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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-10-2017, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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To CB or Not to CB, that is the question

Thinking of having a CB unit installed. The Honda unit seems to be about $1400 installed. How many of you still get use out of the CB and do you recommend the Honda unit or an aftermarket unit?
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I had an aftermarket one that I blew the finals out of it. Went Honda after that; not sure it's worth it but I had a weak moment I guess.
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I ride with a group a lot and find it very useful, even just riding with another winger I find it helpful. Just do start long winded conversations, that can be annoying.

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I had an aftermarket one that I blew the finals out of it. Went Honda after that; not sure it's worth it but I had a weak moment I guess.
How is the range on the Honda CB? That is one of my concerns. I have a CB that came with another bike and it's pretty useless if you're any farther than 1/4 mile from the person you're trying to talk to.
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I like to think about it as RWACS (Rider Warning and Control System)- the more riders, the more eyes on the road...
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I had a CB on my 1500..... owned the bike for 8 years..... used the CB once

But if you ride in fair sized groups.... it could come in handy if the front and rear had one in case of trouble.
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If you are a lonewolf there is no need for a CB. But if you are riding in a group, then the CB is great. Here Down Under I don't ride much as a group and do not miss the CB. In the USA I find the CB in group rides to be great.
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Have not used cb once since getting my bike but hoping to do some group riding this season. I should get better use from it then. From what I gather the range is only good for a group of riders.
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Like has been said, if you ride in groups then it is a big help. I have used it a couple times in backed up traffic to get information from truckers about whatever the holdup is. One time it told me to change routes right away as it was backed up many miles and not moving at all.

It definitely transmits farther than a 1/4 mile, best guess is a mile or two but never measured to figure it out. I also agree with Ron, people who have to talk all the time bothers me too.
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It's not long range. I think it's because of the small Ground plane for the Antenna. It more for close in communication.
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