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    Satellite Radio

    Hey folks,

    Just wondering what you are currently using for a satellite radio? I would prefer one with an mp3 player. I also need to use it on both the bike and truck. I found lots of information on the forum but many of the post are for radios that are no longer available. Is anyone currently using an XMp3i receiver? I do not want to go the Zumo route. I have a standard Starcom for communication. I ride a 06 RT. Thanks for the help.

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    ** I LOVE MY SIRIUS RADIO **

    With that said....

    I was using a bar mounted Stratus 5 setup for a brief time. The vibration killed the fragile Sirius equipment very quickly. I called and complained - they sent a new full setup for free. The second unit died the first outing.


    Sirius "docking' units are not able to take the vibration of riding. Highly suggest using dedicated units.

    After 2 dead units I cancelled my subscription.



    BTW - I have a factory car unit also. A simple call to cancel my entire account (due to lack of use) got me a 50% rate discount.

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    XM Radio

    I have been using XM Radio for about 4 years now. I have used Delphi Roady 2 and now a Delphi SkyFi2. I have mounted them on a home made bracket on the left side. The bracket supports the antenna. I have gone through 2 Roadys since their failure is due to an inadequately strong power socket that has broken down in both cases. Now trying the SkyFi2 and so far no problems. These are cheap enough that I have no problem with them breaking down after a year or so. I do not believe that being mounted on a motorcycle is responsible for the power socket breaking other that me taking it on and off the bike. The Skifi2 comes with a cradle so the power socket problem on the Roady should be a non event. I like Satellite because of the variety of stations and genre of music and have not felt the need to add more music from an MP3 player.
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    LONERANGER
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    I would like BMW to include it with the factory radio. The Honda Gold Wing has satellite radio stock. I know BMW has satellite radios in there cars so they could just use the same radio in there motorcycles.

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    I'm moving this over to "GEAR" since it's not hexhead specific, and it might get more attention and answers there.

    Hang on.. please keep your hands and feet inside the thread at all times for your safety and protection (and wear your gear ALL the time!)..
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    Quote Originally Posted by LoneRanger View Post
    I would like BMW to include it with the factory radio. The Honda Gold Wing has satellite radio stock. I know BMW has satellite radios in there cars so they could just use the same radio in there motorcycles.
    BMW does have a satellite radio option for the cars - but it's generally tied into the central display system for most of it's functionality, and there is no "radio" as such - there is a display module, a control module, a tuning module, and amplifiers and speakers. The entire system probably weights about 1/3rd of an RT.
    Don Eilenberger http://www.eilenberger.net
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    '07 R1200R (current ride) and some bimmers.. and a Porsche

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    I use a Garmin 2730 so I get XM as well as a GPS..

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    I had a Sirius radio that I used only in my car. It died after a year. Bought a new one ($100) which lasted about a year and the LED's started burning out, making it hard to use at night. Seemed like I was paying the annual subscription rate plus an annual new radio cost, which made it far from worthwhile for me. Besides, I'm not a fan of Howard Stern and couldn't see my money being used for his salary.
    Dan

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    I love my GPS with XM

    so much easier, more reliable and weatherproof than a stand-alone receiver!


    Quote Originally Posted by Toadmanor View Post
    I use a Garmin 2730 so I get XM as well as a GPS..
    Somers, NY

    Just enjoying the ride.......

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    If you are seriuos about sat radio, you have to get a unit that can handle both the vibration and being out in the elements. Otherwise, with any other unit, you are just buying time until the unit fails. I have the Zumo 550 and it is mounted on a Touratech MVG. I can easily transfer the unit between my Avalanche and the GSA. The TT mount is expensive, but it really isolates a lot of vibration. And it locks so the unit does not fly off the bike while hitting big bumps. I have my cellphone bluetoothed to the Zumo and an Autocom unit hardwired to the zumo/Garmin mount.
    '09 BMW 1200 GSA, 2013 BMW 700GS, 2000 Goldwing SE, '09' V Star 950, '09 Honda Rebel,
    '77 Honda 750A. Holding at six til I get new garage built - need more room for more bikes!

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