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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old May 16th, 2006, 6:44 pm Thread Starter
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XM - which receiver for a bike?

I read the other posts but the info is no longer current.

Which XM receiver seems to work best on a motorcycle? I already decided that I don't want Sirius so please, lets not debate which is better etc... in this thread.

I want an XM receiver that I can:
1) read in bright sunlight
2) change stations while wearing gloves and riding


I'll be buying two receivers and both will serve multiple purposes. "Mine" will be use on the bike, at work (via the built-in FM transmitter) and at home (hooked to my home stereo). "Hers" will go between her car and her bike.

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I can only give you the information on mine but it may help you.

I have the myfi system. I bought this one over the roady for numerous reasons. It is more expensive than the roady but I thought that these items won out.

1. Battery
2. Built in antenna
These items made it seem easy to grab it from the home stereo and take it with me. (incidently, my wife and I only have one system and do not want the additional cost of another though we use ours all the time).

Here is what I found, please excuse my rambling as I do that.

1. The built in antenna does not function quite like I would expect... but the Myfi came with a small clip on antenna... Perfect, or so you would think but that cuts in and out also... next solution was to get a car antenna (when in the car with the antenna it works awesome! as well as in the home with the home cradle). After buying another antenna, I went home prepared for a ride and found that the car antenna does not fit into the attachment point that the clip on does, to be more clear, the size of the plug only fits a cradle. So now I am faced with having to have a cradle. This is a pain because instead of connecting the antenna and stuffing it into my tank bag, I have to have the cradle (additional space, not that it is that much but still enough that I am not happy) just to attach the antenna for reception. so now I figure if I have to have the cradle, I may as well mount it... purchase a ram mount and another cradle (wife drives off and keeps a cradle with her regularly, after all, good to have a cradle for each car). Now I know I am mounting it via a ram mount, I decide that since I have to have an antenna wire, I may as well have another wire and have power going to the unit, which of course eliminates the reason for buying a system with a battery in the first place.

In short, the reasons for spending extra money on the myfi are moot and I could have gone with the roady, saved money and had the same thing. Roadies have been used by numerous bikers and there are a lot of mounting options and what not, this is not true for the myfi. The roady requires no additional mount (I may be wrong) or cradle to attach power and the antenna.

Now on the positive, I do take it and use it in the yard or garage (setting it with speakers attached) in view of the sky without problems, and using it in the yard as a walkman is a plus. Another plus to the myfi is that I like talk radio also but work odd hours, I may get up at 2 in the afternoon and want to listen to a program from the morning (ok, I listen to Glenn Beck for those who want the skinny), so my solution is to set it to record while that program is on and when I get up, it is like the programming is scheduled just for me. The downside to the recording and another thing that I can not understand is that it will only turn itsself on and record the program if it is shut off and sitting in the home cradle. So if I leave it on the bike while I am at work hoping it will record, it will not because the cradle to the bike does not have poser going to it all the time and it is very inflexible on this as it relates to the recording.

I don't regret buying the myfi because I do use some of the features, I just was not expecting some of the issues and my origional reasons for buying it were eliminated quickly.

I know I rambled but I don't want to sell you on anything, nor do I want you to get something with the same thought process that I had and thus find out the same issues!

Let me know if you have any other questions, Ill give you what I can.

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Roady II seems to be very popular

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My choice was to use a Garmin 2730. That way I get XM radio, weather, traffic and GPS all in one compact unit.



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Thanks ya'll. I'll have a look at these (except for the Garmin -- I have a GPS already).

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I bought the SkyFi2 for my LT. Some have reported problems with the Roady line, with the jacks or cables wearing out from constant connection and disconnection. The SkyFi drops into a cradle. No problems reading the LCD display in sunlight, and no problem changing stations (wearing gloves) using the preset memory buttons. I don't try using the round scroll knob while riding.

I haven't installed it in the cars (too cheap to buy another car kit) but I move it between the bike and a home kit (plays through a boom box via wireless modulator) with no problems.

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