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Ibus radio interface K1200LT Discontinued

Product no.: IBUSINT4.4 Notify on availability

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Available delivery methods: Customer pickup, UK ONLY Small packet, European Airmail small packet, Worldwide Airmail

Latest version (Mark 4.42) of the BMW K1200LT Ibus radio interface.  A re-design of the original unit, this one features a more robust DB9 connector system, the Infra red LED and resistive outputs are combined into one socket, which is now built on to the board.  There are internal status indicators on the PCB too.Relays on board control the accessory output and power to the factory CD changer if required.

This version is sold WITHOUT software licence which will be invoiced separately at £109.99


Due to the VAT situation

with exports to the EU, it would appear that extortionate fees and duties are being levied on imported goods to anywhere in the European Union from the UK. Our business is not required to be registered in the UK for VAT, but it appears that is now irrelevant, the EU wants its pound of flesh whatever.

To deal with this situation, it is strongly advised that EU customers only buy the module from our Ebay listing instead. That should mean no additional charges on import. As far as I am aware, the situation with worldwide, non EU imports has not changed. Click on the blue text link if you are in the European Union or search Ebay for "G6FGO ibus radio converter" to find all the different listings:

Ebay link for non UK customers

The BMW K1200LT Ibus interface. Allows the fitting of a modern car stereo head unit, retaining full control of the original 'bike controls and display. Currently compatible with Alpine, Pioneer, Sony JVC and Kenwood but others to come shortly or when requested. Current database examples include but are not limited to:

Alpine, anything compatible with the Alpine remote control.  Note that old Alpine radios do not have the function.


Alpine UTE-200BT
Alpine CDE205DAB      
Alpine UTE204DAB 

Pioneer DEHX8700DAB   
Pioneer MVHS320BT   
Pioneer SPH20DAB   
Pioneer DEHP6BT


JVC/Kenwood/Pioneer latest models have dropped the standard control function of SWC in favour of forcing you to use their own Android App, not terribly useful on a motorcycle!

JVC KDX360           
JVC anything compatible with IR remote control RM50 or RM52          
JVC X470BHS   


Sony MEXN7300DB      
Sony MEXBT4050U     
Sony DSXA510BD       


What it can do:

It pretends to be the original radio and allows the original controls to function as they did with the original radio. It works by converting the Ibus data flowing around the 'bike's systems into an Infra Red signal, just like a TV remote control to operate an aftermarket head unit. The IR LED lives just in front of the radio where it can see the sensor.  It is compatible with most Alpine IR head units, Pioneer and Sony resistive radios, Kenwood IR (next update) and others. If you have a radio not in the database, let me know what you have and it can be easily added. Any radio with an IR control can be compatible, especially if you have a control and can loan it to me for an hour!  Tested with Alpine CD-173BT (USA) CDE-193BT, CDE-205DAB and Pioneer DEH-8700DAB. Kenwood KDC-200U and JVC libraries have recently been added.  Testing and develpment work has shown that Alpine radios offer the best control potential and are strongly recommended.

It can control other devices. There is an onboard relay output that can be configured to control whatever you wish (relays etc required for heavy loads) including the PTT for a communications radio. You choose which original button is used to operate it. I use the SC/RP button for PTT as an example. It just opens and closes the relay contacts when SCRP is pressed. Display shows "LightsON".

It writes to the original display. Because there is no physical connection from the new radio to the Ibus, there is a limit to what can be displayed. The interface makes intelligent assumptions though and tracks the use of the "source" button, displaying the currently selected source. The latest update has added band switching and radio preset display too. It can't follow dynamic operations like radio scanning or station idents etc though of course because there is no real time data transmitted from the radio..

It allows customisation. You may prefer a different control mapping to the original BMW system. If so, the interface can be supplied with your preferred mapping, or you can ask for a modified software version and upload it yourself.

Hands free ' phone. With the microphone fitted into your helmet, you can use the hands free capabilities of your chosen head unit. The interface allows one of the stingray buttons to operate the "Voice control" in your 'phone, so that you can make calls if you have to, as well as receive them on the move (as long as your chosen radio allows it by remote control).

Installation.  Very simple to install with only three / four connections required. Ground, 12V Ign, ACC and Ibus, all available in the radio housing. If your radio has a blue/white switched output, you only need three connections as the ACC and 12V can be strapped together. There is a small IR LED to put in view of the radio and that is it! (Resistive radios like Pioneer have a 3.5mm plug for the back of the radio). The module is slim enough to fit on top of the new radio and if you plug in the supplied mini USB cable, can be updated with the latest software without having to dismantle everything.

Upgrades.  Many upgrades are planned for the near future, including compatibility with more radios and speed dependant volume control. These software updates will be supplied free of charge for owners to update the interface.  Next upgrade on the list is to make it compatible with the original six CD changer.

Design. The design is based around an Arduino Nano deliberately to allow end users to update the software as required. It also means that anyone software literate can ask me to modify the software as desired.



When you have made the  purchase, you MUST let us know which radio head unit you have chosen, together with any special requirements, so that the software can be customised to suit your choice of radio. These details can be added to the "Order comments" field of the order form.  Once the module is ready to despatch, you will then receive a separate invoice by email, value £109.99 for the software customisation.


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