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Old 02-07-2017, 06:55 PM
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No Display On Radio (2007 RG)

So in the last few months of the riding season the radio display would sometimes disappear during a ride or not be present when first starting the bike. Two days before I winterised the bike (shut up, it's a Canadian thing) it quit altogether. All the thumb controls, radio bands and the CD still worked, I just had no visual reference about them on the screen anymore.

Flash forward to today. After a lament I made on an RG owners group of Facebook, it was suggested that the connector pins on the faceplate had probable lost contact over the years due to vibration and a quick cure was to remove the unit, clean the pins, carefully tweak them to ensure proper contact, then put it back together. So I did just that and noticed signs of corrosion on a few of the pins as I gently scoured them with 800 grit sandpaper. Put it all back together, then strapped on my snowshoes and trudged out to the shed with the battery, radio and booster cables to try it out.

Nope. Still no display, but all controls and features still worked fine. So, I have two options now; one of them is to send the radio to Iron Cross for an expensive repair/software upgrade and the other is to replace it with an aftermarket unit. Seeing as how I rarely played the CD and mostly used the radio for its clock feature, I figure I'll swap out the stock unit with a marine grade, waterproof Aquatic unit that, according to the trustworthy merchants of eBay, comes pre programmed for the bike and is a "plug and play" installation that retains all the thumb controls. Only problem is that it doesn't come with a clock feature. What the hell? Who makes electronic radios without clocks these days? Anyway, I figure I'll just get a handlebar mounted motorcycle clock to compensate. Did I mention I'm a cheap bastid?

Anyone who has an Aquatic unit on theor ride, please feel free to let me know what you think of it and if they're worth it. And for those of who who question my need for a clock on a bike, it's because I tend to get distracted and wander off my work commute on a beautiful riding day, I need a clock to snap me back to reality.
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Old 02-07-2017, 07:09 PM
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There are many options on aftermarket radios. Do an online search and you'll likely get some links for other places to research. Unless this Internet vendor has a good track record, I'd think twice before purchasing.

As for the Clock. Why not get a cheap mount for the handlebars and strap your cell phone on there for the clock ??
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Old 02-07-2017, 07:18 PM
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There are many options on aftermarket radios. Do an online search and you'll likely get some links for other places to research. Unless this Internet vendor has a good track record, I'd think twice before purchasing.

As for the Clock. Why not get a cheap mount for the handlebars and strap your cell phone on there for the clock ??
I've actually done some extensive searching and research in the last few weeks just in case I couldn't fix the stock unit myself. Based on my needs (ie: cheap, waterproof, no CD, plug n play) the Aquatic seems to be the best option.

I have a BlackBerry Passport, which is probably not the best smartphone to be perched on the handlebars. But while we're on the subject, my research has unveiled that apparently once the stock radio is disconnected the odometer has a clock feature. Apparently all FLH, FXD and FLS series have this feature since 2004, it's just that the stock radio disables it on the touring bikes. However, some aftermarket radios don't allow the odometer clock feature and the only way to find out is to install the unit and see what happens.
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People still use BlackBerry? I thought RIMM went under a free years back.

I heard there is a Sony unit that retains all the handlebar control functions.



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Old 02-08-2017, 05:19 AM
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RIM botched a few new product launches, then sort of imploded and had a self confidence crisis. Now they pretty much just do software and subcontract their phone manufacturing. Sad story, really. I got hooked on DingleBerry several years ago and am just too iStubborn to iChange to something else.

Sony does have a unit, as does Kenwood, Clarion and others, but they are automotive in nature and come with an adapter kit which includes the necessary wiring and interface modules supplied by an aftermarket company. Problem is, none of them are waterproof and do not stand up to long term vibration. Kenwood has a marine grade unit for boats that some aftermarket bike stereo shops supply with the same adapter kit, but the reviews I've read were not favourable. The only brands I've found that get consistent high marks for longevity, reliability and quality are the stock Harmon Kardon units (expensive, even the used ones) and the Aquatic AV series.
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Ive had a Sony marine radio in for around 3 years now. When raining I have the splash shield on it, bit of a pain. I prefer it over the stock option for a 02.

If I'm reading you right you might be happier having Iron Cross fix the stock unit.
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If I'm reading you right you might be happier having Iron Cross fix the stock unit.
Only if the total cost is less than an Aquatic or similar replacement.
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They generally charge $250.00 unless it is really cobbed up and then they discuss it with you.
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Ok, thanks. I'll give them a call.
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