Many of you have helped as I worked my way through various issues with my '08 RT Autocom Pro AVI system, and I couldn't have done it without you. Thanks! I hope I'm not going to the well once too often here.
We have two of the Shoei Multitec helmets with the Autocom part 1153 type "B" speakers and microphones, a BMW ZUMO 550, an Autocom part # 1273 to allow integration of our cell phone, and the normal hard-wired part # 1314 connection for other audio. And it all works!
Now, of course, on the theory that if it ain't broken then I'm not trying hard enough, I think that rigging up a small CB radio would be ideal. I ride with folks who use CB to communicate. The leader and sweep always have a CB link, and it's helpful for others to at least hear what's going on.
I notice that I have an "AUX 5 (main bike-to-bike lead)" which is already installed as part of the Autocom unit, and the lead is dangling uselessly under the passenger seat. Looks similar to the plugs used for the helmet connections.
So, I called the BMW dealer who recommended and installed all of this stuff, and they said they didn't have a clue about how to do the bike to bike part. Doesn't sound like a good start.
I've heard that some Kenwood CB radios will accept that Autocom Aux 5 plug directly, and that the radio can draw power from the plug (eliminating the need for batteries.)
I presume it's a simple plug and play, except for the push-to-talk (PTT) switch which I also presume is essential. Trying to find room for another switch on the RT handlebars will be a feat in itself, let alone mounting it, running the wiring, etc. If I just got the parts, probably the BMW shop would do the install for me next time it's in for service, but I want to make sure I'm getting the correct parts for them to install.
I'm also even considering just installing the CB radio to listen
but not necessarily to talk. That would save the PTT installation, and would probably entail nothing more than plugging in the CB unit. Then when the bike's apart some other time, run the PTT wiring if I still want it.
Oh, another issue.. where does the antenna go with an RT? No permanent top box to use. How do other folks do it?
BTW, I gather there is some radio format other than CB which is the "new thing" for bikers. It would be nice to have that, I guess, but I can't do it at the expense of the CB, since CB is what everybody else I ride with uses.
Any suggestions welcome! Thanks!