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Old 04-15-2012, 11:25 PM
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Let's bring this thread up to date. The title certainly works.

I bought the VentureMP3. It arrived in less than two weeks, with seems pretty good for an item coming from Spain.

Installation was a breeze. Sure, it requires removing the seats, tank, and splitting the fairing, but that really goes without saying for a stereo part that's mounted in the trunk. I plugged the included wire into the CD connection from the stereo and it works just fine. There's even a nice heavy pass-through plug included for the hole in the bottom of the trunk. I see no reason it wouldn't work for those with the CD in the side bag.

There is a switch on the wire next to the player to control power during long term storage. I believe this is a result of the nature of the Clarion CD that Yamaha used. I am planning on bypassing the switch with a relay wired under the seat and controlled by switched power to remove the need to worry with the mechanical switch at all. When I add the relay I'll take pictures and do a write-up of the whole thing.

The player has worked well so far. SpanishVenturer recently sent me an email regarding stripping the ID3 tags that are sometimes found in MP3 files. He has windows based software available to help folks remove the tags. (I don't do Windows, so I'll be doing it on my own - common issue as I'm a hard core Linux nerd.) There has been an occasional hang with the songs I've put on the card. I suspect removing the ID3 tags will remedy that since there have been a number of devices that simply don't like the tags. Once I convert my music files, most of which are in Ogg Vorbis format, I won't have any tags to worry about and will be able to do a better test of the device.

All in all I'm very happy. The device is much smaller than the CD player. Does not skip. The occasional hang can be remedied by a press of the up/down control on the audio head, so even that is quite livable. The SD card can hold a lot of music, and it can also use a pen drive, though I believe it's a one-at-a-time sort of thing. It's controlled by the audio head as if it were the Clarion CD player it replaces.

After several years of empty talk from Pete in Florida (I'm not mad at him, we're not really a large market.), SpanishVenturer has gotten the job done! Thank you very much, sir!

(Oh, and SpanishVenturer, welcome to VentureRider.)
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We started developing in 2008 the first interface for Goldwing, until the company which manufactures copied it and started to sell it yourself to USA companies. We were the first company to manufacture these devices. We can prove that we have sold this at least a year before BikeMp3 and JM... They did not design anything, just sell it. Thanks for your support
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I was one of the first to buy one of this product and have used it almost daily since then. Other than the occasional hang up, it's is a really good replacement for a CD player or a cassette player. It literally becomes part of the bike as it is integrated into the sound system.
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I too was one of the early purchasers and I also want to thank Jesus for developing this product.
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I was one of the first to buy one of this product and have used it almost daily since then. Other than the occasional hang up, it's is a really good replacement for a CD player or a cassette player. It literally becomes part of the bike as it is integrated into the sound system.
Can this be modified to mount in place of cassette player? Now THAT would be very nice...
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:26 AM
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Can this be modified to mount in place of cassette player? Now THAT would be very nice...
Probably, but I'd want to have it where it wouldn't get wet.
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Can this be modified to mount in place of cassette player? Now THAT would be very nice...
I don't really think that would be necessary, or even particularly helpful. You can put 99 songs in each of six directories. There's nothing to mess with on the unit aside from the switch to power it on/off (only used for long periods of non-use) and the two places to plug music (SD card slot and a USB port for a flash drive - either/or, not both together).

Then there's the water issue Kirby mentioned.

On the other hand, I suppose one could if one wanted to badly enough, though I personally think gauges or a glove box would be more useful mods. Mine's in the trunk and I'm quite happy with it there.
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This was the first add-on I bought when i got my RSV 1 month ago..so far its great ..the occasional hang up .....How is the wiring for the relay coming as the idea of having on a switched circuit is good.....As for the software re stripping id3 tags ..what is it ?
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I added the relay to cut the unit off and on and it has worked out great. It's a little bit slower starting up but even then it's up and running in less then a minute. I don't have the switch to manually turn it off on mine.
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thanks ..what wires did you use from the unit ...i dont want to tear into it and cut wrong wires to run back to my switched fuse panel
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thanks ..what wires did you use from the unit ...i dont want to tear into it and cut wrong wires to run back to my switched fuse panel

First off, did you get the switch that comes with the later models? If so, then all you have to do is replace the switch with the relay. Get your power to activate the relay from something that turns on with the ignition switch. I used the power line going to my Mic Mutes.
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