New GSA and CB Radio Question

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by BoxRunner, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. BoxRunner

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    Hello all, Just picked up my 09 GSA a few weeks ago an love this bike. I have owned several bikes over the years and most recently have been riding LT's and Goldwings but I am planning a trip to the Arctic Circle next year and decided this was the bike! The guys I am going to ride with all have CB's and after attempting to use the search engine I have not been able to find anything on this site so was wondering if anyone has mounted a BMW CB or the J&M unit (same thing I believe) on a GSA? Any help on this would be appreciated. Of course I am sure I will hear a bit about why put a CB on one of these bikes too! Thanks!

    P.S. If there is anyone near me in SC that may be interested in this trip please contact me as I am the only person from SC who is going thus far.
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  2. npmako

    npmako John Mako

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    are you wanting to use this with an in-helmet com setup?
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  3. ubaath

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    I use an Alan/Midland 42 handheld CB with a BPA-100 Bluetooth PTT switch in conjunction with a Scala Rider headset.

    The CB radio resides in the topbox, and is draws battery power through a relay.

    It is connected to an external no-groundplane whip antenna which attaches to one of the luggage rack rails.

    This setup works fairly well, although it doesn't get the range that the Goldwing CB setup does.
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  4. BoxRunner

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    Thank you for the reply, yes I would like to use an in-helmet setup.
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  5. rob

    rob Been here awhile

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    While I have a GS w/ABS, I have the J&M system on it. The hardest thing was the mount for the head unit. Once I got that, easy peasy. I've got my Zumo 550 with the XM, blue tooth phone hook up, V-1 all piped into my J&M headset.

    I recommend the system.
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    GARider Wandering Thru Life

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    I have a 07 GSA and have the J&M unit on mine, it works great. Have my Zumo with XM running through it. It also has intercom if you ride two up.

    I tried other systems with hand held CB radios and it just didn't work. I guess CB's are not big on the other side of the pond.

    Roger
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  8. BoxRunner

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    Thanks everyone for the feedback...for those of you with the J&M units which antenna length did you choose and how is the range on it? Thanks again!
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  9. chromedome

    chromedome Been here awhile

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    '09 GSA here, also running the Midland hand-held CB into my StarCom intercom unit. I mounted the CB on the side of my topbox in place of a water/fuel bottle in the TT bottle bracket I screwed on there... The antenna sticks up a little over the top of the box that way. I hard-wired a 12v line to power the radio.

    I've had no problem with noise/interference and the range is plenty good to cover a couple of miles between bikes.
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  10. james996

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    I put the firefly antenna on using the licenese bracket mount. Works great. Not sure on the range but I would guess transmits 3 -7 miles. Receives twice that. I have the 2003 model on a 07 GSA 1200. Works great.. I can post some pic 's if you would like..
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  11. rob

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    Mine has the the four foot firestick (sp?) with the license plate mount. Transmitting, line of sight, maybe 5 miles. Reception? 10??
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  12. BoxRunner

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    Excellent, thanks everyone...and yes James996 if you don't mind posting some pics that would be great...
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  13. james996

    james996 Been here awhile

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    I'll try to post some pics tm when I get home from work..
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  14. rdwalker

    rdwalker Long timer Supporter

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    Another vote for J&M.

    I use the J&M Integratr IV, residing in my GS tank bag. It integrates (as the name implies) all kinds of audio sources. In my case:
    - Motorola FRS radio
    - Garmin GPS
    - Sirius sat radio
    - switchable with Sirius: aux audio from an MP3 player on a separate cable
    - modded Escort radar detector.
    - Motorola HF-820 (?) Bluetooth adapter for mobile phone.

    My main reason for the setup is that it mirrors my BMW ComSystem (nee J&M) on the K12LT - thus I can use the same cables and the same helmet speakers.

    Here is an important fact I found: only J&M, from the 3 or 4 other brands I tried, puts enough volume into the helmet speakers to get by earplugs.

    I always ride with plugs and only J&M can be readily heard, even with volume not fully cranked up. Other brands required that I give up plugs - not happening.


    Another comment: are you sure about the need for CB? I found that it is past prime time, only wacko lewd self-involved truck drivers persist on it. Nothing useful. Cell phone, now, that is a different idea to be in touch. FRS radio works for a ride with friends - very well.
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