How about an independent test by some guy who does not sell or endorse the products....
Escort 7500s w/ H.A.R.D vs. Whistler Cruisader on 2005 CBR1000RR
A very nice package that’s well designed and thought out. The hardware package alone impressed me ...but that’s where it ends boys and girls.
Last night I finished the Cruisader install – wow that takes some time to do it right!! – about 3 hours total with most of the time spent deciding on wire routing and display mounting etc. The unit is not hard to install sort of on par with a bike alarm. My setup is simple with the antenna clear and unobstructed (mounted just under the nose) horizontally, just like the setup from http://www.radarbusters.com/support/...stealth-r6.asp
The HUD was mounted in the helmet – no problems …like I said this is a nice a product with quality instructions and hardware. The HUD from the whistler is cased better then the H.A.R.D setup but has a shorter cord and the on/off switch is mounted in such a way to make it more difficult to turn on and off – no big thing.
With my Escort 7500s mounted as normal above my speedo and the 2 HUDs mounted in the helmet I started my 14mile journey to work. Wow it was 42 degrees this morning –That’s really freaking cold for people who ride full leathers in +115 degree heat 6 months of the year – anyway down the street I go, make my first left on Gilbert road. Gilbert road is speed checked in several areas with speed display signs warning people to slow down. At the exact second I make the turn my Escort 7500s goes of with a K alert within seconds I am tracking 2 K signals, the speed sign facing me and the other speed sign facing the opposite direction approx. a half mile down the road. As I approached the first sign I could see my speed of 28mph at that exact moment the Whistler fired a warning and tracked it up to the sign - immediately going off after I passed the sign. That was the last of the Whistler Cruisader even though my escort continued to track 2 signals for another half mile. As I approached my turn on to the highway I picked up the first of many Ka warnings on the whistler. I decided to take side streets to try and find some LEOs doing their favorite pastime … this is where it gets weird, the Whistler would give me Ka hits on par with my Escort giving me K hits from local stores and banks etc. Not kidding I was showing full Ka several times with no LEO’s present or activity from the Escort. Unable to find any speed traps I jumped on the freeway to make up some time. Diving off the freeway by the airport my escort goes off ***LASAR ....argh.... 81 indicated in a 45 OUCH!! ..but wait a second!! NO LEO, interesting maybe it came from the airport or something … uh wait ….Yep there he is, a motorcycle LEO sitting there as I approach …nothing on either detector, then more nothing, then BAM ***LASER warning as I go by at 42 in a 45 - Escort and Whistler both flashing spastically. Range from the Radar gun to the detectors was approx 10 car lengths.
The remaining tests - Ka with on-coming state patrol, etc.. – I’ll get this one Saturday morning on my ride and will follow up with the results* in this thread.
It’s a no brainer for me …
I don’t get laser warnings that even a mid range escort gave me at ¾ mile on a flat road with no obstacles. Ka confused with K band, false Ka hits and k range that can be measured in yards not miles.
Did I get bad unit ….did I mount it wrong …maybe but probably not. The Whistler Cruisader works like ..uh.. how do I say this ...a Whistler. Falses and reduced range make this product better then nothing – but I would even hesitate to say that. The detector "works", to say it didn't, would be a lie but to call it a “Rader Detector” is stretching the truth really far IMO.
Escort 7500s passport $169.99 from Best Buy
H.A.R.D system $164.99 from Radar Roy ($75.00 Tx replacement every 3 months) Not getting a speeding ticket …still cheaper and less of a hassle then court/dmv hell.
I am a trained Aviation Mechanic within semesters of a BAS degree in Aviation Management from ASU. I am not a total retard when it comes to assembly and reading directions. Most if not all of my friends have their vehicles and electronics fixed by me (for free - dammit). My love of sportbikes equals the love I have for my family …it’s really sad.