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Old 06-08-2013, 07:12 AM   #19786
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Do any of you use radar detectors when riding? Are they any good, or just annoying? Any recommendations? Those I have seen for bikes are quite expensive and appear to have many points of failure.

I just picked up a touring bike, and the last time I did a lot of touring, I also did a lot of ticket paying.

I pick this up at the end of the month:

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Old 06-08-2013, 08:16 AM   #19787
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Do any of you use radar detectors when riding? Are they any good, or just annoying? Any recommendations? Those I have seen for bikes are quite expensive and appear to have many points of failure.
I was asking one of our moto cops the same thing and he said nobody is buying radar guns anymore. They use lasers.


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Old 06-08-2013, 02:27 PM   #19788
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Argh! $152 and a week to get here plus my bag and favorite fly fishing set up!!

NOT happy!!!!
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:17 PM   #19789
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Do any of you use radar detectors when riding? Are they any good, or just annoying? Any recommendations? Those I have seen for bikes are quite expensive and appear to have many points of failure.

I just picked up a touring bike, and the last time I did a lot of touring, I also did a lot of ticket paying.

I pick this up at the end of the month:


It is obvious that the doctor types in texas are over paid. Have you found a new warehouse for toy storage? However, you are doing your part to help the economy. We are proud of you.
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:17 PM   #19790
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Ok Bitches, been cooped up at home with the kids for 2 days as I sent my wife on a Park City getaway for her birthday. She gets home tomorrow at 11, and I wanna ride at 11:01!

Something not too far away:
Dirt:
Bountiful?
Ben Lomond?
Stansberry?
AF?

Or Street:
East canyon?
Mirror Lake HWY?


Anyone wanna bust out for the afternoon for some fun?
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:54 PM   #19791
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Ok Bitches, been cooped up at home with the kids for 2 days as I sent my wife on a Park City getaway for her birthday. She gets home tomorrow at 11, and I wanna ride at 11:01!

Something not too far away:
Dirt:
Bountiful?
Ben Lomond?
Stansberry?
AF?

Or Street:
East canyon?
Mirror Lake HWY?


Anyone wanna bust out for the afternoon for some fun?
I'm in for either trail or road. Only caveat is that I'm probably a 5 out of 10 offroad (the bike is awesome though) so if it will be a fast / technical ride above my level I'll bow out so as not to slow you guys down.
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:59 PM   #19792
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Do any of you use radar detectors when riding? Are they any good, or just annoying? Any recommendations? Those I have seen for bikes are quite expensive and appear to have many points of failure.

When I do have one on the bike, it is an Escort 8500. Works well. Still a lot of radar being used around the western U.S. I've only had one hit by laser in the past 4 years. Hundreds of hits by radar.

I use a Marc Parnes Visual Alert, but recently picked up a bluetooth thing so I can hear it in the helmet. Will have to see which I prefer.

Check the Escort Ebay store. About $165 for a refurbished one with
6-month warranty.

Enjoy the new bike!
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:15 AM   #19793
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It is obvious that the doctor types in texas are over paid. Have you found a new warehouse for toy storage? However, you are doing your part to help the economy. We are proud of you.
I wanted a bike on which I could do Texas miles...I now look at 12-hour drives the same way I looked at 4-hour drives when living in Utardia. Every time I think about a good ride, it requires a long day of trailering. I am anxious to just ride from my garage again.

I started out thinking I would get a 1300 ST or an FJR. I rode the ST 1300, the FJR 1300, a Gold Wing 1800 GL, a BMW RT 1200, BMW K 1300 GT, BMW K 1300 LT, and finally the BMW K1600 GTL.

The Honda ST 1300 was solid. It offerred excellent wind protection and a smooth ride at interstate speeds. It lagged a little when going from 65 mph to 90 mph. Although not the most agile bike, I felt confident in the turns. Absolutely no bells or whistles. The ABS bikes are hard to find used, and new ones are 18K if you can locate one. I would need to add another 2K in aftermarket parts (top case, throttle lock, heated grips, new seat), plus time, to make it compare to the BMWs. The engine is bulletproof.

The Gold Wing was not as comfy as I would have hoped, was much more agile than I could have imagined, but was utterly gutless considering it was an 1800...even without passenger and luggage. You need to make an appointment to pass a truck and trailer. Very expensive, and I think it's mandatory to ride with those silly half helmets with the microphone...and flags waving from the bike. The damn things still come with CD-changers .

The K1300 bikes were buzzy at 80 mph, poor wind protection, and pulled to the right whenever I twisted the throttle; although they were responsive when the throttle was twisted. Sadly disappointed because you can pick one up for pretty cheap...now I see why.

The RT was the most agile bike I rode. I can see why moto-cops ride these. You could turn a 180 in a tea cup. It offered amazing wind protection with the stock shield. It was also smooth as butter at 80-90 mph, and lots of standard accoutrements (heated everything, ride-by-wire cruise control, audio jack for ipod, adjustable everything, traction control, ESA) to make the long day more enjoyable. Power was as expected for the R-bikes...dial a wheelie if you please. Pleasantly surprised with this bike. Other than a top case, it had all the extras I wanted.

The FJR was just crap (IMO). I could not imagine riding to work on that bike, let alone a full day of interstate. There was wind buffeting, it was gutless, buzzy as a 2-stroke, and uncomfortable. Maybe it is brilliant in the turns??? What few turns I encountered, however, left me feeling less than confident on the FJR. Like the ST, it was also bare-bones in the accessory department.

My top choices would have been the Honda ST 1300 or the BMW RT 1200. However, the salesman insisted I ride the K1600 GTL, the argument was all over. Fucking brilliant bike!

Although not as agile as the RT or ST, it bitch-slapped them all in every other category that was important to me...except price. I finally found one used with low miles, with a bunch of extras added (including a $1300 Schuberth helmet already set up with Bluetooth and comm, new tires, luxury package, GPS). The price was higher than a new ST, but less than a new RT, and already has all the farkles.
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:56 AM   #19794
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Grrrrr...... Yeah, I'm going to put them on now...you know after the horse has left the barn!
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:59 AM   #19795
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I'm in for either trail or road. Only caveat is that I'm probably a 5 out of 10 offroad (the bike is awesome though) so if it will be a fast / technical ride above my level I'll bow out so as not to slow you guys down.
FYI We're meeting at 1:00 in the commuter lot at base of bcc for some trial exploring if anyone's up for it.
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:28 PM   #19796
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When I do have one on the bike, it is an Escort 8500. Works well. Still a lot of radar being used around the western U.S. I've only had one hit by laser in the past 4 years. Hundreds of hits by radar.

I use a Marc Parnes Visual Alert, but recently picked up a bluetooth thing so I can hear it in the helmet. Will have to see which I prefer.

Check the Escort Ebay store. About $165 for a refurbished one with
6-month warranty.

Enjoy the new bike!

Parts list please. Does the bluetooth thing work? Whats it called and whered ya git it? I want to hook one up to my scala4
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:07 PM   #19797
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Parts list please. Does the bluetooth thing work? Whats it called and whered ya git it? I want to hook one up to my scala4
I just plug one of these:
http://www.accessorypower.com/gogroo...er-p-2319.html

into the audio output on the radar detector and then pair it up with the Sena unit on the helmet.

I found the bluetooth transmitter on Amazon. Biggest downside is that it is one more battery to keep charged, although that can certainly be done on the bike. Mine will last about 8 hours, which is usually good for me. I can still carry the Visual Alert, just in case...
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:37 PM   #19798
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I wanted a bike on which I could do Texas miles...I now look at 12-hour drives the same way I looked at 4-hour drives when living in Utardia. Every time I think about a good ride, it requires a long day of trailering. I am anxious to just ride from my garage again.

I started out thinking I would get a 1300 ST or an FJR. I rode the ST 1300, the FJR 1300, a Gold Wing 1800 GL, a BMW RT 1200, BMW K 1300 GT, BMW K 1300 LT, and finally the BMW K1600 GTL.

The Honda ST 1300 was solid. It offerred excellent wind protection and a smooth ride at interstate speeds. It lagged a little when going from 65 mph to 90 mph. Although not the most agile bike, I felt confident in the turns. Absolutely no bells or whistles. The ABS bikes are hard to find used, and new ones are 18K if you can locate one. I would need to add another 2K in aftermarket parts (top case, throttle lock, heated grips, new seat), plus time, to make it compare to the BMWs. The engine is bulletproof.

The Gold Wing was not as comfy as I would have hoped, was much more agile than I could have imagined, but was utterly gutless considering it was an 1800...even without passenger and luggage. You need to make an appointment to pass a truck and trailer. Very expensive, and I think it's mandatory to ride with those silly half helmets with the microphone...and flags waving from the bike. The damn things still come with CD-changers .

The K1300 bikes were buzzy at 80 mph, poor wind protection, and pulled to the right whenever I twisted the throttle; although they were responsive when the throttle was twisted. Sadly disappointed because you can pick one up for pretty cheap...now I see why.

The RT was the most agile bike I rode. I can see why moto-cops ride these. You could turn a 180 in a tea cup. It offered amazing wind protection with the stock shield. It was also smooth as butter at 80-90 mph, and lots of standard accoutrements (heated everything, ride-by-wire cruise control, audio jack for ipod, adjustable everything, traction control, ESA) to make the long day more enjoyable. Power was as expected for the R-bikes...dial a wheelie if you please. Pleasantly surprised with this bike. Other than a top case, it had all the extras I wanted.

The FJR was just crap (IMO). I could not imagine riding to work on that bike, let alone a full day of interstate. There was wind buffeting, it was gutless, buzzy as a 2-stroke, and uncomfortable. Maybe it is brilliant in the turns??? What few turns I encountered, however, left me feeling less than confident on the FJR. Like the ST, it was also bare-bones in the accessory department.

My top choices would have been the Honda ST 1300 or the BMW RT 1200. However, the salesman insisted I ride the K1600 GTL, the argument was all over. Fucking brilliant bike!

Although not as agile as the RT or ST, it bitch-slapped them all in every other category that was important to me...except price. I finally found one used with low miles, with a bunch of extras added (including a $1300 Schuberth helmet already set up with Bluetooth and comm, new tires, luxury package, GPS). The price was higher than a new ST, but less than a new RT, and already has all the farkles.
Interesting review. As you may remember, I own an 03 ST with 73k miles now. Yes, things have changed in 10 years. The K1600 set a new hi water mark in many areas. Good that you were able to find a clean used specimen. I have to say I am surprised about the positive review of the ST relative to the competition. They definitely have a following & I can not complain about mine. I keep thinking I need to replace it but I can't figure out what with.

Go eat some miles!
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:39 PM   #19799
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Thinking of riding AF dirt to Midway, riding dirt to Strawberry and down Hobble Creek to Springville. Big bike friendly ride, I'm riding the 800 GS. Does anyone know if AF is open to Midway? And what about Hobble Creek from Strawberry?

Thanks for the info. If this ride comes together, we'll meet at BMW around 9:30 Sunday morning, continguent on how late Saturday night lasts
Great ride today! roachie does James lurk around this site? Not bad, 200 miles and most of it dirt!!!

Roads and trails are in great shape!

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When I do have one on the bike, it is an Escort 8500. Works well. Still a lot of radar being used around the western U.S. I've only had one hit by laser in the past 4 years. Hundreds of hits by radar.

I use a Marc Parnes Visual Alert, but recently picked up a bluetooth thing so I can hear it in the helmet. Will have to see which I prefer.

Check the Escort Ebay store. About $165 for a refurbished one with
6-month warranty.

Enjoy the new bike!
I decided to go with the Adaptiv TPX rather than back-engineer an automobile detector. There are lots of add-ons including a laser jammer if I find I am still getting snagged. Transferring it to an automobile is easy as well.
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