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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-21-2004, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Valentine One vs. Escort 8500....

Any of you gentlement running a radar detector in your car/truck/whatever?

I'm thinkin' about getting one, preferrably that I can switch from my bike, to my car, to my truck....but I want something good, that has a good reputation. I've got a 80 mile round trip to work and back, 95% highway, and although I've had pretty good luck, its gonna be tough this spring to keep it under 60 MPH when I get my bike out.

Any thoughts or recommendations on brands? Ideas?
Reputable Ebay sellers of such items?

I've been examining each of these:

Escort Radar
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Valentine One

They seem to be in the lead for quality from what I've been reading.

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Re: Valentine One vs. Escort 8500....

I run the Escort and it's saved me many a time. It can pick up signals around a corner over hill sometimes. Although it will alert occasionally to some store doors, etc. It's nothing like the cheap Uniden or Cobras I used to buy. I did the same research your probably doing, checking out USENET and the like and concluded the Escort was my best choice. The directional arrows of the Valentine seem like a gimmick to me. It's also nice that you can change the standby display on the 8500 to different things, I use the car voltage display thats saved my butt too. Either way they are both high rated, I don't regret a dime I paid for the 8500.
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Re: Valentine One vs. Escort 8500....

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The directional arrows of the Valentine seem like a gimmick to me.

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Thats exactly what I was thinking. I've been reading a little, and theres an ad for each of them in my latest Car &amp; Driver mag, and I'm kinda leaning towards the Escort.
The Valentine-One comes highly regarded on one of the bike forums I frequent, but so does the Escort 8500. I guess I'll just have to make a decision and buy one or the other.

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Re: Valentine One vs. Escort 8500....

I have run with a Valentine One for seven years now. It has saved me numerous times and the directional arrows are great. They do get confused from time to time in the city, but out in the open they are very nice. It is nice to know where the signal is coming from.

I have only have one speeding ticket on my record and I never go the speed limit. The only reason that I got the ticket was because the cop was using that instant on radar. The instant on stuff is becoming very popular with the cops these days. No matter what kind of detector you have, the instant on is going to get you unless the radar hits the car ahead/behind you.

I recently purchased a different kind of detector a few months ago. It is made by Rockey Mountain Radar or something very similar to that. It is a detector and a scrambler. I know that is does detect the radar and since I haven't been pulled over for speeding, I assume that the scrambler works.

I always liked my Valentine (fiance has it now). I really miss knowing where the signal is coming from.
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Re: Valentine One vs. Escort 8500....

If I remember correctly, it is VERY illegal to use a radar detector in Canada, not to mention that so is speeding, but I know we all do that, my point is that they have radar detector detectors (No F*cking joke, I have been given a citation by a cop for using a radar detector in my truck when I drove over the road, he got me because of his detector detecting my radar detector, was up in Cananda when I got poped) I have learned in my 1 million miles+ of driving that it is just better to go with the flow of traffic than to be the idiot who thinks he can outsmart, outmanuver, or out detect the cops and fly along thinking that where you need to go is more important than everyone else on the road. Just my opinion. but if your gonna go for it, I personaly have always been partial to Whistler detectors. In case you are wondering, the same companies that pawn radar detectors are also the same companies selling radar detector detectors. Hmmmmm, go figure [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] Oh and as far as laser goes, if the detector goes off, it's to late.
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I think that the laws regarding radar detectors in Canada vary from province to province. I believe that I have asked that when crossing the border. Like it is ok is BC but not in Alberta or vice versa.
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If I remember correctly, it is VERY illegal to use a radar detector in Canada, not to mention that so is speeding,

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Yes it is illegal, and yes, so is speeding....and as you say, we all do it....well, most of us. From what I've been reading on these, and I don't know much, is that they detect radar and laser, AND scramble the detector detectors....he he he, that sounds funny. And, I haven't looked into how much the fine is for using a radar detector, but the rumor is that they will confiscate them, and/or make you drive over them, although I haven't heard any firsthand accounts.
The limits here on the two lane highways are 100km (60mph), and 110km (65mph) on the divided highways, and the rule of thumb is that the RCMP will let you have 10% over before they'll bother to pull you over.
I'm not worried so much about my car, and my truck is too slow anyway, its the bike I'm worried about. I'm worried that if I want to clip along a little faster, maybe 70 mph, or 75 mph, that because its a sportbike they will not be so kind with their 10%, and my eyes aren't as good as they used to be for spotting cops [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img].
Speeding tickets here can be very spendy as well, a friend of mine just go caught doing 90 mph in a 60 zone, and he was fined $400, lost 4 points on his licence, and may have his insurance cancelled.
I dunno, I'm just thinking out loud thats all, no worries. thanks for the advice.

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Re: Valentine One vs. Escort 8500....

I used mine when I went to Whistler last year. It's ok in B.C. not sure about the other provinces
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