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XM radio on the wing Great Idea, unfortunately a very poor design. I have a brand new 2010 with Audio/Comfort/ and Nav. Love the bike and really like the idea of XM Radio on it however mounting the antenna under the dashboard Who came up with that stupid idea. I had a 96 1500 SE with an add on XM and an external antenna mounted on my luggage rack Great Reception everywhere. On the new one if there are any trees in the ride forget hearing XM. Honda you need to fix this poor design and poor reception issues due to a bad design.
 

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Not really sure on that. I am taking it in to the dealer to see if they can make it any better. I need to have some other items looked at anyway.
 

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I was wondering if you have had any luck with this for I am experiencing the same problems. I just purchased a 2009 brand new this March (2010). If its just a matter of using an aftermarket antenna im fine with that. Any information on this problem would be greatly appreciated for I hate having my music interupted.
 

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Just to ring in, I picked up my new 2010 in May 2010 and it has the same poor reception problem. I talked to the dealer and they entered it into the Honda complaint system but only said if enough people launch complaints, Honda may come up with a fix. I also have installed XM on other bikes with rear mounted antenna's and they worked fine. I would use a third party antenna but at first glance, the connector for the XM radio that is a pin in the connector that plugs into the XM/NAVI unit in the top box, is a non-standard XM connector. I honestly haven't taken the time to really pull it apart and see if it could be cut to splice in a standard XM coax. My riding season just never took off this year so it wasn't a priority but hopefully over the winter here in New England, Honda comes up with a fix or I'll take a look at it and come up with something. I'm certain an adapter could be fab'd to interface with the present connect and a standard XM pin/connector. Maybe someone else has already invented this wheel! HELP??
 

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Hopefully after this will give you the answers you seek http://www.goldwingowners.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3757&page=3

I was one of the guys who put it on theres and Ive had great reception ever since. After talking to the dealer that installed it, he basically said it was spliced into the system somewhere under the right fairing pocket, but by having him do it I would still qualify for a "fix" if Honda ever comes out with a recall. This dealer has stated that almost everyone that gets the xm comes back for intermittent problems. Hope this helps.
 

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Thx a lot kydriver. I have a number of XM antenna from buying different heads over the years. I'll look at the wiring this weekend and look at splicing one in. At that point it will just be deciding where to mount it.
 

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I work in the electronics industry. I'm going to try and find out what the terminal and housing is for the XM antenna and see if I can source them. If so, I will either try to just make a "plu-n-play" adapter to sidestep a splicing operation or see about making up some antenna with the special terminal so splicing isn't required. The adapter would be my first choice as long as it doesn't negatively effect impedence/reception.
 

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If you come up with a plug and play option that would be great! Let me know what you come up with. Theres a couple guys I know that want to add the new antenna but are hesitant about the splicing of the wires which is understandable.
 

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ive installed the xm radio's in many semi's and such they sell a big antanna that looks like a minature air horn thats the best one... they sell 2 or 3 others that are large

i think with the kit you buy over the shelf they sell the "hockey puck" thats what i call it


its magnetic on one side or you can glue it with somethiing if you want it gets good reception


http://www.myradiostore.com/antennas-cables/antenna-motorcycle/4-foot-roady-antenna.html
 

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The real issue is the non-standard Coax Terminal for the XM antenna that Honda designed into the connector for the XM/Nav module. Had they designed in separate, standard connection, it would be an easy plug-n-play situation. So you either have to splice-in the new antenna or as I am going to do, find out what the terminal is and replace the stock XM terminal that comes on the hockey puck antenna and then replace the existing one in the connector with this one.
 

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Have you had any luck? Are you looking at the connector that plugs into the XM at the back of the bike or the connector under the seat/shelter?

I wonder if the Honda XM car antennas have the same connector as the one on the trunk unit. If so, I should be able to find a antenna at a local wrecking yard.

I've also been toying with the idea of install the above antenna in conjunction with the front factory antenna. The plan would be to have one on the trunk lid too. That would solve the problem of blocking the signal with my body when driving ENE.

Any thoughts?

Here is a picture of the connectors from one of Honda's car setups:
 

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Here is a picture of the XM Antenna connector that plugs into the NAV module in the trunk on my 2010. It hard to tell exactly, but it sure looks like the one in your picture.
I didn't know that there was another connection point under the seat. I'll have to look at that. Maybe that is where a standard XM Antenna connector interfaces with the Honda harness.
 

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The first one appears to be a standard OEM XM connector. I added the factory Sirius boxes to my wife's Ford and it had that same type connector. I'm off to the wrecking yard this morning to see what I can find.

Thanks for the pictures. That helps.

I believe there is a connection under the shelter according to the Honda diagram. All three of the connectors that come off of the Navi/XM unit are combined into a wiring harness which is split up again up front and has the connectors for the radio, the XM antenna and the GPS antenna.
 

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BTW, I figured out the best placement for an antenna. The two wires should be added to a modified headset plug and the antenna should be on top of the rider's helmet. ;)
 
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