but because a radar detector has a 3.5mm mono output, you'll only get alerts through one of the speakers.

The next time I'm in Walmart, I'll look up the model/SKU for you and PM you.

I too agree that Escorts are the best radar detectors out there and have been "saved" by mine on many occasions.
 

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Thanks Radarsdad! I can handle tearing the headphones apart and mounting speakers in my helmets.
Do shoot me the model or SKU when you get a chance and I will hit Walmart.
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Thanks Radarsdad! I can handle tearing the headphones apart and mounting speakers in my helmets.
Do shoot me the model or SKU when you get a chance and I will hit Walmart.
Rob
Ah... it's all coming back to me now. The speakers are made by Panasonic and our Walmart has two racks of them. They're $ 9.88 and they have clips that hold them in place on each ear (no head band). The first one, I attacked with a pair of wire cutters to cut off the ear clip, then realized the clips are made to be easily removed (but I don't remember exactly how I did it) so study them first. A little velcro on the speaker and the helmet and they're good to go. I did a search for the part number and this was one link that popped up:

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-RP-HS46-K-Wrap-around-ear-Ultra-Headphones/dp/B0028JE3T0

I haven't tried them for music sound quality but they make the beeps and chirps of a detector sufficiently audible. I've attached a photo of the installed speaker.

Hope this helps.
 

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Radarsdad,

I have the Escort 9500ix. It is mounted to my Wing windshield with Escort's new suction cup mount, just above the vent. Seems pretty secure. It has saved me a number of times in my truck and Vette. Once so far on the bike. On the Wing I can not hear it even with the volume turned all the way up at anything over 55MPH when I have the stereo blasting.

For those interested, Escorts are pricey but the best in my opinion. Can't speak for the Valentines but I hear those are decent too. I've had a couple Escort models. Easily have paid for themselves with the number of times I would have gotten a ticket, especially on interstate highways. They do alert you WAY in advance on X and K band radar. BUT if it's instant-on laser, you are probably going to pay.

Where did you find the single speaker and cord to put in your helmet for the detector? I need one bad!
Rob
Small speakers are available on just about any commercial airline flight.
 
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