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My dad and I plann on running out to Big Bend Nat park in the spring and would like to be able to talk when riding. My bike has no radio but I do have a cb radio i want to hook up. I am hoping to be able to hook it up to a headset along with being able to hook up to my ipod. I do not want to break the bank, however I do want good quality. any suggestions would be appreciated.



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Some of my friends recently usedChatter box Bluetooth devices on a ride we went on, they work with any bluetooth item, ipod, cell, etc. They liked them. They talked to each other on cells via the chatterbox, but I believe there is a model for m/c to m/c transmissions too?

Also, check out J&M audio, Sierria Electronics and EC Connection on the web for everything audio, but pricey.

The Chatterboxes are reasonable. The batteries will not make it thru a long day of riding, we road about ten to eleven hours.
 

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Jason,
Before my son went in the Navy,he and I did a father/son bike trip to Daytona Beach for Bike Week. He on his 1981, 1100, me on my 94'

I took a cheap 40 channel CB, mounted it on his bike. (it actually fit in his left fairing pocket) Wired a five pin plug to tie into the external speaker jack on the CB and also to his stereo.

We talked all the way to Florida and back, it worked great and I had less than 50.00 tied up in his system.
 

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thats kind of what we are looking at I just need a headset tat i can tie into the cb and my ipod for when dad is quiet. thanks for the input.



By the way the lift table is great!
 

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Here's what I did for my Shadow 750. I wanted to be able to talk to my friends on their Goldwings, but I didn't want to spend a fortune. I realize you have a CB on hand, but maybe this will spark some ideas. You might look at using the external speaker jack on the CB and run that to the headphones... just don't crank it up too terribly high.

Anyway, this was my set-up until I decided to buy a 2000 Goldwing SE... which solved the CB, Intercom, and uncomfortable seat problem on the 750.

I bought a 40-channel handheld walkie-talkie... Midland 75-822. Look around and you can find a decent price. I think it was about $70. It comes with all 40 channels, a rubber duckie antenna, battery adpaters, and a 12-volt adapter. It has the weather band, memory, and a power-saving mode. It has a 1/8" headphone out jack and 3/32" mic-in jack that responds to a PTT key. Plus, it's handheld so you can take it with you.

For the headphones I bought a cheap set of Sony headphones that wrap around the back of your head for about $15 at Best Buy. I took the pliers and knife to them and removed the headphone elements from the mounting -- you don't have to monkey with the wiring... just cut the plastic parts away from the part you wrap around your head. Be careful or you might nick the wires. When you're done you'll have two speaker elements and a 1/8" plug all ready to go. They won't be super loud, but they'll work -- we're not talking high fidelity audio, but it's listenable. Mount those in your helmet -- get them as close to your ears as you can.

The mic is the fun part. Run down to your local trucker supplier shop, like a Flying J or a Pilot, and pick up a cheap 4-pin handheld mic like you see on a CB. You need to make an adapter to use this with the walkie-talkie, but it's easy. The goal is to get pins 1 and 2 on the handheld mic to the tip and sleeve of a 3/32" plug. You can find a 3/32" mono plug and a 4-pin male micreceptacle at radio shack. Doesn't matter if pin 1 or 2 go to the tip or the ring.

I soldered pin 1 of the mic receptable to the tip of the 3/32" plug and pin 2 of the mic receptable to the sleeve of the 3/32" plug (or vice versa.. whatever you like) with a length of wire, then mounted the 4-pinreceptacle in a project box with the 3/32" plug dangling out the other side.


Plug the headphones into the CB, plug the 3/32" adapter into the CB, plug the handheld mic into the adapter. Turn on the CB and adjust the volume. To talk, grab the handheld, press the key, and talk. It doesn't pick up wind -- worked fine for me behind a small windshield and face full of wind.

Disadvantanges: You have to free up a hand to talk.

Advantages: The CB is the most expensive part. But for the price you get a 12V cigarette lighteradapter with a whip antenna adapter, an adapter for plain AA batteries, and an adapter that takes a scad of rechargable AA's and the charger. You can go all day on one charge.

Another advantage: handheld mics look cool. Well, atleast I think they do on a motorcycle. Several times a tailgater wouldn't back off, so when I called ahead to suggest we let the moron pass, the car backed off. I guess they thought a handheld meant business or something. Looked like CHiPs maybe.

I'll leave it up to you how you hang the the mic. I suggest you mount it on your right and key with your left. It's easier to reach to your right with your left hand if mounting on the handlebars. As for mounting the radio and the adapter... I can only suggest being creative. On my 750 I used U-bolts and a 90 degree inside cornerbrace, mounted the radio by the belt clip on the brace and velcro'd the whole affair together.

I used this set-up ona 500 mile ride with friends and it worked fine. It takes a little getting used to and it's no good if you plan on talking in the twisties. But it's cheap. The mic was about $20, the parts were about $10, the CB was about $70. Plus, when all is said and done... you can still use the CB elsewhere.

To get another signal in there (like an iPod or radio or whatever), you could probably use a Y adapter in line with the CB and a music player, and both feed the headphones. I've not tried that, but it should work.

Is it ideal? No.

Is it cheap. Yes.

Will it work with a full-face helmet? Yes, but you'll feel silly holding a mic in front of your face with the visor up. (That lead me to a 3/4 on the road-trip.)
 

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I used to have a set of the Hand Held CB's. They had a line of sight for about 5 miles. Really worked well. Now, with the setup on my 80, a regular Uniden, using 1ea. 4ft firestick antenna, well grounded, I can get roughly 1 to 2 miles, I have on one occasion gotten 5 miles, sitting at my house and talking to a trucker in I-59 at Wal Mart Exit. (depending on the terrain.)
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My wife and I got Chatterbox units so we could talk from bike to bike. I velcro mine on the ignition switch panel and plug my ipod into it. It mutes the music when either one of us speaks. TitaniumWing is right about battery life. They're good for a good 10 or so hours but, we plug 'em in over night and we're ready to go again. We've been able to communicate between bikes when we were 1/2 mile apart.

The Chatterbox headsets are not compatible with the Wing audio system so, we can't plug our helmets into the Wing when we ride 2-Up. My wife just plugs her headset into an aux port on my Chatterbox unit and we share the ipod and can talk as if we were on the Wing's audio system.

Watch eBay or CL. You may be able to find a good buy. I got both our units with headsets and chargers used for $200.
 

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As i run a radio shop and do cb radio work kinda have an idea what you want to do.
You can simply splice exturnal speaker wires from cb and output from mp3 or i pod cable into one headset cable or pm me and i can supply you with cable cheap.
 

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My wife and I have been running FRS radios for bike to bike communication. I already has a headset, so I installed an airrider Add-A-Radio box which interfaced thru the intercom of the wing. It works great. My wife's setup costs approx $50 with a headset from Motocomm (Ebay) which came with the FRS radio adapter and a push to talk button. We bought the FRS radios from Walmart for $20 a pair. Works great and you can setup codes so no one else can interfere with your conversation. Of course you don't get the range a CB offers, but the audio is cleaner and there is less radio traffic.
 
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