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I want to add XM radio unit to my bike. I've got all the parts/cables. Where's a good place to put on my bike?
I'm thinking about over the master brake cylinder cover. Thoughts?



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The clutch side would be closer to the AUX input cable, if you plan on feeding the sound into your bike that way.
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I have mine mounted over the front brake master cylinder using a RAM mount. It works very well. I routed the anntenna lead to the rear of the bike and mounted it on one of the rear speaker covers. Over time the lead wire broke due to opening and closing of the trunk. I would recommend placing the antenna on the front of the bike somewhere.






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I found having the XM antenna on the trunk meant losing the signal often because the passenger would block it (depending on what direction you were riding).

I moved it so it was on my glareshield, right at the base of the windshield, and it worked perfectly.

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I'll try that, I have to get a new antenna anyway.
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I put it on the clutch cylinder. I have my phone on the right side. Everything looks and holds fine. I put the antenna on the front speaker grille. I will hide all the excess wire
Thanks for all the advise.

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If I use a trunk rack bag with rain gear in it, I simply move the antenna out & up to stick on small metal plate velcroid to top of the bag. Works for me, just turn on, tune in, shut trunk, carry my own radio station, no issues picking what as I know what I like to listen to if I listen on the trike. No interfearence with modulator so close to bike antenna either.


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CrystalPistol wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:04 am
If I use a trunk rack bag with rain gear in it, I simply move the antenna out & up to stick on small metal plate velcroid to top of the bag. Works for me, just turn on, tune in, shut trunk, carry my own radio station, no issues picking what as I know what I like to listen to if I listen on the trike. No interfearence with modulator so close to bike antenna either. IM003136 Trike XM 3 Aug 07 small.jpg
Interesting. How do you change channels?

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toanogreen wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:41 am
CrystalPistol wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:04 am
If I use a ….
Interesting. How do you change channels?
I wonder how often does one change channels?

Where it's all (XM stuff) mounted is unused space and whatever is in the trunk is below it when opened. I usually only listen to one of 3 or 4 channels, I don't channel surf even if in the car. Usually, it's a decision of whether to listen or not listen to a radio. If I listen while on the trike, it's either Willie's Roadhouse or the '40s station …. or maybe a bluegrass station. When I start out, as I put the helmet etc on, I open the trunk lid and set my channel according to what mood strikes me.
If I don't feel like listening, I still set the XM on & tune it to a favorite, then I can listen or not as desired by using regular radio controls. That SkyFi one is 16-18 years old (I have spares), it doesn't seem to mind and it stays dry.
I do not listen to talk radio while on the trike, but I might if in a car. I have docking stations in each vehicle except our Forester as it has it's own sub. .

That power outlet in the trunk top where the wireless modulator is used is hot all the time, uses a fused / dedicated circuit. When I remove the receiver, I pull the modulator out a hair far enough it's little red light turns off.
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CrystalPistol wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:31 am
toanogreen wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:41 am
CrystalPistol wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:04 am
If I use a ….
Interesting. How do you change channels?
I wonder how often does one change channels?

Now that does make a lot of sense! I may consider that, since I only listen to a couple of channels (if that). Thanks



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