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post #1 of 19 Old Jul 30th, 2016, 9:53 am Thread Starter
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2016 RT XM Antenna Replacement ?

The XM antenna location for the XM radio must stink as the radio loses reception almost 25% of the time. Does anyone know if we can replace the antenna with a new one and then place the antenna in a better location? The BMW XM antenna is around $137 but there should be cheaper versions available.

I did this with my gold wing's XM antenna and it helped a lot with reception.

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Re: 2016 RT XM Antenna Replacement ?

ive never had much luck with xm and motorcycles.

xm does make this not sure how much it helps

https://www.amazon.com/Sirius-Satell.../dp/B002HTRELU


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Re: 2016 RT XM Antenna Replacement ?

Your problem maybe where or how the antenna is located or mounted.


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Re: 2016 RT XM Antenna Replacement ?

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ive never had much luck with xm and motorcycles.

xm does make this not sure how much it helps

https://www.amazon.com/Sirius-Satell.../dp/B002HTRELU
l will look into it, thanks.

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Your problem maybe where or how the antenna is located or mounted.
The antenna is under the front fairing where BMW mounts it ( it is the OEM XM antenna ), same way Honda did theirs. I want to buy a new one and mount it in a open location.

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Re: 2016 RT XM Antenna Replacement ?

I have been riding across the country on My 2014 RT. No problems with reception.
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Re: 2016 RT XM Antenna Replacement ?

Using old XM tech here... Roady (portable) in tankbag, with tiny "mouse shaped" antenna in tankbag clear mapcase window. Works most of the time in the flatlands of TX and the Great Corn Desert. Loses reception whenever I duck under a gas station canopy to refuel, or occasionally when I'm able to get into some of those nice "canyon roads" or "tunnel of trees" that make riding so enjoyable. Basically, appears to depend on how much "stuff" is blocking your view of the satellite in the sky, I guess. A better antenna might be able to handle a marginal signal better - but the technology does have weaknesses. As does all the BMW motorcycle audio equipment I've ever experienced... (rolls eyes)
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Re: 2016 RT XM Antenna Replacement ?

The '11RT had the standard little antenna that you would get with a XM Roadie. I tried to move it but there was no enough cable to move it out into open sky. I have not torn into the '16 yet but I assume its the same P.O.S.

So far the '16 has not had any issues. The '11 was crap. It would drop out whenever it felt like it. If you take the plastic off and you can see where the cable goes, I am sure you can replace it with a regular XM antenna.

Please let us know if you do that. AND take a bunch of pictures.

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Re: 2016 RT XM Antenna Replacement ?

Would it be possible to take a couple of photos of exactly where this antenna is and what it looks like? My reception on my 16 RT is not good and would love to move the antenna or replace with one that works.

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The XM antenna location for the XM radio must stink as the radio loses reception almost 25% of the time. Does anyone know if we can replace the antenna with a new one and then place the antenna in a better location? The BMW XM antenna is around $137 but there should be cheaper versions available.

I did this with my gold wing's XM antenna and it helped a lot with reception.
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Re: 2016 RT XM Antenna Replacement ?

Check out this thread that I started on the sport touring forum. I'm pretty sure the same fix would work.

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Re: 2016 RT XM Antenna Replacement ?

I bought a Siriusxm car antenna from the Satellite Radio Superstore and disconnected the built in Siriusxm antenna and connected the new one. I mounted the new Siriusxm antenna on the top box for now and the reception is much better. The new antenna cost $12.95 and had the same connector as the OEM antenna so it only took two minutes to connect it.

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post #13 of 19 Old Sep 2nd, 2016, 9:02 am
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Re: 2016 RT XM Antenna Replacement ?

I have Sirius radios in both my 2010 Audi S5 and my 2014 R1200RT. Reception sucks for both radios, but a lot of the riding/driving I do are on back country, narrow and hilly roads with high trees. I think the XM satellites are in a location where reception is easily blocked by buildings/trees/mountain peaks. Before I had Sirius, I had an XM radio in my 2004 Audi, and I never lost reception, living in the same area. That leads me to assume that satellite positioning may be a leading cause of poor reception.


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Re: 2016 RT XM Antenna Replacement ?

I know this is an old thread but since I found it helpful in solving my satellite reception issues, I figured I'd give it a bump and reference a post on my solution when I encountered increased dropouts after installing an accessory Nav locking product:

https://www.bmwlt.com/forums/rt-seri...ml#post1911133

I choose a solution similar to travel_man above. Although the specific antenna he choose is no longer available, there are similar ones available on eBay and elsewhere for under $30 that will suffice. I really wish I had done this when i first got the bike ... it's simple and for me at least, very effective.

A big thank you to travel_man for getting me pointed in the right direction!
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Re: 2016 RT XM Antenna Replacement ?

I never have issues with my RTs Satellite radio and I use it fairly often. Its the stock setup in.. Some of it may have to do with where you're riding.

During Springtime in New Hampshire (when I lived there) the reception would cut out on all of my Sirius/XM equipped vehicles because of the canopy of leaves on all of the trees. Unless you're going to put the antenna on a 50 foot tall pole, I'm not sure how you're going to get around that.


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Re: 2016 RT XM Antenna Replacement ?

I agree that it's all situational. I had issues in some spots with the RT but only riding in one direction. Interestingly, I never have any issues in any of my cars in those very same locations. In any event, I'm happy with this particular mod

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I know this is an old thread but since I found it helpful in solving my satellite reception issues, I figured I'd give it a bump and reference a post on my solution when I encountered increased dropouts after installing an accessory Nav locking product:

https://www.bmwlt.com/forums/rt-seri...ml#post1911133

I choose a solution similar to travel_man above. Although the specific antenna he choose is no longer available, there are similar ones available on eBay and elsewhere for under $30 that will suffice. I really wish I had done this when i first got the bike ... it's simple and for me at least, very effective.

A big thank you to travel_man for getting me pointed in the right direction!
If you don't mind, your other thread mentioned that you "choose to install the antenna on my top box and run the cable up to the nose under the seat and side panels". On my 2019 it appears that the module with pink connector and Sirius logo is under the passenger seat. Is the 2016 different? I'm not following why you had to run the cables all the way up to the nose. If it is indeed under the passenger seat it would make such an antenna swap much easier.

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Re: 2016 RT XM Antenna Replacement ?

To be quite honest, I never looked at the radio connectors under the seat ... you are no doubt correct that I may have been able to get away with pulling the connector to the extension cable right in that location. Since I was working with the Navi lock when this process began, I just naturally went for the connector in that location. Next time I've got the seats off, I'll definitely take a look for it though. Thanks for pointing it out!

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Re: 2016 RT XM Antenna Replacement ?

I'm not sure that would work either but I might give it a try. As someone posted about New Hampshire, here in MA the Sirius reception on this bike is often terrible. I've had Sirius in my last 3 cars and I get drops on the bike in places I've never seen drops in the car.

However, I do know that SiriusXM also uses terrestrial broadcast towers in metro areas to fill in signals lost to buildings etc. Perhaps cars are better at receiving those fill-in signals and the bike antennas aren't? I'll take the $25 risk and see if it works under the seat.

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