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Mudpuppy
08-11-2014, 03:20 PM
Mounted the radar detector and Helmet Assisted Radar Detector (H.A.R.D.) device on Saturday. SUPER easy to do just a little time consuming. Alligator clip on direct wire for the radar detector plugged right into the fuse block under the seat (one spot open how convenient - thank you Yamaha). H.A.R.D. was super easy as well. Just velcro to the handlebars, plug into the detector, plug in power, velcro to the helmet, position the LED light in the helmet, turn on power and BAM! done.

The radar detector and H.A.R.D. transmitter mounted to bike

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The bluetooth receiver mounted to helmet

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What the LED looks like when it goes off in the helmet

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Results

Took a test ride and it works quite well - mount is steady and detector picks up no problem through the tinted windscreen. The LED is super bright in the helmet. At first it kind of spooked me - looks almost like there is a cop pulling you over when it goes off - will take a little bit to get used to. All in all a good system. For the radar detector to be flat for best coverage you end up not being able to see the display - would be nice to see the display. I opted for the regular direct wire (link below) but you can spend 3x as much, get the official Escort direct wire kit and then it has lights - so you could skip the H.A.R.D. but hope you catch the light going off as you are riding - not as good as H.A.R.D. but less expensive. If they had a remote display would be a perfect world. Also have to retrain my brain - RED does not mean GO and mash the throttle. Brake check and maintain legal speed.Links:

Radar Detector - http://www.amazon.com/Escort-Passport-9500ix-Detector-Display/dp/B001F0RPGG/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407780528&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=escort+passport+9500ix+remote+display

Direct wire - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HSVIOKC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Mount - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HUXDJY4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

(http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HUXDJY4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1)H.A.R.D. - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G6SMG3E/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Here is the alternate Escort official direct wire "smartcord" - http://www.amazon.com/Escort-79-000041-02-Direct-SmartCord-Light/dp/B003PJ6QPQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1407784674&sr=1-1&keywords=escort+passport+9500ix+direct+wire

And bonus I easily move the detector from bike to car to bike to car, etc. So I get use out of it no matter what I drive or ride. This detector is ULTRA smart - auto learn to block false alarms using GPS settings. Updates weekly for speed cams and red light cams. POP capable. SWS capable. Firmware updates possible through USB. It's pretty fucking sweet in a nut shell.

Bagger Dave
08-11-2014, 03:30 PM
Sweet! nice set up Mud! :rockwoot:

Mudpuppy
08-11-2014, 03:49 PM
Thanks BD.

I forgot to mention 1 thing - the mount comes with anti slip rubber pads. Unfortunately the Escort 9500ix has a raised portion underneath causing it to tip on the mount. I didn't like it so I did some thinking. Duct tape was out of the question. So I found some rubber washers - actually the spicket washers that I bought where I needed 1 and had to buy 300 - and I stacked 3 of those. Worked perfect. But being I have a million washers and not wanting to permanently glue the washers until I tested them I just wrapped electrical tape around them to hold them in place when I remove the detector so I could test the set up. Worked good so now I just have to glue them - or leave the electrical tape there until it wears out or gets loose or something. GM will probably ban me from TWM but I didn't get any pics of the washers.

Bagger Dave
08-11-2014, 03:52 PM
Thanks BD.

I forgot to mention 1 thing - the mount comes with anti slip rubber pads. Unfortunately the Escort 9500ix has a raised portion underneath causing it to tip on the mount. I didn't like it so I did some thinking. Duct tape was out of the question. So I found some rubber washers - actually the spicket washers that I bought where I needed 1 and had to buy 300 - and I stacked 3 of those. Worked perfect. But being I have a million washers and not wanting to permanently glue the washers until I tested them I just wrapped electrical tape around them to hold them in place when I remove the detector so I could test the set up. Worked good so now I just have to glue them - or leave the electrical tape there until it wears out or gets loose or something. GM will probably ban me from TWM but I didn't get any pics of the washers.
:lol:

Gas Man
08-15-2014, 12:17 AM
That's cool mud. I had one on my rocket back in the day. Haven't had one on my bikes since... but then again at this point I'm riding a harley... we just do the best we can with speed.

Mudpuppy
08-18-2014, 11:59 AM
Field tested. Mudpuppy approved. Worked awesome at hocking hills.