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post #1 of 18 Old 06-28-2017, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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AM/FM radio suggestions

I'm looking for a radio for the bike. I have the Sena SMH5's and can connect them to my phone, only problem is that my commute runs through an area of about 10 miles that has no cell service. Ideally I'd like to find a radio that is bluetooth capable so I can just have it connect to my Sena and not have to worry about speakers.

Anyone seen anything like this?

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post #2 of 18 Old 06-28-2017, 07:41 AM
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I use a Cardo Scala Rider G9x. It is FM only. Works great. I ride mostly alone but it has many bike to bike and music sharing abilities I have not used.
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Why not just use music on your phone?

I loathe commercial radio particularly in the morning and afternoon. I can't stand it when there are two or more announcers rabbitting on. Actually, I loathe commercial radio most of the time because of the advertising.

I much prefer to use my phone.

(I also hate commercial TV because of adverts.)

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My commute is an hour each way and I don't have enough songs on my phone to keep from having to listen to the same songs day after day. And at 5am, I don't have to worry about the morning shows on the radio.

I've found a couple radios that seem to fit the bill, but would like to hear some first hand reviews.

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Some phones have fm radio built in. There is also an app that might be added to your phone. This does not use internet/cell to run the fm. Here is a link to an example: FM Radio

I like to hear people on the radio, even ads, as it brings a certain flavor. I find XM/Sirius seems too much like listening to canned music after a while. The problem is that on trips an FM station only lasts a 1/2 hour or so till out of range. I wish satellite radio had many local stations to choose from.

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The Sena I have has FM radio, works pretty well too.

https://www.sena.com/product/20s/
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Two of my Sena's have FM. It does work well. But if the OP can make what he has work to get FM, well, there is a happy owner!

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Unfortunately my phone doesn't appear to have radio capabilities. And I'd rather not replace my senas that are less than a year old. Soooo.....looks like I'm back to a separate radio.

BTW....I have I heart and intune and both work great, as long as you have cell service.
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I know my Sena radio works, but I don't listen to advertisements.....I mean the radio. I do however have 28 Gig of music currently on my phone, my Sena gets quite the workout.

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Does your Sena have an aux-in (3.5mm jack plug)? If so, you can just connect any old radio you can find. Heck, my 1980s Sony Walkman (with FM!) would work just fine. Tuck it in a breast pocket or something and the wire won't be a problem, as long as you remember about it when taking off the helmet.

My Cardo Scala Rider G9 has BT (phone and MP3), FM radio, aux in, and inter-rider communications. FM radio works reasonably well, but you do need to retune every 100 km or so.
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