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Hello, Just signed up and this is my first post. This is a great looking site!
I have just gotten rid of a 2008 HD FLHTCUSE3 and ordered a 2009 K-1300 GT. The reviews and test rides I have read about so far indicate a very fast bike this is.

My Harley had a great entertainment centre and I see nothing at all exists on the new 1300 GT. A CD player and sat radio would be nice to have on the 1300 GT. I am hoping for some suggestions on how to install a cd and sat unit on the 1300 GT so it looks and fits in in a classy fashion.

Any input would be greatly appreciated! I don't get the bike until end of March so lots of time to plan and order parts!

Thanks!

Don
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post #2 of 9 Old Feb 27th, 2009, 12:17 pm
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Welcome. You're in for a treat once your new GT shows up.

There are several waterproof satellite radio options available. Check out our Satellite Radio forum for some examples.

As far as a CD player, most folks just go with an iPod instead. You can carry a lot more music in much less space, and there is no problem with skipping if you get one of the solid-state memory versions. More details can be found in the iPod/MP3 forum.

You will need some way to actually hear the music though. At a minimum that means a set of helmet speakers, and something to tie in the various audio signals. A Mix-it works well for this, or you can use an intercom system which also allows you to talk to a passenger. Again, look through our Intercom, CB, & 2-Way Radios forum for ideas.

Finally, may I suggest looking into a radar detector system? Mine has paid for itself over and over again. And yes, there is a Radar Detector forum as well.

You can also find lots of good information in the K12/1300GT (Next Gen) forum on our sister site, K-Bikes.com.

That ought to keep you busy for a while.

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Hello, Just signed up and this is my first post. This is a great looking site!
I have just gotten rid of a 2008 HD FLHTCUSE3 and ordered a 2009 K-1300 GT. The reviews and test rides I have read about so far indicate a very fast bike this is.

My Harley had a great entertainment centre and I see nothing at all exists on the new 1300 GT. A CD player and sat radio would be nice to have on the 1300 GT. I am hoping for some suggestions on how to install a cd and sat unit on the 1300 GT so it looks and fits in in a classy fashion.

Any input would be greatly appreciated! I don't get the bike until end of March so lots of time to plan and order parts!

Thanks!

Don
Welcome aboard, Don! I could never bring myself to listen to any music aboard either my LT, or especially, the GT. It would interrupt the engine singing the opera to me.

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Hello, Just signed up and this is my first post. This is a great looking site!
I have just gotten rid of a 2008 HD FLHTCUSE3 and ordered a 2009 K-1300 GT. The reviews and test rides I have read about so far indicate a very fast bike this is.

My Harley had a great entertainment centre and I see nothing at all exists on the new 1300 GT. A CD player and sat radio would be nice to have on the 1300 GT. I am hoping for some suggestions on how to install a cd and sat unit on the 1300 GT so it looks and fits in in a classy fashion.

Any input would be greatly appreciated! I don't get the bike until end of March so lots of time to plan and order parts!

Thanks!

Don
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Just got off of a 2007 FLHTCUSE2 !! Bought a Red 1300GT. WOW a whole different bike.

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You have a lot of options; too many really. Personally I could give a crap about CDs and FM. An MP3 player (iPOD or generic) holds so much more storage. Satellite is good also and takes little room. For bike to bike the ranks are split between CB radios (for those that remember the `70s, and FRS/GMRS radios (walkie talkies). I prefer the latter.

Are you thinking intercom? You have two options; wired and wireless. You have four vendors; Baehr, Autocom, Starcom and AKE. Baehr and AKE are the up-scale choices.

In the interest of full disclosure, I represent AKE.

IMHO look for the system that gives you flexibility.
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Take a look at the J&M IntegratR. You can plug in SAT radio, GPS, radar detector, cell phone and either CB or FRS/GMRS. And it flat works - that's an important point when you're picking a communication system. I've read about and experienced lots of problems with other systems; especially the high dollar systems. Parts of them work well but getting everything to work can drive you crazy.

You can place the IntegratR in a tank bag and your good to go. Or, by using a lower headset cord with a volume control you can hide it in the fairing. You can slightly modify the right pocket to hold it or place it on the shelf in front of the ABS inside the left fairing side cover.

Right now my friends and I are using the IntegratR on two GT's, a GSA and an LT. All have SAT radio, GPS, radar detector, cell phone and CB -- they work flawlessly.

For the best prices checkout Sierra Electronics:

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Welcome. You're in for a treat once your new GT shows up.

There are several waterproof satellite radio options available. Check out our Satellite Radio forum for some examples.

As far as a CD player, most folks just go with an iPod instead. You can carry a lot more music in much less space, and there is no problem with skipping if you get one of the solid-state memory versions. More details can be found in the iPod/MP3 forum.

You will need some way to actually hear the music though. At a minimum that means a set of helmet speakers, and something to tie in the various audio signals. A Mix-it works well for this, or you can use an intercom system which also allows you to talk to a passenger. Again, look through our Intercom, CB, & 2-Way Radios forum for ideas.

Finally, may I suggest looking into a radar detector system? Mine has paid for itself over and over again. And yes, there is a Radar Detector forum as well.

You can also find lots of good information in the K12/1300GT (Next Gen) forum on our sister site, K-Bikes.com.

That ought to keep you busy for a while.
Hello ken, I almost picked up an '05 LT today, and discovered a problem with the odometer reading, so the deal is off. I am now seriously considering the GT, since I like to move along at a good pace.I also like the fact it is so much lighter than the LT. I have a real tough time when I can't stretch out on long rides, and in your post back in January of '08, you had mentioned you found some spots to locate something (like the J-pegs?) on the GT. Have you made any progress along those lines?
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in your post back in January of '08, you had mentioned you found some spots to locate something (like the J-pegs?) on the GT. Have you made any progress along those lines?
Nope, been too busy riding to work on that project. I really should look into that again . . .

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Hello, Just signed up and this is my first post. This is a great looking site!
I have just gotten rid of a 2008 HD FLHTCUSE3 and ordered a 2009 K-1300 GT. The reviews and test rides I have read about so far indicate a very fast bike this is.

My Harley had a great entertainment centre and I see nothing at all exists on the new 1300 GT. A CD player and sat radio would be nice to have on the 1300 GT. I am hoping for some suggestions on how to install a cd and sat unit on the 1300 GT so it looks and fits in in a classy fashion.

Any input would be greatly appreciated! I don't get the bike until end of March so lots of time to plan and order parts!

Thanks!

Don
Don,

Welcome to the gang! I'll be up your way this summer with the fam doing a run over to Butchart gardens.

I agree with the members who suggest iPod rather than CD. SO and I used a splitter cable and needed no amp. Lots more music on the iPod than a CD. Sound is superb up to about 140....

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