(Top) The Moto-Raptor radar detector helps to alert you if you exceed the speed limit. (Center) We mounted the detector underneath the headstock of our ZX-14R. (Bottom) The device is powered via the motorcycle’s ignition cable.
Considering the outrageous acceleration of most new motorcycles it can be easy to exceed posted speed limits when riding on the street. That’s where Rocky Mountain Radar’s Moto-Raptor ($299) motorcycle radar detector comes in. The device alerts the rider to a radar signal from a speed measuring device allowing him to slow down and hopefully avoid a costly ticket.
The set-up consists of a cigarette pack-sized electronic black box, metal mounting bracket and a wireless remote headset. The box mounts covertly to the front of the motorcycle (requires an unobstructed line-of-sight; we installed it beneath the frame headstock). The headset is mounted onto the rider’s helmet with included Velcro. The remote connects to a small speaker that’s tucked inside the helmet ear cut-out providing audio cues when a radar signal is detected. It also has a flexible wand with a LED that provides visual radar notification as well.
The device requires power so we hooked it into the ignition power cable that comes off the battery of our ’12 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R. The included instructions have few pictures and were vague but if you have any understanding of a motorcycle’s electrical system and a basic set of metric hand tools you’ll be able to figure it out.
Whenever the engine is running the detector is powered on. To sync it to the remote press the ‘on’ button. The first beep lets you know the remote is operating and the second longer duration beep confirms it is connected to the detector. Since the headset is wireless it has its own internal battery that needs periodic recharging (charger included).
On the road the device works as intended with a visual and audio warning activating well before you can even see a cop or speed measuring device. This gives you ample time to slow down to the correct speed. The only problem is that volume gets drowned out by wind noise without ear plugs. If you wear ear plugs you can hear it better but it’s still not quite loud enough especially at speed. Overall though, it’s a neat device and for sure can save you some money if you inadvertently exceed the speed limit.
- Reduces the chance of a speeding ticket
- Simple to use
- Instructions could be better
- Audio warning isn’t loud enough