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post #1 of 5 Old Aug 22nd, 2011, 2:49 pm Thread Starter
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Issues with Radio / Comm

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I recently bought a 2002 K1200 LT from someone local. I am working to fix a couple of issues with the Radio / Comm system. So far my search in seeing if someone already had these issues came up with nothing. However i have learned a lot from what I've read.

Issue 1: The Radio comes over the Fairing Speakers fine when the key is switched to the "R" position but cuts out when the key is switched to the "ON" position. The Radio will come through the Comm System when the bike is running but not over the Fairing Speakers even when i switch the FR/HS switch on the comm system.

Issue 2: I try to connect my iPod to the Comm System using the 3.5/3.5 cable. The FR/HS button is supposed to make this port active, but this does not work. I can faintly hear the iPod playing but the Radio Stays on.

Not sure if these are related or if there is 1 thing causing both issues.

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post #2 of 5 Old Aug 22nd, 2011, 4:35 pm
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Re: Issues with Radio / Comm

The only thing that is different when the ignition key is moved from the R position to the On position is that the intercom portion of the system is now powered. If I were to guess I would suspect the headset/speaker button on the comm system to be your problem.

Some have had luck by spraying contact cleaner around that button and working it to free up the switch.

Example: If you have the headset/speaker button set to the headset position and have the key in the R only get sound through the speakers......once you turn the key to the On position you only get sound through the headset. With your system you should never get sound through both at the same time.

Hope that helps,


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post #3 of 5 Old Aug 22nd, 2011, 11:54 pm Thread Starter
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Re: Issues with Radio / Comm

Thanks. I'll give that a try.
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post #4 of 5 Old Aug 23rd, 2011, 12:41 pm
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Re: Issues with Radio / Comm

I too have a 2002 K1200LT. I have the BC-3 comm system. I think we're talking about the same button but mine is labeled H/S - EXT. No matter what you have that button set to, when you put the key in the "R" position your music will come through the external speakers only. If you're listening to music through the helmet, park and turn the key to R it automatically switches to the external speakers.

Now about the iPod. You are using a plug on the intercom and not the stereo. By plugging in to that port you will get iPod music through the headset only, no matter what. You can control your iPod volume by the iPod only (maybe the volume knob on the intercom). You will also not have speed controlled volume. Your handlebar controls will not control its volume. It's best to just turn the radio off if you're plugging an external device into the intercom. If you have a cassette player in there, you can use a cassette adapter to go through the stereo and use handlebar controls for volume only. If you go further and get a Dice unit, you'll have more features.

I hope I made this clear as mud!

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post #5 of 5 Old Aug 23rd, 2011, 1:17 pm Thread Starter
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Re: Issues with Radio / Comm

Funny thing happened this morning. When I turned the key to the "ON" position i did not realize right away that the Radio was still playing over the Fairing Speakers.

I then pushed the FS/HS button a few times it the sound was switching back and froth to the FS/HS as it should. it does seem that the connection is still sticky even though the button works fine.

i will try some contact cleaner to see if it frees it up some more...

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