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garrisj
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XM Radio

Postby garrisj » Sat Dec 05, 2009 2:15 pm



I have a 2008 GL 1800 with Navi, ABS, Comfort. Has anyone added a 2009 radio system? can one even be purchased? I would really like to have XM on the bike. Option 2 is to add a free standing XM I guess?



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SilverHawk
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Re: XM Radio

Postby SilverHawk » Sat Dec 05, 2009 7:35 pm

I don't know of anyone who has even attempted to install an '09 Radio into another year Goldwing. Not even sure it is doable. You can add XM or Sirius Radio with several after-market systems currently available. You can google "goldwing and xm" to see some of the after market system. Good luck.

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rob97989
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Re: XM Radio

Postby rob97989 » Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:05 pm

garris - I have the 09 with XM and GPS but installed a bar mounted XM through my Zumo 550 and run them off "AUX". You might consider if you are going to purchase a GPS first since the hook-up is so simple. I run the J&M set-up to have them talk through the bikes speakers.
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gareva1
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Re: XM Radio

Postby gareva1 » Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:26 pm

I'm almost 100% positive this can't be done in a plug and play sort of way. I'll take a look at the radio plugs on an 09 vs my 08 in a couple days and compare it.

budhead
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Re: XM Radio

Postby budhead » Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:05 pm

gareva1 wrote:I'm almost 100% positive this can't be done in a plug and play sort of way. I'll take a look at the radio plugs on an 09 vs my 08 in a couple days and compare it.


:o You have two gl!!! I am wanting to do the same thing with my 08 with nav. I like the 09 for the weather station. I think it would be great to see the front moving in on your route.

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Re: XM Radio

Postby gareva1 » Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:28 pm

no, unfortunately I don't have two gl1800s....but I have a friend who is a honda dealer who happens to have an 08 and an 09 sitting next to each other in the service bay.

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Re: XM Radio

Postby gareva1 » Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:37 pm

Ok, here's what I noticed and what I was told by the mechanic:

The harnesses are identical in shape; the 09 radio will plug into the 08 bike...unfortunately, some of the pins are either moved around, or simply not present; you could not just plug in an 09 and get xm and weather; what you would have to do is either figure out the pin differences and modify and add the necessary pins, or get the wiring harness from an 09 as well. The mechanic says the 09 harness will work and is the best option if you wanted to do this. 07 or 08 are the earliest years you can do this; the 06 bike, despite it having premium audio, cannot be retrofitted in this way, and even on the bikes you can do it, honda doesnt document the process.

You should start looking in salvage yards and insurance auctions if you wanted to do this...the audio unit is very expensive, and a wrecked bike is probably your best bet to get harnesses and a radio.

I would seriously consider just looking for an aftermarket xm unit.

decorahwingrider
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Re: XM Radio

Postby decorahwingrider » Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:32 pm

I too have pondered placing the XM upgrade on my '08 Nav/Comfort bike. I've discussed this too length with other riders on another forum only too learn that the wiring harness on the '08 is not compatible with the '09 model. On my previous bike a '03 BMW R1200CLC I had a "Sirius" unit installed and it worked just great. My plans are too have my "Sirius" radio professionaly installed on my '08. I'm not a big fan of local radio stations. So this will be the first thing I get done when I resume riding this spring.

garrisj
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Re: XM Radio

Postby garrisj » Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:18 pm

Thanks to all that replied. Looks like a trip to the salvage yard or Best Buy is in store for me...




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