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  1. #1
    BadAss Hooligan
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    time for a new radar detector...

    Have an Escort Solo that is about nine years old. Still works well, but a lot of falses in traffic from what I believe is those BS lane detection features in new cars.

    Ready to go with a wire up version for when I pick up the FTR in the spring.

    I'm looking at the Max 360 Escort. I'm pretty sure it can power up with a USB cord connection, does anyone know if that is a fact?

    I had a H.A.R.D. wireless system. They are now unavailable and as mine is as old as the detector it is starting to act up.

    My buddy has a very bright LED that I think I'm going to go to. I have seen the type with multiple LEDS and they blink at a speed that represents the strength of the signal. Anyone know where to obtain these? Are they compatible with the Max 360 detector?

    Was online going through reviews and my brain is fried. Figured this is a better source of info.

    Thanks,
    Blue

  2. #2
    The Busa Cop
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    have looked into TPX ? what I have , and built for bikes .



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  3. #3
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    Quote Originally Posted by c10 View Post
    have looked into TPX ? what I have , and built for bikes .
    I looked at it. No worries in rain. Not as sensitive as the Escorts, but frankly, bikes have such small radar profiles that probably doesn't matter.

    But...I am an Escort guy. They've treated me well, would like to stick with the brand, but that might change if another brand has features I like that the Escort doesn't, but there is nothing my ancient Solo doesn't have that I figure I need. Except for better resistance to false alarms.

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    CRACKERMAN
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    Quote Originally Posted by c10 View Post
    have looked into TPX ? what I have , and built for bikes .
    From what I read they're not really that great.
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    I'm a turbo-diesel driving, cigar smoking, Bambi killing, mean MOFO
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    My buddy has a very bright LED that I think I'm going to go to. I have seen the type with multiple LEDS and they blink at a speed that represents the strength of the signal. Anyone know where to obtain these? Are they compatible with the Max 360 detector?

    Was online going through reviews and my brain is fried. Figured this is a better source of info.

    Thanks,
    Blue
    Here's a site with a lot of good info on detectors and bikes: https://www.radarbusters.com/Motorcy...ors-s/2399.htm

    Here's a couple options for the leds:

    http://www.marcparnes.com/Visual_Alert.htm
    https://www.aerostich.com/radar-dete...ual-alert.html

    I went with a TPX as well. 4k miles so far and no tickets on my 14. End of April I've have feedback after traveling through 8 states and about 4k miles in 2 weeks.
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  6. #6
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve St.Laurent View Post
    Here's a site with a lot of good info on detectors and bikes: https://www.radarbusters.com/Motorcy...ors-s/2399.htm

    Here's a couple options for the leds:

    http://www.marcparnes.com/Visual_Alert.htm
    https://www.aerostich.com/radar-dete...ual-alert.html

    I went with a TPX as well. 4k miles so far and no tickets on my 14. End of April I've have feedback after traveling through 8 states and about 4k miles in 2 weeks.
    Thanks for the links, Steve.

    I think the TPX does suffer from slightly less range than the other premium detectors, but it probably is better than my battery-powered Solo, which has served me well on the bike and my 3-Series bimmer. The TPX's other features are significant, such as weatherproof operation and large buttons for operating with gloves.

    I have seen Marc's before and think I heading in that direction. Get one to start, and when the H.A.R.D. system finally gives up the ghost, I'll go with another and retrofit the 'busa as well.

    I pulled the trigger on the Escort Max 360. $533 delivered with a smart cord.

    I'm psyched. I buy good shit and take care of it, so expensive (relatively) equipment like this detector, I will have for a decade, if past Escort products are any indication. Point is, I don't get new toys/tools too often.

    Might as well have a nice new detector to go with the new FTR.

  7. #7
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    I have an Escort Max 360c in my vehicle. Make sure you update the firmware when you get it, as there have been a few upgrades. Compared to my old 9500IX, the thing is dead quiet with few, if any, falses from blind spot monitoring systems...and you'll love the arrows!

    I haven't wired mine on the bike yet, but MirrorTap has some excellent power cords and taps...https://www.mirrortap.com/.
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    Uniden R3 is hard to beat for the money.
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  9. #9
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian H. View Post
    I have an Escort Max 360c in my vehicle. Make sure you update the firmware when you get it, as there have been a few upgrades. Compared to my old 9500IX, the thing is dead quiet with few, if any, falses from blind spot monitoring systems...and you'll love the arrows!

    I haven't wired mine on the bike yet, but MirrorTap has some excellent power cords and taps...https://www.mirrortap.com/.
    How do I go about updating the firmware?

  10. #10
    Two wheeled FREAK
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    Would also suggest Waze app and bluetooth headset in helmet... Since my girlfriend is in DC, I make the trip down and back from NY every other weekend, and Waze has saved my ass multiple times. No worries about water since it can be in a case or tank bag etc. Waze plus a good detector...

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  11. #11
    The Busa Cop
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    Quote Originally Posted by isaac View Post
    From what I read they're not really that great.
    I will say you have read incorrect information . Mine is nearing 7 years old , and saved me thousands . The recent trip to california , and back it picked them all up way before its an issue . I still never understand why people snuff at the TPX , and want to use some HUGE BRICK car unit on their bike .
    The TPX is stream lined , and quick release for safe storage . Easy to read as the screen is angled for a motorcycle rider being above the unit .
    Customer service is also great . They replaced my worn quick release housing after 6 years of use for free including shipping .



    It no longer matters how fast I once was .

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  12. #12
    The Busa Cop
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...




    It no longer matters how fast I once was .

    Quote Originally Posted by KWICK View Post
    Motor is in.


    c10, I love Ewe

  13. #13
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    Quote Originally Posted by c10 View Post
    Very nice video, you are obviously a satisfied customer.

    Thing is, my Escort will be used in the car as well.

    I would guess that by absolute standards, the Escort is a better detector.

    The TPX seems to challenge it quite effectively on a bike...I think I can come close with the Escort depending on accessories and specific set-up.

    With that being said, I think the TPX is more economical to purchase and set-up for a bike.

  14. #14
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    OK, so you know I bought the Max 360 and I called Marc about the LED alert.

    I should have called him prior to buying the Escort. The modification that is required for Marc's LED alert on the Max 360 (don't want to misrepresent but this is not for all model detectors, just a few) requires him to wire directly to the innards and provide a pigtail plug-in for his alert.

    While I would trust the mod (Marc has been doing this awhile, any issues would have been revealed), I am not too keen about voiding the warranty on brand new $500 electronic equipment. Can't imagine Escort would honor the warranty with a hole in the case and wiring added to the circuitry.

    So for the time being, I will use in the bimmer and figure out what I want to do with the bike alert.

    Any further suggestions on alerts would be welcome. I was really sold on the LEDs.
    Last edited by Blue; 03-05-2019 at 09:29 PM.

  15. #15
    The Busa Cop
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    TPX has a car kit , but as they said it is bike designed so seeing the display in a car is not easy . I have the car kit too , and you cant see it , but I know the sounds / strength by all the years now . Used it in car for a 1000 mile road trip unexpectedly to pick up son from his Base for leave . Worked well in the car too . It does pick up lane signal radar on K band from vehicles equipped . when you see their mirror yellow light on it goes off , but stops when you passed them . Pick up range about 15 to 30 feet before , and goes off about 10 feet past them .



    It no longer matters how fast I once was .

    Quote Originally Posted by KWICK View Post
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  16. #16
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    How do I go about updating the firmware?
    You have to install Escort Detector Tools on a laptop or computer (https://www.escortradar.com/pages/do...etector-tools#). You then connect the detector using a USB data cable (not the charging type) and select "Update all". It will recognize the detector and load the newest firmware and the red light and speed camera database.

    I'm away from my laptop at the moment, so I can't remember exactly where the "Update All" page on Detector Tools is located. If you need help, let me know.
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  17. #17
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    Got the Escort today.

    Initial impressions...what a brick! The thing is huge!

    Also, it seems to have way more technology than than I need. I just want excellent range, the directional arrows are nice, and rejection of false alarms from the mobile sources.

    I mounted it up high on the windshield of my 3-series BMW, to the left of the rear view mirror. It seems to be less conspicuous than their suggestion of mounting it in the middle of the windshield, high enough to peek over the wipers. The visor obviously won't fold all the way to the windshield, but it goes vertical before it hits the detector, so if I want the visor to be raised a little, I can just swing it toward me. Where it is it peaks out just under the band of window tint at the top of the windshield.

    While I despise power cords, I'll live with it until I figure out where I want to have it mounted, and then run the direct power cord, or, if I like it next to the mirror, maybe use the mirrortap cords.

    The mounts the put the detector directly under the mirror look well made (pricey!) but the BMW has a mirror that is annoyingly low and in the driver's line of sight by itself, using this mount would create a huge blind spot, so that's out.

    Where I'm going to mount this huge piece of equipment on the FTR us a mystery. My Solo fits behind the windscreen on a simple aluminum mount that slips into a seam above my Hayabusa's instrument panel. The aluminum mount flexes a little, so vibration and road bumps are soaked up a little bit. Being a Solo, no cords to worry about. The wireless H.A.R.D. system provides the warnings. Problem with the H.A.R.D. unit is that it is either blinking an alarm, or it is off. You can't tell signal strength with that system.

    With that being said, it was still a convenient and effective set-up.

    First use for the new one will be tomorrow's commute to work. I get tons of mobile-source falses on my commute, so I should find out how effective this is right off the bat.

  18. #18
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    First day with the 360 Max.

    I was able to run the new piece simultaneously with the Solo on the daily commute today (twenty-five miles).

    Interesting. Need a week or two with it to learn its responses. Need to study the owner's manual and learn some more as well.

    It is cool to have another speedometer. Funny note, at around 40 mph, it is only about one mph slower than speedo indicated. Whenever I go through areas with warning sign radar, my speedo is about three mph faster than the indicated.

    Note that I have space in some of these areas to go directly at the sign until a speed is displayed. So these readings should be accurate if the sign radar is calibrated accurately. This also agrees with every road test I've read where the speedo reading is compared to the actual speed. So it is surprising that my speedo reading is so close to accurate. I figure the GPS speed is probably pretty accurate, so I guess the authorities make the signs read a little fast to get people to slow down.

    But I digress. Falses were less frequent with the new detector. The arrows are nice. The verbal alert to what kind of radar is being detected is pleasant and easier than discerning a different alert tone, like the Solo does.

    Being up high on the windshield is nice as well. I'm going to live with the lighter cord hook-up for a couple weeks and make sure I like it there, then I will run the direct wire or get the mirrortap set-up.

    First I have to figure out where the fuse box is on the bimmer
    Last edited by Blue; 03-01-2019 at 11:08 PM.

  19. #19
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    Be careful operating the two detectors together in the same vehicle. They will interfere with each other, causing a reduction in range, and perhaps a missed alert. If you find a target to test them on (speed sign, etc) plug in one at a time and do a range test.
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  20. #20
    President of the ZRXOA
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    Learning so much from this thread. Definitely want one myself someday but donít know where to start.

    Great to hear all you guys who have been using them for a long time share all this stuff.
    Arash (pronounced "our-ash")

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  21. #21
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian H. View Post
    Be careful operating the two detectors together in the same vehicle. They will interfere with each other, causing a reduction in range, and perhaps a missed alert. If you find a target to test them on (speed sign, etc) plug in one at a time and do a range test.
    They seemed to be operating normally, they are both relatively high end detectors, but thanks for the tip. I will do as you suggest.

    On the highway, the new one alerted 1.6 miles from trooper who had pulled someone over on the other side of the highway...the Solo began the alert a 1.0 mile.

    The Solo would go nuts at a local store (I think it was their auto-open doors), but the Max doesn't go off at all. On the road alerts from the Solo due to road-sensing mobile sources do not set off the Max.

    I'm getting over the size. Need to update firmware as suggested previously.

  22. #22
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    It's really just a precaution. The Escort Redline has it's receiver section shielded to prevent it from being detected by Radar Detector Detectors (RDD) is states where they are illegal and will work next to another, but the 360 emits some RFI like the Solo. It has to do with how a superheterodyne receiver section works by generating a mixing frequency that can be picked up by the other detector.

    I was a bit of an enthusiast a few years back. Bought an Escort 360c recently and love it. Problem is, LIDAR or laser is becoming more prevalent these days, and is not really detectable until you are hit, or if you're lucky, get splatter from a car in front.
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  23. #23
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Missouri

    Re: time for a new radar detector...

    still using my 12 year old Escort x50 - its saved me numerous times. here is a funny video -




 

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