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PetesK1200 said:
Hi guys, I'd like to wire my gt with xm sat radio. What unit are you guys using for this app? Do you hardwire it for power or use rechargable batts? thanks for any advice!!
XM MyFi portable radio on the GS's and a Sirius auto radio of some sort on the LT. I actually have cigarette lighter-style electrical outlets installed on (almost) all of my bikes, and use those outlets to run the satellite radios.

What are the differences between the radios?

Most satellite radios don't seem to have an amplifier built in, so you are dependent on using an auto-type AM/FM radio or perhaps something like a J&M CB radio to act as a "partner" to the satellite radio. That's no problem with something like an LT with the built-in factory sound system, but obviously a real PITA with a bike without an AM/FM radio.

The MyFi is a portable satellite radio. I have the radio mounted on a RAM mount, and once again have cigarette lighter-style electrical plugs on my bikes. That way I can move the device from one bike to the other without too much trauma. I really haven't had any trouble with those plugs to be honest, although the MyFi has a battery built in and would keep playing if there were momentary lapses in the circuit. For earbuds I have discovered that Koss "Plug" earbuds work wonders to keep outside noise out and to route the radio's sound to my ear canal.

All in all the MyFi has worked very well.

Even with what seems like a zillion channels on XM you begin to find repetition and I've found that the Sirius radio is an excellent occasional alternative to XM radio, especially since Sirius has now added Radio Margaritaville (YES!). The downside to the particular Sirius radio that we have (sorry, wish that I knew the model) is that the gold-on-black display that looks so good at the store is almost impossible to see out on the road on a bright day.

Good luck!
 

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My pleasure Pete. If you go with the MyFi and need any suggestions feel free to email me at [email protected] and I'll be happy to help.

You can buy MyFi's on eBay at reasonable prices. You do need the car cradle for bike use and they can be (or used to be?) tough to find at a decent prices. Once upon a time I wanted a spare cradle but now I simply transfer the cradle and RAM stalk all as one unit. Otherwise, if you can get a MyFi without a lot of the household radio stuff it will work well on a bike and you can save a few $$$.

Also be aware that there's now another portable XM radio available. Sorry that I don't know offhand what it's called nor the pros and cons of the new ones, but Circuit City had some in stock the last time that I dropped by there. The one thing that I can say about the newer unit is that the form factor is more rectangular, which might make mounting a bit easier (Velcro can be your friend if done correctly!).

The only other advice that I can give you with a MyFi is that I wouldn't get any of these radios very wet. There is a $20 cover available for the MyFi somewhere out there on the 'net (plastic baggies likely work just as well) and although I haven't killed the MyFi yet
I did manage to kill off another XM radio in a thunderstorm. Water and electronics obviously don't mix well ;)

Good luck!
 
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