Radar detectors for cars and trucks have been around since the late 1970s. The Fuzzbuster and Escort hold an essential place in the history of speeding ticket avoidance. That's all very nice, but you may be wondering if there is such a thing as a motorcycle radar detector. Several radar detectors are specially designed to alert bikers to the presence of nearby traffic enforcers.
A brilliant radar detector for motorcyclists
The Moto-Raptor Cordless Motorcycle Laser Detector by Rocky Mountain Radar is the only radar detector that comes with a wireless, helmet-mounted alert system. A visible blue LED peripheral light alarm is also included with this remarkably effective radar detection device designed for motorcycle riders. Bikers who need to be notified whenever police radar is nearby appreciated the helmet mounted off-on switch, LED light alarm, rechargeable internal battery and a sensing circuit that shuts down the unit when the bike engine is not running. All parts of the Moto-Raptor are weatherproof, making this an ideal motorcycle radar bikers who drive in various weather conditions.
A few things to know about police radar
Most highway patrol cars in the 21st century are outfitted with radar that is accurate to plus or minus 1 mile per hour (± 1 MPH). The most common types of police speed analyzers are radar and lidar. Some folks mistakenly refer to lidar as 'laser radar,' but lidar doesn't use a laser beam. Radar speed detectors use microwave beams. Lidar sensors use pulses of infrared light to analyze and report the speed of a nearby vehicle or motorcycle.
How radar works
A Doppler radar has a radio antenna that emits a cone-shaped light beam within the radio frequency range. When the light bounces back to the antenna, the radar device tells a traffic cop how fast a particular car or motorcycle is traveling. As velocity changes, so do the frequency of the antenna signal. Police radar beams measure position, reflectivity, and vehicular speed.
Are motorcycle radar detectors legal where you live?
Unless you drive in Virginia or Washington DC, yes, you can have a radar detector on your motorcycle. In New York and Illinois, drivers of big trucks cannot use radar detectors. Federal law also bans any speed detector in commercial vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 pounds. Drivers of non-commercial vehicles and motorcycles are allowed to mount and use radar detectors in 49 states.
When shopping for a motorcycle radar detector, be sure to ask about detection range. Remember, a radar detection unit is only as good as its range. If every other feature is comparable, opt for motorcycle radar detection unit that has the farthest range.
When you're ready to know more about motorcycle radar detectors, or if you need specs and other information, give us a call at (915) 587-0307. We are Rocky Mountain Radar, and we're all about helping motorcyclists avoid unnecessary traffic tickets.Motorcycle Radar Detector
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