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My 2006 Wing has factory installed audio but not satellite radio. Two of my helmets are hard wire equipped with JM headsets.
- can I use either an MP3 or Ipod player with what I have?
- does the ouput from the player go into the bike installed audio system or does the output go into the helmet through the lower wire/cord?
- any special adaptors needed?
- which is better MP3 or Ipod?

Any help will be appreciated.
 

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Good questions and several answers depending on how you decide to approach this.
I will let others explain the details of 1800 but as for your 2nd question...

I have had 3 or 4 mp3 players and currently own an Itouch (all the ability except the phone and monthly bill).

MP3 are not created equal for what I have experienced. Many have decibel limits where as I can't hear the music at all when riding on a lawn mower. The Itouch does have the volume so I can listen while mowing if I so choose. Obviously, that is plenty on a bike. But as I don't have a decibel meter to test how much is enough on what bike, this is how I decided the Itouch is right for me. I use it to find gas, restaurants etc. while out and about as well, so the cost is justified to me.I also use several apps at work.
I believe the quality is also somewhat superior to other MP3s I have owned.


Now the down side. It's a bit pricey, especially if you leave it out and it gets stolen.
I do have a friend who owns an 1800 and bought a $30 mp3 and he says it works ok.
Don't know but guessing he bought at Wally World. Another positive is that they are smaller and take less space in glove box.

You will have to decide price, quality and other requirements if any are important to you.


Good luck. there is no perfect answer or we would all have done the same thing.
 

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- can I use either an MP3 or Ipod player with what I have?
YES

- does the ouput from the player go into the bike installed audio system or does the output go into the helmet through the lower wire/cord?
When you connect it to the AUX wire that is located in the left fairing pocket and push the AUX button the radio it comes through the radio, turn the volume all the way on your unit and then use the radio volume control knob to control the volume

- any special adaptors needed?
No special adaptors needed, your bole should have a cord that connect under the left pocket.

- which is better MP3 or Ipod?
I use an MP3 but maybe an IPOD might hold more,

J&M has a unit that pulgs into the wire harness abd sits in your trunk so you can use the handlebar controls to control your IPOD as if you had the Honda line CD player, Also you can load this unit with a memory card with misic and no need for an MP3 or IPOD
http://wingstuff.com/pgroup_detail/29640_J_M_NEW_Honda_GL1800_Digital_Music_Player_Changer
 

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Hey Joe, are you ok?

Wondering about you watching the weather. Hope the floods didn't move you to Tucson.
Sorry to hijack the thread. Back to you Frankie.
 

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I use a iPod Nano. I put it in the side pocket connect it to the jack and put it on shuffle. It will run all day without a charge and then I charge it when I get back home or to the hotel.
 

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I have the JMMP3. It goes where the CD changer goes, in the trunk under the little compartment. It plugs into the CD plug under the seat. You have full control of the MP3 with the handle bar controls. Each folder holds 99 songs with 10 available folders. It operates just like the CD changer does. I have close to 700 songs and 6 folders. Very easy to use and you still have the Aux. plug for something else if you need it. Doesn't really cost more than a good MP3. It is plug and play. there is also a bikemp3 which is about the same thing except for the color. Both will use either a SD card or thumb drive. Which ever you prefer

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As others have said, plug the Ipod or Mp3 into the jack inside the left faring pocket. Turn its volume up about 2/3 and select AUX on your controls. The Mp3 plays through the System AUX and volume is controlled by the up/down volume on the left handle bar. The volume is dependent on the volume level out of the Mp3. As stated in another post, put it on shuffle or whatever and it will play fine. And if you have a CB, it will mute when called or calling out. But it does play through the GW System. :)Isaac
 

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I just bought an FM modulator on Ebay for $25,-. I will hardwire the signals from my iPhone into the FM antenna cable and hence eliminate all the noise on a wireless and get crisp clear music out from the FM. Well worth the extra wiring and hidden result.
 

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Is this aux lead hiding somewhere? I do not have one in my left pocket :confused:
As are we. Perhaps if we knew what vehicle your "left pocket" was contained in, we could help. You listed 'scooters' in your bio but we are talking full grown motorcycles here.:confused:
 

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Is this aux lead hiding somewhere? I do not have one in my left pocket :confused:
If supplied, and I think it should be on an 06, look in the left faring pocket. There should be a single wire with a male stereo jack on the end for plugging into your MP3 or other device. It plugs into the headphone jack on your Mp3. If its not in the pocket, remove the pocket and check underneath. Its nothing complex, just a stereo input jack.
 

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It could be like my 200 was when I got it. When they serviced it they forgot to connect the aux plug/wire. It was in the saddle bag
 

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It could be like my 200 was when I got it. When they serviced it they forgot to connect the aux plug/wire. It was in the saddle bag
Ole Dirtdobber just might have hit it on the head. Come to think of it, I have heard several people say that the aux plug wasn't connected. If you have one in the trunk, it would be about 8 inches long with a white/flat connector on one end and a stereo plug on the other. It connects to Connector C-35 (3P-NAT)(flat white connector) just above where the radiator hose connects to the radiator. You might have to remove the Top Shelter (plastic).If you have a Service manual its shown on ETM 22-9, picture 46. Wiring schematic is ETM 18-2. Its not that far from the left faring pocket...Good call Dirtdobber...:)
 

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You only have to remove the pocket itself, nothing more.
The good part of Honda almost all their connectors are different so plugging into the right 1 is rather easy. It will take about 10 minutes
 

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On my 08 wing it was tucked up underneath some other wires under the left pocket. It only took about 3 minutes to find it once I really look for it. If you are like me, if I don't see it staring me in the face, I get upset and wont really look for it! I did and found it right where the manual told me it was. It was just hid a little.
 

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I'm a little late to this post but I bought the Soundgate interface that plugs into the CD pigtail under the seat. It basically is what I've really been looking for. You can preamp the volume with the Ipod, the Ipod charges all the time it's plugged in, and you can switch between the various tracks of songs you've built for the Ipod and change songs using the CD controls. It was a bit pricey from the Honda dealer, could've saved about $50-60 dollars online. The Ipod can be placed in a secure location and locked in the trunk or in my case in one of the passenger's side cubbies. I've got the J & M Headsets with intercom and the sound is great.
i also got the soundgate,it works awesome,much better sound than using the aux,also works with any ipod,i keep an ipod classic connected to it in the trunk all the time,it keeps it charged and secure
 

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No need to start a new thread

I just got a 2010 in March without the CD changer. I don't use iProduce but have plenty of MP3 files on all manner of devices. I immediately tried the AUX input in the left glove box. It was OK, but had to turn the volume up fairly high to get good output from the fairing and/or helmet speakers. Also no control while riding since the player was tucked away. I am very pleased with our J&M helmet rigs, but couldn't see paying over $200 for their MP3 unit that connects to the CD changer harness. I found the one at sierra that is mentioned earlier in the thread for less than $80 delivered. It didn't interface with iPods (no problem for me) and their kit did not include a big grommet to fill the hole you need to drill in the trunk to get to the harness under the seat. I actually made a rectangular hole big enough for the harness connector and then made a cover plate with a small grommet and VHB taped it over the hole. Some velcro to hold it in place in the bottom of the hole where the changer would go. Still has SD, USB and 1/8" plugs on the box and the volume/gain is much better matched. No random or shuffle control available that I can discover (not available on the CD changer that I could see either). So much nicer to listen to music of my choice instead of the radio. Will have to "randomize" my loading of the SD card to simulate a shuffle.
 

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I use an Ipod nano as well when I'm not playing CD's or the radio. Inexpensive, holds a boat-load of music, and works great.
 

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GPS with a mp3 player built in
 

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So many choices

This is exactly why I tacked my comments/experience onto someone elses thread...To show some of the choices available to someone looking to add on. When we test rode a 2012, I didn't even use the radio so I did not check the MP3 capabilities. I assume since the thumbdrive hookup is already there, the display shows artist/title/album or any of the other properties of the MP3 file. Is that true? Also, is a shuffle function available? Like I said, this could be useful info for someone else, I've already made my low dollar choice. I'm pretty satisfied once I "randomly" deposited songs into the different folders.
 
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