DAB digital radio on a motorbike

Knowing I am going to get merciless stick from m’learned friends for having yet another gizmo on my bike I’ll admit another one – this time a DAB radio. On the RBLR 1000 endurance ride, having the Lions match to listen to whilst flooging up from Edinburgh to Wick was a much needed distraction from my seriously numb backside. Having traffic reports and weather coming in on Absolute Radio was also good.

I used a Pure Highway Radio, wired in to the ignition on car lighter style plug – so far very easy. I placed the additional magnetic aerial on the top of mu top box, routed the cable and job done. 5 minutes maximum. So does it work? Yep, I got Radio 5 live clearly in the middle belt of Scotland, Absolute Radio clear as a bell in Cumbria and what is good about this radio is the if the signal is too weak it just stops, with very little atmospherics, and when the signal is on one bar I can still hear it very well. The Autocom copes very well with the noise output. The little magnetic aerial (an optional extra) is well worth having as before I fitted it I could not get a signal pretty well from Leicester to Leeds on the M1 but with it fitted a decent signal all journey.

So if you are a long distance rider or a regular commuter it can really break up the monotony of a long journey, and the signal seems pretty good across the nation, from the North of Scotland down to the North Devon Coast.

Posted by Andrew Prendergast. Posted on: June 23, 2009 at 12:00 am

Andrew has been riding motorcycles since he was 10 years old and currently rides a GSX1400 as his daily commuter whether it is sunny or snowing. In addition, he is currently restoring an old Honda CB750 K1. Andrew practices across all areas of motorcycle law, with his practice involving both civil claims and motoring defence work.