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#604978 - 06/02/10 05:00 PM Need info on the newer R1200RTs - Audio and GPS questions
Deek Offline
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I have an '06 R1200RT with the Nav (GPS), CB/AM/FM radio and CD player option. I never use the AM/FM/CD, but I use the "aux" wire in my CD box to connect to my MP3 player. That audio in my current RT is routed through a mini audio plug wire in the CB/glove box area to my J&M/BMW unit on the left handlebar. My GPS audio is also routed through the CB (I think) as the radio does not have to be on for me to hear the GPS. Actually, I don't think the CB unit has to be turned on either to hear the GPS but I am not sure.

I am looking at the newer RTs and thinking I might trade. The 2010 one I found has the radio option, but does not have the CB/AM/FM or GPS option. In its CD/glove box there is what looks like a USB male plug, and a standard mini-audio plug, with I think the female end but I cannot remember. I want to transplant the BMW/Garmin GPS from my current to the new RT. Or I might just get a Garmin GPS with voice capability. I'm hoping the power and audio wiring for the GPS is there somewhere, and I hope that somehow the audio from the GPS can be heard in my helmet. I also hope I can connect my MP3 player somehow and hear both the GPS and MP3 in my helmet.

Another question about the newer RT's CD player. My 06 model has a CD player, but it only plays "standard" CDs like you'd buy at the store. It will not play a CD or DVD that has MP3 files on it. Anyone know if the '10 CD player has that capability? Cars and trucks have had the ability to play MP3s for some time.

Another thought, I wonder if the handlebar risers I have on my '06 can move to the '10. Any ideas? I also have a set of Sahara highway pegs I'd like to move, and a footpeg lowering kit I'd like to move.

Thanks for any help, ya'll.

Thanks!
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2013 BMW R1200RT
2012 Triumph Tiger 800
Gone:
2009 BMW R 1200 RT
2010 Triumph Bonneville
2006 BMW R 1200 RT
2007 Royal Star Venture
2007 V-Strom DL1000
2006 VTX 1300R

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#604989 - 06/02/10 05:24 PM Re: Need info on the newer R1200RTs - Audio and GPS questions [Re: Deek]
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Deek

I'm no expert,waiting on my new '10 RT to arrive,but I can tell you that there is no CD option on the new bikes. It is am/fm/mp3


Edited by beemer23 (06/02/10 05:26 PM)

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#604999 - 06/02/10 06:15 PM Re: Need info on the newer R1200RTs - Audio and GPS questions [Re: beemer23]
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Registered: 11/28/03
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Here's what the brochure says about the audio system on the 2010: "Full range of functions, including MP3/USB, AUX and iPod connectivity".

And here's what BMW said about the audio system in the press release on the new RT:

New audio system masterminded by the Multi-Controller coming as an option. An absolute innovation in the motorcycle market is the new Multi-Controller.
Fitted on the inside of the left handlebar within optimum reach at all times, the Multi-Controller replaces the former function satellite fitted further to the inside
of the handlebar. Like a computer mouse, the Multi-Controller responds to turning and pressing of the wheel, enabling the rider to select a specific radio
station and music title or vary the volume of the sound system. The audio system is also brand-new, featuring interfaces for an MP3 player, an iPod or USB stick as well as conventional devices such as a CD player. The CD player fitted on the former model has been dropped.
The new system allows administration of no less than nine playback lists on a USB/MP3 and iPod, with the alternative option to play all titles in random choice.
The Info Display presents the volume chosen as well as the title currently being played. The external devices used may be kept conveniently in a lockable
compartment on the right side of the inner fairing, protected safe and sound from wind and weather.
The radio functions themselves are the same as before, but now the new audio system enables the rider to save 24 instead of just six stations. The rider can select stations either manually, through the memory function on stations saved in advance, or through the station search mode looking for the station with best reception (Autostore). The station currently being played is presented on the Info Display and the speed-related volume control may be set to three different levels.
Over and above the functions provided by the Multi-Controller, the radio control unit is masterminded as before through control knobs on the left side of the
inner fairing.
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2006 R1200RT

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#605174 - 06/03/10 08:05 AM Re: Need info on the newer R1200RTs - Audio and GPS questions [Re: beemer23]
Deek Offline
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"I'm no expert,waiting on my new '10 RT to arrive,but I can tell you that there is no CD option on the new bikes. It is am/fm/mp3"

I looked in the glove box on the right side, and it LOOKED like there was a CD player in there. I made the assumption that's what was there, but I don't know for sure. Not that I want a CD player, I don't really use the one I have now.

Do you know anything about the USB and mini-plug that's in the glove box? I want to be able to connect my MP3 player AND GPS to the bike and have that audio, once amplified, to my helmet speakers. I have found that the sound level through the BMW's speakers is too weak to hear above about 40 mph.
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Deek aka adVentureMan
2013 BMW R1200RT
2012 Triumph Tiger 800
Gone:
2009 BMW R 1200 RT
2010 Triumph Bonneville
2006 BMW R 1200 RT
2007 Royal Star Venture
2007 V-Strom DL1000
2006 VTX 1300R

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#605179 - 06/03/10 08:14 AM Re: Need info on the newer R1200RTs - Audio and GPS questions [Re: marcopolo]
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Thanks, Mark, that's really good information. So no CD player on the 2010. I'm surprised that the glove box on the right side of the fairing is not deeper; the 2010 model I saw yesterday looked the same as that on my 2006 RT. I'd expect it to be much deeper without the CD player in there.

One thing I cannot determine from your post is if the radio's audio can be directed to the helmet speakers as well as the motorcycle's tiny fairing speakers. On my 2006 the radio ONLY goes through the bike's speakers, not through the helmet, which makes no sense to me at all.

The piece you posted also did not mention GPS audio, but I'd think my current GPS/Nav III with voice directions out could plug into the bike's sound system. That is an issue for me, as I want GPS audio to be available, all the time, even when playing the radio or MP3 player.

Do you have the link to what you posted? I'd like to read the entire article. Thanks.
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Deek aka adVentureMan
2013 BMW R1200RT
2012 Triumph Tiger 800
Gone:
2009 BMW R 1200 RT
2010 Triumph Bonneville
2006 BMW R 1200 RT
2007 Royal Star Venture
2007 V-Strom DL1000
2006 VTX 1300R

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#605343 - 06/03/10 12:34 PM Re: Need info on the newer R1200RTs - Audio and GPS questions [Re: Deek]
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Originally Posted By: Deek
...Do you have the link to what you posted? I'd like to read the entire article. Thanks.


Here's the link: https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/pressclub/p/pcgl/showTextTopic.html?left_menu_item=node__2273

You'll need to click on "R1200RT" on the left side of the page then click on "more" (highlighted in blue) and then scroll down until ypu find this PDF file for downloading -- "The New BMW R 1200 RT. (PDF, EN , 256.02KB)".

There are some photo galleries there too.


Edited by marcopolo (06/03/10 12:34 PM)
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#605348 - 06/03/10 12:38 PM Re: Need info on the newer R1200RTs - Audio and GPS questions [Re: Deek]
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Registered: 11/28/03
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Loc: Alexandria, VA/Ottawa, Canada
Originally Posted By: Deek
I'm surprised that the glove box on the right side of the fairing is not deeper; the 2010 model I saw yesterday looked the same as that on my 2006 RT. I'd expect it to be much deeper without the CD player in there.



I assume it's no deeper because the radio is still in there, even if it's no longer a radio/CD player.

I have no idea if you can send the radio's output, or the GPS's for that matter, directly to helmet speakers. I use an Autocom to get GPS audio and music (from an iPod, not from the BMW radio/CD) sent to in-ear speakers (I ditched the Autocom helmet speakers for Arizona Al's in-ear monitors).


Edited by marcopolo (06/03/10 12:44 PM)
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#605404 - 06/03/10 02:32 PM Re: Need info on the newer R1200RTs - Audio and GPS questions [Re: marcopolo]
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Registered: 07/04/08
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Loc: Near Memphis, TN
"Here's the link: https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/pressclub/p/pcgl/showTextTopic.html?left_menu_item=node__2273"

Thanks for that link, I will do some research..............
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Deek aka adVentureMan
2013 BMW R1200RT
2012 Triumph Tiger 800
Gone:
2009 BMW R 1200 RT
2010 Triumph Bonneville
2006 BMW R 1200 RT
2007 Royal Star Venture
2007 V-Strom DL1000
2006 VTX 1300R

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#605405 - 06/03/10 02:34 PM Re: Need info on the newer R1200RTs - Audio and GPS questions [Re: marcopolo]
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Registered: 07/04/08
Posts: 1097
Loc: Near Memphis, TN
Thanks for that info. I need to do some research on the AutoCom system.
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Deek aka adVentureMan
2013 BMW R1200RT
2012 Triumph Tiger 800
Gone:
2009 BMW R 1200 RT
2010 Triumph Bonneville
2006 BMW R 1200 RT
2007 Royal Star Venture
2007 V-Strom DL1000
2006 VTX 1300R

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#605599 - 06/04/10 12:31 AM Re: Need info on the newer R1200RTs - Audio and GPS questions [Re: Deek]
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Loc: Eugene, OR
Nice thing about the Autocom is that it will auto-mute. Say you're listening to some tunes going down the road--when your GPS gives you a routing prompt, the music will automatically mute and then return to normal volume. Same thing for radar or cell phone. Some Autocom units also incorporate a background noise sensor. So when you speed up and there is an increase in background noise, the music volume will rise appropriately. When you come to a stop, the volume goes down. I have the Super Pro AVI and it works great.

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