Small issue with tape deck


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Small issue with tape deck

Postby RRR1977 » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:12 pm



Hey all, new member here. I recently purchased a 2000, 1500 GL. Got a great deal on it, and it was like new (6k miles!!), and I am loving the bike so far. This past week I took it on a 1800 mile trip, and all was great, but a small issue has reared it's head and pissed me off to no end. I am hoping someone here can help me fix it.

I am running a Sirius XM radio through my stereo using a cassette adapter. On my way out, and around my destination, all worked fine. However, the last day on location, and during my return trip, the cassette player starting "flipping sides". The feed from the satellite radio would be interrupted, and the icon on the dash, would show the cassette with the arrow reverse direction. It would do this at varying intervals, sometimes 10 sec apart, or I might get a few minutes without is changing over. When it does this "flip" it pauses music for about 3-5 seconds. Every now and again, it would flip back and forth so fast, I would get both arrows, pointing out and flashing (I am assuming it means jam-but that can't happen with no actual tape on the adapter) inside the cassette icon. Being that I spent over 12 hours on the bike today, it took all my restraint to prevent myself from going full out hulk mode and putting my fist through the radio, and even though I still had a great day on the wing, it would of been better with music.

Any help anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated. Eventually, I plan on trying have an auxiliary port added, but not for a while. Thanks in advance.



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Re: Small issue with tape deck

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 29, 2015 9:15 am

I had this problem with Sirus/XM "cassette tape inserts" before on certain car radios. Sometimes switching to a new insert fixed it. Sometimes I had to switch to an aftermarket adapter and that fixed it.

I would check first that if you put an actual real cassette tape into it, if it continues to keep reversing. If not, then the problem is likely the adapter, not the tape deck.

If it's the tape deck (i.e. the problem still occurs with a cassette tape), then I would talk to Sierra-MC about it. They could likely fix it, or better yet, have them install one of their AUX In mods. This bypasses the cassette adapter entirely and feeds the audio directly into the radio, electrically. The sound quality is vastly improved this way over the cassette tape or FM modulator methods of injecting audio into the radio.

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Re: Small issue with tape deck

Postby CMReynolds1 » Mon Jun 29, 2015 9:28 am

I would like to second what WingAdmin said about the AUX IN. I have that on my 1800 and the sound is perfect. Makes for a nice clean install, also. Just a thought
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Re: Small issue with tape deck

Postby RRR1977 » Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:16 am


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Re: Small issue with tape deck

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:50 am

RRR1977 wrote:Thanks. Is this the mod? http://www.sierra-mc.com/proddetail.asp ... G-GPSIN-GL


No, that's my GPS Input Device that they also sell.

The AUX In mod involves you sending your radio to them, and they make a modification to the circuit board before shipping it back. If you're relatively comfortable with a soldering iron and circuit board soldering, you could probably do it yourself; the instructions are available on the Internet.

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Re: Small issue with tape deck

Postby estaibjr » Sat Sep 03, 2016 10:04 am

flopping tape signals def tape ( or player). Sierra Electronics is the place to send it. Great folks and good work. Best wishes. We just got ours back for wife's trike.

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Re: Small issue with tape deck

Postby Mh434 » Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:46 am

I've run into that exact issue, on two different vehicles. In both cases, it was the cassette adapter itself that was at fault, causing the deck's auto-reverse function to trigger. I bought a higher-quality adapter (Philips Audio or something, vs. dollar store item I'd been using), and that fixed it.

Personally, I find using the cassette adapters marginal at best. IMHO, it's better to install a direct-in Aux input. There are vairous options out there - I chose an iSimple unit from Amazon. I have several of them in various vehicles, and all give clean, crisp sound with no detectable signal loss, with no loss of any of the system's functionality. Easy, DIY install, too.

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Re: Small issue with tape deck

Postby Greenwinger » Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:35 pm

I use a Audiovox hard wired FM modulator for my Aux in. Sounds great and you don't lose the cassette functionality. Where if your MP3 player goes for a crap, you still have the cassette as a back up.




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