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    Happily Bent dieselyoda's Avatar
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    BMW Radio, Can't find someone to repair.

    My 1997 R1100RT came with a nice little radio/stereo. The speakers were toast so I put new ones in last winter and and got about two weeks of nice music when stuck in traffic then the radio went bad. I had two local places try to fix it. Took them all summer and $200.00 and they couldn't fix it. I looked on the forums for every BMW bike and found some places to try. Becker Auto Sound doesn't want it and I sent e-mails to 'xkalibay@gmail.com'; 'navi4cars@gmail.com' who is supposed to be the guy in England that can fix these. No reply after several months. I've got all winter, 6 months, to send it away and get it fixed if possible.

    Suggestions or alternative solutions will be appreciated. Here is a picture of my electronic boat anchor:
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    I think the radio is a DIN standard size (DIN 75490 AKA ISO 7736) with a 180 x 50 mm front panel. There are lots of radios out there with that form factor... just check the length. The down side of using a generic radio is that any handlebar control (don't remember if the R1100RT had one) won't match the radio. Some do come with "remotes" that can replace your handlebar control.

    These days you can get a unit that also includes CD/MP3/USB and Bluetooth for not much more than $100. Installation might be a medium pain to match on-bike wiring. That could be a fun winter project.

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    The radio is readily available on eBay. You can use one from a K100LT, K1100LT, and R1100RT. They are all swappable. Make sure you get the security code with it or you'll have another boat anchor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marchyman View Post
    I think the radio is a DIN standard size (DIN 75490 AKA ISO 7736) with a 180 x 50 mm front panel. There are lots of radios out there with that form factor... just check the length. The down side of using a generic radio is that any handlebar control (don't remember if the R1100RT had one) won't match the radio. Some do come with "remotes" that can replace your handlebar control.

    These days you can get a unit that also includes CD/MP3/USB and Bluetooth for not much more than $100. Installation might be a medium pain to match on-bike wiring. That could be a fun winter project.
    But then he won't have a cassette player.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesInCA View Post
    But then he won't have a cassette player.
    LOL!!!

    I have a few of those head units lying around. If you want one, it's yours for the shipping.
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    There is a cassette player in my stereo?

    I wondered what that slot was for. I kept trying to put my IPod in it and nothing happened so I thought it was broken too.

    Seriously though, Anton, your offer is very generous and I may have to take you up on it if other suggestions don't come this way. If I take you up on it, I will find something truly "Canadian" in exchange for you.

    I actually haven't missed the radio that much but I am a bit of a "purist" in that the bike came equipped with it, it should work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselyoda View Post
    I will find something truly "Canadian" in exchange for you.
    Sweet exchange! Hey Anton, where you gonna keep your moose? If he sends you a goose, invite me over when you cook it....
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