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Is it worth it to activate XM-Sirius Satellite Radio?
« on: August 24, 2015, 09:27:03 pm »
The XM-Sirius satellite radio comes as standard equipment on the TTSE, but is it worth it to activate a monthly subscription?  Those of  you that have done so, what are your comments?  How much does a monthly subscription cost?  Is it cheaper to sign up for a whole year in advance compared to month to month?

I'm thinking it would only be a useful feature on a long trip to the wide open spaces for several days/weeks, but not day to day rides in town, close to home, where you can just use the standard radio (for free).  The only satellite radio "XL" station I enjoy in my car while commuting back and forth to work, is Howard Stern, Sirius charges extra for, and you can't just have it ala carte.

Also, is there any way to check which software version is currently loaded in the radio module.  I think V4.5 (???) or higher is necessary to prevent draining the battery overnight after the satellite radio is activated.  My bike was manufactured in late 2013 as a 2014 model, but I have no idea if the radio module was ever updated by the dealer.
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Re: Is it worth it to activate XM-Sirius Satellite Radio?
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2015, 10:19:40 pm »
We ride 2up most of the time and enjoy The Highway, EnVivo, Caliente, The Blend and The Bridge in that order. My subscription is paid yearly, $49.99, that's 4.16 + tax. We listen to SiriusXM 90%, 9% OGG music on a pen drive, 1% NOAA, here we have thunderstorm every afternoon.

Our weekly rides are around 300 miles, so is convenient, compare to be force to search for stations all the time and I think that $4.16 a month is a good deal.

For long trips SiriousXM is a winner.  :152:
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Re: Is it worth it to activate XM-Sirius Satellite Radio?
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2015, 02:03:49 pm »
*Originally Posted by lemuriano [+]
My subscription is paid yearly, $49.99, that's 4.16 + tax.

May I ask which package you have as my annual subscription is way more than that?
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Re: Is it worth it to activate XM-Sirius Satellite Radio?
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2015, 03:25:19 pm »
*Originally Posted by tdragger [+]
May I ask which package you have as my annual subscription is way more than that?

SiriousXM Español which is almost the same as SiriousXm Basic.

The basic lineup works for me, because it have country, comedy, jazz, latino, news in english and spanish, traffic, classical and religious. I listen to Joel Osteen Radio from time to time.

This is the lineup I have up to channel 169
http://is.gd/uBPxFs

If I recall correctly, you wont be able to select dose packages online, need to call then and verify the lineup.

This is the link with the actual pricing but is only in spanish. It's 5.99 monthly, unless you paid it on a yearly basis.
http://is.gd/NTZj4n

What package and pricing you have?
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Re: Is it worth it to activate XM-Sirius Satellite Radio?
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2015, 03:46:51 pm »
I have the All Access now but considering downgrading to the Mostly Music but that is still $131/yr.
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Re: Is it worth it to activate XM-Sirius Satellite Radio?
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2015, 04:03:11 pm »
I really enjoy the XM radio particularly when I am on long distance rides.  Mostly I listen to BBC, Bloomberg reports or talk shows.  So I have to subscribe to more than the base package.  However what I have found out with each of my subscriptions (3 cars and 1 motorcycle) is that 1) if I let the trial expire without renewing XM Sirius will flood me with offers to renew.  If I wait long enough I can usually get about half price.  Also in two instances I call to cancel rather than wait for expiration.  In each case I was offered significant discounts. 
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Re: Is it worth it to activate XM-Sirius Satellite Radio?
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2015, 04:34:33 pm »
geez...I need you guys to negotiate for me.  I hate haggling.
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Re: Is it worth it to activate XM-Sirius Satellite Radio?
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2015, 04:36:57 pm »
I don't enjoy haggling although negotiating is much of what I do for a living...but...I hate over paying.
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