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GLl1500 radio

Post by Ndakman » Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:02 pm



Does the radio on my 1996 Honda Goldwing have a place where I could plug in a aux sub cord so I can run the sound from my XM unit thru it? I know I could use the tape player for the sound, but that means wire running from tape player to XM. I really don't want that.



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Re: GLl1500 radio

Post by Charlie1Horse » Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:31 am

Short answer, NO. But you can add an input cable and run it over to the fairing pocket. The only one that had an aux input was the one without the cassette player. These had only four knobs on them and an aux input cable that extended to the left fairing pocket. If you want to add the aux cable you can go to this article in the DIY section,
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=5316
Or you can send it to Sierra Electronics and they can add it for you.
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Re: GLl1500 radio

Post by DenverWinger » Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:24 am

Get yourself one of these FM Modulators.

They're $25, and work very well! When you switch the modulator on, it interrupts your FM antenna and inserts an FM Stereo signal at 87.9 or 88.3 MHz, you simply tune your FM radio to the frequency of the modulator and you receive your XM unit or whatever other audio source you are connecting to the modulator on the FM radio. The sound quality is excellent. When you switch the modulator off, this restores the FM antenna and your FM radio returns to normal operations.

No surgery on the factory stereo required!

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Re: GLl1500 radio

Post by Snowmoer » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:33 am

I have an XM modulator. You un plug the bike radio antenna wire, plug in the XM modulator wire into the radio antenna jack, then plug the bike antenna into the modulator. There is a wire that then goes to the XM radio. I do not have to turn the modulator on or off. When set the radio to 88.5, it comes on automatically. Everything is under the plastic on the bike. The only extra thing is the wire going into the Aux. jack on the XM radio cradle.

Check some of the XM equipment sites. They should still have them.

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Re: GLl1500 radio

Post by bellboy40 » Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:52 pm

DenverWinger wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:24 am
Get yourself one of these FM Modulators.

They're $25, and work very well! When you switch the modulator on, it interrupts your FM antenna and inserts an FM Stereo signal at 87.9 or 88.3 MHz, you simply tune your FM radio to the frequency of the modulator and you receive your XM unit or whatever other audio source you are connecting to the modulator on the FM radio. The sound quality is excellent. When you switch the modulator off, this restores the FM antenna and your FM radio returns to normal operations.

No surgery on the factory stereo required!

https://www.amazon.com/iSimple-IS31-Ant ... B002U5XPBE
I installed one of these on my current GL1500. As stated above, it does work well and no cutting into the bikes wiring to install it. I modified the radio on another GL1500 for the aux input and it worked well also and I guess it sounded better to some folks but I couldn't tell the difference from the FM modulator and the FM modulator is is easier to install.

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Re: GLl1500 radio

Post by CrystalPistol » Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:57 pm

I mounted cradle and 12v outlet for a wireless XM SkyFi power supply/modulator in the trunk, it's so close to AM/FM ant I never get interference. In my 4 wheeled vehicles, I have wired inline modulators that plug in ant wire.
Anyways, I just set SkyFi in cradle, plug in modulator, turn on and select channel, then tune my FM to listen. WRH or '40s or '50s usually. Sat ant is also usually in trunk on top side of the metal strap between rack bolts. Works great.
Once, on a group ride, buddy called me on CB to tell me about great oldies station he found scanning, and it was staying clear he said. He found my modulator frequency is what he found. :lol:


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Re: GLl1500 radio

Post by bellboy40 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:05 am

CrystalPistol wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:57 pm
I mounted cradle and 12v outlet for a wireless XM SkyFi power supply/modulator in the trunk, it's so close to AM/FM ant I never get interference. In my 4 wheeled vehicles, I have wired inline modulators that plug in ant wire.
Anyways, I just set SkyFi in cradle, plug in modulator, turn on and select channel, then tune my FM to listen. WRH or '40s or '50s usually. Sat ant is also usually in trunk on top side of the metal strap between rack bolts. Works great.
Once, on a group ride, buddy called me on CB to tell me about great oldies station he found scanning, and it was staying clear he said. He found my modulator frequency is what he found. :lol:

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Ha! Gotta love that good station your riding buddy is broadcasting on. I'm kind of surprised he could pick it up that well. I didn't think they would transmit very far. How close were ya'll riding?

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Re: GLl1500 radio

Post by CrystalPistol » Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:57 pm

bellboy40 wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:05 am
CrystalPistol wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:57 pm
I mounted cradle and 12v outlet for a wireless XM SkyFi power supply/modulator in the trunk, it's so close to AM/FM ant I never get interference. In my 4 wheeled vehicles, I have wired inline modulators that plug in ant wire.
Anyways, I just set SkyFi in cradle, plug in modulator, turn on and select channel, then tune my FM to listen. WRH or '40s or '50s usually. Sat ant is also usually in trunk on top side of the metal strap between rack bolts. Works great.
Once, on a group ride, buddy called me on CB to tell me about great oldies station he found scanning, and it was staying clear he said. He found my modulator frequency is what he found. :lol:

Trike XM 1 Aug 07 800w.JPG
Ha! Gotta love that good station your riding buddy is broadcasting on. I'm kind of surprised he could pick it up that well. I didn't think they would transmit very far. How close were ya'll riding?
He was the first or second trike behind me, he was impressed that the signal from this station was staying with us, even for FM. He had been listening for awhile before he called to me. Next gas stop, I showed him my "radio station".

I was also mildly surprised, as I sometimes got interference between the modulator and radio antenna in FM rich areas like NoVa. when I had the modulator up front just a 2 or 3 feet from my radio's antenna, but maybe my presence in the seat affected it too. Once I moved it to the trunk, no more interference as it's only 10-12 inches from modulator to the bike's radio antenna now and only a layer of ABS between them. I think it's like "half distance = 4X signal strength" with radio signals.

Maybe he had a FM booster?

There were other rides where he would stay close so I know he repeated it.
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Re: GLl1500 radio

Post by bellboy40 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:51 pm

I had not heard it stated that "half the distance is 4 times the signal strength" but that is correct. Radio waves signal strength is proportional to the inverse square of the distance. So that means if you double the distance you get 1/4 the signal strength. It sounds like your riding buddy really likes your choice of music and your "radio station". :D

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Re: GLl1500 radio

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:22 pm

In another life I had a satellite radio business. :)

Those older SkyFi units had VERY powerful transmitters in them, and could often be picked up almost a block away. This caused a problem in traffic, where many people with the same units, broadcasting on the same frequency, caused massive interference with one another.

Later units had much less powerful transmitters to prevent this problem.

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Re: GLl1500

Post by Ndakman » Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:26 pm

CrystaIPistol" Please show how, tell how and explain why putting the FM modulator in the trunk instead of the left & right pockets up front. Thank You Ndakman



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