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range on my 1500 wing is close to two miles. I've used my cb several times and while I could do without it I will be putting a J&M unit on the mighty ST 1300 soon

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post #12 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-11-2017, 05:50 AM
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CB is old technology, Bluetooth is the way to go. You can buy Sena and many other BT products, put them in intercom mode and talk to other riders and they last all day on a full charge and you can get them for less than half of what a CB costs.
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I personally have the same use for a CB that I have for chrome doodads...

Had one on my previous 1500, turned it on maybe 3 times. Turned it off said 3 times because the people we were riding with were chattering. Just sold the one that was on the 1500 I recently purchased and I don't have one on the 1500 trike. Even pairing up with other riders isn't for me. I do see that some folks like the benefit of being able to communicate hazards, stops, road changes, and such but still not for me. The only one I ever want to talk to when I'm on the bike is my sweetheart in the pillion. I can manage with hand signals, and waiting until we get to a traffic light/Stop sign to offer communication.

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I find it's a good tool if used properly. Doing West Virginia last summer the tail (a personal friend) dropped it in a hairpin turn. I was third from the back and always keep an eye in front and in back and was able to stop the group of fourteen bikes. We up-righted the bike and luckily they were ok and we got on the road again. Also riding with someone with a cb is good to communicate with. In turn, on rare occasions if someone or some people start getting long winded, I will say something or shut mine off for awhile.
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Had one very real reason to use the CB on my 1500. Had a crazy cager nearly running over pedestrians and into other motorists and used it to contact the Leos to get the SOB. Worked too.
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I just posted an Evolution Bike MP3 for sale on this site.
I used the CB all the time with group rides. We would communicate road conditions, turns, need to stop etc. and found it really useful.
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As said before, if you ride in a group or even with 2 or 3 others the CB is a good thing. J&M makes a handlebar mounted CB unit that works great and is a lot cheaper and easier to install. J&M sells everything you need to hook it up. or you can make your own brackets
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post #18 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-11-2017, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by dhobbs74 View Post
CB is old technology, Bluetooth is the way to go. You can buy Sena and many other BT products, put them in intercom mode and talk to other riders and they last all day on a full charge and you can get them for less than half of what a CB costs.
Kind of avoiding Blue-tooth right now. Just not sure I want that thing sitting next to my head for long periods of time.
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I recently installed an aftermarket CB. Works fine. I ride with the Southern Cruisers, GWRRA, and Patriot Guard. Comes in very handy. I usually ride toward the back, and once had to stop to help make a small repair on the bike in front of me. Because we could communicate, the whole group stopped at the next exit.

I don't think I can talk all the guys into getting Bluetooth. Most of them use their on-board system. I use Bluetooth whenever I ride without the group. I like it better than the cellphone pushed through the Honda Onboard system, and then out to the headset.

The groups I ride with make it very clear that the CB is not for idle chitchat. Everyone is listening to the music, or talking to their passenger. The CB is used for pointing out road hazards, turns, lane changes, a cage polishing the tail's rear bumper, etc.

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Bought one 11/16 and used it twice in a small group rides, very handy. If you are handy it's easy to install and you can save some serious money. Bought the Honda CB and antenna around Thanksgiving time from Wingstuff for $685.00 the price your quoting sounds way high to me.

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