|Mounting the Valentine One Radar on the Duc|
Surprisingly simple. But very effective and convenient.
I searched high and low for the ideal mount for the Valentine One Radar. The idea is to find the location which would allow the most coverage for the front and rear antennas. Not an easy task when your own body blocks the rear facing antenna. Do I mount it on an extension post? Do I mount it by the mirror? On top of my helmet?
Well, folks on a few different web groups suggested I look into a couple of products.
The first one was: http://www.saeng.com/cockpit.htm which offers a great post mount system. But, I did not really want that post to stick up right in front of me while I am riding.
And another one that came even closer to my ideal: http://www.cyclegadgets.com/Products/product.asp?Item=SBRM
This one gave me a little concern because the radar is pointing downward and not straight out - horizontally. Which would be the ideal attitude of the radar. However, after looking at the standard windshield mount that came with the V1 I realized I could just remove the suction cups and attach the mount directly to the windscreen (if I added a little rubber pad in between them).
Perfection. This mounting method provides a solid support for the radar and even allows for additional attitude adjustment via the included mounting device.
Check it out. Perfectly horizontal.
You can just see the rubber pad (or strip) that goes between the mount and the windscreen.
The cord exiting the right side of the unit is attached using the included "splitter"/junction box provided with the unit.
The mount not only provides for attitude adjustment but also, allows for quick removal of the unit when I leave the bike.
You can see it here as well. The only thing I don't quite like is the screw heads sticking out. I need to find a internal hex button head screw in SST or Titanium.
It is pretty clean installation. Just drill (and chamfer of course) two corresponding holes into the windscreen and attach the mount.
Now, here is the view I get when riding. And yes, it does block my view of the speedo and tach. However, it seems to me a small price to pay for having the V1 on my bike.
In conclusion, I have found the built in speaker on the V1 quite sufficient - even with my Arrow equipped Duc at "full quack." So, I don't even need to get the optional headphone adapter box. And I can see enough of the face of the unit, saving me the clutter and cost of the remote display. I love my V1 setup.
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