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Looking to add XM sat radio to my holiday wish list. Just wondering how the Vic setup works..i know that its plug and play. Expensive monthly charges?

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all stalite radio is good. When I had mine I had it in the truck and on the bike wasn't that bad of price. Ipod is cheaper

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Looking to add XM sat radio to my holiday wish list. Just wondering how the Vic setup works..i know that its plug and play. Expensive monthly charges?
I run it through my Garmin Zumo. I have it for my cars too and get a little discount. Probably around $15/month for a single radio.

If most of your riding is in a town with good radio reception, it's probably overkill, but if you often wander out to the boondocks where reception is seldom heard, they are worth their weight in gold if you enjoy a little musical or chatterboxing as a distraction from the whistling winds.




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I have an I pod already hooked to bike. I could add another 200+ songs to it I guess. Just like the variety of xm.

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Use a phone to get streaming radio (Pandora, Slacker, Spotify, iTunes Radio, etc) and you get the variety without the monthly fees (except for the cost of the phone plan...)
Was thinking about XM when I picked my XC up, but I have been happy with the above setup.



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Xm radio is xm radio. Good or bad is a function of antenna location.

As to expensive charges....$250 a year is pretty damn cheap.

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Xm radio is xm radio. Good or bad is a function of antenna location.

As to expensive charges....$250 a year is pretty damn cheap.

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Cheap is a relative term. I just had xm added to my bike using av external radio, and called for activation. I know they have a starter service for 25 bucks for 6 months. When it runs up, I'll tell them I want the same deal.

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Looking to add XM sat radio to my holiday wish list. Just wondering how the Vic setup works..i know that its plug and play. Expensive monthly charges?
Depends on what you want. Its about $15 a month unless you want the premium channels.....but

I dont like to listen to talk radio.....I want music. So for $9 a month you can just get the music channels. Thats about as cheap as your going to get it unless you talk them into a "special" deal.

I read about this online so I tried it.

I recently called and just asked to have my service disconnected....stating it was just to expensive and I didnt see spending the money. Right off the bat they offered to give me 5 months of service for $25. That wasnt the reduced music only channel listing.....that was the regular listing and the internet radio option (which I do use alot at work). Basically $18 a month worth of service for $5 a month....or $25.

When my 5 months of cheap service is up I will try that again or just drop to the music only channels $8 and add the internet radio $3.

I have satellite radio mounts in my garage, house, both cars and on my XC. I use the same radio so I get full use out of it with only 1 radio. If you were to have a radio in your car and the Vic factory XM your going to pay an extra $10 a month for a second receiver. I dont see the point in multiple receivers, Im fine moving mine around.

On my XC I dont use the Vic factory radio. I already have power and audio plug in the right saddle bag so I just tossed a radio mount in there and when I get on my bike I open the bag, pop my radio in the mount and take off.

Down side.....

I cant change the channel unless I stop (however I listen religiously to two channels anyways.....Im not a channel surfer)

Up side.....

cheaper then Vic factory option
cheaper per month IF your using multiple cars (no need for extra monthly service)
leaves the bars clean (vs mounting the radio on the handlebars, there are aftermarket options for that)
no worries about weather affecting the radio (I used a plastic bag on my Vision for that)
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I use iPod or stream iphone. But my problem with XM is my truck came with Sirus and you can't bundle even though they are same company now. So I would pay full price in both. Mostly use iPod.


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I added the Victory XM option to my CCT and it works perfectly. I left the antenna attached to the radio so it's under the fairing. No problem with reception except when I pass a semi truck. Sometimes I'll lose the signal until I get all the way past the truck.

When I called for activation, I got an annual rate for $7.99 a month. I canceled my NetFlix account for the same amount as I'd rather have XM instead of NetFlix.

Definitely put the Victory XM option on your Christmas wish list. The Vision one was on clearance last month for around $325.

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