R7 vs V1

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It seems Valentiine has redefined the definition of "temporarily out of stock" to mean "indefinitely out of stock." Sorry to start a thread with such a negative tone but I'm frustrated :/

Enter the Uniden R7. I don't have the specs but it definitely appears beefier and most likely heavier than the V1. Maybe someone more knowledgeable than I can point me to a link with the dims and weight measurements of both the V1 and R7. I've already watched a ton of YT reviews (thx Vortex, et. al.) and the R7 seems to be the king of CM as of this moment in time.

I have a RAM mount/Hondo "perfect squeeze" for my iPhone and purchased another RAM with magnetic floor plate for my future RD. I planned on purchasing a V1 until their inventory went to zero. Since then I received my first speeding ticket e'va and now find myself running out of patience. The bike I ride is a BMW 1200GS, helmet is a Shoei Neotec 2 with Sena SRL b/t. I also own a Tundra that I rarely travel over the PSL but in Idaho that law is strictly enforced, regardless of your mode of transportation.

I've also looked at the Adaptiv RD/laser jammer and AL-P NetRadar/laser combos as a dedicated system. The Adaptiv laser jammer piqued my interest until I read some of the reviews of their RD, which are few and far between. The AL-P with front and rear RD is outside of my price range.

Now I've redirected my focus to a dual purpose stand alone RD than can be moved from my scooter to my truck. I would like the RD to have built-in b/t to pair with my Sena but I know there are work arounds. Since there are no apps for the R7 like the V1 I'll need to rely on my b/t comm for audible signals while riding the bike. Not so much an issue with the truck.

I feel I have exhausted all my options but would greatly appreciate any feedback from forum members.
 

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Have you considered a newer firmware used V1? You're much likelier to get a brand new dud from other manufacturers than a dud used V1.
 

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Most of the Adaptiv Laser Jammers reviews have been mine's and studios.

I really do not have any major complaints about the Adaptiv Laser system and all tests show it to be an effective jammer.

Sure it struggled on the last test against the XLR but an updated is planned and I do not feel unsafe with it.

Also I use an R7 with it, so the R7 will serve you well.
 

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I use R7 in truck and motorcycle on the RAM magnetic mount.
I'm very happy.
Several options to get sound to your helmet, but not Bluetooth.
There are threads in the motorcycle section on mounting and using R7 on a bike.
Venom690 has good CM setup on his C14.
 

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BTW, the R7 is lighter than a V1. Does someone have those specs he asked for by chance?
 

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Solid mount venom690. I'm taking a slightly different approach... Instead of using the handlebars, I'm mounting my RAM to the bracket than holds my Garmin GPS. It sits just above the instrument cluster and behind the windscreen, providing some protection against the elements and away from my arms and hands. I'll post up some pics in a week or two once all the parts arrive. Without naming everyone, I really appreciate all the help from the members here.
 

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I wouldn't trust an R7's longevity on any bike except something with a very cushy ride. I don't like its chances on a firm suspended bike and rough roads.
Plus it is much too big for the bar space on my bike. MT09.
 

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I wouldn't trust an R7's longevity on any bike except something with a very cushy ride. I don't like its chances on a firm suspended bike and rough roads.
Plus it is much too big for the bar space on my bike. MT09.
My mount is very secure, nothing is coming off this mount, the only way it comes off is by twisting it and it has n anti twist lock.

I would not trust the stock RAM mount held by friction only however with a 600 dollar electronic
 

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I have zero issues with this handlebar setup.
V twin vibration is not an issue.
Bumps and such there is no way this is coming off unless a serious crash.
Light weight R7 helps with holding it in place and reducing issues.
A heavy RD would create lots of extra leverage forces against the mount arms so light is better.
Handlebars are rubber mounted for arm comfort, so that reduces vibration into the electronics.
A frame mount connection on my bike would be like mounting onto an electric wall sander. BUZZ!
 

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I hear you guys and appreciate your comments. I'll only use the R7 when I'm either commuting to work (which was how I got cited a couple weeks ago) or traveling the smooth twisties toward the roads less traveled. Once I'm off the tarmac the R7 goes into my soft luggage.

The suspension on my 1200GS is fairly smooth but nothing like a Harley or Goldwing. I'm hoping by having the R7 tucked in behind the windscreen should keep it in one place without using the twist lock. If for some reason the magnets don't hold at least I'll have the RJ11 wire harness tethered to the unit lol
 

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Keep a medium Glad freezer bag and big elastic band stored in the bike.
If you run into a downpour or travel in wet weather you just slip the baggie over the RD and mount, loosely fix bag with elastic band under the mag mount plate.
My audio and power cord come up from below into the bag and detector.
I've got 3000 kms of wet driving done with this 5 cent weather fix.
 

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Thanks DC for that tip. I was wondering... has anyone ever been cited while it was raining? I am pretty sure lasers are effected by rain but whatt about radar? I usually drive at or below the PSL during slick road conditions. When its a bluebird day with dry road conditions... well, that's another story
 
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Thanks DC for that tip. I was wondering... has anyone ever been cited while it was raining? I am pretty sure lasers are effected by rain but whatt about radar? I usually drive at or below the PSL during slick road conditions. When its a bluebird day with dry road conditions... well, that's another story
When it starts raining, my V1 stuff (detector and remote display) go into the waterproof portion of my tank bag and I continue motoring along at/under the PSL. I'm not sure I've ever seen any law enforcement running radar out in the rain.
 

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During my rainy travels this summer I had to travel 2000 kms for work, in 2 days.
LEOs were light but the R3 saved me 4 times, in the last hour of my trip coming home.
Seen about 4 others out with radar in the rain, but didn't target me.
Rain will do nothing to reduce the LEOs radar abilities, just their motivation to get out there.
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The RD display quickly becomes useless under plastic. You must use audio to alert you.
 

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My mount is very secure, nothing is coming off this mount, the only way it comes off is by twisting it and it has n anti twist lock.

I would not trust the stock RAM mount held by friction only however with a 600 dollar electronic
I wasn't referring to the mount, I meant vibes from a bike and suspension shock.
Both much worse than a car.
When I first fitted a V1 to my bike I emailed MV about vibration damping, he guaranteed it wouldn't die from those causes even if solidly mounted..
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Thanks DC for that tip. I was wondering... has anyone ever been cited while it was raining? I am pretty sure lasers are effected by rain but whatt about radar? I usually drive at or below the PSL during slick road conditions. When its a bluebird day with dry road conditions... well, that's another story
Radar does work in the rain. I know from personal experience with old X band. Ka is even less affected.
 

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I wasn't referring to the mount, I meant vibes from a bike and suspension shock.
Both much worse than a car.
When I first fitted a V1 to my bike I emailed MV about vibration damping, he guaranteed it wouldn't die from those causes even if solidly mounted..
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Radar does work in the rain. I know from personal experience with old X band. Ka is even less affected.
i dont know how much your batter vibrate but it has never been an issue on my detectors on my concours 14
 

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i dont know how much your batter vibrate but it has never been an issue on my detectors on my concours 14
That's a big, heavy, cushy bike. Not what I normally ride these days, since the wife gave up touring I bought a small, light mental bike that's a bit harsh riding.
 

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I just received my R7 today... day'um this unit is light :) Can't wait to mount this to my GS. The learning curve has begun!
 

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