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Valentine One on Brutale install

The Brutale has me concerned for my license - so hard to drive sedately, especially in my rural area. The local police are county police who run Ka band, usually on a rolling basis, and they often hide in the same rural roads waiting to pick off an unsuspecting biker. The state police run both laser and Ka Band, often on an instant-on basis.

I run radar detectors on my other bikes and it works well to warn me to slow down - I've avoided tickets a few times. Not a failsafe, but when it works, it works well. Not much space to rig up a system on the Brutale, but I went with a TechMount radar kit. As seen below, it does slightly cover the lower part of the tech, but not the speedometer, and the height of the kit mounts the radar at just the right level. The good news about the V1 is that it emits different tones and the Ka band tone is very distinct, so while the display would be nice to have higher, the audio warnings can help with determining the type of radar.








I am playing with wiring - right now I bought an SAE to cigarette connector and ran the wiring on the left side, zip tied to brake lines and threaded inside the frame. Not sure I like the bulky cigarette plug on the bars where power would plug in, however (that is the big round back thing). The Valentine draws its power through a phone cord plug connected to the power adaptor, so I may just run a six Ft, phone cable to the rear seat, and the mount the plugs to the SAE battery tender or direct to the battery.



For sound, I just added a SENA SM10 to my SENA headset - this allows me to hook up the radar sound to hear warnings via headset.

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I think it is a 3000 dollar fine over in Oz ,and then they take it .What happens over in your neck of the woods.

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with two state exceptions, radar detectors are legal in the US. What is not legal are radar jammers.

Many state patrol and local cities are switching to laser - which is challenging to detect in time to actually slow down prior to the laser gun locking your speed. In many states, laser jammers are still legal, mine included, but they are expensive (~$800) and require front and rear mounting to be effective.

I am very careful on city streets to ride the speed limit - too much traffic anyway. Out in the less traveled rural areas, the speed limits are unnecessarily low (e.g. 45mph) in many areas, and the local and country patrols are increasingly using low speed limits as a means of increasing revenue, rather than as a safety measure. One local patrol officer likes to set up in a very infrequently traveled road, at the end of a long straight, as he knows the road is popular with street bike riders.

Radar detectors are not failproof - but they help to remind you and even the odds. On a bike like the Brutale, I am needing that reminder much more than other bikes....

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easy for us, it is illegal to have a radardetector, police has radardetector-detectors

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Not much space to rig up a system on the Brutale, but I went with a TechMount radar kit. As seen below, it does slightly cover the lower part of the tech, but not the speedometer, and the height of the kit mounts the radar at just the right level. The good news about the V1 is that it emits different tones and the Ka band tone is very distinct, so while the display would be nice to have higher, the audio warnings can help with determining the type of radar.
Legal in NZ as well and the V1 is an awesome unit.

But forgive me if im wrong, but doesn't the unit need relatively clear 'vision' from the front of the radar? It looks like your dash and dash front cover completely blocks the front of the radar unit.

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You'd be surprised how well those units work "obscured"....

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I have a Valentine 1 in all my cars and borrow one from one vehicle for the Brutale. The oldest one I have is 14 years old. They have all paid for themselves after the 1st save. I had mine mounted on the windshield of my Ducati 900SP. The literature clearly states there should be no obstructions to the front and rear of the unit or you won't get a reliable alert. I have never used mine obscured with the exception of the one on the bike since my body blocks the rear "eye" I love the V1 because for a long time it was the only detector that showed you which direction you were being shot from. Situational awareness is paramount when I have a lapse in the speed limit. I just found out Escort has this directional tech now. Valentine use to say this was a patented feature no one else can duplicate.

You are probably getting alerts from stray radar and laser beams bouncing off other vehicles around you because the V1 is that good at sniffing them. Lucky! I know for a fact, laser can only be detected by the unit if "sees the thin laser beam reflecting off shinny objects in front of you. Laser detection is "blind" if obstructed. There is a laser trap on my way to work everyday and my V1 warns me at least a mile away as long as the vehicles in front of me are being shot. If I get shot, it's too late when it beeps! But good to know V1s still work obstructed.

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You can use one of these Heads Up displays: http://www.legalspeeding.com/HARD-Sy...m#.V1VxStQgs-U

They work very well.

Or, you can get the remote indicator panel and mount your V1 somewhere that the sensors are undeterred.

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