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C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« on: December 21, 2013, 01:36:37 pm »
Hiya Folks,

I'm considering getting a radar detector for my simply awesome C-14, and I'm wondering what my options are for mounting a radar detector. I haven't really played with them much before, but in looking at the available units, it looks like they're typically mounted from the top (ie: hanging from a car windshield or rearview mirror, etc).

Are there motorcycle specific mounts available, or are most of you just using homegrown brakets with Velcro, etc?

Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated;)

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Re: C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2013, 01:58:47 pm »
Not on my home computer right now so I can't post some pics. After looking around I went with a ram ball on the left handlebar with a 3" arm and magnet base it works great for me. Plus I used a led box on top of the RD to flash and give me warning. I added a powerlet to the left side fairing it has saved me many times  :)
I can add some pics later if you need them?

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Re: C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2013, 02:02:01 pm »
Not on my home computer right now so I can't post some pics. After looking around I went with a ram ball on the left handlebar with a 3" arm and magnet base it works great for me.

Magnet base? Aren't radar detectors all plastic? I'm really not familiar with all of the options at all, so sorry if this is a stupid question;)
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Re: C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2013, 02:31:04 pm »
Did the same as stubby. Base plates will vary depending on the detector. I super glued a flat plate ball onto mine. Advanced sport touring has a lot of ram mount options.
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Re: C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2013, 02:47:53 pm »
I hear from owners of radars that the bar vibration kills their units in a year. Thoughts? Alternate places?
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Re: C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2013, 04:01:52 pm »
I hear from owners of radars that the bar vibration kills their units in a year. Thoughts? Alternate places?



    I have heard lots of folks with this complaint. Although there are others who have said their units have been going strong for a long time. So it is a roll of the dice IMO. I personally use a little less cutting edge detector than the ones that can see radar from the next state. I went slightly less and more motorcycle specific for vibration and moisture reasons.(the same idea as with my Zumo GPS) I now use the Adaptiv 2.0 TPX. It being designed with a motorcycle in mind works for me. It is pretty weather proof. It is much more vibration resistive than normal automobile radar detectors. And it comes with a remote secondary visual alert for placement on or near your dash display. So I have visual on both the unit and on my dash pointing at my helmet, plus audio alert through my amplirider into my helmet speakers (mixed with GPS/music ). So I have good visual and audio alerting from a pretty decent detector.
    I also use an optional Anti-Vibration Mount for extra protection. The only bad thing I can say about the setup is that it works well, but is not quite as refined as some of the other high end detectors. And the anti-vibration mount can make a clunk noise over heavy bumps as the mount absorbs the hit. At first I kept thinking something was loose on the motorcycle. Then I realized that the mount has just maxed out over a bump smoothing the shock. But on the good side, the detector has had a much reduced shock compared to other mounts I have used.
   All in all I have had many detectors over the years. And some of the newer units are more sensitive than the TPX. But I have found the TPX to work well and prevented problems for me. The key (like any detector) is to use it as a tool and not totally depend on it as your only defense. In other words, ride smart and use buffers as forward warning when possible rather than have only your detector going off too close to the threat.
    Also, if your decide on a TPX, make sure you go with the 2.0 version. It is a much better an upgraded unit over the original 1.0 unit. I have had both and the difference is very noticeable. So yes I do recommend this unit to motorcyclists as alternates to other units. You may give up some in sensitivity or long range (not really sure how much). But they do still work very well and have the positives of shock resistance and weather resistance. It is nice not having to pull over and dig out a baggie or remove electronics with the threat of rain.


http://www.adaptivtechnologies.com/gear/tpx-radar-detector

http://www.adaptivtechnologies.com/gear/mount-chart

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Note to add: there is also a list of some of the available mounts listed in the Concours14 Farkle (Accessories) vendor directory under "GPS/electronic Mounts".    http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,27354.0.html
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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2013, 04:30:37 pm »
TPX 2.0 here, comes with a great mount and is totally waterproof, I really like mine!  :great:


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Re: C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2013, 04:59:00 pm »
I hear from owners of radars that the bar vibration kills their units in a year. Thoughts? Alternate places?



    I have heard lots of folks with this complaint. Although there are others who have said their units have been going strong for a long time. So it is a roll of the dice IMO. I personally use a little less cutting edge detector than the ones that can see radar from the next state. I went slightly less and more motorcycle specific for vibration and moisture reasons.(the same idea as with my Zumo GPS) I now use the Adaptiv 2.0 TPX. It being designed with a motorcycle in mind works for me. It is pretty weather proof. It is much more vibration resistive than normal automobile radar detectors. And it comes with a remote secondary visual alert for placement on or near your dash display. So I have visual on both the unit and on my dash pointing at my helmet, plus audio alert through my amplirider into my helmet speakers (mixed with GPS/music ). So I have good visual and audio alerting from a pretty decent detector.
    I also use an optional Anti-Vibration Mount for extra protection. The only bad thing I can say about the setup is that it works well, but is not quite as refined as some of the other high end detectors. And the anti-vibration mount can make a clunk noise over heavy bumps as the mount absorbs the hit. At first I kept thinking something was loose on the motorcycle. Then I realized that the mount has just maxed out over a bump smoothing the shock. But on the good side, the detector has had a much reduced shock compared to other mounts I have used.
   All in all I have had many detectors over the years. And some of the newer units are more sensitive than the TPX. But I have found the TPX to work well and prevented problems for me. The key (like any detector) is to use it as a tool and not totally depend on it as your only defense. In other words, ride smart and use buffers as forward warning when possible rather than have only your detector going off too close to the threat.
    Also, if your decide on a TPX, make sure you go with the 2.0 version. It is a much better an upgraded unit over the original 1.0 unit. I have had both and the difference is very noticeable. So yes I do recommend this unit to motorcyclists as alternates to other units. You may give up some in sensitivity or long range (not really sure how much). But they do still work very well and have the positives of shock resistance and weather resistance. It is nice not having to pull over and dig out a baggie or remove electronics with the threat of rain.


http://www.adaptivtechnologies.com/gear/tpx-radar-detector

http://www.adaptivtechnologies.com/gear/mount-chart

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Note to add: there is also a list of some of the available mounts listed in the Concours14 Farkle (Accessories) vendor directory under "GPS/electronic Mounts".    http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,27354.0.html


Great Post Bob!  :beerchug:
That about wraps this up  :)
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Re: C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2013, 02:30:54 pm »
Did the same as stubby. Base plates will vary depending on the detector. I super glued a flat plate ball onto mine. Advanced sport touring has a lot of ram mount options.

Ok, thanks. From what I've been reading and looking at on the net, it looks like most riders are attaching something to the bottoms of the detectors, either with glue, adhesive pads, or Velcro.

Thanks for all the replies guys.
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Re: C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2013, 10:23:17 pm »
Rembrant the mag base I bought came with a sticky pad to go on the underside of the RD it holds on there very tight. I have the bell 995 with the audio out plug it been run hard for the last year with no problems. The audio out is important if you want to use a extra red LED light bar to warn you ( highly recommend it ). This system has worked great for me so far.
PS... looked through my bike pics I don't have a good one of that setup but I can take some if you want a better look?
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If you add the powerlet you will need to get a cord from them to match your RD.

Mag mount ( I got the one with the 3" arm )http://www.motorcyclelarry.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13_33_34&products_id=47
You will need a RAM handlebar mount for this all so you can get it here to if you want to?

the RD I got  http://www.amazon.com/Beltronics-Vector-V995-Radar-Detector/dp/B000246USU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387754340&sr=8-1&keywords=beltronics+vector+995+radar

the LED warning lights I use on top of the RD ( work great ) http://www.marcparnes.com/Visual_Alert.htm

As Old man has stated Advanced sport touring is great for some of this stuff plus there a COG supporter


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Re: C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2013, 06:37:38 pm »
I am using mounts from TechMount on C14 and ZX14, 5 years and over 26000 miles on the C14 with the same detector and no issues.

Both setups are mounted to the clutch lever mount.

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Re: C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2013, 06:50:11 pm »
I have a Valentine One, and I'm planning to go the Techmount route, with velcro.   That will allow me to use it in my car when I'm not using it on the Connie.   The great thing I've liked about the Valentine One detectors is that they are upgradeable.    Now they even have an app for iPhone that will let you monitor the directions of the radar signals right on the phone, which I usually have in the see through pouch on the top of my tank bag.  Yes, Valentine One is pricey, but the only speeding ticket I've gotten in the past 20 years was in Pennsylvania, and they were using an airplane instead of radar.
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Re: C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2013, 06:53:21 pm »
I am using mounts from TechMount on C14 and ZX14, 5 years and over 26000 miles on the C14 with the same detector and no issues.

Both setups are mounted to the clutch lever mount.

the Bell V995 is the best detector for the $. it pays for itself every time I ride!

How do you have the Bel V995 attached to the Techmount?

I'll have to look into these mounts. I just ordered the center mount, but wasn't aware of the clutch perch mount.

Thanks.
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Re: C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2013, 09:34:30 pm »
Super Dupper glue on a flat plate ball mount. Tried Velcro but wasn't happy with it maself. Why has no one commented on the max speed shown on the GPS? :-X  To quote Sgt Schultz "I zee nothing, Nuutthhhing".  :))
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Re: C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2013, 11:09:38 am »
I have a Valentine One, and I'm planning to go the Techmount route, with velcro.   That will allow me to use it in my car when I'm not using it on the Connie.   The great thing I've liked about the Valentine One detectors is that they are upgradeable.    Now they even have an app for iPhone that will let you monitor the directions of the radar signals right on the phone, which I usually have in the see through pouch on the top of my tank bag.  Yes, Valentine One is pricey, but the only speeding ticket I've gotten in the past 20 years was in Pennsylvania, and they were using an airplane instead of radar.


 I've had a V1 for years. Great detector in all respects. But I only use that in the cages now for my convenience.

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« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2013, 12:45:04 pm »
I had  an  Adaptiv 1.0 TPX  and when I used it on my C10 it was toast shortly after due to the vibrations.
Adaptiv  had a $100 trade in upgrade so I called them and said ' Why should I but another one when this one died? ' and they gave me a 2 year warranty on a new  Adaptiv 2.0 TPX. I like it better than the one.
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« Reply #16 on: December 24, 2013, 01:12:29 pm »
I have the V1 with ram mount from brake reservoir with 6" arm to plate with ram ball.  Two sided taped some velcro on plate and underside of V1.  So I use it both in cage and bike.  I went with the longer arm so it would be more in my field of vision.  V1 comes off when looking like I'm heading into rain, as it isn't waterproof.  Love those arrows! :great:

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Re: C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« Reply #17 on: December 24, 2013, 04:17:44 pm »
I am using mounts from TechMount on C14 and ZX14, 5 years and over 26000 miles on the C14 with the same detector and no issues.

Both setups are mounted to the clutch lever mount.

the Bell V995 is the best detector for the $. it pays for itself every time I ride!

How do you have the Bel V995 attached to the Techmount?

I'll have to look into these mounts. I just ordered the center mount, but wasn't aware of the clutch perch mount.

Thanks.


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« Reply #18 on: December 24, 2013, 04:22:46 pm »

Do you have any pix of this anti-vibration mount?



Well Mike to make it easy I just popped onto the Adaptiv site and just clicked on one option. But it shows the main shock absorbing head pretty good. The one I chose is a bar mount and probably not meant for these bikes.

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Re: C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« Reply #19 on: December 25, 2013, 11:59:40 am »
Hopefully this Pic is clear to give you an idea on mounting

Thanks for the pic azc14!.

How do you have the radar detector attached to the Techmount?
Did you just use glue or Velcro like everybody else?

I already have the center mount on the way.

Do you have a part # for that radar mount assembly? I just looked on the TechMount website and I don't see it listed on there....not in that configuration at least.
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Re: C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« Reply #20 on: December 25, 2013, 07:23:25 pm »
I use the 2 sided Velcro mount (about 3 inched wide) I buy them from Wal-Mart, you can cut them to length

I checked Techmounts Site and they no longer don't have the setup I have. the closest part is on this link. 

If you are not using your stem, you can get the stem mount. I am using for GPS.

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« Reply #21 on: December 25, 2013, 10:44:09 pm »
I use the 2 sided Velcro mount (about 3 inched wide) I buy them from Wal-Mart, you can cut them to length

I checked Techmounts Site and they no longer don't have the setup I have. the closest part is on this link. 

If you are not using your stem, you can get the stem mount. I am using for GPS.

http://www.techmounts.com/products/index.php?page_function=detail&product_id=289


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Re: C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« Reply #22 on: December 26, 2013, 09:30:53 pm »
I am partial to the mounts from SAENG/TA  http://www.saeng.com

Good-looking, well engineered and built. Ran an Escort Solo for years on this thing, and an Escort Redline all last year. Everything still works (knock wood).
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« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2013, 03:11:04 pm »
I am partial to the mounts from SAENG/TA  http://www.saeng.com

Good-looking, well engineered and built. Ran an Escort Solo for years on this thing, and an Escort Redline all last year. Everything still works (knock wood).


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Re: C-14 Radar Detector Mounting Options
« Reply #24 on: December 28, 2013, 10:57:57 pm »
this is my set up, although i've tossed the bungee as the magnetic ram plate holds the detector without it. I have also added a HARD system that has a pod that lights up inside my helmet when the radar detector is set off

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