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post #1 of 9 Old Apr 14th, 2007, 12:51 pm Thread Starter
 
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I want to install a CB on my 05 LT. What do you recommend ?
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post #2 of 9 Old Apr 15th, 2007, 8:43 am
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I want to install a CB on my 05 LT. What do you recommend ?
You don't say whether or not you have the VOICE II com system? If not, many folkes have had good luck with the J&M integrated CB/intercom. I would not recommend the BMW CB that is supposedly designed to integrate with the VOICE II. It took me a year to get mine to work properally with absolutely no support from the dealer or BMW MOTORAD!

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I do have voice II com. No GPS or CB. I just bought the bike and am the only owner of a BMW 1200 lt in Coos County OR. The nearest dealership 100 away and they are not very helpful. I fell into a group of Goldwing riders who think Im crazy for buying an LT but let me ride with them at the back of the pack with the HD rider. We are outcast. This is a fun group and I want to be able to pass insults back and forth with them as we do the twisties.
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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.
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Thanks, If you are happy with the bmw product, then thats that I will do.
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If you decide to order be sure to get the latest version. According to my dealer it has been updated several times. Also, the recommended lower cords are necessary. I'm not sure how they are different, but the standard ones introduce some feedback whereas the correct ones don't. My dealer was not aware of this and had to re-order the correct part numbers which are given with the radio documentation.

Also, my Clymer's manual came in handy since very few instructions come with the radio. Curiously, the antenna instructions were much more thorough and explained how to disassemble the tail trunk. There are basically no instructions for installing the radio other than an overall schematic.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

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I'm also in the process of making the same decision for my '07 LT. Also planning to go with the BMW unit as I understand it has the best range. Jim...may need to message you during the install process for emotional support. Thanks.

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No sweat, glad to be of whatever assistance I can.

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