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Old 07-08-2009, 05:22 AM Thread Starter
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Long Distance Riding and Portable Radio

Anyone use a portable radio on their long trips? What works for you?

I am planning a cross country trip at the end of August. I have an I-touch for Pod Casts but also wouldn't mind some fresh AM talk radio.

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Old 07-08-2009, 03:29 PM
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I have a tiny Sony protable that is from Japan. By that, I mean it was meant for the Japanese market. The display is in Japanese and everything. It's about the size of a pack of Lucky Strikes, but half as thick.



It's just the ticket for picking up KFI late at night. How else ya gonna get your George Noory?

I'm thinking about picking up a small shortwave radio, though.

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Old 07-08-2009, 07:10 PM
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Anyone use a portable radio on their long trips? What works for you?

I am planning a cross country trip at the end of August. I have an I-touch for Pod Casts but also wouldn't mind some fresh AM talk radio.

Bill
I came up with something pretty simple. I have a small Ipod filled with my favorite songs. I took the speakers off the headset from a decent pair of headphones. Stuck Velcro to the back of the speakers and stuck them to the inside my helmet which happens to have a spot for them (I think many helmets do). The AAA battery lasts about 8 hours of continuous riding and there is about that much in songs. Itís a cheap way to have music on the bike.
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I have a small Sony about the size of a pack of Cigarettes made for the US market. It has a belt clip on it and ear bud type speakers. I clip it on my belt, put it in my shirt pocket or in a magnetic tank bag that I have. It works great for AM and FM with no static. It uses 2 AA batteries and lasts for about 40 to 50 hours of listening. griffy
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:35 AM
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Didn't you get the memo? Radio is dead. Satellite is the future. I installed a Sirius in my truck two years ago and never went back to the dial. There's enough content on there to keep you occupied on any long road trip, and you don't have to search for another station every time you hit a new town. Plenty of 'AM-style' talk on there for you too.

I know you can't use the car receiver on a bike, but you can buy the Stilleto and listen to it the same way you do your iPod while riding.

(no offense to any die-hard radio enthusiasts out there, but I've just grown so sick of hearing the same top 40 and Nickelback clones over and over on FM radio. Sirius really broadens a listener's horizons of music)

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Didn't you get the memo? Radio is dead. Satellite is the future. I installed a Sirius in my truck two years ago and never went back to the dial. There's enough content on there to keep you occupied on any long road trip, and you don't have to search for another station every time you hit a new town. Plenty of 'AM-style' talk on there for you too.

I know you can't use the car receiver on a bike, but you can buy the Stilleto and listen to it the same way you do your iPod while riding.

(no offense to any die-hard radio enthusiasts out there, but I've just grown so sick of hearing the same top 40 and Nickelback clones over and over on FM radio. Sirius really broadens a listener's horizons of music)
Been using a regular XM Roady on my bikes since '02. In the ear speakers and an in line volume control works well.

Also have a $15 mp3 loaded with tunes for an alternate system.

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Didn't you get the memo? Radio is dead. Satellite is the future. I installed a Sirius in my truck two years ago and never went back to the dial. There's enough content on there to keep you occupied on any long road trip, and you don't have to search for another station every time you hit a new town. Plenty of 'AM-style' talk on there for you too.

I know you can't use the car receiver on a bike, but you can buy the Stilleto and listen to it the same way you do your iPod while riding.

(no offense to any die-hard radio enthusiasts out there, but I've just grown so sick of hearing the same top 40 and Nickelback clones over and over on FM radio. Sirius really broadens a listener's horizons of music)
Thatís funny, I thought I heard that satellite radio was almost dead.

I would go satellite for the trip if I could rent it for three weeks and that is that. I would have no use for it after. I don't do that much driving.
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mp3 is the only way to go. Satellite cost money, radio is free so radio isn't going anywhere soon either. Between radio and mp3, should have any trip covered. I imagine satellite radio will completely die when wireless networking takes over. You'll be able to get full internet service for the same cost of satellite radio alone and buy the devices for the same cost as the sat radio receivers. Full internet browsing and audio streaming vs just radio... bye bye sirrus and xm unless they drop prices to like $3/month. Especially since Sat Radio still forces you to listen to their music queue. I see some of the receivers have pause and replay for up to 60 minutes now, so that's plus and some have mp3 support

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Another option is to have an iPhone and stream the Pandora app. My girlfriend does it sometimes and it works flawlessly.
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