Baggers Tested | Adaptiv Technologies: TPX Radar And Laser Detection System 2.0 - Baggers Magazine
01. Adaptiv TPX in Highway mode. The bright, backlit LCD display is easily seen in sunlight and is angled back for better visibility while riding. The large, function buttons are easy to use with gloves and control for brightness/volume, highway/city mode, power, and alert mute. The TPX was designed for front and back radar/laser detection.
02. The TPX ($299) comes with a heavy-duty fused wiring harness, quick-release baseplate, LED alert, hardware, Allen wrench, zipties, and double-sided tape. Installation was a breeze and a sub 60-minute job. Weather protected, color-coded connectors on the harness connect to the visual alert (yellow), an audio mini-jack, and an optional Adaptiv Laser Jammer.
03. We went with the Chrome Handlebar AdaptivMount ($95) but numerous varieties and mounting positions are available for almost any motorcycle setup. While the mount comes mostly assembled, we wanted to illustrate the double-ball and socket arrangement that allows near infinite adjustment. Spacers on lower right allow attachment to bars 7⁄8-,1-, and 11⁄4 inches in diameter.
04. Within minutes we had the AdaptivMount assembled and loosely attached the quick release plate with the included hardware. AdaptiSorb vibration reduction comes from the rubber isolators at the corners and between the two plates.
05. Using the supplied wrench and 11⁄32-inch (9mm) socket we tightened the quick-release baseplate to the AdaptiMount.
06. We found a suitable area on the handlebar to attach the AdaptivMount. The TPX works optimally in a horizontal position.
07. The TPX slides into the baseplate and securely clicks into place; removal is just as simple.
08. Hooking up the wiring was as easy as accessing the bike’s battery terminals and attaching the color-coded and – leads from the Adaptive harness. The main power and visual alert leads were fished under the fuel tank taking care to avoid future heat or rubbing issues. Then we plugged the power lead into the power input connector to the TPX unit.
09. The final part of the installation was mounting the visual LED alert with zipties. Optionally, double-sided tape could be used.
10. The brightness of the Visual Alert cannot be appreciated here. At night it’s extremely bright in its highest output setting, but can be turned off or dimmed as needed.
There aren’t many better ways to ruin a nice ride than getting a citation for exceeding the speed limit. No matter how conservative and vigilant a rider may be, there are few that don’t go over the limit on occasion. In unfamiliar areas it can be even worse—checking out the scenery, or not knowing where the local speed traps are located. Even if not speeding, many towns will pull you over for loud pipes, the kind of helmet you’re wearing, etc. Just knowing there is a radar cop in the area might save you from a ticket.
Radar detectors have been around for decades but most if not all were designed for a car and not the most convenient for use on a motorcycle. Even if you do get an auto radar detector mounted properly on your bike, the buttons are hard to operate with gloves on, the alerts hard to hear and see, and car units aren’t made to be rained on.
Adaptiv Technologies recently released an updated 2.0 version of its TPX that has increased detection sensitivity to all police radar (X, K, and Ka) and laser bands. A separate super-bright LED pod can be mounted where it’s best to get your visual attention. There is an optional wireless headset in addition to the variable audible signal.
An included quick release plate attaches to the TPX and to the optional AdaptivMount with a patent-pending anti-vibration design.
We were very impressed with the quality and simplicity of the Adaptiv TPX and the AdaptivMount. We haven’t gotten any tickets and the combination of alerts easily gets our attention. Sometimes just a little reminder is all that’s needed to slow down. Adaptiv’s website (aptivtechnologies.com) is informative, organized well, and has links to the detection results and certification of the TPX by Speed Measurement Labs.B