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satellite radio

Post by happydave » Sun Jun 21, 2015 11:17 am



Have a 93 GL1500 and would like to add satellite radio without breaking the bank, ideas/comments? Thanks



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Re: satellite radio

Post by dadztoy » Sun Jun 21, 2015 12:51 pm

does your 1500already have the aux audio input mod??? http://www.sierra-mc.com/gl1500auxinput.html If it does, find an XM radio and subscribe...

You can also use a Garmin Zumo 665 which comes with XM but it's not cheap!!!

Or you can buy an XM radio for not so much and feed it into your 1500 radio via the aux mod...

http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1& ... ingdocs-20

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Re: satellite radio

Post by happydave » Sun Jun 21, 2015 2:33 pm

So just need 12 volts to run and tune thru radio?

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Re: satellite radio

Post by dadztoy » Sun Jun 21, 2015 3:44 pm

If your bike already has the aux input mod, yes, it's that simple... If you don't have the input mod on your radio, then you will have to use an FM modulator or cassette adaptor to bring in the XM audio... On most XM radios you will also need to mount an external antenna somewhere on the bike...

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Re: satellite radio

Post by Rob H » Sun Jun 21, 2015 7:59 pm

Hello,

Will this Radio work anywhere in the world? Pardon the question if it seems it ignorant, but I am shipping my bike to Europe at the end of the month and wonder whether it will be worth having?

Thanks
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Re: satellite radio

Post by dadztoy » Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:45 pm

According to my research it will NOT... Here are the North American radio coverage maps for Sirius XM... The XM/Sirius system depend on satellites that are in geosynchronous orbit over the USA. Their coverage doesn't reach to other areas on the globe.

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Re: satellite radio

Post by Rob H » Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:49 pm

200 miles off shore! I am going a little further than that so it is not going to work for me.

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Re: satellite radio

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:14 am

happydave wrote:So just need 12 volts to run and tune thru radio?
Keep in mind that the satellite radios normally have a DC/DC converter inside the "cigarette lighter plug" that converts the ~12 volts from your vehicle down to around 5-7 volts. You can't cut that plug off and wire it directly into your bike, this will feed 12 volts to the radio, and will fry the radio.

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Re: satellite radio

Post by CMReynolds1 » Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:08 am

When I installed mine on the 1800 I took the lighter plug apart and desoldered the input wiring from the ground and center post. I then added bike wiring at these two inputs, ground and 12 VDC supply. Sealed the assembly and that allowed for me to hard wire and still keep the DC voltage reduction circuitry. I also mounted the antenna under the cowling just below the windshield. This works quite well and hides it. This is also where it is mounted on the factory models on 1800's. As was mentioned if you already have an AUX input to your radio, most of the work is done. Just dealing with the power cord. Good luck.
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Re: satellite radio

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:12 am

CMReynolds1 wrote:When I installed mine on the 1800 I took the lighter plug apart and desoldered the input wiring from the ground and center post. I then added bike wiring at these two inputs, ground and 12 VDC supply. Sealed the assembly and that allowed for me to hard wire and still keep the DC voltage reduction circuitry. I also mounted the antenna under the cowling just below the windshield. This works quite well and hides it. This is also where it is mounted on the factory models on 1800's. As was mentioned if you already have an AUX input to your radio, most of the work is done. Just dealing with the power cord. Good luck.
I have done exactly the same thing (hard-soldering the input wires inside the plug) to several of my satellite radios, including the one now on my GL1500. My antenna is mounted on top of the glareshield, just behind the windshield, and it works very well there.

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Re: satellite radio

Post by GRAPEAPE94 » Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:36 pm

I have an older DELPHI ROADY XT and love it. The receiver is no longer made but I was able to obtain 3 new ones several years ago at a great price. With all of the punishment that the original went through I just replaced it with one of the 3 new ones. This radio works on 5vdc and many years ago J&M sold a 5 volt converter that plugged into the harness on the left side of my "06. My antenna is mounted behind the windshield on top of the dash and the radio is wired to my aux. I think that the newer ones work off 7vdc.

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Re: satellite radio

Post by keithgrg357 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:04 pm

Are the screens visible in sunlight on any of the satellite radios installed on the handlebars.





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Re: satellite radio

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:16 pm

The color satellite radio I have now has a color screen, and while it's easily readable at night, it's not great in sunlight.

I used to have a one with a monochrome LCD screen like this one, and it was easily readable in sunlight:

https://www.amazon.com/SiriusXM-XEZ1V1- ... 092&sr=1-6

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Re: satellite radio

Post by minimac » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:24 am

One of the first things I did on all of my rides was install a 12V outlet. I also run a three outlet adapter into that, which is easily moved from bike to bike. I usually power my XM radio, mounted to the windshield with the rubber suction cup thingy, and have a tape deck adapter tape plugged into the XM. Buy running it through the tape deck on my stock radio, I get the XM through the bikes speakers. With the triple power adapter in the snap covered pocket , I can run my GPS and also charge my phone at the same time. It's been that way for over six years and works well enough for my needs. When parked, everything can get locked up in the trunk or side cases. The toughest part was bundling all the wires and tucking them in the pocket!

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Re: satellite radio

Post by keithgrg357 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:34 am

WingAdmin wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:16 pm
The color satellite radio I have now has a color screen, and while it's easily readable at night, it's not great in sunlight.

I used to have a one with a monochrome LCD screen like this one, and it was easily readable in sunlight:

https://www.amazon.com/SiriusXM-XEZ1V1- ... 092&sr=1-6
Thanks, I'll consider but I'm not in a hurry as it's so cold here in southern Ohio. I just ran 12V hot all the time to my trunk so I can lock up cell phone etc to charge while in a restaurant ect and I ran 12V switched to the left front pocket to use with a satellite radio and blue tooth. I'm hoping I can integrate my iPhone, wife's iPhone, satellite radio, both Bluetooth helmets, still use CB and listen to stereo radio and GPS. Not sure if SENA is the only way to go and am hoping some company figures it out at a much lower cost than SENA.

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Re: satellite radio

Post by raven41951 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:06 am

First, think about where you ride. Second, think about S/XM radios; cost of unit, subscription, longevity of unit. I have had several Sirius radios and thought I could move them from my truck to the bike as they have a plug-in base. Although infrequent, the swapping of the unit from one base to the other and back cause the radio connectors to wear out making them useless. Third, take in to consideration what type of cell phone you have and you coverage area.

Most of my riding is within my coverage area. I no longer use the Sirius radio but I do have the internet option in my subscription. As long as I have a signal, I can receive Sirius, Amazon, Pandora etc. through my phone and pipe it into the bike (connections option all previously mentioned above).

On my 1500 I used the cassette adapter and on my 1800 I have a direct connection. Had I kept the 1500 I would have sent it to Sierra Electronic for the input mod as that is a better, permanent solution.

As far as sound quality, its a bike, your in the open air at high speed, my hearing is poor to begin with. Its only background noise so what's the difference?

If you do opt for a Sirius/XM radio, then mount it permanently. If you remove it, it will fail. If I had to do it over and needed/wanted the Sirius radio, I would have bought one with a remote, mount the radio in a pocket (for security) and use the remote to control it.

I'm still using the cell phone/internet connection in my 1800 and it works fine for me. I have the Sena 20s but I prefer the bike speakers to the headset.

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Re: satellite radio

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:33 pm

I have a generic automotive XM radio on my GL1500 that has been on there for MANY years, through thousands and thousands of miles. It's been through sun, rain and wind. I take it off its mount and throw it in the trunk whenever I park. It is still rock solid and never fails to work perfectly. It's been on and off of its mount many hundreds of times, and I've never had a problem with it.

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Re: satellite radio

Post by keithgrg357 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:14 am

WingAdmin wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:33 pm
I have a generic automotive XM radio on my GL1500 that has been on there for MANY years, through thousands and thousands of miles. It's been through sun, rain and wind. I take it off its mount and throw it in the trunk whenever I park. It is still rock solid and never fails to work perfectly. It's been on and off of its mount many hundreds of times, and I've never had a problem with it.

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I've heard that the DELPHI SIFI2 is a radio, still available, that is a very good stereo unit that is readable in sunlight. My problem is my wife wants to listen to her station and I want to listen to mine and we each have our individual iphones for calls. She would be ok with FM while I want Sirius for news and different music. Also we want to be able to talk to each other via Bluetooth and be cordless. My trike has GPS and CB but I will use my iPhone app "WAZE" for navigation and traffic alerts and very few have CB that I ride with. I am exploring finding a Satellite radio with Bluetooth and Sena Freewire.

Congrats on choosing a radio that has given you such good service.

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Re: satellite radio

Post by fletch57 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:43 am

I have the same XM radio that I will be installing on a 2008 GL and like the way you mounted yours. Is the mounting hardware a product that is available if so, where to buy?
Thanks,

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Re: satellite radio

Post by minimac » Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:25 pm

I have used an old Roady XT for the last ten years. I just use the suction cup mount and a cassette adapter when on the Goldwing, and the same mount and earpad speakers in my helmet when I'm on one of my scooters. It easily transfer to each vehicle and like Wingadmin, stows away easily when parked. About four years ago, I replaced the suction cup.

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Re: satellite radio

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:27 pm

fletch57 wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:43 am
I have the same XM radio that I will be installing on a 2008 GL and like the way you mounted yours. Is the mounting hardware a product that is available if so, where to buy?
Thanks,
Mine is a repurposed Butler mug mount:





I then took some very high bond (3M VHB) double-sided adhesive tape and bonded the satellite radio dock to the Butler mount. It allows me to adjust the angle of the radio for the sun or whatever, and it holds it very solid. It's worked perfectly for many years.

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Re: satellite radio

Post by fletch57 » Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:02 am

I found the Butler Mug Mount at Cyclemax. Thanks!



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