Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Reynoldsburg, OH, USA
Recommendations are always difficult.
It is always difficult to make a recommendation for things like this since there are many variables involved. While Lynn had a bad experience with his installation I had little trouble with mine and it works well. You are usually on your own with these things and can probably not count on any help from a dealer.
I installed the BMW branded J&M unit on my '06 with the help of the many fine and experienced folks on this site. The installation is a bit of a challenge and requires removal of a lot of plastic, referred to here as "tupperware". Your comfort level with this could be an issue. The Voice II, however, is all set up for the addition of the CB so no difficult wiring is required although I did have to get a little creative with the sense line for the power relay.
The unit is also a bit costly by the time you add the antenna and the special lower headset cords required. I have close to $700 tied up in mine not counting the costly J&M headsets for myself and the SO.
Like you alluded to though, it is fun to trade insults and information with your riding buddies. The CB adds a level of fun not otherwise available and, to me, it's worth the cost.
There may be other solutions, but none that I could find was as well integrated into the LT's electronics. The only complaint I have is that the radio blocks my view of the left hand mirror a bit, see the attached picture. YMMV.
'06LT - Magnesium Black Graphite (light black)
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