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Stopped today at a local Honda dealer...very helpful...good knowledge...$1200 for a CB, antenna, and helmet attachment.

I haven't invested $1200, yet.

To participate safely in group rides, I understand the need for communications. Are there alternatives other than the $1200 setup?

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Or a regular cheapie CB from a car or truck.

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I went for 7 years with a Radio Shack handheld CB strapped to the handlebars. It had jacks in the top for the PTT mic and speaker. I got a PTT button and a connector from J&M that connects directly to the helmet headset. A hundred bucks for the CB, $75 for the PTT harness.

The CB has a rubber ducky antenna but I found an adapter that allowed me to connect the CB into the bike's antenna. It worked great.



J&M has an equivalent: http://www.jmcorp.com/SeeProducts.asp?PF=31

That being said, since then J&M produces a handlebar mounted CB designed for motorcycle use. I know a fellow that has it, and it works great also. The cost on that should be less than half what you are planning on spending on the Honda CB.

http://www.jmcorp.com/SeeProducts.asp?PF=24



The only thing I don't like about the J&M one is that it doesn't use the standard Honda headset set up. But it looks like a really good set up.

It comes in a single rider set up (less expensive) and a rider/passenger set up, (a little more expensive)














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try the J&M cb radio set up. http://www.jmcorp.com/SeeProducts.asp?PF=24

$300 for the CB plus antenea and headset. great quality for a lot less plus weatherproof.

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That's right Ham Radio is cheaper. Yes, you need a license and yes you need to take a written test. No, you don't need to understand Morse code. The test questions are published and you can take practice tests on-line. And the license is free for life.



A two meter band handheld radio can be bought for $100 new and with the FRS kit from Kennedy technologies can be hooked to your GL intercom. You can even use the exisiting CB controls. Mount the radio in the trunk, even with the rubber duck antenna at 5 watts, you'll get several miles of coverage. Rack mounted antenna even better.



For a little more you can get a 50 watt radio that will amaze you. Add your GPS connection and have position reporting posted on the web for free. Call up a repeater with a phone patch and call home for free.



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Hey Terry, wolfman has the right idea. My brother (02 Goldwing) and my two sons,(09 Vstars) run hand held cb's from Radio Shack. They have the push to talk headsets, and just love them. i have a CB on my 08 Wing, so when we ride, we can all talk. They sound great, and have never had any problems with them at all.



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Hmm...I rarely ride in groups, but somewhere in my far distant past, I seem to remember these things called hand signals?

Inexpensive, pre-installed, operate without fail (unless the total system crashes), all weather, zero power draw on the bike...yep, that might be a good way to go

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+1 on the ham radio. Nice setup Andy!

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