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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone still use a CB?

Relatively new Wing owner. I bought a 2012 about four months ago and really enjoy riding it. I was wondering if many Wing owners have and use a cb on their bike. I have a Sena 20s from my previous bike, but didn't use the intercom often, as I normally ride solo. With devices such as the 20s and cellphones, I was wondering if many wing owners use their cb's anymore. I am debating installing a Honda cb on the bike, as I plan on doing a lot of long distance riding. From what I have read, it looks like an easy install. Thanks
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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 08:08 PM
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I never installed a CB on my 2013 wing. Not sure if I missing anything by it not being there. I have been told it is fairly easy to install. I guess it boils down to whatever you want. I prefer music. I have fun with your wing. You will enjoy it.
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post #3 of 38 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 08:09 PM
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Plenty of us use the CB especially if you do group riding. They come in handy needless to say. I installed a CB unit on a 07 three years ago not hard at all. Should be much more work on a newer Wing.. So if you plan on doing most of your riding solo, not sure it's worth the $900 to $1100 in cost...
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I have a CB on my trike and never turn it off. I ride in a group quite a bit and have been all over the country on a bike once and over half of it on this trike and have found that hardly anybody talks on a CB like they used to not even the truckers. Unless in a group I hardly ever hear anything but I still tend to monitor 19 when on a solo trip of any length. Not much help but it should give you an idea if you want to put out the money or not.

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Unless you ride with groups or friends that also have them, I think they would be of limited use. I have never installed one on my 09 or any bike for that matter and have never missed it. I do have a Starcom unit installed on my VTX which allows me to use FRS/GMRS radios but quickly found out that most people that I ride with do not have them. With the limited amount of people in the group I ride with Bluetooth has worked best for me.

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I lead motorcycle rides and I HAVE to have a CB. In fact I was ride leader on a ride to Dateland today and we had 18 bikes in attendance. Since most of the bikes were cruisers there were only 2 bikes that had CBs. One in the front of the group and one at the end. 290 miles and everyone got to where they needed to go with no incidents.
If I was riding by myself I would still have a CB on my wing, but that's just me. But in the right situation and the right circumstances, they are worth their weight in gold.

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I have always had a CB on each of my 6 Wings that I have owned. When riding I never turn it off. Would not be without one. I ride in a group and lead group rides quite a bit and communication with the group is very important to me.

Have been to all Continental United States including a group ride thru Canada up to Alaska 10 + years ago. We communicated rest stops, road directions as well as conditions on the Alaska Highway.

Everyone has their opinion on CB use... I consider it very valuable the way I ride.

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My 01 has the Honda CB. It's range is limited and it has a slight pause after you key the mike to talk.

The only time I have ever used it was to ride sweep on a group ride. Last year I took a 4,400 mile ride. Turned on the CB (ch. 19) for a couple of hundred miles on the interstate.

I would save your money for sometime else. Heated seats, grips, etc.... I use those a lot.

Since you say you mostly ride solo, a CB is probably not worth the money.

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Growing up (if I ever did) in the 50s an 60s and coming of age in the 70s (Smoky and the Bandit era) you just had to have a CB radio in your ride to be cool! So, you got yourself a cool 'handle' and set about learning all the really cool trucker lingo necessary to properly communicate on the road. Fast forward 40 years. There may be better technology today but I still love my CB (BikeMP3) that I installed in my 2014 GL1800. My really cool riding buddies all have them and range is better than most of the newer alternatives. But best of all is the gianormous CB antenna mounted to the left side of my trunk! Not only does it look really cool, it provides the necessary counterbalance to the AM/FM antenna on the starboard side. I'm sure that without my CB my motorcycle would fall over on it's right side a lot!

Oh, did I mention that CBs are really cool?
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Installed one on my 2012 no install issues-ex peasy.
I have got got info on incidents from truckers on the roadways-smokey bear reports-accidents-road construction and occasional bikers yapping to give a shout out and get road info from their route.
It's a personal thing on purchase.
The only reason I pulled the trigger on the purchase was Wingstuff had prices for them lowest I have seen in some time holiday season.
Enjoy that Wing! As a side note the Sena Freewire also played a part in the deal as you can now use it for cb connection wireless.
Be Safe out there cagers don't see us!
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