One of the biggest challenges of equipping your motorcycle with a radar detector is the ability to hearing or seeing your detector as it alerts.
The H.A.R.D. (helmet assisted radar detection system) is a wireless device that interfaces your radar detector with a bright LED light that mounts inside your helmet, alerting you immediately to slow down and to be more aware as your radar detector alerts.
Helmet Assisted Radar Detection, H.A.R.D., is a wireless system for motorcyclists needing to know when their radar detector is alerting them of a radar threat. The H.A.R.D. System provides an immediate visual alert: a flashing LED light inside the helmet illuminated within your field of vision allowing immediate recognition of a radar threat.
No Wires between the Rider and the Motorcycle – H.A.R.D. utilizes wireless transmission for critical data: the radar detector warning alert. This eliminates the need to have a clumsy earpiece and avoids tangled wires.
No Modifications to Helmet or Radar Detector – The H.A.R.D. transmitter simply plugs into your radar detector and the receiver is easily placed inside your cheek pad or can be mounted on the outside of your helmet. This allows for quick and easy installation with no tools needed for installation.
Clean and Simple Design – The H.A.R.D. System is nearly invisible to others. The transmitter and receiver are small in size avoiding the risk of being seen by the people giving you tickets (no need to give them another reason for not letting you out of a ticket).
Same Benefits as Sophisticated Military Heads Up Display – Heads Up Displays allow pilots to keep their eyes on their target. H.A.R.D. allows you to keep your eyes on the road without having to look down and try to see the radar detector alerting you of a radar threat. H.A.R.D. also alerts you wherever your eyes are looking. Whether in a curve or looking at the scenery, you will immediately know when your radar detector is providing an alert.
Designed for Motorcycling Conditions – H.A.R.D. provides a visual alert overcoming road noise, music players and intercom systems.
One Radar Detector for all Vehicles – H.A.R.D. is an accessory for existing radar detectors. No need to buy a separate radar detector for your bike. If you are already using a Beltronics, Escort, or Valentine radar detector, simply take the detector from your other vehicle and use it on your bike.
Compatible with Leading Radar Detectors – The H.A.R.D. system is compatible with the following detectors (when using an approved factory power cord): Beltronics Sti Magnum, RX65, RX55, Bel Pr0 500, Bel Pro 300 and the V995; Escort RedLine, 9500ix, 9500i, 8500 X50, 8500, 7500S, 7500, 6800, and the Solo S2 and S3 (Escort Direct Wire Cord option required); all Valentine One models without requiring the Remote Audio Device.
Stand-alone System – Since the H.A.R.D. system is self-contained, you don’t have to worry about changing your current way of riding. This means no need to re-wire your bike or change your sound systems.
NEW: The New H.A.R.D. system is water-proof! No need to remove the system when it rains. (We do recommend to remove your detector or protect it with a child size shower cap when it does rain as most radar detectors are NOT water-proof)
NEW:The New H.A.R.D. system will work on all dash mounted Escort, Valentine 1 and all Beltronics Pro Series radar detectors including: Escort 8500, Escort 8500 x50, Escort 8500 Black, Escort Solo 3, Escort 9500ix, Escort Redline, Bel STi, Bel STi Magnum, RX65, Pro 200/300/500, Vector 995 and the Valentine 1.
Frequently Asked Questions about the H.A.R.D. System
How long do the batteries last and how easy are they to replace? The H.A.R.D. system uses on CR2032 battery and typical battery life is several weeks of normal use. To change the battery you would unscrew the rear of the case and replace, takes less then a minute.
How easy is to see the LED in bright sunlight? The bright red LED is very easy to see, just place it off to the corner of your vision and you will see the flashing red LED when your radar detector activates.
Radar detectors are illegal where I live/ride. Can I conceal the radar detector behind the fairing or in a bag? Yes, you can discreetly mount your radar detector, however if radar detectors are illegal in your area I would recommend either the STi Magnum or the Escort Redline as they are undetectable to the Spectre RDD’s
Potential Issues with the H.A.R.D. System
As noted the H.A.R.D. system is now water-proof, however most radar detectors are not. When it does rain I would recommend removing your radar detector or protecting it with a child’s size shower cap.
My Bottom Line Recommendation for the H.A.R.D. Sysem
If you’re a Iron Butt Rider as I am, I strongly recommend the H.A.R.D. system and to integrate it with a high performance radar detector such as the Escort 8500 X50, Escort Max or The Escort Redline radar detector.
This Based upon my 20 years in law enforcement as a certified police radar instructor, 15 years being involved in the speed counter measurement industry and a motorcycle rider myself.
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