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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-15-2013, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Can anyone tell me where Victory places the satellite antenna (magnetic head) when XM is installed by Victory on the XCT? Also, has anyone found another good location for the antenna? I am currently running with it (double sided tape) on top of the reservoir on the right side of handlebar. It works, but just doesnt look good. Any input is appreciated.
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I t mounts on top of the XM module which mounts to the back of the radio inside the fairing. There is a bunch of other extra stuff in this picture, but you can see the antenna and all the extra wire bundled on top of the module.


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Thanks for response Tony, Just curious if you ran the satellite radio with and without the fairing on, was there a significant difference?
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Actually the picture is not my bike, nor do I have the XM module on my bike yet. I do however have Sirius/XM in both my Jeep Cherokee and my wife's VW Jetta.

My antenna is placed on top of the roof of my Cherokee and works quite well. I still lose signal around very tall buildings, when driving through forested areas, and anytime I go under an overpass. Overall it's a pretty reliable signal.

I installed an upgraded VW head unit in my wife's Jetta which was not originally equipped with sattelite radio, thus it has no factory roof top antenna. I mounted her antenna on a piece of steel dash support, just above the head unit. The signal must travel through her glass windshield, her plastic dash, and some A/C venting. Her signal is nearly as reliable as mine, except on overcast/cloudy days when it tends to drop out occasionally.

Moral of the story, a clear view of the sky is going to give you the best signal. That being said... if the signal can make it through the multiple layers of glass and dash in my wife's car, I'm pretty confident the plastic fairing on the XC shouldn't be that big of an issue. When the day comes that I get XM on my XC, I plan on leaving it in the factory location.

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Thanks again Tony, thats all I really needed to know!
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I left mine connected to the head unit as it comes from the factory, to this point I haven't had any issues with reception. Good Luck

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I am still sorting out my antenna placement. It's cleaner to bury it in the fairing but
1. Does being hidden in a box alongside equipment that generates and receives electrical signals diminish its signal or contribute to the diminishment of signals to other equipment?
2. My understanding is that the antenna signature is what the XM satellite recognizes. That means that in order to take advantage of the XM services away from the bike the choice is to either mount the antenna in a way that allows it to travel with the Garmin or to buy an additional antenna and pay for a subscription on it.
I'm way too cheap to pay a couple hundred clams for a second antenna just so I can listen to James McMurtry and POTUS in my pup tent so I guess I will come up with a cockpit mount for the antenna.

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I have a portable set up because I wear a modular helmet. I use a Sena SMH10 bluetooth intercom with helmet mounted speakers. The portable satellite is a Sirius Stilletto II. It is docked in a car cradle and powered by the Vic 12 volt plug. In my XR, I used the magnetic car antennae and stuck it on my rear fender just aft of the rear passenger seat. Now, I put the antennae in my saddlebag lid organizer on my XC. It works, but not as well as the rear fender IMHO. It seems to be directionally challenged, meaning if the saddlebag is opposite side of the bike to where the satellite is positioned in the sky. Don't really know if that is true, but it seems to be a reasonable conclusion based on several trips. (Same is true if the unit was not connected to the cradle and it was placed in the exterior pocket in the sleeve of my Vic jacket or if the Stiletto was in my saddlebag lid organizer and not connected to the exterior antennae.

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I am still sorting out my antenna placement. It's cleaner to bury it in the fairing but
1. Does being hidden in a box alongside equipment that generates and receives electrical signals diminish its signal or contribute to the diminishment of signals to other equipment?
If the box is metal, then yes it will diminish signals reaching it. Being near other low powered electronics probably won't matter unless they are awfully close and operating near the same frequencies. Ignition noise is something else. That can really interfere with AM signals (or at least the AM receiver I tried on a bike once).

Seeing as the XM receiver has a lot of trouble in trees, I mount mine as high and horizontal as I can get it. Not sure it really helps all that much though.

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2. My understanding is that the antenna signature is what the XM satellite recognizes. That means that in order to take advantage of the XM services away from the bike the choice is to either mount the antenna in a way that allows it to travel with the Garmin or to buy an additional antenna and pay for a subscription on it.
I don't think the satellite recognizes anything. When you activate, it takes several minutes. I'm sure they are broadcasting a file, along with all the radio stations, that gets used by the XM S/N in question to "unlock itself" so to speak. But yeah, if you have one of the puck "antennas" that hook to Garmin, then your subscription is tied to the puck. The puck is actually the antenna & the receiver. Your Garmin just displays the information.

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I'm way too cheap to pay a couple hundred clams for a second antenna just so I can listen to James McMurtry and POTUS in my pup tent so I guess I will come up with a cockpit mount for the antenna.
I see Pop is two steps ahead of the game...as usual.




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I decided to put the antenns on top of the rt side handlebar reservour using double sided sticky tape, the antenna is black as is the reservour, you cant notice it unless you look for it and reception has been excellent. FYI POP, my XM radio was pretty inexpensive at Best Buy, I think it was $69 and came with the antenna, so I cant imagine antennas being that expensive, but I too will be lookiing for another, due to my antennas placement (especially hiding the wire) is pretty permanent.
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