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post #11 of 38 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 10:25 PM
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post #12 of 38 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 10:29 PM
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Install is easy enough. Cost is not insignificant.

I say wait to get one until you find a group that you ride with that uses CB and you feel you are missing out on something. If you don't wind up there, then you weren't missing out on anything and saved some bucks.

Sure, there are stories of great road intel gleaned from chatting with the truckers. The needle is not worth listening to the haystack of crap I hear on Ch 19.

I have one and rarely use it. Bluetooth is coming along nicely. The group that I used to ride with that used them regularly went the way of the dinosaur and didn't say much worth listening to even before the extinction. On top of all that, I'm fairly anti-social.

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Just got one at Christmas from Wingstuff with the Honda antenna $684.98 so if you watch they put them on sale from time to time. I could not find one cheaper at that time.

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If I'm riding alone I never turn on my CB, I find it annoying.
That said I love riding with other guys with CBs and the CB is of great value in groups.
Well worth the cost if you want to ride with others with CBs.
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If you like communicating with other riders, use a CB. If you don't like communicating with other riders, then don't get a CB.

My 1500 and my 1800 both came with CBs. My second Goldwing, the 1800 wouldn't have become mine without it having a CB.

CB & ABS & Heated Seat = my new 1800. I didn't pay a nickel more for my bike because it had a CB, but it was a priority for me to buy one with a CB.
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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.


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Like others, I always have a CB on my Wings. Great when riding with others who have them. Good when riding on the Interstates for information even if riding alone. As some have said, there are times when it's not used, but the times that it is makes it a worth while investment even though their price is rediculous.


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Dinosaur technology. I have one, never use it, POS.


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I had a Hondaline CB on my previous (2004) GL, and did not get one for the current (2012) GL. I almost never used it during the almost ten years of owning it and found it to be annoying at times. The range is inherently short and the audio quality of AM in that application is worse.

FRS/GMRS would likely do better for most folks; for those of us with Amateur Radio licenses, something for VHF/UHF-FM on the bike would be great. As that is currently a limited market, I doubt such will become a reality any time soon.

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I have a CB on my '05 that I purchased last summer ... my first Wing … but I'm not sure what the easiest way is to hear/use it. I have the Sena 20S system and really don't want to spend money now on the Freewire, so I don't mind using a wired setup for the CB, however, how would I be able to talk on the CB and not just listen?
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