Wire tap to key-on power for radar detector?

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    I'm installing a Valentine One on my Vmax. I'd like to tap a power wire that's only hot when the key is on, so that the detector shuts off when I turn off the bike's key. Any recommendations on where to find one?
     
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    What.......are you going to be speeding on that thing? :D LOL

    I highly recommend a Gurued Gear's "Fuse Buddy Box". I just checked their website and unfortunately they don't have a photo of it posted.

    Basically it's a small box with multiple fused connections that installs under the left side, side cover.

    I can post a photo of it when I get home later.

    If you don't want to use one of those I can tell you where to tap in, but I need to look at my bike to refresh my memory.

    Mark
     
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    I've already got the Valentine "direct wire power adapter kit" mostly installed. https://store.valentine1.com/Store/partsdept.asp I have the little "box" installed under the cover in the tool kit cubby, the ground wire run to a frame bolt just outside that area, and the V1 power cord run along the left side of the frame up to a RAM mount that's bolted to one of the handlebar bolt holes. (Guess I should have taken some pictures along the way.) I have a power wire run up to the battery itself, but would definitely prefer a power tap that shuts off with the key. Much appreciated if you could let me know how you have it set up. Thanks!
     
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    It just occurred to me that I should be able to tap into something like a brake light power wire to get ignition-switched power.
     
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    Or, what about the little four-wire pigtail that's in the toolkit cubby? I'm guessing that's a diagnostic adapter, and I bet at least one of its pins is hot at key-on! Speaking of which, is there an OBD2 adapter or something that plugs into that pigtail?
     
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    I'm pretty sure any red with white stripe wires are ignition on 12 VDC sources.

    There are 2 here at the fuse block next to the battery.

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    Please check to be certain..... my bike is partially disassembled and has the battery disconnected.
     
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    Confirmed, red/white wire at that junction block is hot with key on. Thanks!
     
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    I just wedged the blade from my power wire into the back of the connector alongside the red/white wires. Works great, and didn't have to do any cutting / tapping of the harness. Thanks again!
     
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    Sweet....can't get any easier then that!

    You're welcome.
     

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