Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Huntington Beach, California
If you do, or plan on riding with other touring type folks (Goldwing's & Harley's for example) then a CB makes a lot of sense. Harley calls their CB a "Bike-to-Bike Communication System" and that's a pretty accurate description of CB Radios on motorcycles. Because motorcycles have very poor ground planes, the broadcast range for a CB Radio on a motorcycle is fairly limited (frankly it sucks, but there is little that can be done about it). I useally figure on about a mile, two miles if I'm lucky. That's with my SWR adusted to about 1.2:1 which is really quite good. You can certainly listen to all the Trucker Chatter, but unless they're really really close, they'll not be able to hear you. The cost for a Honda CB Radio for our Goldwings is, totally, completely and without any doubt unbelievably rediculous. But, then again, if you're going to do any riding with others, and particularly so if you go on any organized rides . . . it is well worth it.
* 2013 Honda Goldwing Air Bag
* 1971 Triumph Bonneville
* 2007 Kawasaki KLR650
* 2015 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited