outstanding performance, an RT rider needs a Radar Detector
that can be heard at highway speeds. There are only a couple
that offer audio output jacks that can be connected to an
ear-bud or intercom system:
seems to agree that the Valentine One is the very best Radar
detector that you can buy.
has a V1 and
loves it. “A little pricey but so was your RT. If you're
going to buy the BEST you might as well have the BEST radar
detector that money can buy, right? It wins all the shootouts
in Car and Driver and in Motorcycle Consumer News too. They
claim their latest model can detect radar at 10,000 ft.
That's almost 2 miles and I think that's an exaggeration
but 1 mi. line of sight is confirmed by me. Only 1 ticket
since purchased and I figure that's because I couldn't slow
down fast enough.”
<email@example.com> agrees: “Get the Valentine. It
is exceptional for both my RT and 528i. I use the RCU Shelf
but others have had success with it on Seng and other brackets.
has the Valentine 1 also “works great, little pricey. also
have an Escort solo, worked well but the audio went out,
sent it back under warranty and got the V1. RCU shelf is
great. The V1 seems more sensitive...good range, pick up
the cops way before I see them. A friend uses a BEL and
seems happy with it. Whichever, you must get an adapter
for an earplug. You cannot watch the road, traffic and gauge
curve and watch the Radar Detector. They will not protect
you against instant on nor laser if you are a lead vehicle.
V1 fan says “I have to agree with Dan, I've had the escort
and several others (in the car) but the Valentine tells
you which direction the radar is coming from. I've found
the Valentine to read a much greater distance in every comparison
test (car magazines). They're always coming out with new
units so it may be that Valentine doesn't have the longest
range any more but they've sure been a consistent in the
has a different take and likes the BEL: “Some people
will tell you that the very expensive Valentine is the only
way to go, but I just got a BEL 946 Express cordless detector
and I'm very happy with it. Saved my butt today, as a matter
of fact. It runs on two AA batteries or 12v adapter. It
handles all the latest police weaponry and has front and
rear coverage. Another reason I like it is that it has an
audio outlet jack that I can plug into my AirRider Comm
Center - if the detector signals, it overrides the radio/tape/cd
or intercom and sounds through my helmet headset. I gotta
get one of those RCU shelf things to mount it on, though...
You can find this detector many places on the web for under
$150 which includes several motorcycle-specific accessories.
E firstname.lastname@example.org likes the BEL too: “I agree and have four months experience
with this detector specify IM model for motorcycles--originally
sent it back because of too many false alarms in arizona
mountains, but realized there are almost no competitors.
it is back on my RCU shelf or other bike(r100gspd) and woks
in my jacket pocket with 90 deg. reflector. it can be heard
without earphone on RT (not GSPD) and with earphone you
cannot miss it. Works well on local roads in San Diego.
had the same problem with my V1 - when I honked the horn,
I would get a laser alert. I also got a laser alert at certain
rpm's combined with certain engine loads - it was not a
consistent thing, but I did determine that the engine was
causing the false alerts.
called V1 tech support and spent a lot of time with those
guys. What we determined is that the the V1 is too close
to sources of electrical disturbance, so the guy told me
to move it - yeah right, its on a bike.
the laser "antenna" on the V1 does not actually
sense a laser light beam, it senses electronic pulses that
are within a certain range of frequencies. It just so happens
that your RT's horn and your motronic ignition can put out
pulses that are within the range. Therefore the laser detector
goes ape-shit all the time.
found it intolerable, and asked if there was a way to disable
the laser sensor - there is. I think the laser is only good
to let you know that you have already been nailed anyway
- It will not pick up scatter or go off when laser is being
used on other vehicles ahead. If that thing goes off - its
too late. Pull over and get out your pocketbook.
if you want to change your V1 so that laser is inactive,
then here is how you do it:
and hold in the control knob until all the lights on the
front of the unit light up. (around 5 seconds)
press and release the control knob again. A series of
numbers will flash in the bogey display. Press again and
the bogey counter will change to 1. (The numbers are your
momentarily pressing (clicking) the control knob, until
the readout says 4. The up arrow should also be lit.
the knob down until the arrow changes to point downward.
(about 3 secs.) Release the knob.
the unit off.
you start it again, the routine will be a little different
- indicating to you that you have customized the settings.
You also will not hear the laser alarm on startup.
you want to re-enable the laser, its the same, just set
the arrow so it points up.
notes on setting it up: There is no backing up. Laser is
4 -if you go past 4, cycle all the way through the various
features (1-8,A-H)or turn it off and start over. Just take
more information, contact Valentine One Tech Support at