So here’s my Adaptiv TPX story. Provided a good warning at least 4 times in my last 1200 mile ride. After that ride, I’ve begun to realize that all a radar detector has to do (I’ve never even owned one before) is save you from one ticket, just one, and it pays for itself right there.
Bonehead Move #1: We were on Hwy 36 and just runnin’ through the curves, good times, takin’ it easy really. Hwy 36 near Red Bluff has these sequences of curves and pop-up hills (you can get airborn- seriously), then straights. We came into the straight and I had the bonehead idea to blast on over to the next sequence- which I could see good mile ahead. Dead straight. Busa country. Just as I tuck in to roll on the throttle, put my chin down on the tankbag and the LED Alert goes off. Rolled off and then there he was, CHP with a car pulled over on the very far side of the straight! Whew! Should have known better, that was a classic speed trap plus I was getting close to the end of 140 miles of twisties. Duh.
Next day: We were on Hwy 89 headed towards Truckee & Lake Tahoe. This is classic CHP huntin’ grounds. Tim was leading and I radioed ahead to him to be on the lookout for CHP. As we rolled into Sierraville (tiny town), sure enough, detector goes off not minutes after I told Tim to cool it. We made the right 90 degree turn as Hwy 89 rolls through that town & there he was seemingly waiting for cars to roll into this small town from opposite direction. Another classic scenario. Part that I was surprised by is detector picks him up around the 90 degree corner.
On to #3: Headed home after 1200 miles of riding for a quick 50 mile jaunt on I-80 to switch roads. CHP love I-80 as it has some steep descents dropping out the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I was expecting speedtraps and they were all in very predictable places. I drop in behind the grocery-go-getter in the middle lane. And the dude in the jacked up pickup speeds into the slow lane and blasts past everybody. Sure enough, the Adaptiv radar goes off. There are 3 CHP waiting at the bottom of the hill! One on the left, two on the right. 3 cops! That was open season.
So here’s your bonus #4: Right at the very bottom of another of the steep decent. Detector goes off right before I crest the hill and start down. Thanks TPX! Ah, but right as my little wolfpack of cars gets to the bottom, he pulls out and follows. Everyone pulls over to the right and prays. He plods on by TPX is having a field day going off. Must be rear-facing radar gun left on. So I decided to have a little fun with that and once he gets just to the edge of my line-of-sight, I pull out and follow him leaving the wolfpack behind. No one else seems to want to pursue the CHP. The TPX goes full strength when he’s line of sight a good distance off. I match his speed and continue following, the TPX radar, continues going off. Even when the road had a slight bend to it and I couldn’t see him, still got a weak 1 or 2 bar alert. Maybe he’s about a 1/2 mile in front of me, far enough to not be too conspicuous, but I can clearly see the Explorer. Road straightens out, back to line of sight, and detector goes full strength. Over small rises, back to 1-2 bars. I followed him for at least 5 miles matching his speed and detector was going off the entire 5+ mile stretch beepin’ and flashin’. Interesting experiment in how the radar detector works.