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So I’ve been working on this for a while, wanted to do a good radar detector install, not an easy task on a Ninja! After a lot of trial-n-error I came to the conclusion that it needed to be mounted on top of the tank, so I found the ideal tank bag, small, magnetic grip only, no straps. Here’s a pic, the detector is in the top/front pouch:



The detector is an Escort Passport 9500ix. I’ve had the 8500 for about 9yrs I think and loved it’s features and this 9500 is way better. I did a lot of research into other more bike-friendly detectors like the TPX detector which would have been easier to install and use, but it doesn’t come close to the Escort in performance and features so I stuck with Escort.



Here’s a view from the front of the detector, pointed through the windshield with clear line-of sight. I did some research and windshields do not obstruct the detector’s performance.



So here’s the bag which simply lifts straight off the tank, no straps at all to undo. And in case you are wondering the zx10 can’t go fast enough to rip this magnet hold off :wink: As you can see from these wires there is 1 quick-connect for the power , this allows me to disconnect the wires and bag from the bike easily if needed.



This is the quick-release connection. The short cable on the right is hard-wired directly into the ignition so the detector powers up/down with the ignition key. The quick-connect wire on the left side which I’m holding in my hand feeds up to the tank bag and detector. These wires are directly under the black plastic fairing cover under the clutch lever.



This is part of the power cable we were looking at, it’s the Escort’s “smart cord.” I have it mounted on top of the tach, secured with velcro. Green light stays on when the unit is powered on, red light when there is an alert, and the mute/hush button you can push when you want to stop the sound from an alert.




On the lower left side of my helmet just behind my zx-10r sticker is my Sena bluetooth headset, speakers & mic inside the helmet.



This is a Sena 2-way radio adapter, it allows you to plug in devices like my radar detector and transmit that audio to the blutooth headset. It has a rechargeable battery (just like the headset) that lasts for a week or something like that. The audio cable going into the adapter’s aux input, the other end plugs into the Escort’s headphone out jack. This adapter is inside the tank bag



As you can see from the top of the tank bag here I have a pouch for my iPhone, it also is connected to the blutooth headset. It can play music from the phone into the headset, but it’s best feature is being able to answer incoming phone calls while riding without having to remove either hand from the handlebars, just speak “answer” and it does. After the other person hangs up the connection terminates, all hands free. I’ve used that a lot. I’m not a big fan of playing the music while riding, especially while riding hard, or answering the phone at that point either..



So there’s my setup, works great. I have the X & K bands programmed out because they are not used here in San Diego. I have the Escort’s audio level set to about 40% and then I can fine tune the volume level at the headset. This Escort actually talks to you; “KA band alert,” etc.. and is connected to GPS so it verbally tells you your speed when an alert goes off. And it will tell you when you are approaching a red-light camera which it tracks via the GPS. So anyway the bag & power cable connection remove fairly quickly, but for trip into a restaurant or bar I will simply unplug and remove the detector & phone, leaving the bag on the bike.

I did ride through my first radar trap recently (since installing this detector on the Ninja) and it worked amazing well. I had the volume set just right, no need for adjustment, the Passport 9500ix started by giving me an audible/verbal warning; “KA band ahead” and then went to the pulse-tone alert, then built to the raspy solid tone. I was trying to figure out where the hell the radar trap was, finally came up to him 2 miles down the highway, CHP sitting on the onramp. I was looking at him and he was looking hard at me. Man we have to be driving the highest-profile vehicles there is on the road when it comes to cops looking to hand out tickets. In any case this setup is working extremely well for me if anyone else is looking to do a similar install. Let me know if you have any questions.
 

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Looks similar to my setup w/tank bag. The only issue I have is that helmet drag becomes annoying as hell at 160+ w/o being able to fully tuck, but I doubt I'll have that problem when I get to the states.
 

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Awesome and thanks for sharing. I had the passport 8500 and loved it.

My friend mounted his on the triple tree with the small extender stand. He also had some type of loud speaker as well that got way too loud for alerts.

When I ended up selling my $500 passport I was shocked to see the resale is so terrible. When I buy one I'm definitely getting a clean used one. Sold for $90 I believe.
 

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Yes that would be the 1 drawback, not being able to tuck your helmet in at the tank. Haven’t come across that issue yet because I only have 670m on my bike, haven’t opened her up yet, but I can see where that will probably be an issue. However, with the amount of cars on the road out here there are very few places to climb up over 150mph, but when I have that opportunity I’ll probably take the tank bag off. Will sort that out when I get there..

And daddy – yeah the resale value of the 8500 is somewhere around $100 so I chose not to sell mine, I have both units for the bike & car
 

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you shouldnt have to worry about it on your side of the pond, but crusing ~130+ with a tank bag makes your neck sore.. You have to force your head forward constantly, but it's easier to just slow down. 160+ is simply no fun at all :(

bluetoothe earbuds are awesome too ;)
 

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SD, that's a pretty slick install. I've considered a radar detector for years but just never pulled the trigger. Thanks for the write up with good photos.
 

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Thanks, glad you guys like the install.

daddy - I tried the earbuds directly out of the detector’s headphone out, but I had major problems with the earbuds slipping out of my ear under the helmet. I tried a few; skullcandy + my $100 Bose earbuds. The blutooth just works so much better for me, + I can fine tune the volume control at the helmet as well.
 

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No it doesn’t, the tank bag doesn’t interfere with me attacking the twisties at all, I’ve already done quite a bit of canyon/mountain riding out here in rural San Diego
 

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I had the remote indication in a very similar spot. I moved mine to the top of the windshield using velcro. You will not see it in time where you have it, but you do have the advantage of audible.

Also check out the techmounts. I have pictures of my installation on here.

Nice install!


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Been thinking about mounting my Valentine 1, just not sure how effective it would be on my bike, especially here in Ohio, in the Columbus area. Seems they almost always use lidar here in the city and surrounding areas, although out in the country I see more Radar, but almost no real enforcement, just Instant On if your coming at them and they think your moving to fast.
 

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We have A LOT of radar out here in San Diego, mainly hwy patrol, but both hwy patrol & sheriffs set up traps specifically to catch sportbikes out in the rural hills in our favorite areas. Probably won’t do me much good if I come around a corner and they hit me with the trigger gun, or is it called pop?.. but when there is radar going on/off up ahead it’s nice to have the alerts.
 

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Get the radar. You'll know why you need it once you have it all the time.

Julien. That pie place still there?
 

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Yeah Julian is famous for their home-made pie. very old fashioned mining town.
 

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Anybody got a picture of those ignition wires the OP is using?

I'm guessing the big brown wire and the black/yellow wire as return/ground??
don't buy what sting bought. Get the tpx with wireless helmet insert. Put the receive right where your eye is located; put the wireless on/off back-bottom of helmet. Use the techmount for our forks. I think 43 mm, but check that:

TECHMOUNT - Products

pops on the battery run the wire in the side plastic to the front.
 

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This is just a thought.
I'm not big on the electronics so I wouldn't know how to do this but would it be possible to rig up a radar detector with LED's that run throughout the bike..
For an example: whenever your radar detects a cop, your bike glows with LED's
I'm sure a lot of you would hate that but it's definitely something I could see myself spending money on lol
I've never been big on LED's but having them for that situation only would be badass to me.
 
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