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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-06-2019, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone installed a regular CB Radio on their Goldwing?

My GL1500 did not come with a CB Radio. I am not going to pay 1-2k for one either.
I purchased a Uniden Pro 520XL CB for under 50.00. It is only 4.75" wide. It should fit in the available slot nicely. I already have 2 antennas on the back of my GL1500 now. One is for am/fm and the other is for ? It is not a CB radio antenna. Maybe one is for am and the other one for fm? I have found the correct CB antenna for about 100.00. I will probably start the installation in a few weeks. I have some other projects I need to get finished up before starting another project. I was just wondering if anyone had installed a regular CB on there bike, and what problems they ran into if any.
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Someone was working on that, don't remember who but haven't heard what the results were either. Looks like it could be done but you would have to open the CB up to get to some of the ins & outs to tie them into the bike. A separate mike and tying the speaker into the auxiliary input would be easier but you would have to have it somewhere you could reach the unit to change channels, adjust volume and squelch.

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Try looking at the J&M handle bar mounted CB unit, not cheap but as bad as the Honda one
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I agree. J&M should have something that works with your bike. Be warned, they're proud of their products.

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If I were to try to install a CB into a GL1500 that did not have one, I'd look at Ebay.
There is no better marriage between a CB radio and a GL1500 than the OEM unit.

The radios are available for under $200.
Transmit Switches are available in the handlebar control cluster for about $90.

The hardest item to find would be the connecting cable between the CB and the AM/FM.
However, there is ONE on Ebay right now. It is priced at $189.95. The reason for that is they are virtually unobtainable.
I'd jump on that one if I were you.

For Example:
CB Radio for $114.95 w/free shipping - Item # 123610466611

Connecting Cable for $189.95 - Item # 312259087313


Switches and controls, $89.95 - Item # 192817169846
or Item 3 132939086898 for $80.00 plus $15 shipping.


If you really want a CB, you will be much happier with OEM.

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I have used the J&M unit on a couple of NON Gold Wing bikes and they work great. Also it has a weather band and a intercom if you want to use it as one.


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I did my 1200 back 15+ years ago, fully integrated with all functions, and removable by unplugging PTT switch lead, power lead, 5 plug DIN, and disconnect antenna. I made holder and tinted Plexiglass weather cover. Integrator circuits are in cast aluminum weather proof box affixed to CB, has a female DIN to plug helmet into. Used antenna splitter with a tuning screw under faux tank, bike has just one AM/FM/CB antenna. Uses a Cobra CB.
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Audio from CB traffic enters intercom via ext spkr plug on CB, when the PTT is pressed, big relay flops 4 circuits in box and passenger hears mic input as do others listening on CB, Even the MUTE works when someone else talks close on their CB and breaks squelch. I bought most parts at Radio Shack and actually built two before I got it right, fisrst on had cheap relay, I ordered new from place ion line, gold contacts, it's been top notch. PTT button is just small momentary button in plastic enclosure velcroid near left thumb.
The coat hanger hook is just used when it's not on the bike in use. The suction cups hold it on door, the strap buckles under door as extra security.

I can recall fellows using smallish CBs and a hand mic.





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