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Old 11-13-2012, 06:25 AM   #1
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Question Adaptive Radar Detector 2.0

I have always used an Escort radar detector that is wired to my helmet. Tired of the wire, and the Escort is not waterproof.

I have been thinking about buying the "new & improved" Adaptive 2.0 unit and using a Sena unit to go Bluetooh.

Have any of you done this? Your input is appreciated.
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:03 PM   #2
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:57 PM   #3
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:44 PM   #4
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I'm agreeing with the overall review of that article. I have an Escort/Passport 7500 in my car and the Adaptiv fails to detect known speed traps that the Escort picks up. It just seems weaker overall but I'm still relatively happy and it has slowed me down in time on most occasions. You just have a much shorter time to react.
The great thing about it is the cable is quick disconnect once it's hard wired and the blinding led visual alert even works with the sun behind me. It's a bit bulky too.
If I was to do it again, I would go for the Escort 8500 and figure out some waterproofing. I'd have to figure out some kind of visual alert as well. I'm sure it exists for this unit.
Of course I'm only doing about 1 to 2 mph over posted speed limits
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:19 PM   #5
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Visual Alert for Escorts and Valentines.
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:22 PM   #6
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I heard good things about the valentine too
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:12 PM   #7
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Valentine is the only way to go. Just wish it was waterproof. Plastic bag and tape for the last 175,000 miles lots of wet days and nights. One ear bud in helmet works for day time. Night no need lots of red lights to catch your eye.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:15 AM   #8
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I've looked at the Adaptiv articles a number of times and really wanted to like it primarily for the waterproof feature however it doesn't appear to do the job as well as the Escort or Valentine.

My Escort 8500 is dusty but a good soldier so I guess I'll be sticking with put the zip lock baggy over it when it gets moist out.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:24 AM   #9
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Visual Alert for Escorts and Valentines.
I have this. it works great.
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:02 AM   #10
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I have the Adaptive 2 and have used it for many many miles. It is more water resistant than water proof. I am not sure where the water was getting in but resulted in 2 days of not functioning because of very heavy rain. Good news it did dry out and begin working again. I now bag it when in heavy rain for any length of time, this seams to work fine. The visual indicator is the only way to go on a bike in my opinion and this one works well. The sensitivity is borderline but has saved my butt many times. I do not use the audio at all.
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:07 AM   #11
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I tried the Adaptiv. Good idea but poor execution. It gave falses so often as to make it useless. Went back to the factory twice and was told it tests fine.

Im completely satisfied with my current arrangement: Escort 8500 and Vizalert wireless in-helmet heads-up display.

Ive used these for years. Bulletproof.

A sandwich baggie with one of the GFs pony tail rings to hold it on solves the rain issue; at least on my bikes (currently 1200 Multistrada and FJR). Tested to speeds of .. well, imprudent.
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:12 PM   #12
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Adaptive are waterproof (Probably resistant) but that is where the advantage stops. They do not perform well.

I researched the heck out of detectors and the game changer is having a GPS enabled detector so you can lock out false alerts. The issue with detectors is the dang things cry wolf all day and you end up no trusting them making them worthless. A GPS detector allows you to lock out false alerts. After a couple of weeks of driving your weekly routes and the units run nice and silent. I will never own a non-GPS unit. The only units offered are from Escort...Passport MAX, ESCORT 9500ix and Beltronics GX65. I have the Bel GX65 hard wired to a SENA unit and it is awesome!!

I can hear the Valentine crowd yelling already
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