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RMR Moto-Raptor Motorcycle Radar Detector

Thursday, April 5, 2012

(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.

Highs & Lows
  • Reduces the chance of a speeding ticket
  • Simple to use
  • Instructions could be better
  • Audio warning isn’t loud enough
MSRP: $299.95
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RockyMountainRadar   July 18, 2013 12:23 PM
@fmaxwell @wildpig Please always check out the sources that others claim to be reliable. For instance, @fmaxwell seems to believe that the postings on radartest.com are accurate and unbiased, however, please check out this link "http://www.clublexus.com/forums/car-chat/283168-radartest-com-craig-peterson-sabotages-radar-test.html" and you will find that the owner of the a fore mentioned website is actually an employee of another detector company, completely destroying all reliability and credibility of their statements. As for TV shows and spots "exposing scams", there have actually been none. Thank you for taking the time to check out the sources, please read carefully! @ZX14Rider We appreciate the comments and stand behind our products! Thank you for your support and we hope to continue serving you and helping to keep you "unseen" so-to-speak from police!
fmaxwell   April 14, 2012 06:29 PM
@pavement: Thinking about this more lead me to a couple of questions. First, if you found yourself on a road with no speed limit signs, are you telling met that you would be unable to determine how fast you could safely ride on that road? Or are you telling me that you have complete confidence that the speed you would choose would be identical to the speed limit that the government would have set?
fmaxwell   April 14, 2012 05:49 PM
@pavement: I am capable of determining a safe speed given the bike I am on, the road and traffic conditions, and my skill set. And that speed is often much higher than the one-size-fits-all limit that's posted for everything from tractor trailers to minivans driven by distracted moms. I've been riding for over 30 years and have lost count of the number of speeding tickets I've gotten, fought in court, won, lost, and paid. So I employ top-notch radar/laser detectors and, in the car, GPS apps where people share warnings on speed traps. It really cuts back on how often I get cited for speeding, so I can continue breaking laws that I have no respect for. That you are so ignorant as to think that travelling at or below the speed limit increases safety is just horrifying. Federal and state studies have repeatedly shown that the safest motorists on highways, in terms of avoiding accidents, are those who are driving significantly above the posted speed limit. And that's not even taking into account the fact that motorcycles are significantly more capable, maneuverable, and better suited to higher speeds than most passenger cars. Want to die on a motorcycle? Then ride along at the same speed of traffic until some numb-nuts cager moves into your lane. Had you been going 10-15mph faster, you'd be in front of them by the time they finished the lane change. Pedestrians? On highways? Are you frigging serious? Darwin was on to something. Let's not interfere.
ZX14Rider   April 10, 2012 01:54 PM
I don't really know much about the company that makes these but I decided to buy one of these units last month and I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised. I own a ZX14 so as you can imagine I don't exactly drive slow anywhere and ever since I have had this unit it has saved me about 2 tickets in a span of a month. I agree the speaker is not as loud as it should be but the unit is awesome. I was going about 90 on a 60 last week and it picked up a cop about a mile away. I will recommend it to my friends and I think people should at least give it a try.
Pavement   April 10, 2012 08:08 AM
@piglet2010 - Not to the pedestrian.
Piglet2010   April 9, 2012 06:36 PM
@ Pavement - Hit a pedestrian with a SUV at 90 mph, and the occupants will likely walk away uninjured. Hit a pedestrian with a motorcycle at 90 mph, and the rider will also die. BIG difference.
Pavement   April 9, 2012 09:28 AM
@fmaxwell - If you don't want to reduce your own enjoyment for the sake of the safety of yourself and others, and you don't respect speed laws, then you are going to pay for it. If you don't want to pay, don't speed. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. We're talking about public roads here. You are not the only person on this planet. @Piglet2010 - Step out in front of a motorcycle traveling 90 mph then tell me how it feels to get hit!!
Piglet2010   April 7, 2012 07:14 PM
In a fairer world, speed limits would be higher for motorcycles than cages, since moto riders primarily endanger themselves, while cagers (especially those in unnecessarily large vehicles, e.g. single passenger, minimal cargo, full-size SUV) often endanger others more than themselves. The proper purpose of government is to restrict behavior that harms others, not to interfere in activities that are harmless to others.
fmaxwell   April 7, 2012 05:15 AM
@pavement: I don't wish to reduce the enjoyment I get from riding my high-performance motorcycles by adhering to speed limits set for geriatric RV drivers, buses, and dump trucks. You may feel that you 'earned' each ticket for daring to go faster than some arbitrary limit, but many of us don't have that level of respect for speed limit laws. We view them as outdated and often just a means of fattening local coffers. Did you ever wonder why the police hand out the vast majority of speeding tickets on highways, where the fewest accidents occur? How often, on a clear highway, does a motorcyclist cause an accident by going, say, 75mph in a 55mph zone on an highway?
Pavement   April 6, 2012 12:51 PM
Another effective way to avoid speeding tickets is to ride within speed limits. I have never gotten a speeding ticket I didn't earn...
fmaxwell   April 6, 2012 12:48 PM
Thanks, wildpig. RMR only recently moved into motorcycle radar units, probably because the word got out about them in car circles. I live in Virginia where 20+ over the speed limit, or anything over 80mph, can get you cited for Reckless Driving, a criminal offense. You can go to jail for up to a year - even if it's your first offense. The thought of a motorcyclist ending up losing his license or doing prison time after relying on this RMR radar detector is just something that I could not stomach.
wildpig   April 6, 2012 07:16 AM
execellant exspose maxwell-- we need more watchdogs out there to put the spotlight on these lame companies that rip off fellow motorcyclists.........
fmaxwell   April 6, 2012 04:45 AM
Rocky Mountain Radar is a company with a long history of producing fake "passive" radar jammers (fake in that they do nothing) and radar detectors that are about as effective as a box of Kleenex. In a 2010 test report, Radartest.com referred to a Rocky Mountain Radar RMR-D210 as "one of the most inept detectors I've ever tested" and said that it was the "electronic twin" of another sub-par Rocky Mountain Radar product they tested 7 years earlier. These findings are echoed from one site to another, with tests revealing that the RMR units are worthless junk sold at premium prices. They have NEVER, EVER, produced a radar detector that works well enough to be trusted. Their "jammers" have been exposed as scams in consumer reporting on ABC's 20/20, KING TV, WREG TV, and numerous others. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested them and wrote "[Rocky Mountain Radar's] Phazer II and other such devices aren’t any more useful to jam radar than a block of wood." I strongly urge all readers to do a Google search and find out what the experts have to say about the Rocky Mountain Radar line of detectors. RMR units are not something that you'd want to rely on to help you keep your license (and freedom) on a modern motorcycle.