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    I am toying with the idea of getting an F3 Limited that either my hubby or myself could ride -- with his ankle, we know there are going to be days when holding the heavy Indian up is not an option. I would like to add a CB to the F3 with the following setup (know this works because hubby has it on his Indian):

    • J&M CB, probably with one of their "shorty" antennas tuned to the CB
    • J&M Bluetooth Interface -- provides a wired connection to the CB
    • The CB assembly is paired, via Bluetooth, to the bike as a headset.
    • On the Indian, the only function lost is the bike's digital control of the radio volume as it is now handled by the CB.


    So, given the above set up -- my questions are:
    1. Which year do I buy?
    2. A 2018 with "built in" Bluetooth or a 2017 and then add a Bluetooth dongle?
    3. Can I even add Bluetooth to the 2017?
    4. Those familiar with the new dash -- have the updates allowed play of music through your paired headset or does that still play through the speakers only?
    5. Those familiar with Bluetooth in general on a CanAm Spyder -- do you think this will work? JCTHORNE, I think you installed a Bluetooth dongle on your wife's Spyder, but did not fully integrate with the radio and I believe it was an RT.


    Lastly, please AVOID all commentary about using "old" technology. I know that and I don't care to read any opinions on the merits of CB vs. other forms of rider communication. I just want to get the above questions answered.

    Thank you for your input . All the Best . Ann
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    Giving this a bump .... hoping the CB and F3 experts are just out riding!
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    Good luck with the J&M option, that might be you best CB option (if I decide to try CB again, that is what I will do), I think Motorcycle Dave has a bluetooth conversion for CBs. I have not had good luck with mounting a Midland CB and getting it to work right and efficiently on my bike.
    My wife rides her own Spyder and I have mine, we use Bluetooth between bikes with Sena units attached to our helmets and that works great for our back and forth talking, no PushToTalk, just say what you want when you want. You can link to other Sena users if they have units in your group, but you can't talk to CBs in your group. You might give McDave a call and see what he says about CB Bluetooth and he also sells Sena units at a great price.
    Good luck, and let us know what works for you........

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    We installed the J&M on Louise F3. There is no way to bluetooth connect the J&M to either old or new BRP Connect version of the factory radio. We installed a SENA CB radio interface to connect the J&M to her SENA headset. All CB control is on the J&M unit itself, including the push to talk switch. All that said, it works very well and links up every time she gets on the bike. No user interaction is required.

    I can also say we tried the Midland portable CB with the SENA interface and it was a miserable waste of money. VERY short range. Stick with the J&M. It just works on a bike. Use one of the J&M matched antennas with it.

    Hope I answered your questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcthorne View Post
    .... There is no way to bluetooth connect the J&M to either old or new BRP Connect version of the factory radio.

    Hope I answered your questions.
    Thank you . have you looked at J & M's JMDM-IPBT-JCB03 Bluetooth interface? This provides a wired connection for a headset and a Bluetooth interface to the CB. On my husband's Indian, we pair this unit via Bluetooth as a headset. With what you know about the 2018 digital dash, would a similar pairing work on the Spyder (since it has built in Bluetooth)? Also, if we were successful in getting it paired as a headset, would ALL the audio (CB and Spyder) flow through the headset?

    Again thank you for the response . Ann
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spyder_Cowgirl View Post
    Thank you . have you looked at J & M's JMDM-IPBT-JCB03 Bluetooth interface? This provides a wired connection for a headset and a Bluetooth interface to the CB. On my husband's Indian, we pair this unit via Bluetooth as a headset. With what you know about the 2018 digital dash, would a similar pairing work on the Spyder (since it has built in Bluetooth)? Also, if we were successful in getting it paired as a headset, would ALL the audio (CB and Spyder) flow through the headset?

    Again thank you for the response . Ann
    Pairing the J&M module to the BRP radio as one of 2 headsets might work (could then only have one other head set connected) Have never tried. But do not see why this would be of any advantage over connecting the CB to your headset directly through the SENA interface. Using the SENA interface the headset can multitask other audio like music, other helmets etc. All that would not work if the radio was paired to the BRP as a headset. If you try it, let others know. I can tell you the setup we have works very well.

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