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I'm looking to make the move from my 2 wheel 1800 to the 3 wheel Can Am Spyder. I've been using the Goldwing GPS input adapter on my 'wing and it has worked great. Has Hollsco, or anyone here, come up with a wiring harness adapter to use that unit on the Can Am Spyder RT? From what I can find about the CB/Intercom unit for the Spyder it seems like it should be a fairly easy adaptation to make.
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I don't know anything about the audio system on the Can-Am's. Do they use the same headsets as the Goldwing?
WingAdmin wrote:I don't know anything about the audio system on the Can-Am's. Do they use the same headsets as the Goldwing?
You can, but the connecting cord is different. I use an Edset on the wing but Ed has a 7 pin cord available to connect his Edset headset to the Spyder. The passenger headset has an optional connector cord from BRP that has the PTT in the cord.
If you haven't looked at the Spyder and it's radio/CB/Intercom/iPod/GPS system I strongly urge you to do so. To get intercom you have to add their $825 CB/Intercom unit to the supplied audio system. The basic audio system is standard beginning in 2013 but a $2000 model upgrade prior. The BRP supplied GPS is a $1000 option on top of that.
They have an entertainment harness that is needed to connect the Zumo GPS they sell into the A&C system. I haven't been able to find any info if that harness can be tapped into to power and feed audio from any other GPS. I don't know yet if the Zumo GPS can be controlled by the audio handlebar control. That may be the reason for the special harness. But not having that capability would be a small sacrifice in order save hundreds on the GPS itself.
I really think you would find a good market for connecting any GPS into the system via the intercom like on the Goldwing. That could be done for hundreds less than the BRP options. Instead of using Molex connectors you might be better off to come up with a 7 pin connector adapter that would plug in between the intercom harness and headset cord, or make the adapter connect to the molex connectors you now use.
With the introduction of a larger engine, 6 speed transmission, and better fuel mileage for 2014 I expect the Spyder to significantly impact Goldwing sales, especially the Wings that are purchased with the intention of being triked.
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