Connecting to CB radio


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Connecting to CB radio

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Hey all. Happy new owner of a 97 1500 se. Want to use the cb on it but not sure best way to go about it. I'll likely be using a half helmet when riding and there does not seem to be alot of options out there to use. I found this on Amazon "IMC Motorcom HS-G140P 5 Pin Half Headset for Gold Wing Built-in System". Seems expensive for a basic set of headphones and mic.

Anyone have similar issues or any ideas?

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Compared to the price of headsets for regular 3/4 and full face helmets, $89.95 is not expensive. If half helmet is what you are using, this is what you need.
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tallman21 wrote: Tue Sep 14, 2021 8:36 pm Seems expensive for a basic set of headphones and mic.
The market for what *you* want to do in reality, is very small.

You can certainly roll-your-own, but by the time you take the time & effort in doing that...most just pony up and buy the commercially-made with the hope they last a few riding seasons.

The initial 'guts' of my very first J&M set of jasted several years before J&M replaced it under warranty.
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Thanks for the replies. Have any of you ever used a hand held mic? I've done some searches and looks like J&M used to sell a set but they discontinued it.
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I put a Cobra 32XLR and used a hand held mic on my 1975 BMW R90/6 back in 1978. I put a small speaker in the back center of my open face Bell helmet (directly behind my head) with a wired connection to the auxiliary speaker jack on the back of the radio. I made a copy steel section of my windshield that replaced the bottom 10" or so with 3/16" stainless, cut the old windshield straight across at the right height and bolted it to the stainless section then mounted the radio directly to the stainless piece. Wish I had pictures but back then I didn't think of that kind of thing. Fairing was a Luftmeister (very similar to the old Windjammers). It worked fine even at speed.

I did have a police officer tell me that the connection was illegal (I had a mini jack right at my belt buckle that would separate) because I was "Attached to the motorcycle".

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tallman21 wrote: Thu Sep 23, 2021 7:16 pm Thanks for the replies. Have any of you ever used a hand held mic? I've done some searches and looks like J&M used to sell a set but they discontinued it.
Discontinued because...well, think about it a sec.

:shock:

One-handed operation of the mic, then trying to hear the audio thru that mic element in a moving environment sure seems to be a rather unsafe condition.

:o

I think John L. over @ J&M got real smart real fast on discontinuing that for sale. That's just a lawsuit waiting to happen.
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Hand held mics worked on that cop show CHIPs back in the 80's, LOL
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kwthom wrote: Fri Sep 24, 2021 3:12 pm One-handed operation of the mic, then trying to hear the audio thru that mic element in a moving environment sure seems to be a rather unsafe condition.
My setup on my BMW 40+ years ago (see post above) used a mic and a separate speaker mounted inside my helmet, not a mic/speaker combination like on most police and commercial two way radios. Seemed to work fine for me. I agree with you that trying to listen to the audio through a combination mic/speaker would be a real problem.
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Believer45 wrote: Fri Sep 24, 2021 3:34 pm
kwthom wrote: Fri Sep 24, 2021 3:12 pm One-handed operation of the mic, then trying to hear the audio thru that mic element in a moving environment sure seems to be a rather unsafe condition.
My setup on my BMW 40+ years ago (see post above) used a mic and a separate speaker mounted inside my helmet, not a mic/speaker combination like on most police and commercial two way radios. Seemed to work fine for me. I agree with you that trying to listen to the audio through a combination mic/speaker would be a real problem.
It is not a combination mic-speaker. It is just a microphone. When using the microphone, the CB has to be switched to the motorcycle external speaker. It works very well.
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MikeB wrote: Fri Sep 24, 2021 5:18 pm
Believer45 wrote: Fri Sep 24, 2021 3:34 pm
kwthom wrote: Fri Sep 24, 2021 3:12 pm One-handed operation of the mic, then trying to hear the audio thru that mic element in a moving environment sure seems to be a rather unsafe condition.
My setup on my BMW 40+ years ago (see post above) used a mic and a separate speaker mounted inside my helmet, not a mic/speaker combination like on most police and commercial two way radios. Seemed to work fine for me. I agree with you that trying to listen to the audio through a combination mic/speaker would be a real problem.
It is not a combination mic-speaker. It is just a microphone. When using the microphone, the CB has to be switched to the motorcycle external speaker. It works very well.
I used an External Hand Mic on a '94SE and a 98SE and just the External Dash Speakers

All I really needed was to be able to yell at the leader of the group to wait for us, who did not make it thru a Red Light.....

I really get aggravated when group leaders do NOT pay attention as to how many are still following them....
go thru 2 or 3 stop lights in town, and no one knows where the rest of them are.


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