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Santa is bringing me a new radar detector for the bike this Christmas, how is everyone mounting theirs?  I'd rather not put it on the handlebars themselves (have had a couple suggestions to just slap on some industrial strength velcro on the brake resevoir and mount it that way). 

Which detector are you using, are you using supplemental LED flashers or another way to know when it's been triggered, and how are you mounting the detector itself? 

(would love to see pics and recommendations for brackets, etc)

Thank you in advance!

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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2017, 07:25:43 pm »
I use a RAM platform that is magnetic. You attach the metal plate to the radar detector bottom using 3m double sided tape. It is not coming off this platform the magnets are very strong. The RAM platform is attached using a 1 1/2" long RAM arm to a RAM ball which is attached to the front master cylinder screws. Longer screws were used.

I have been using a Valentine1 detector for 12 years. Current one is the latest greatest I upgraded to this past August. I grab power from the socket on the dash using the detectors socket power adapter down to the power box needed from Valentine1 to use on a motorcycle. I use the Marc Parnes LED flasher lights mounted directly above the gauges for alert. Have been using the LEDs for years and they work for me. Get my attention even on the brightest of days. Tried audio in the beginning and hated the chirping in my helmet.

Best pic I can come up with at the moment.


Excuse my white power cord  :) had a malfunction with the black one and had to use this one in a tight and I have not replaced it back to a black one. Kinda like the white as it is easy to find in the dark.
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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2017, 08:46:44 pm »
I too use a RAM plate type, but I use Velcro and a small strap to keep in in place. I hard wire my Escort IX. Best $$ spent ever running a radar detector. Been using them since 1973.

The new crop of detectors are amazing, I really liked my 9500ix but the new IX blows it out of the water.

One of the best out there is the Uniden R3, it beats all the detectors in regards to range and has GPS and lockout features, although manual inputs unlike the Escorts.

BTW, get the HARD device from Legal Speeding for your helmet, been using them for at least 10 years. The new HARD is a way better than the 1st gen.
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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2017, 09:21:32 pm »
I have seen some use the x-wing/arm cell phone holders for the detectors on RAM mount arms. Pretty neat setup actually.

Seems to be an easier setup to me.
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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2017, 10:28:24 pm »
There is only one manufacturer of a waterproof motorcycle  radar detector.
Mine came with the LED visual   indicator and it is bright.'
It is also the only one with an optional (hidden) Laser Jammer that can be integrated

https://www.radarbusters.com/TPX-Motorcycle-Radar-Detector-p/tpx-radardetector.htm
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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2017, 12:18:34 am »
 I use a zip lock baggie over mine when it rains. It also covers the HARD transmitter. Go with Escort or Valentine or Uniden.
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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2017, 01:49:36 am »
that's pretty damn neat!
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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2017, 11:56:09 am »
Been using my 10 year old BelRX65 Pro velcroed to the clutch reservoir since I bought the bike 4 years ago. 
It started on the brake reservoir, but I changed it to the left (clutch) when I added the Rostra.
As this is my only radar det., it gets easily removed and placed in my car when I'm not riding.  Power is run from my fuzeblock, and up the left handlbar.  It sits well within the airstream of the screen, and I have never had  an issue with it staying securely fastened.

It's not the most modern radar or packed with wifi/bluetoothand other technologies, but I'm still not willing to pony-up $500+ for a newer model, when this one still works well.  I have sent it back to Bel for a gutting and updating, for about $125, and it was well worth the price.  Still works well!  I will EVENTUALLY upgrade, but doubt i'll stick a radar worth half a "g" out in the elements.  >:(

I CANNOT say enough for how well the Marc Parnes LED visual alert works!
I love that thing - and I love that it dims or brightens with the adjustment of the sound level on the radar unit.  Set on bright, this thing will BLIND you in the dark!  :-[
You can see from the picture that I mounted mine right over the gauge cluster in the line of sight as well.
The ONLY thing I can recommend on this device, is order a longer power cord for more mounting options, and ease of hiding the wire.

It IS baffling, why there aren't more waterproof Radar options out there, but like most guys say -- a ziplock or similar plastic bag with a rubber band works just fine.  I usually just put mine in my tank bag when the rain hits.

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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2017, 12:07:02 pm »
Kind of off subject but concerning rain I usually just take mine down in the rain and I also will remove it when I plan to be away from the bike for any length of time. It is to easy to snatch it off and be gone by thief.

I really only like the radar detectors for the local ambush LEOs when I am in a town I don't know very well or at all. Down the highway it is good to have but I am really not a habitual speeder to begin with. I generally just keep my speed up to stay clear of mindless drivers now days.
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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2017, 10:58:49 am »
Uniden R3

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Uniden-R3-Extreme-Range-Radar-Laser-Detector-360-Degree-GPS-FACTORY-AUTHORIZED/222688596220?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

This unit has been getting RAVE reviews, I've been running one for the last 3 weeks and retired my Escort 8500 X50. Its a far superior unit and the X50 was no slouch...but the R3 does it all, its BSM filters and selectable frequency level sensitivity are great features to eliminate false alarms and its GPS enabled. Also, it's reasonably priced.
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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2017, 02:16:49 pm »
Yup the R3 blows all the others away in range and filtering. I asked Aaron at Legal Speeding if his HARD device works with the Uniden, but he never did get back to me.

Because all my bikes are wired for the Escorts and HARD device I'll stick with the new IX. I had the 8500x50, the 9500ix blew that one out of the water, I had the 9500ix for 7 years and now the new IX. Again much better detector overall and I like the Escort Live app when I cage long distances.

Might buy an R3 just for yucks though and try it in the cage and when trailering.
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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2017, 09:12:18 pm »
There is only one manufacturer of a waterproof motorcycle  radar detector.
Mine came with the LED visual   indicator and it is bright.'
It is also the only one with an optional (hidden) Laser Jammer that can be integrated

https://www.radarbusters.com/TPX-Motorcycle-Radar-Detector-p/tpx-radardetector.htm


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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #13 on: December 25, 2017, 12:22:57 am »
I use my spidey sense. And a LEM license plate., keeps me out of most tickets.
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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2018, 03:29:36 am »
I run a Valentine1.  You can't beat the arrows and sensitivity.  I put a section of bicycle inner tube around it and us a piece of nylon string as a safety lanyard.  I mount the detector to the windshield using the V1's suction cups.  I run the power cord through a V1 remote display and that has an audio output I run into my intercom.  It is well shielded from rain, but if the rain is heavy, I pull over and put it away.  Don't need it in a downpour. 
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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2019, 02:10:54 pm »
Since I just reposted this in response to another query.....

I have since purchased a Uniden R3 based on rave reviews from the RDF forum and others.
What a great unit! (that's what SHE said)

Without getting pedantic about the pros and cons of the R3, i'll simply state it's one of the best units on the market.
With that said, I have NOT mounted it on the C14 yet - i'm still using my RX65 as my dedicated bike detector.
One word of caution for those interested in using the Parnes LED visual alert with the Uniden units:  it has been determined that the ultra-low output of the 3.5mm aux (headphone) jack is part of the discrete circuitry, and consequently EXTREMELY low output (voltage).
As in microvolts.  what this means, is that the Uniden does not put out enough voltage to power the Parnes visual alerts LED blocks.
This was REALLY disappointing for me, as I much prefer to have this Visual alert for my radar detector on the bike.

There are two known workarounds for this:

1. Marc Parnes will "modify" your Uniden to incorporate a pigtailed 3.5mm input jack to boost the output of the unit, and enable the Parnes device to operate normally.  This, however requires shipping to and fro, drilling a hole in the chassis of the Uniden, and voiding any warranty you might still have on your device.  He does charge a good bit for this service, also -- somewhere near $50+.  And for those of us who already own one of these Parnes devices, they are not compatible with the newer unit and volt. requirements of the Uniden -- so you'd have to buy a whole new Parnes unit, as well as pay for the modification.

http://www.marcparnes.com/Visual_Alert.htm

2. Line level audio input to Bluetooth devices can be adapted to the Uniden's 3.5mm output jack, and then integrated (paired) to a B/T Audio device (Sena) for a realtime AUDIO level interface with the radar detector.  These units can be battery powered, USB/12v powered, or hardwired to the bike, and then paired with your B/T audio device.
I personally have not done either of these yet, but I will likely favor the modification from Parnes to enable a VISUAL alert -- as I'd prefer not to clutter my Audio interface with radar signal alerts in my Sena.

https://www.rdforum.org/index.php?threads/72418/


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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2019, 06:32:51 pm »
I don't use a radar detector, and I'm not sure I ever would.  But if I would buy one, I think I'd consider one of these. 



Edit:  Just in making a brief look at the two detector's specs, I think I'd pick the Escort.  One thing that caught my eye is that it has BT.  Will that allow it to connect with my Sena BT headset to hear the warnings?  I'd hope so.

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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2019, 10:29:10 am »
I'd suggest (and have done so it the past) that anyone who is thinking about getting a detector should go to https://www.rdforum.org/ and read, read, read and then make a decision for what works best for you.

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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2019, 08:27:43 pm »
I'd suggest (and have done so it the past) that anyone who is thinking about getting a detector should go to https://www.rdforum.org/ and read, read, read and then make a decision for what works best for you.

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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2019, 08:43:41 pm »
Where exactly is the proper fuse box location to run power directly to the radar detector? I have the direct wire cable from escort, I just want to make sure that I have it located most conveniently to run the cable up the left handlebar so that I can Velcro my radar detector onto the reservoir :).

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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2019, 11:58:34 am »
Where exactly is the proper fuse box location to run power directly to the radar detector? I have the direct wire cable from escort, I just want to make sure that I have it located most conveniently to run the cable up the left handlebar so that I can Velcro my radar detector onto the reservoir :).

The power requirements for any modern radar detector is rated in Millivolts, i believe - and as such, it really takes a negligible amount of power to feed one.

Depending on where you mount it, you can tap power from any 12v source on the bike, switched or non-switched.
I might suggest the aux. 12v lead on the left side of the dashboard, that is unused from the factory.
The wired leads from Escort will have a fuse installed in-line already, so no need to worry about power surging to the unit itself.
I chose to power mine from my Fuzeblock that is mounted on the left side mid-fairing of my bike, simply because i wanted a cleaner install, and dedicated power source.  Well - that, and I was already using the previously mentioned 12v source for something else (can't even remember what?).

Very simple install.  I like your choice of velcroe to the clutch res.  :)

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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #21 on: January 28, 2019, 04:34:45 pm »
Where exactly is the proper fuse box location to run power directly to the radar detector? I have the direct wire cable from escort, I just want to make sure that I have it located most conveniently to run the cable up the left handlebar so that I can Velcro my radar detector onto the reservoir :).

The power requirements for any modern radar detector is rated in Millivolts, i believe - and as such, it really takes a negligible amount of power to feed one.

Depending on where you mount it, you can tap power from any 12v source on the bike, switched or non-switched.
I might suggest the aux. 12v lead on the left side of the dashboard, that is unused from the factory.
The wired leads from Escort will have a fuse installed in-line already, so no need to worry about power surging to the unit itself.
I chose to power mine from my Fuzeblock that is mounted on the left side mid-fairing of my bike, simply because i wanted a cleaner install, and dedicated power source.  Well - that, and I was already using the previously mentioned 12v source for something else (can't even remember what?).

Very simple install.  I like your choice of velcroe to the clutch res.  :)

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The only issue I could see with using the 12v accessory socket up front would be this: I'm already powering a pair of aux lights (fork mounted) into that socket--that said, I think they're only 12W lights and require TINY amounts of power....Do you think the accessory socket would be just fine to power the aux lights and the radar detector? I could just splice into the aux lights' wiring easily and be done with it. Otherwise I might need to use the same fusebox you did!

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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #22 on: January 28, 2019, 07:01:25 pm »
should be able to get radar detectors wattage requirement from their add on the internet, if you have a ten amp fused circuit available on the bike, (volts x amps = watts) you have 120 watts of available power on that circuit.

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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2019, 05:12:06 pm »
Where exactly is the proper fuse box location to run power directly to the radar detector? I have the direct wire cable from escort, I just want to make sure that I have it located most conveniently to run the cable up the left handlebar so that I can Velcro my radar detector onto the reservoir :).

The power requirements for any modern radar detector is rated in Millivolts, i believe - and as such, it really takes a negligible amount of power to feed one.

Depending on where you mount it, you can tap power from any 12v source on the bike, switched or non-switched.
I might suggest the aux. 12v lead on the left side of the dashboard, that is unused from the factory.
The wired leads from Escort will have a fuse installed in-line already, so no need to worry about power surging to the unit itself.
I chose to power mine from my Fuzeblock that is mounted on the left side mid-fairing of my bike, simply because i wanted a cleaner install, and dedicated power source.  Well - that, and I was already using the previously mentioned 12v source for something else (can't even remember what?).

Very simple install.  I like your choice of velcroe to the clutch res.  :)

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Quick follow up for you: where does the cable run once it hits the bottom of the left handlebar? can you show some pics? I can locate the fuze block but just curious exactly how you ran the cable (Start to finish) and how you were able to provide enough slack so that full turns of the handlebar are possible without the cable over tightening

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Re: how are you mounting your radar detector and which are you using?
« Reply #24 on: February 05, 2019, 11:33:52 am »
Honestly, I don't think pics would help you.
It's pretty simply done --no wizardry to it at all!  :)

I think I have the (extra) wire and fuse to the Radar lead tucked up behind the dash on the left hand side, and simply ran it up the fork and through the cable bracket that's attached to the top fork clamp bolt.

I then just taped it neatly to the rest of the cables running up the fork, and to the radar.  It actually tucks neatly behind the clutch reservoir when it's not in use.

When you say "i can locate the fuze block" -- what exactly did you mean??
Did you decide to install an auxillary fuse block on the bike for accessories??

Also - responding to your previous question (which I think was answered):
Yes, that aux power circuit that you tapped for the Aux lights likely WILL be sufficient to ALSO power your radar.
There's always a concern about back-bleeding power spikes, but that really isn't an issue with low power LED's.
You should be absolutely fine, and the inline fuse should protect you from any nasty (rare) power spikes in the system from a short.

Don't overthink the install -- really, the biggest concern is making is look "neat" and tidy, and perhaps even making it easily serviceable in future. 

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