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I was wondering if any use radar detectors on their bikes?
also how much amps will one pull dont want to damage my stator none!
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From all I've heard, these days any radar detector will only tell you that you've already been clocked.
There may still be some smaller municipalities that have the old fashioned ones, but not many. Point and shoot technology isn't just in cameras anymore.

But for your question... No, I don't use one, but I believe many detectors draw about 1/4 of an amp (300mA).


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From all I've heard, these days any radar detector will only tell you that you've already been clocked.
You can get a Radar Jammer...def. not legal in every state...but if you get clocked, it will foul the reading i.e. no ticket.
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I was under the impression that "radar jammers" , the ones that actualy work..were in fact , illeagal in every state, (as the FCC is a Federal agency.)
see: http://www.radarjammer.com/

And ......that anyone is better off with a detector.
As many claims have been made about either of these devices, and many have been shown to fail...unless you own a real fast bike, you are better off using the money to pay a lawer to "fix" your ticket, if you happen to get caught speeding.

Around here cops use "laser" guns..and have learned what part of a car..or bike..to point it at to get a quick (and undisturbed) reading.


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around here a lot of the cops still use radar... but lasers are becoming more prevalant. You have plenty of warning with radar - but with laser you have what could be called "no warning". Because of the nature of laser, there's no way to detect it until the light beam has been intercepted by the detector - which means that either you or a nearby car has already been tagged.

Amp draw shouldn't be a concern if you don't have many other accessories - but I'd recommend against a radar detector. Why? Because it gives a false sense of security and virtually guarantees a ticket if you get pulled over (yes this is speaking from experience... back when lasers were new.) My old detector saved me from a lot of tickets (in a cage). But the false sense of security that it gave me allowed my younger dumber self do some really stupid crap (like 120 mile runs at 110 mph the whole way).

I also got MORE tickets during the radar detector days. Almost none for speeding, but for stupid crap that didn't require a radar gun - stuff that I probably would have gotten a warning for if I didn't have a radar detector (like "unlawful tire noise" for screeching the tires a bit in a parking lot... at 1 am... in a almost vacant lot... in a #$%^ parking lot).

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the cops have detecters now , that will detect radar detecters before you get to them , i think it is called VGR .
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Cops also have detectors that will alert them of the use of jammers. And that will end up in a more severe ticket.


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the cops have detecters now , that will detect radar detecters before you get to them , i think it is called VGR .
True. Radar detectors are illegal in Virginia (or they were, I think some court stated that the rule is unconstitutional, because you are receiving a signal that is transmitted. And if radar detectors are illegal, then so are TVs and radios.)

In any case, the problem with radar detectors is that they have oscillators in the same frequency range of as the radar. And they are very noisy. Very noisy == detectable. To give you an idea of how noisy they are, when I used to work at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, we had a satellite network. A radar detector would actuallycause enough interference to take down the satellite link in the branch.
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