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    Default My 8500 works!

    After owning a week, I have confirmed finally that my new Passport Escort 8500 X 50 works like a champ.

    Had it in the truck for a week now, but haven't really seen a true, full on alert caused by police traffic radar. Just a few chips here and there, combined with a single reading from a very short ranged (low power?) K band radar trailer that made me question if the thing was really working (the traiuler AND the detector).

    Well, after driving around 500 miles throughout the greater Seattle area this week, I can say the 8500 works like a champ. Three separate occasions I got to see the thing work with a real, full on alert. One when a County Sheriff's car was approaching from the rear; a second on I-5 where I came accross a WSP speed emphasis and three cars working radar; and finally a third where it looked like a Municipal PD vehicle had it's radar let on and active while the Officer was investigating an accident scene. All were either K, or Ka bands.

    In "Highway" I got allmost a full mile warning 4/7 on I-5 in heavby traffic and BAD weather (the signal increased quickley to a full alert within a quarter mile). In the city on "City" I got a strong 4/7 signal within block and a half (full alert within one block). I have it set up with "POP ON" and "City LoX".

    I was pleased to see and experience the difference and behavior of the false reports vs. the real deal. Not that I get a ton. But some here and there. On false "Laser" alert this weekend when I had an ambulance running code and approaching head on. I'm guessing the IR opticon (used to change traffic signals), must have set it off.

    Slowly coming to believe there are no X band traffic radars around here... just door openers. Not convinced enough to turn X all the way off.

    Slowly building up trust in the thing. Not that I'm looking to do the tonin my old Toyota truck, but it's nice to have a heads up in case I get caught daydreaming. Once I'm familiar enough with it, I'll start tesing it out on the bike in dry weather.

    Mike H

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    Another week of use, and some time on the bike, too.

    I still like the 8500 X50.

    Finally mounted securly on the bike I got to give it a test ride there, too.

    At the angle I have it mounted, I cannot read the display, but the speaker is pointed right up under my chin. This obviously has it's advantages and disadvantages. Hearing the alert is paramount, and if I can figure a way to weather proof the thing, I might consider the H.A.R.D. set-up, so I'm not so dependant on the tones.

    On the "Loud" setting, with the volume turned all the way up, I can actually hear the alerts over both the engine, pipe and wind noise up to some pretty fast speeds while wearing a full face helmet (into the 90's at least).

    It's quite at break-neck speeds, but the tones are so distinctive, that they sound nothing like anything else around and are unmistakable. Strangely, I could actually hear them even better with earplugs in... as it seemed to cancel out only the wind noise.

    Anything slower than 65 MPH, and the thing is very noticable, and can be heard clearly.

    40 MPH and under the thing screams, and is allmost too loud.

    Looks like it'll work out just fine.

    Mike H

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    Yep, I still really like my X50. In the convertible I have to crank it way up, nothing like a bike as far as noise, but still plenty of wind noise. When I first got it I almost missed an alert because I had the top down and wasn't use to the volume level. It's all good now.

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    In my convertible (Honda S2000) i have it set to LOUD on the X50, and have no trouble hearing it with top down and crazy speeds

 

 

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