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post #1 of 12 Old Mar 10th, 2007, 3:58 pm Thread Starter
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Which CommSystem do I have...which CB part number?

Hi all,
I am considering buying the OEM BMW CB radio kit...the one that sits above the clutch reservoir on the handlebar...appears that there is two models of this unit, part numbers 99 99 0 006 072 and 99 99 0 006 074...the first is said to be designed for the Comm 1 System and the other for the VOICE system (VOICE 1?)...

To be honest, I'm confused as to what Comm system I have installed...my has a row of vertical red LED lights along the top right of the sloping surface with a symbol next to each...there is a main push button which changes which LED is lit (therefore which function) and two other push buttons with + and - on them... I think that it is the VOICE 1 system? Is this the same as the so called BC-3?

It would be great if a post could be made with photos of each of the CommSystems that have been made to date...

Anyway, here are my questions:
1) Are these CB systems good units?
2) Does anyone have one fitted for the comm system that I have on my bike?
3) Will either or both CB systems work...or only one of the particular part numbers as mentioned above?

Cheers and thanks in advance...

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Photo of commsystem...

Hi again,
Thought that a photo might assist in identifying the commsystem that I have fitted to my bike...

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Hi Ian:

When did you install the system? Looks like a BC-1 or BC-2. The Comm System did not come about till 2002 if I remember correctly. The Comm System has a toggle switch for FRS/CB.



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Retro fitted system...

Hi Raffy,
My bike originally had an aftermarket system fitted...that I wasn't entirely happy with. I subsequently bought this system off eBay some time ago and fitted it myself...

I believe it might be a BC-2a...

It would be good if we had somewhere in the HoW or FAQ section a photo of each of the models of intercom systems that have been produced...

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The VOICE II has a dial on the left side.



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The VOICE II has a dial on the left side.
Yep, definately NOT a VOICE II...

Hammersly Cycles on their website list two models of the CB communicator...one for the "Comm 1" system and the other for the "VOICE 1" system...
http://www.webparts.com/cycles/access_CB_Radio.htm

I just want to know which model of this CB radio I need to buy to match the system that I have fitted on the bike?

Thoughts would be appreciated...

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I figure Coom 1. But I would wait for someone else to chime in and confirm.

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That's the Voice I, the system that BMW chose to replace the ComSystem (made by J&M) with. It was subsequently replaced by the Voice II.

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That's the Voice I, the system that BMW chose to replace the ComSystem (made by J&M) with. It was subsequently replaced by the Voice II.

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Thanks Bill,
How confident are you of this? I don't wish to sound like I doubt you, I just need to be sure as I think this will determine which CB unit will or won't work with this system...

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Bill is right. There were loads of problems initially with the VOICE I, and it was replaced with the VOICE II from either the same or possibly another European manufacturer. I believe what you have is the VOICE I. The only difference in the two CB units you are looking at is the connecting plug to interface with either the Comm System made by J & M Corporation on 03's and before, which you definitely don't have, or the VOICE (I & II) placed on 05's and up. Either way, if it's a CB you want and you can locate the BMW badged one to interface with your system, then grab it because J & M (the folks who made it for BMW) is no longer making it, and my understanding is that a CB is no longer even listed as an available accessory for the LT.

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Ian,

I am certain about your unit being a Voice I. When it came out originally it was just called the BMW "Voice" system, but after the Voice II came out it became the Voice I.
As Ranger6 said, there were some problems with the "Voice" unit, but you may have gotten one that works just fine.
Does the CB you have pictured in your photo not work? I think that's the Midland unit that came with the later 2002-2004 model K1200LTs. My brother has that exact one, but he has the BMW ComSystem made by J&M. I have the Midland 75-822 with my J&M ComSystem. They're about $70-80 on eBay.
I think that any of the CBs including the handlebar mounted one from J&M will work with your unit. Be advised though - there have been some complaints about the J&M handlebar mount CBs. Do a search on them on this forum for comments.
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Thanks guys...

Bill et al,
Thanks for the advice...much appreciated!

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