marcopolo Posted February 22, 2007 Share Posted February 22, 2007 After doing a series of searches here, and also getting direct advice from Fernando, I've decided to take the plunge and get an Autocom system for my R12RT. I'll be doing a cross-continent two-up ride to California this summer with my wife, and we both agreed it would be a lot more enjoyable if we could talk to each other on the bike. A rider-passenger intercom is, then, my primary interest. But we have an iPod Nano, so why not listen to tunes from time to time, and it would also be nice to hear GPS directions (I've got a Garmin 276C)? I have made arrangements to buy directly from Top Gear (Autocom's US distributor), and have them install it on the bike, and into our helmets. They'll do this on our May long weekend -- they're about 300 miles south of us in Glenmont NY. Now for some questions, the intent of which is to try and ensure that one week after I get the system I don’t say to myself, why didn’t I think of that beforehand? (Fernando graciously offered earlier to answer any detailed questions, but I thought he might need a break, though he’s more than welcome to chime in if he’s in the mood). After doing a little research, I settled on the “Active-Plus Duo Kit” (Part #KIT200DUO), which would be hard wired to the bike using the “Battery Direct Power Connector” (Part #1546) to bypass the CANBUS. Any reason why this system wouldn’t do what I’m looking for? I realize that even with the direct connection to the battery, installation still involves tapping into a power source, such as an accessory socket (I happen to have three on my bike – two up front L/R, and one L rear). Is one better than the others, for any reason (my GPS is already tapped into the L front socket)? While we didn’t get into every little detail, the fellow at Top Gear mentioned installing the unit under the seat. Does that make the most sense (I’m not interested in putting it in the tank bag, though I imagine I’d stick the iPod in there -- where else for the iPod, in my pocket? I also can’t see the day when I’d want my cell phone hooked up, but never say never I guess. If I did, it would be in the tank bag presumably)? Speaking of my iPod Nano, what do I need to hook it up to the Autocom? The Kit comes with a lead, I believe; is this all I need to “plug and play” the Nano? Do I also understand correctly that the iPod will be running off its own battery, and will not be charged as I ride along? As for my GPS, it’s now hard-wired, but I presumably have to replace the power cord with Garmin’s motorcycle power/audio cable. It has a 2.5 mm female audio jack, but Garmin also sells a 2.5 mm to 3.5 mm jack adapter. Do I need that adapter (I believe I read that the Autocom has a 3.5 mm jack)? Continuing on with the GPS, as best I can tell the Garmin audio jack is on the end of the cable right beside the power plug. As such, it would be right up by my handle bars (GPS mounted above clutch reservoir on left bar). Does the Autocom Duo Kit come with a lead to plug into the Garmin audio jack, or do I have to get one? Also, no matter whether I have to buy this GPS lead, or not, where should it run? You’re probably wondering why I’m asking this. Well, when my independent BMW tech wired the GPS, he removed my gas tank to run the wires. Before I go to Autocom, I will get him to install the replacement Garmin power cable (with audio jack). Obviously he’s going to take the tank off again, and I’m wondering whether I should get him to run an Autocom GPS lead while he’s in there (I don’t want Autocom taking off my tank, and suspect they’d have no interest in doing so anyway). I guess my real question is where should the Autocom GPS lead run? From the left handlebar area (where GPS is), under the gas tank and then to a spot under the seat? Any reason why you should not run such a cable under the gas tank? As for my cell phone, if I do ever want to plug it in, what do I need; just a simple Autocom lead? Will any phone plug and play? Mine’s a one-year old LG. Does the Autocom lead just plug into the earphone jack? I notice the Kit comes with straight leads to connect to the headsets in the helmets. Will we be happy with those, or do most people end up with the coiled leads eventually? I should also mention that my RT has the BMW radio/CD player, but I have not considered wiring this into the Autocom at all (I see on their website that they have an installation instruction that talks about how to do that). Does it make sense to just forget about it? As Donald Rumsfeld might say, those were the “known unknowns”. No doubt there are also “unknown unknowns”. Is there anything else I should be aware of, but didn’t think to ask? Hopefully I haven’t put you all asleep. Link to comment
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