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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-03-2016, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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sirius xm radio

anyone have experience or comments on sirius xm radio for the bike ?
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-03-2016, 02:15 PM
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What year bike and are you talking about stock or aftermarket HU?

I had it on a Kenwood HU in my 13. Sound quality was worse than terrible and for that alone I cancelled right after the trial period expired, hated to listen to it. The good thing about using it in an aftermarket HU is the receiver is only about $45 if you want to try it. The first receiver I bought off amazon was bad, they returned it no hassle at all and I bought a replacement from Best Buy, as far as reception went it was fine, sound just sucked.

Perhaps the sound quality is better if you buy the module for the stock radio, but there's no way I'm paying $400 for the HD version on my 16 just to find out.
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post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-03-2016, 04:07 PM
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Noticed on your profile that you have a 15. I just installed the xm module in mine and it was fairly painless. Get the front fairing off and just put the module in. The only thing that threw me for a loop was you need a #9 torx to get the module into the radio.

Reception is alright, definitely not as good as in my truck but it's still crystal clear. If i'm on the side of a mountain or something similar I might lose reception but otherwise I'm happy with it. The sound level is just a tiny bit lower than mp3 music coming from your phone so depending on your stereo setup, wind management, helmet and if you use earplugs it may be a little harder to hear at highway speeds. I have a klockwerks sport flare and use a 3/4 helmet with high fidelity earplugs and the xm doesn't quite blast loud enough when doing +70mph. But i'm going to upgrade my stereo in the future anyway so i'm sure that would improve that. I'm a little overkill with my earplugs but the military docs told me I have better than perfect hearing so i'm trying to keep it that way.

I purchased the module at the dealer for $430. That was before I found it on It's $300 there and very straightforward to install yourself.


Repeat, you do not need to flash the radio. After I installed mine I called xm and they added the radio to my account and I was able to start listening as soon as the satellite updated the radio subscription.

I float between two dealers for parts and one told me that not only did service have to install the radio they also had to flash it to make it work. I asked why couldn't I just install the part and they could flash it when I'm done. The parts rep said I might bend a pin or drop my fairing on the floor when I take it off. Yeah, I left and went to another dealer who sold me the part without being stupid but even they said I needed to flash the radio.

Like I said it's pretty straightforward. I even took pictures and was going to install a how-to thread on it here in the forum. Let me know if you have any questions.
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I added it to my 15 RGS, and I enjoy it. As stated the reception is not as good as a cage but I use mine all the time. Last summer trip from CT to FL and no issues and the same station makes it nice to not have to search for a local station. It is not cheap to get, if you have it is a car and signal strength is an issue in that I would hold off.
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Dealing with them is a pain in the azz. I cancelled mine for the winter and it was like pulling teeth. I plan on putting it back on for 6 months the beginning of May. I recently picked up a new truck that comes with a free 90 day trial. They called me with info provided by the dealer to activate it, wanted to add it to my bike acct and demanded a credit card "in case I wanted to extend service after the trial period". I was less than friendly with the girl on the phone trying to be pushy about their "auto renewal" process.

I like the service especially the traffic and weather while on the bike but if the bike is going to sit for 4-5 months out of the year due to living in the rust belt, I really don't feel like paying for it. The truck MIGHT be driven 5k miles a year so having it in there is also pretty much pointless to me.
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Had a 3 month trial included in the purchase price of the bike at the end of three months I did not re-new due to reception. At the time I was living in Massachusetts, on rides I would lose the signal half the time due to the terrain. Fast forward to the present living in Florida Sirius calls to offer six month trial period for $20.00 , offer accepted and have no issues in Florida. Bottom line in my opinion certain areas it works great.
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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-03-2016, 08:48 PM
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Reception sucks with the XM "car" antenna because it wants to use sheet metal the fairing just does not have as a signal booster. I replaced mine with a larger "home" antenna and reception is now excellent. Bought it somewhere else cheaper, but this is the one.

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I have a '12 so the I use Sirius is to stream in on the app on my phone, and come on on the aux on the radio. I did add a Bluetooth unit that plugs into the aux so I don't have the wired connection to the radio. Works great!
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I have XM on all 3 of my currently running bikes. I absolutely love it, and can't imagine riding long distances anymore without it. Getting traffic and weather updates for wherever I am is a huge plus as well. As firedude stated above, the output gain on XM is a little less than when I use the USB drive, but it's still plenty loud for me on my bike.

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Have XM on my 15 RG, works fine. If you get in a large wooded area(canopy) it will cut out from time to time. I call XM and have it turned off in the winter, never been a problem.

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