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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-22-2017, 10:57 AM
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I have one of those now. I also had one on my 86. It works every bit as well as the ugly long antennaes. I have not noticed any drop in reception. I have mine sitting on the bar under the seat and wired into the ACC on the fuse block. Well worth the lousy $4 I spent on it. Won't work the CB, however, but I don't care about that anyway, I don't use it.

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post #12 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-22-2017, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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This could work


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Unfortunately there is no good solution to an antenna on a motorcycle. As previously stated a motorcycle lacks a ground plane. A signal amplifier will amplify the entire signal, the good and the bad. If you are having reception problems with the antenna you have, then all an amplifier will do is make the good and bad signal stronger to the radio.
There are two things that can improve your reception. Get the antenna higher and simulate a ground plane. Also, the antenna needs to have a tuned length to the radio frequency you are trying to receive. Antennas that are base loaded will simulate the ground plane. Antenna designed for boats and motorcycles are called base loaded. This will help the ground plane problem.
The short quarter wave antennas will only work when you are close to the transmitter. If you are in a rural area and trying to get a distant station you will need a tall full wave (long and tall) antenna.
The ebay antenna you show looks good to me. It is tall and the coil will give it the base loading you need. It appears to be very much like the antenna that came on my GL1200. I recently installed a new stereo on my bike, I was surprised how well the stock antenna worked, but I do live in the city. You can look at marine am/fm antennas. However, they may not have the needed height.

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I've seen several bikes with two antennas. Wonder how that works, a splitter somewhere?

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Motor started to knock. Turned up the radio.


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After looking around I found that I do not have the cable that came with my OEM antenna. I have the bracket and the antenna. I did an ebay search and found this antenna. In the description it says: It comes with a MOTOROLA-type, cable end, push fitting for the above systems only. (Clarion system)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antenna-CO-...5ZF41J&vxp=mtr



I thought that I heard that the OEM cable would not fit the standard radio connections of today's radios. I have found a couple of the 1/4 wave antennas that are the longer wire type but then I will have to fit the correct cable to them. This is not as easy as I figured.

I appreciate the responses so far, although some are over my head. I'm going to stop by Audio + this week to see if they sell something I can fit on the bike.
This antenna should work just fine for your application.

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most 1200 applications that are using two antennas,the left one is a "dummy" and is not connected ,in inorder to use it you have to disconnect the antenna splitter underneath the cb radio and run an extension cable out to the antenna(left)

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most 1200 applications that are using two antennas,the left one is a "dummy" and is not connected ,in inorder to use it you have to disconnect the antenna splitter underneath the cb radio and run an extension cable out to the antenna(left)
Does that hold true for the 1100 as well because that is what the original poster is asking about?

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I don't (didn't) have an antenna splitter on my 1100.

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