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Can anyone tell me the best way to mount my new XM satellite radio to my bike (06 Goldwing).
I already have a Cigarette lighter adapter so I don’t require any power and I have my Auxiliary jack that I am using for my ipod.

XM sent me a car kit but that doesn’t do me any good on the bike. Are there brackets available? Or can you simply construct your own? Also where is the best place to mount the Antenna?
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Why not buy a hidden antenna, they can be put anywhere even inside the fairing:

http://www.jpcycles.com/product/382-018

You will be spoilt for choice with mounts. Handlebar, below the ignition cover, dash. There is no shortage of them. Some links:

http://www.wingman.com/gadgets.htm
http://www.hoonhardware.com/

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I've got the same mount as in the picture and found a real problem. When the bars are turned to the right the metal tab where the antenna mounts scratches the windshield... maybe it's just because I have a Tulsa but I wasn't going to go back to a stock windshield just for the mount.

I cut off the tab down to below the height of the xm radio. That helped but it was still hard to keep the radio from hitting the shield.

If you decide to use this mount I ended up putting the antenna on top of the master cylinder. The bracket covers the master cylinder and it fit perfect

By the way... if you use this mount and you have 'accessory chrome master cylinder covers' with any kind of ornate eagle on it... the mount wont work. To much height and curve to the chrome covers. I had to go back to stock.

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I've run my antenna wire under the seat & place the antenna on the trunk rack up behind the rear seat. Never tried it but if it's like my Garmin, it will pick up the sat's inside the trunk, maybe the radio will if the antenna is behind the plastic somewhere.

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Before I gave my XM away, I had my antenna mounted on the trunk lid hump, right behind the passenger backrest.

Sure was glad to get rid of that.

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Thanks Rudy, that's where mine is, you describe it much better

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Thanks Rudy, that's where mine is, you describe it much better
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Good advice so far... Thanks. I have seen the metal brackets online at a couple of different places but nothing in Canada and I will be damned if I am going to pay $30 for a piece of metal and $25 for the shipping. Thats crazy. Anybody know of any places in Canada that might sell the same style of brackets?
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I made my own out of aluminum plate. My time... free. Materials cost...Scrap aluminum from local sheet metal shop! Quite easy to make. Installed it looks the same as the one's for sale.
Sorry, can't post photos from this location.

Worth a try, making your own.
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Good advice, Thanks Corventure
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