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Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby bstig60 » Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:48 pm



I would like to add a CB radio to my Aspy, which didn't come with one. I would like to go with the factory setup, but I am having difficulty in finding all the parts I need at anything resembling a reasonable price. There was a guy on here parting out a 1500. I posted a question re: the CB, but no response. Salvage yards seem to want to sell them one knob at a time.


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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby k1w1t1m » Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:26 pm

Best I can suggest is peruse all the GoldWing forums and Craigslist for people parting out 1500s. You might also place some wanted adds.

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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby baumedagn » Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:08 am

When I installed one on my 1990 SE, I was able to find everything I needed on ebay. You can't be afraid to spend some $$ though. The toughest thing for me was finding the correct handlebar switch. I think they changed them in '93 or'94 so there are probably more of those out there.

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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby MikeB » Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:57 am

Here is a complete set up including antenna.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/HONDA-GOLDWING-gl1500-gl-1500-CB-COMPLETE-KIT-WITH-INSTRUCTIONS-/141473873134?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item20f07ffcee

I've bought one CB radio setup from this guy before. I recommend him. He has loads of GL1500 stuff.

By the way, if the link above does not work, go to Ebay, it is item number 141473873134.
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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby dingdong » Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:05 am

Contact Unclefester. He is getting ready to remove his.
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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby joeincalif » Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:38 am

When I installed one on my 1990 SE

Read more: viewtopic.php?t=25869#ixzz3SOVraANA

If your bike is an SE it should have came with the CB.
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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby baumedagn » Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:43 am

In 1990, it was a dealer installed option. I'm not sure when it became standard on the SE.

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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby spiralout » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:04 pm

MikeB wrote:
I've bought one CB radio setup from this guy before. I recommend him. He has loads of GL1500 stuff.

That guy does have a lot of GL1500 stuff, but dang, he's expensive.

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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby bstig60 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:12 pm

Yeah, he is kinda wanting a new price for a product he doesn't warranty. So you don't know if what you pay for is going to work. Somehow that fact makes me a little skittish!!! I sent him an email asking him if the unit had been tested and if he would guarantee it will work. We will see what kind of response I get. Sent Uncle Fester a PM about his......
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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby bstig60 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:32 pm

MikeB; thanks for the link. I asked a lot of questions and finally had a talk on the phone with Jay. So I went ahead and bought a set up from him. It is off a 99 SE and has the Chrome antenna which matches my bikes radio antenna. Granted it wasn't cheap, but he agreed to stand behind it if there is a problem. It will ship tomorrow and I will probably have it installed by early next weel/ Now, I have to find a hand held mic for it now that I have switched over to a bluetooth helmet so I can listen to my IPhone and Garmin GPS when travelling. He didn't have one. What bugs me is I just let one go with my 88 that was still in the original plastic. It had never been used.
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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby Wayne » Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:07 pm

Bstig60, If the CB is off a 99SE you will still need the proper PTT and Channel up/down switch for the Aspencade or you will not be able to change channels.

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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby bstig60 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:40 pm

Thanks Wayne; That was one of the questions I had and spoke to him about it on the phone. The proper switch comes with the setup. I will use the channel tuning but probably not the PTT since I don't use the J&M headset anymore, but use a blue tooth headset instead.
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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby Uncle Fester » Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:10 pm

Just a heads up, with out the PTT switch, the CB becomes a scanner as you can not transmit with out it. . . . just making sure you are aware of that, and glad you got a set up for your bike.
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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby bstig60 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:22 pm

Thanks Uncle Fester, I am aware of that. The PTT and channel switch comes with the kit. But I need a hand mic so I can transmit without having to use the PTT thumb switch. The CB will work thru the stereo and into the speakers or at least my 88 did.
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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby MikeB » Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:47 pm

bstig60 wrote:Thanks Uncle Fester, I am aware of that. The PTT and channel switch comes with the kit. But I need a hand mic so I can transmit without having to use the PTT thumb switch. The CB will work thru the stereo and into the speakers or at least my 88 did.


Hi. Yes, he gets a pretty good price for the whole shooting match. He does include the antenna which sells for about $100 which would make the CB kit about $400. I looked at the kit he had pictured and saw that it had the Aspencade PTT and Channel Selector so I was pretty sure it would work for your application.

If you tried to buy the individual items a piece at a time, it would be too expensive to afford. I've seen the wire harness between the CB and AM/FM go for about $100 all by itself.

Jay is good people and he can be trusted to stick to his word.

As to the J&M microphone, that will cost you about $110. There are a few of them on Ebay now. They appear to be new items too, but you would need to ask questions about the age of the products.

I'm curious though, why would you need a hand mic? I know you have blue-tooth technology headsets but they should work with the CB if they work with the on-board intercom. But maybe that is the rub, they don't work with the intercom. If that is the case, then I can see the need for the hand held mic.
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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby bstig60 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:17 pm

MikeB, It is good to know that Jay is reliable. After speaking with him, he assured me he would stand behind his products which is a really good thing. From what I can find, he seems to have the best supply of Goldwing parts on the west coast.
Before making the decision to purchase the kit, I priced out things seperately on eBay and found that it would cost me a lot more to get all the pieces together and with no guarentee that everything would work. Also there were a couple of pieces I couldn't find. I think this kit is missing the passenger intercom control, but I think I can pick that up seperately or maybe Jay has it.
Yes, that is the case, the blue tooth is for my cell phone and Garmin GPS, so it doesn't work with the intercom system. I still have the stock set up, but its in a full face helmet and its touch to get the glasses on with a full face. During the trip I took last summer I found that the blue tooth would be very handy to hear what the GPS is telling me rather than having to look down at it to get directions. I don't care much about phone calls, but they go thru the GPS anyway. The purpose of the CB is to be able to have a mode of long distance communications when out of cell phone range and to be able to communicate with other riders when necessary and to remind the truckers that they don't own the whole road. Since I am not using the headset on trips, I need the hand mic to be able to transmit. The thing that Pee's me off is I just let one go with the 88 I just sold. So far I have not been able to get the guy who bought it to sell it back to me. The good thing about the one's on eBay is the come as a kit and they are new.......
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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby MikeB » Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:10 pm

bstig60 wrote:... I think this kit is missing the passenger intercom control, but I think I can pick that up separately or maybe Jay has it.....

Unfortunately, the passenger control is not part of the CB kit but I am sure you can find one easily. Like you say, Jay most likely has one (or several).

Here is an OEM control on Ebay --> 151593666296
And a Show Chrome control on Ebay --> 111120918870
Here's one from J&M for about $20 --> 161608596240
Another OEM --> 141574858243

Basically, there are lots of them. Just search GL1500 passenger... you'll get lots of hits.
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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby bstig60 » Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:13 pm

Thanks.... Some of those will work, others will not, but thanks anyway. I checked with Jay to see if he has one at a reasonable price, he said he would have to check and get back to me.
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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby bstig60 » Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:11 pm

The CB Radio kit got here today. Looks like everything is there complete with a 9 page installation instruction sheet. I will get to installing it this weekend.
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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby bstig60 » Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:05 pm

Interesting: the instruction sheet that came with the CB kit is the same one found on this site. Probably downloaded it from here.
After I got the new windshield on, I decided to start on the CB radio installation. First I pulled off the trim piece on the left side of the trunk and drilled the 3 holds in it necessary to install the antenna. PIA, but it got done quicker than I thought. There are 3 noise filters to install, one on the fuel pump, one on the Air pump, and one on the alternator, so I installed those. Then I removed most of the left side plastic, mounted the CB radio and connected up all the wires, no issues other that the wiring diagram doesn't tell you where the ground wire goes on either end of the wiring harness for the CB. I think I figured it out though...... Last piece before I start putting things back together is adding the CB channel and PTT switch to the existing stereo tuner switch. This requires removing the handlebar cover on the left side, removing the left side electrical switch and mounting the PTT switch and then the Stereo tuner switch on top of it using a longer screw. The CB control wires are pigtailed and just need to plug them in..... But! There is a hole in the PTT switch body that the Stereo switch wiring goes thru and then the two switches clamp together. Problem is, the Stereo switch wiring apparently goes to the back of the instrument panel. I haven't looked at the wiring diagram yet, but I am thinking of cutting the wires and splicing them back together under the handlebar cover. Anyone got any better ideas?????
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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby MikeB » Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:19 pm

Take a close look at the rear of the PTT/Channel select housing. It comes apart. Do not cut the wires and splice them... it is not necessary. Look at the instructions on the left side of page 4. You will see the depiction of the way the PTT/Selector opens up. It has a small panel.
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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby MikeB » Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:26 pm

On page 4 you should also see where the ground wire attaches. Top right hand side of the page. One of the ground rings attaches to the AM/FM/Cassette radio mounting ear. The other will mount to one of the CB radio mounting screws I think. I don't remember right off but I think you already have that figured out.
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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby MikeB » Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:39 pm

I found the reference for the ground wire attachment point at the CB radio end.
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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby bstig60 » Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:14 pm

Thanks MikeB. I figured out where the ground wires went pretty quickly, but If you hadn't mentioned the little slide on the PTT, I would have probably never found it. I couldn't wait until morning, I had to go up to the shop and look. Sure enough! So I went ahead and put the PTT together with the Stereo switch. So now I have to test things out in the morning and put it all back together. I have an SWR meter somewhere. I know I will have to set the SWR before I will get decent range out of the unit. Just hope everything works.
I will be coming up your way later this summer, perhaps we can meet somewhere. Thanks for the help.
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Re: Adding a CB to 99 Aspencade

Postby MikeB » Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:39 pm

Sounds good to me Bill. Just drop me a line. I'm headed down to Reno Rendezvous in June. I'll be there between the 18th and 21st.


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