Just a little intro from me before I go off to the motorcycle part of the forum and ask some questions. Way Way back in the day (early 90's) I had an escort passport from cincinnati microwave and that thing saved me so many times it paid for its self several times. That unit got stolen after many years of soild service and I never picked up another RD until now. I was looking at an 8 hour drive back home across WY and I was not about to do the standard 5 over the PSL on my way back home. I stopped at a truck stop with the full intentions of picking up a cheap cobra only to find they were out of stock. They had Escort 8500x50 and some other Bell unit and since I knew my old escort was awesome I decided to pick up the x50. Sure enough it saved me at least two tickets on my way home so I figure its already payed for its self day one. After reading the forums I am so happy that the cobra was not in stock and I got the x50. Not sure which hardware version I have but its manufacture date is 35/07. I had long forgot the pleasure of owning a good RD unit and I must say I am very happy to have another one again. Oh if only laser jammers were legal in CO I would be getting a system asap after learning they really can work. Anyway just wanted to say hello and thanks for the very useful and informative posts here.