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post #1 of 6 Old Aug 27th, 2009, 9:28 am Thread Starter
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BMW Zumo XM Radio?

I have heard that the latest firmware update to the BMW Zumo will enable the XM radio function once you add the antenna. Has anyone done this? I haven't seen anything about it on this forum.
I first saw it mentioned on Iron Horse Motorcycle

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Re: BMW Zumo XM Radio?

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Re: BMW Zumo XM Radio?

It would be a nice bonus. And wow, there seems to be nothing but contradictory info on so many boards about this very topic. One GS board post is pretty affirmative about the 3-09 update and says he / she got it done at a San Diego BMW dealer. Call them to see.
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Re: BMW Zumo XM Radio?

The Zumo 550 has had this feature for sometime now. The problem is the size of the antennae - its as big as a hockey puck!



A few guys I know have cut out a hole in the cover to the dashboard just below the windscreen and have installed the antennae there. By all accounts it works will on the Zumo so I'm sure it will work well on the BMW unit.

You can even purchase weather band and get real time weather maps. So I would think this would be available on the BMW unit as well.

The biggest downside, besides the cost of a XM subscription, is the cost of the antennae-

GXM 30

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Suggested Retail Price: $ 249.99 USD
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On Fleabay, the antennae will set you back $220 + Shipping

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Re: BMW Zumo XM Radio?

It is correct that Zumo BMW did indeed have an update to allow the XM receiver to be used on the ZUMO. Prior to that the BMW ZUMO was getting the short shift in regards to the capabilities of the regular ZUMO.

Yes the Receiver is expensive , but you can find them on eBAY.
iS IT WORTH IT? WELL YES IF YOU (dang caps) like your XM and dont have the Ipod. It does have traffic for the big cities, so thats a plus.
If you already have the XM in another vehicle, an extra 6 bucks a mo isnt that bad. ( i think its still that much- dont remember as I pay by the year).

weak points? yes in between office buildings, under over passes, sometimes mountainous areas wher you cant get a lock on the signal, so yes a few shortcomings.

Do I like it...... OH yeh.
ANd I change it from bike to bike.as well.

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Re: BMW Zumo XM Radio?

I agree with you- I have Sirius on my LT and love it. I never even think about using the Ipod.

But, keep in mind, when you move the Zumo to a different bike, you will need to move the hockey puck with you too.

Or you can simply buy two which is now very expensive.

For the price of the puck, you can always by an ipod. It comes with their own earplugs that will set you back nada moving from bike to bike.

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