Does anyone really use their CB radios any more?


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Does anyone really use their CB radios any more?

Post by digividsmith » Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:13 pm



Back in 1985 when I had my brand-spankin-new GL1200A, I ended up creating my own CB radio setup because an OEM version was well over $500. It was ugly at best, but it worked, and only cost me roughly $60. I recently picked up a 1993 GL1500SE and it came with a CB, and since CB's seem to have fallen out of favor, I'm thinking of pulling it and using that space for something more useful like a light switch bank, voltmeter, usb outlet, etc. Apparently the CBs still hold some value as I've seen them selling on eBay for about $100. I'd also like to hijack the mic output from the intercom and feed it to my cellphone or to an iSimple ISFM2351 (https://www.amazon.com/iSimple-Hands-Fr ... ds=iSimple). I could even use the CB talk button for the iSimple attention button. Just thinking out loud here, and would like some input.



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Re: Does anyone really use their CB radios any more?

Post by aholloway17 » Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:46 pm

For what it's worth, my group of riders, approximately sixty strong, more than fifty of us use our CB. Of those that have switched to something else, none have fully integrated that technology but have spent significant cash maybe $500. There have been SENA units and other blue tooth devices by some pretty tech savvy folks. So for me, I have an auxiliary cable for music from my phone, I don't need to talk on the phone while riding, the radio, my passenger and I can talk to others via CB, and I'm good. When there is a more plug and play option that's more affordable and widely used I may switch. I'd be interested to hear what you choose!
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Re: Does anyone really use their CB radios any more?

Post by gford » Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:53 pm

The four friends i ride with and go motorcycle camping with all have CB radios on their gold wings. We used then all the time.

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Post by offcenter » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:02 pm

I belong to a small club that uses CB regularly to keep the group together on the road.
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Re: Does anyone really use their CB radios any more?

Post by CrystalPistol » Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:52 am

digividsmith wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:13 pm
Back in 1985 when I had my brand-spankin-new GL1200A, I ended up creating my own CB radio setup because an OEM version was well over $500. It was ugly at best, but it worked, and only cost me roughly $60. I recently picked up a 1993 GL1500SE and it came with a CB, and since CB's seem to have fallen out of favor, I'm thinking of pulling it and using that space for something more useful like a light switch bank, voltmeter, usb outlet, etc. Apparently the CBs still hold some value as I've seen them selling on eBay for about $100. I'd also like to hijack the mic output from the intercom and feed it to my cellphone or to an iSimple ISFM2351 (https://www.amazon.com/iSimple-Hands-Fr ... ds=iSimple). I could even use the CB talk button for the iSimple attention button. Just thinking out loud here, and would like some input.
We use it a lot when traveling with others, not so much when alone.

Trike is a 1500SE with OEM, but I also have a DIY rig that is easily removed / installed on the 1200, uses my CB integrator, functions through intercom / etc like OEM.











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Re: Does anyone really use their CB radios any more?

Post by themainviking » Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:32 am

All of the GWRRA chapters I know of use CB. At the very least, their Road Captains do. I seldom see them use hand signals any more. The HOG chapters on the other hand pretty much use nothing but hand signals.

Almost no one else appears to use their CBs here. If not on a group ride, it is every rider by him/her self.

As I very, very seldom group ride, I do not use mine.
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Re: Does anyone really use their CB radios any more?

Post by dingdong » Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:44 am

I use mine on group rides and when traveling if I encounter a long traffic jam I turn it on to find out what is happening up ahead. There are some truckers that still use theirs. I don't leave it on because of the constant foul language. This includes the "lady" drivers.
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Re: Does anyone really use their CB radios any more?

Post by Mh434 » Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:25 am

Our GWRRA chapter uses the CB's constantly. The lead rider & tailgunner, particularly, are always in communication so that both know what's going on with the entire package.

Conversely, the Blue Knights chapter I'm in no longer uses CB. As a result, on longer rides with lots of bikes, the package is constantly getting broken up, sections of the package missing turns & not being able to re-connect, etc. It can add hours to a long ride, having to stop & communicate with cell phones, etc.

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Re: Does anyone really use their CB radios any more?

Post by Snowmoer » Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:49 am

I do not ride with groups, so mine is off all the time. But.... I like having it on the bike when I need it. I just used it last night to find out why the traffic came to a dead stop on the freeway. There was a real bad accident up the road and life flight had landed in the middle of the road. Thought about turning around like all the cage's were doing. No, found out the police were stopping all the people that were turning around and trying to go through a maintenance crossover in the freeway. Without the CB, I would not have known what was going on. That is why I keep it just for these times when I need it.

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Re: Does anyone really use their CB radios any more?

Post by CrystalPistol » Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:21 pm

dingdong wrote:
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:44 am
I use mine on group rides and when traveling if I encounter a long traffic jam I turn it on to find out what is happening up ahead. There are some truckers that still use theirs. I don't leave it on because of the constant foul language. This includes the "lady" drivers.
Yep, another good reason that can apply almost anywhere. That and group rides. From 1995 and my first Wing group ride until about 1999, all we had on my 1200 was often "hand signals", and good guesses as to what the group was planning. We rode mid group, lot's of fun. Along about '99 I started looking at just putting a small CB on to listen, then a fellow sent me a schematic with item numbers (Radio Shack) to build my "CB Integrator", I got my use out of it! This one is my second as first was made with cheaper RS relays, etc, and was simply put in a unsealed metal project box …. this one is built with gold relay contacts, other tweaks, and in a sealed cast aluminum project box. The PTT button stays on handlebar …. it's all plug N play now.

Trucking has changed, no doubt. But good thing is you seldom find one or more on the roads we favor.

2004 we added trike to stable, it has OEM CB, so usually when I'm on 1200, no CB as I'm alone likely, running an errand, etc.
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Re: Does anyone really use their CB radios any more?

Post by MikeB » Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:28 pm

I use it on most rides. Whenever I ride with anyone I prefer that they have a CB Radio. Without communications, there is always the possibility of route confusion and decreased rider safety. Note the comments in this thread: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=45290

With Bluetooth headsets being relatively new on the Gold Wing scene, not many riders have them. It is also a pain to be pairing them with other riders, providing you know who they are. They are probably great when you only have one person you normally ride with. But while on the road and meeting new people, CB make a lot of sense.

A few days ago, I was traveling north through California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Lots of riders on the roads. Most seemed to be heading to Reno for the Street Vibrations rally. At one point in Adelanto, CA, I entered US 395 from Air Expressway Blvd just east of George AFB. I turned at the traffic light immediately in front of two 2018 GL1800's. I would imagine they had Bluetooth communication but there was no way I could communicate with them. I attempted to call them on Channel 1, 17 and 19.with no luck. They followed me in silence for about 100 miles where I turned off for fuel. It would have been nice to be able to at least say hello. Had they had CB communication, we could have at least exchanged pleasantries.

For me, CB Radio just makes sense.

By the way, US 395 is an excellent road.
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Re: Does anyone really use their CB radios any more?

Post by digividsmith » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:47 am

Thanks everyone for the great input. It reminded me that in my early days I was part of a GWRRA chapter, and we did use the CB constantly. I doubt I'll be joining one at this point, so it won't get much use. But I guess it answers my question on whether to keep it on the bike, since it does still add to the resell value.

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Re: Does anyone really use their CB radios any more?

Post by Stew » Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:06 am

I've been looking down at my CB panel almost since I got this bike thinking if I'd ever use it... I doubt it. The only person I've ever ridden with from time to time is my son and he probably doesn't know what a CB is, his generation is bluetooth all the way. If I broke down I'd always have my cell phone, there's a chance I could be in an area with no service, and that would be a small gamble. I could think of other uses for that space, nothing permanent - I'd keep all the parts just in case I want to put everything back.
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Re: Does anyone really use their CB radios any more?

Post by CrystalPistol » Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:43 pm

Are you so short of space for gadjets that it's worth time to remove it?

Costs nothing to just leave in place turned off I think.
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Post by digividsmith » Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:06 pm

CrystalPistol wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:43 pm
Are you so short of space for gadjets that it's worth time to remove it?

Costs nothing to just leave in place turned off I think.
I just think of the reasons that I gave up CB radios long ago. The last time I listened to chatter on a CB, it was so full of profanity that I didn't care to install the unit in my car. Besides, I have seen some really nice gauge/switch clusters fill that spot. But you're right, I even have a spare unused switch in my brake reservoir cap - why do I need more?

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Post by Stew » Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:11 pm

Nah not at the moment but thinking down the road. If the time comes where I need additional switch space I’d rather use the CB spot instead of a solution like the master cylinder mounted switch panels. But you are right, it doesn’t cost anything to just leave it there :D
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Post by wildbill325 » Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:41 am

We use them constantly during our PGR Missions!

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Re: Does anyone really use their CB radios any more?

Post by AZgl1800 » Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:48 pm

the only time I use mine, is when a few of us in a small group are running together.
Front guy has one, tailend charlie has one, and hopefully someone in the middle has one.

best use is to report that "we got hung up at the Red Light" and the front guys are to find a spot to gather again, or at least slow down so the rest can catch up.


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