Shorter antenna available?


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Shorter antenna available?

Post by bstjohn1966 » Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:55 am



Curious to know if there is a short antenna available for my GL1500? The stock antenna is an inconvenience as I have to stop and put it down every time I put it in the garage. I'd like to put something like a cellular antenna on if possible.

Thanks in advance.



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Re: Shorter antenna available?

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:12 am

bstjohn1966 wrote:
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:55 am
Curious to know if there is a short antenna available for my GL1500? The stock antenna is an inconvenience as I have to stop and put it down every time I put it in the garage. I'd like to put something like a cellular antenna on if possible.

Thanks in advance.
The 94 and later GL1500's have antennas that unscrew from the base, and you can replace them with shorter "rubber ducky" style antennas - I believe J&M sells a set, and some people have tried other aftermarket suppliers as well. The reception will not be as good.

For 93 and earlier, I'm not quite sure if such a thing is available. If you have just one antenna (no CB), and it unscrews from the base, you may be able to do just this.

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Re: Shorter antenna available?

Post by bstjohn1966 » Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:59 am

Cool, I'll take a look at it. Thank you for the help!

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Re: Shorter antenna available?

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:08 am

Just an idea, measure the length you need to clear the door and if it is not too much cut some to shorten it/them.

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Re: Shorter antenna available?

Post by bstjohn1966 » Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:17 am

Won't hurt it? Just cap it off with something to kill the sharp point?

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Re: Shorter antenna available?

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:26 am

Erdeniz Umman wrote:
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:08 am
Just an idea, measure the length you need to clear the door and if it is not too much cut some to shorten it/them.
This is fine for an AM/FM antenna - it will kill some of the reception, but won't hurt anything.

But do NOT do this to a CB antenna. A CB antenna must be an exact length, or else damage to the transmitter can occur.

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Re: Shorter antenna available?

Post by bstjohn1966 » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:45 am

This will work perfectly then. I don't have a CB so no issues there. The help is much appreciated. Thank you.

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Re: Shorter antenna available?

Post by Uncle Fester » Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:08 pm

I cut both of my antenna down to just below the coil, put a rubber toy (Rubber Ducky, California Raisin, Rubber Ball, just depends on my mood) and added a single male, double female motorola connector under the seat (so both antenna are hooked to the AM/FM radio) and called it good. I have a CB, but in 4 years of owning the bike, have never even turned it on, so this works great for me.
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Post by TheChief » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:25 am

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Re: Shorter antenna available?

Post by TheChief » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:33 am

Uncle Fester wrote:
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:08 pm
I cut both of my antenna down to just below the coil, put a rubber toy (Rubber Ducky, California Raisin, Rubber Ball, just depends on my mood) and added a single male, double female motorola connector under the seat (so both antenna are hooked to the AM/FM radio) and called it good. I have a CB, but in 4 years of owning the bike, have never even turned it on, so this works great for me.
I'm just the opposite. I use my CB on group rides, particularly when I'm riding Sweep.


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