Motorcycles have a much smaller frontal area for reflecting radar signals. So you get to drive up closer to them when they are painting you with radar. This often gives you grater reaction time to slow down. I think that hearing the detector's audible user interface will probably be the most challenging thing (unless you are setup with touring shield).
Valentine V1, there is no substitute. Hard wire it to the bike and use one of the many mounts available that either clip onto the handlebars of attach to a bolt on the switchs. Do an internet search on motorcycle radar detectors and/or mounts.
BTW, the guy that runs "radartest" is a hack :yak:
I agree with Kennedy, detectors are illegal, but so is speeding in VA. The detector ticket was only $69 in FFX County. Much cheaper than a speeding ticket.
As for running from them sure you can run from the car, but Motorola will get you. Ever try running over a stop stick at 100+. Never a good idea to run from the cops if they get you, you've gone from a minor offense (releasable with a citation) to a felony. You just raised the bar, when you start running. When they do get you, and it would be only a matter of a short time, they lock your a** up, impound your bike, and you can loose your license and insurance goes sky high. Don't run, it's not worth it. And that is all at the time they get you; and if it’s on a weekend you’ll be lucky to see a Judge on Monday.
Now a days, if you are convicted, you will more than likely spend some jail time on the first offense, and end up as someone’s prison b*tch. No thanks, maybe you but not me. The courts are not playing around any more due to that aggressive driving BS, no play now you pay. I know growing it was no biggie, more of a game, but watch the pursuit shows on TV don't see too many including bikes get away. Cops love it if you run, and in a matter of 3-5 minutes that is all you’ll see in your mirrors. 20-30 years ago, you may have been able to out run Barney in small town USA but now, with choppers (those that fly in the air) you have a snow ball chance you know where.
Our Police Academy class last night covered traffic stops (low risk) and accident investigation, so radar detectors were discussed as well. I found out some interesting stuff. The lasers used will reach out to 2,500 feet, and can really single out vehicles. The band units just bounce off the largest vehicle, but lasers can pick ya out of a crowd. The officer that presented the class said that detectors don't work against the lasers. Propaganda? Who knows. But he did say he'd let you off if you gave him an excuse he'd never heard before.
The lasers that our department uses cannot be operated in a patrol car, however, since they won't shoot through glass, and they must be stationary. So, if the officer's standing out by the road with what looks like an older video camera, well...he's probably already got ya.
I also found out that the Frisco PD has a "no-chase" policy for traffic violators. Dallas, I'm almost sure, does. And occasionally departments in our area will collaborate in a S.T.E.P. (Selective Traffic Enforcement Program)...recently, they "lit up" about a dozen bikes during one such program -- every single bike but one took off. And all were caught, utilizing ground units, two helicopters, and one airplane.
That seems like an awful lot of Jet A for so few rice burners, tho...
here is info on the jammer i currently am using
The PHAZER II Laser and Radar Scrambler from Rocky Mountain Radar disables X, K, Ka (superwide) and instant-on radar as well as police laser guns. This offers maximum protection from carefree driving. The Phazer II Is only the Radar and Laser Jammer. This Model is for the driver that already owns a high-end detector, but wants to add Radar and Laser Jamming capability to the vehicle.
The new Phazer II has 40% more jamming power
Compact Size (1.5"x3."x4").
A FREE Ticket rebate guarantee that reimburses the cost of any Laser or Radar speeding fine within certain parameters for one full year.
Two built-in diagnostics systems to confirm the unit is working.
Universal Windshield Mount for flexible mounting. Accessory power cords for use with most 12-volt detectors.
Features a full Warranty
Is Legal for truckers because it is NOT a detector!
As for jamming, it is my understanding, (I remember reading it somewhere) that it's illegal to jam radar because that is regulated by I think FAA. But as of right now you can jam laser that is regulated by the FCC and the last I heard they didn't have any regulation against it. I saw on one of those staellite channels on TV that they were testing a laser jammer that appeared to work well. But by the time you guys get all that stuff on your bikes, (all the jammers and detectors and GPS's) they will start to look more like something that fell from outter space than a motorcycle.
My other UBB club is the TDICLUB.com...
It a VW diesel engine enthusiast website and the general consensus is we like to drive our cars... many hundreds of thousands of miles. With the amount of time we spend on the road, we have to protect ourselves, hence a lot of time and study has gone into my radar detector research. My commute is over 100 miles per day.
Please read the number of praises for Valentine1 in these posts. Also take note that many also prefer the escort products. I've never read anything good about Rocky Mountain Radio stuff. I do know that ACTIVE jamming is illegal (FCC regulated), so if RMR jammers worked as advertised, it would be illegal to sell them.
Max and I watched what happened to a crotch rocket that tried to run. He slid through an intersection, and wound up on his belly, hands cuffed behind him. I hate to think what happened to him after....
I played around with jammers back in the late 70's and actually was producing units that worked on the then state of the art x-band units. Then along came the K bands, not so much of a problem to jam just harder to get the waveguide emitters. Then along comes the Ka band spread spectum tracking radar units and the whole ballgame changed. It's childs play to fake out the speed indicators they park at the side of the road, they use 20 year old technology. Go up against one of the new spread spectum Ka units and you're screwed unless you have a tracking jammer that can adjust in milliseconds and slide up and down the band after it locks onto the CW of the police radar. Not someting you are going to get for $150, try $1500+
Transmitting white noise in the X and K bands is legal as long as you stay below 10 milliwatts. Go above 10 milliwatts OR modulate the signal in any way and you are in violation of numerous FCC regulations, federal and state laws.
BTW, many modern police radar units can also detect active jamming as well as cheap radar detectors so they may not get a speed on you but they will know you are transmitting. Either way you're busted.
You need to do some homework if you're concerned about getting caught speeding. Each state has laws regarding the determination of speed by officers that can be used for citing offenders. Here in Nevada there are 3 methods of speed determination: radar, pacing, and estimation. So, if you spend the money for a detector just be aware that it might not cover you at all times. Personally, unless you're a long-haul trucker, I think they're worthless.
MAX....you weren't supposed to tell anyone!!! I'll be sending some new pics soon. Since the bike was in the shop I sent the headlight housing and clamshell to get painted to match! Geez what a "moneypit" Sorry for getting off topic!