A few years ago I attended a session at MaxBMW with a couple of BMW engineers who were in the US looking for feedback on the next-gen LT.
WRT music, com, etc. the consensus feedback from the attendees to the BMW gents was to build an integrated com system into the bike but leave out music players, radios, on board speakers, etc. Our recommendations were based on the fact that it is hard to keep up with changes (e.g. CD players installed when MP3 players are the new tech). The CB versus FRS debate is another example of how it is impossible to anticipate what the bike buyers will want. Maybe everyone will be wanting some kind of bluetooth bike-to-bike comm, and BMW will be left holding a bunch of BMW badged CB radios.
Hopefully, BMW will make the next-gen LT with a nice simple onboard comm system with easy plug-ins for inputs and outputs so everyone can plug in their favorite helmet speakers, earbuds, 2-way radios, music players, whatever.....
No more splicing speaker wires for AutoComm input, no more cassette tape adaptors, no more hunting for an input on the back of the radio, no more removing the CD player and installing an ice-whatever interface to hook up an Ipod.
Time will tell.
Originally Posted by Toolman
Don't forget that BMW has one too (the handlebar mounted unit made by J&M). No intent meant to start a debate about CB versus FM (FRS or GMRS) with this thread. Both have their good and bad points. The fact of the matter is...CB's are still in very wide use here in the US. If there's a traffic jam, I flip on the CB to listen to channel 19, and within seconds, I know what the problem is/was. It has also helped me avoid quite a number of backups by hearing about them well ahead of time on the CB, then simply routing around to avoid them. And emergency services still monitor CB channel 9 in most areas of the US. I know most have mobile phones these days (to beckon emergency services), but phone batteries do go flat from time to time. Say what you will about CB radios, but try doing all of that on your FRS/GMRS radio. Don't get me wrong, I like FRS/GMRS for their range, clarity and the fact that it's a bit more private (i.e. - don't have to listen to all of the truck drivers babbling/yelling/cursing, etc). Good and bad points to both...which is precisely why I suggested that BMW offer both.