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Old 01-22-2015, 11:37 AM   #1
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TPX 2.0 radar detector, any owners here?

Since almost getting caught multiple times out in the middle of nowhere exceeding the ridiculous 55 mph we have here in many parts of the So Ca desert I've been looking into buying a radar detector and found the TPX 2.0 to be one of the few bike specific units on the market. I've read really good reviews and some not so good, anyone here own one ? At $300. its less than the cost of one ticket..I know I could just slow down but if you've ridden out here you realize how dumb the limit is and its all about revenue not safety. I'm not talking about going 100 in a 55 more like 70-75 tops which will cost a bundle if caught.
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:08 PM   #2
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Anytime I look into radar detectors it always seems to come back to the Valentine 1.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:27 PM   #3
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Anytime I look into radar detectors it always seems to come back to the Valentine 1.
+1 for the Valentine 1 - great radar detector. I only use mine on trips, rarely in town, but it is nice to have one you know works.
Then again, radar detectors only work if the radar is on. If you are in a rural area and they use instant on radar, it doesn't matter how good the detector is.
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:57 AM   #4
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+1 for the Valentine 1 - great radar detector. I only use mine on trips, rarely in town, but it is nice to have one you know works.
Then again, radar detectors only work if the radar is on. If you are in a rural area and they use instant on radar, it doesn't matter how good the detector is.
I was reading a blog about the Valentine 1 detectors and it showed a copy directly from the 'instant on' radar manufacturer manual that says it is not reliable and cannot be used in a court of law.

I wouldn't want to bet my license or jail time on it, but that's what it says. It may even be on the V-1 website if you dig around a bit.

My 2 cents...

edit: I want a V-1.
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Old 01-23-2015, 05:31 AM   #5
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+1 for the Valentine 1 - great radar detector. I only use mine on trips, rarely in town, but it is nice to have one you know works.
Then again, radar detectors only work if the radar is on. If you are in a rural area and they use instant on radar, it doesn't matter how good the detector is.
I certainly plan on getting one in the future. Just like to even the odds a bit, you know...
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Old 01-23-2015, 07:07 AM   #6
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I'm lazy... Any discounts on a Valentine 1 in vendors?
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Old 01-23-2015, 07:44 AM   #7
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I use the TPX all the time. If you know who to use the technology it works a treat. It's paid for itself many times over.
I have car models in the car-I prefer this for the bikes.
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Old 01-23-2015, 11:38 AM   #8
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I use the TPX all the time. If you know who to use the technology it works a treat. It's paid for itself many times over.
I have car models in the car-I prefer this for the bikes.
So why does the TPX score higher for the bikes as opposed to "car" models such as the already mentioned Valentine or Escort's Redline?
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Old 01-24-2015, 06:26 AM   #9
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Waterproof-no extra case needed, wireless "beeper" for the helmet works fine, easy to mount with a Ram mount, and works well enough as to sensitivity (for me). And, vibration proof.

I toyed with moving my car detectors over to the bike but I didn't want the hassle of extra cases and mounting. The TPX goes from bike to bike with a simple Ram mount (single ball) on each bike. Easy and quick. It's never failed to do what it's supposed to do.

With any detector it's a bit brash to go blindly down the road as "the rabbit" and I don't. One may, however, use faster moving traffic to one's advantage.

As I said, it works well enough for my uses.
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Old 02-01-2015, 08:50 PM   #10
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I have both. I use a V1 in my car and the TPX on the bike. Both work well but the range is much better on the Valentine, probably double. But as stated by others the TPX is designed to mount exposed on a bike and the LED module is bright enough to see in the sunlight. Well designed and thought out and was a snap to mount. It is also easily removed when you arrive in Virginia.
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Old 02-01-2015, 09:50 PM   #11
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Friend of mine has a Tpx and I have the Escort 8500 and my Escort has greater range .
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Old 02-01-2015, 10:15 PM   #12
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I was reading a blog about the Valentine 1 detectors and it showed a copy directly from the 'instant on' radar manufacturer manual that says it is not reliable and cannot be used in a court of law.

I wouldn't want to bet my license or jail time on it, but that's what it says. It may even be on the V-1 website if you dig around a bit.

My 2 cents...

edit: I want a V-1.
That's POP mode RADAR, not instant on.

http://www.valentine1.com/pop/whatispop.asp
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