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Best motorcycle radar detector?

I am an avid radar detector user in my cars and always use top notch devices. I never used a detector on a motorcycle. That said, most of my speed tickets were on a motorcycle. Never figured how to get this to work, effectively, without taking attention from the road and riding. Almost all of the traps around my neck of the woods are Ka.

Wanted to get some ideas on what would make a good detector for a motorcycle. Some factors are:

Cordless Yes/No?
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Installation method?
How do you get the signal into the helmet, if you do? I have seen some ideas, but wanted to first hand reviews.

Thanks for the feedback.

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I have a RedLine, and have a Bluetooth sender connected to it, and in my helmet i have a Senna 10U head unit which receives alerts from the radar, (cordless) i have only Ka band set up. I fits on all 3 of my bikes, I used to have one of those bike dedicated radars, (TPX), just an average detector, but water resistant. A couple of mates have the new Unidens, they seem to be the best on the market at the mo, my wife has a Bell STR, thats a great radar also, but signal sound is to weak to run through a wire to speaker setup like i used to have, it stays in the car. should work good with a blue tooth sender tho.
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Thanks Dave. What sender do you use?

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Heres a pic of it set up on my 1290. Its a 4.1 sender, and it has to be a "low latency" sender with 3.2 plug fitting, the same charger charges it as does the Senna head unit. (comes with charger) I have a Shoei GT Air, and Senna make a unit for that particular helmet (can connect phone and also talk to other Senna' rider units) they also make a unit for the MK2 GT Air helmet and for a few other makes. I get about 2 times 5 hours of power from both units, so basically lasts 2 days then they both need charging. If i find one on eBay, il post a pick of it.
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Mine is a TaoTronics. 3.5mm With Aptx, Low Latency 4.1 transmitter.
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Here sadly that would all be a waste of time. Fixed cameras have to be announced on the road so that's easy to see and slow down.

But they've taken to simply filming from a Helicopter - easy to calculate the ground speed - And yes they can read the plate - Esp if you tip them up. They have to announce the chopper is up there but the blighter can cover 20-30kms at any given time. So you never really know where it is.

We live right next to one of the M/C routes into the Hills. Chopper is around a lot. On the plus side we have't had any serious accidents on that road in a while.

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Here sadly that would all be a waste of time. Fixed cameras have to be announced on the road so that's easy to see and slow down.

But they've taken to simply filming from a Helicopter - easy to calculate the ground speed - And yes they can read the plate - Esp if you tip them up. They have to announce the chopper is up there but the blighter can cover 20-30kms at any given time. So you never really know where it is.

We live right next to one of the M/C routes into the Hills. Chopper is around a lot. On the plus side we have't had any serious accidents on that road in a while.
Luckily, here, it's still good old boys in police cars, mostly operating Ka equipment. At any rate, most of my riding is in the boonies, so no use in any fixed devices and they don't use a lot of Laser.

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Lidar vs radar

Radar detectors often work only if the Officer is constantly sending out a frequency in order to detect people's speed. If the Officer is smart, he will only press the radar button once as he sees the violator. Once your detector alerts, he already has your speed.

Now LIDAR, which is used in California and other states, shoots light. The beam is pinpoint and at 1000 feet away it has a spread of 3 feet. This being said, if a radar detector says they can detect LIDAR, I would question it. Officers that use LIDAR aim the device at a particular car's bumper and shoot a single light frequency at the car. This is why a Radar detector can not pick up the LIDAR if you are driving next to a car that has been shot in order to warn you to slow down.

In my opinion, the only good thing about a Radar detector is to warn you of construction or accident zones. In California construction and tow companies send out a frequency that detectors can capture. I think the only full proof way of not getting a ticket is to not speed.
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I used an Escort detector for many years connected to a "screamer" to give a loud audible warning. They're not a guarantee of avoidance though and you still have to keep your situational awareness up. As JP mentions, if an officer just uses "instant on", the chances of reacting are very slim. I got most of my warnings when a patrol car was further up the road checking other traffic. Stationary unmarked speed detection vans at the roadside gives less warning as the radar is angled across the road but you still get sufficient warning to button off. Mobile radar and stationary vans use microwave technology in NZ and there is no effective means of jamming the signal.

Laser (lidar) use in NZ is less common. You can jam the signal with a high quality jammer but there are a lot of products on the market that simply don't work. Avoidance by using a detector and active jamming are worlds apart. I recently read of a case in the UK where a car driver was caught using a laser jammer and copped a massive fine and a month in jail. Not aware of any instances in NZ but a Highway Patrol friend of mine says it's possible to bring a prosecution under perverting the course of justice.

I haven't bothered to fit my detector to my last 2 bikes. A good one does work well but I just use situational awareness and choosing time and place for a bit of enthusiastic riding these days. Doesn't always work though. I copped a (small) speeding fine a couple of years ago
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