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    2013 R1200 RT - Anyone replace the radio antenna?

    There are a few things I like about the new antenna compared to my '06, the first of which being the base is properly mounted and doesn't get loose or rotate. It's also nice that you can adjust it's angle. The big thing that bugs me however is that the antenna is not really stiff enough. They made it thinner and made of a heavier metal compared to the old plastic one. This makes it a bit "floppy" while at speed or in wind. The wind tends to make it whip around a bit. At speeds around 80mph with wind it can seem to whip all the way back to the point I'm worried it's going to mar the little painted panel below it. I know it's naughty, but at speeds 90 and 100+ it starts to oscillate rapidly and just becomes a blur and once again seems like it's going to smack that painted panel.

    Since the antenna screws off from the base, I was wondering if anyone has replaced it with something aftermarket? I wonder if anything with matching threads will work for it, though I don't really know how to measure the threads. I also don't know if the XM radio uses that antenna or if it has another hidden somewhere.
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    The usual supplier for antennas on German vehicles is Fuba. This is a Fuba antenna.

    There are plenty of replacement masts available, including short stubby ones.

    I'd search Fuba and also suppliers for aftermarket goodies for VWs. On VWs you'll note them on the roof extending over the rear window and sometimes called bee stingers.
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    Great info! Thanks. I'll see what I can find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by natrab View Post
    This makes it a bit "floppy" while at speed or in wind. The wind tends to make it whip around a bit. At speeds around 80mph with wind it can seem to whip all the way back to the point I'm worried it's going to mar the little painted panel below it. I know it's naughty, but at speeds 90 and 100+ it starts to oscillate rapidly and just becomes a blur and once again seems like it's going to smack that painted panel.
    I have a '13 RT and mine does not flop; it does move a little but not even close to the point of hitting anything. Wonder if they changed it at some point during the model year?
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    ant.

    I had a 12' (I was T-Boned) and now have a '13. I believe the antenna are the same on both bikes. I am not sure but I would believe that the sat. ant. is different. It is a much higher band wave and uses different style of lead in.

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    Airflow off the windscreen can also affect the antenna. When I bought my 2012 it had a larger Calsci on it and the antenna would go wild at higher speeds... after installing the stock screen back on.. no movement at all, or very little.

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    I have the same issue with my '12, but only when using an aftermarket shield. I have 2 Cee Bailey's shields, a short sport shield and a standard sized shield (+1") and I get the violent oscillation that you speak off with both of those shields. And I don't need to get up to 80+ to get the oscillation - it happens for me at anything above 50.

    Please keep us posted as to what you find in terms of a shorter, more substantial replacement antenna. There's a guy over on the BMWLT forum that cut is OEM antenna down, but that was for cosmetic reasons, I believe. I'm not willing to go that far just yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    I had a 12' (I was T-Boned) and now have a '13. I believe the antenna are the same on both bikes. I am not sure but I would believe that the sat. ant. is different. It is a much higher band wave and uses different style of lead in.
    Isn't the sat antenna and the radio antenna one and the same? I don't know, but the antenna has dual windings as if doing dual duties.
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    SAT antenna is a separate unit and not visible without removing some fairing.
    http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...20&hg=65&fg=21
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    Come to think of it, this problem didn't start until I got my Cal-Sci windscreen. I love the windscreen and would rather take the antenna off entirely than go back to the stock one. I've ordered a cheap replacement antenna off Amazon and we'll see if it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    SAT antenna is a separate unit and not visible without removing some fairing.
    http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...20&hg=65&fg=21
    Makes sense, thanks.
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    Thanks Kent. I ended up ordering from your link to ECS Tuning. I got the 120mm billet antenna and it looks nice and is much more sturdy than the stock one. Seems like a must if you have an aftermarket windscreen that directs more wind onto the antenna.

    Here are a couple pics:

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    Nate R
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    Looks really good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Looks really good!
    But how well does it work?

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