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post #1 of 7 Old Jan 3rd, 2012, 5:05 pm Thread Starter
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K1600 GTL - CB Radio

Hello Everyone.
This is my first post - but I have been reading and enjoying everyone else's for a few months now. Last summer I traded a Goldwing for an '09 K1200LT and loved the BMW way of doing things. Two weeks ago I traded again - and got me a K16...Man, am I in love! After 30 years riding everything under the sun - but mainly Hondas - I think this is the best bike EVER!!!.
QUESTION: What do you guys recommend as far as CB's? I have a Schuberth C3 with the BMW bluetooth comm system, and it works great with the bike's satellite + GPS. My dealer says the only option is the J&M set - but when I am all said and done with brackets, antenna's, labor etc - it will have cost me close to (or more than) $1K. Are there alternatives in the market? Portable? Would appreciate any feedback. Thanks.

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Re: K1600 GTL - CB Radio

we don't use them thar ol fashon 8 track tapes and am radios.

Check out J&M

http://www.jmcorp.com/SeeProducts.asp?PF=40

If you are looking for bike to bike check some of the alternatives. UHF GMRS or Bluetooth.

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we don't use them thar ol fashon 8 track tapes and am radios.

Check out J&M

http://www.jmcorp.com/SeeProducts.asp?PF=40

If you are looking for bike to bike check some of the alternatives. UHF GMRS or Bluetooth.

I was thinking the same thing.

While at the MOA rally, a gentleman was given the BMW Corporate Big Wig and earful for not offering a factory installed CB option. The poor rep tried to explain that CB technology is from the 70s, in the modern era there are better and more sophisticated alternatives.

I tried to help the rep. but it was clearly pointless.

I agree- Bluetooth is the way to go. UHF radio is a distant second. Why install old technology on a state of the art bike?

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Bike to Bike for a motorcycle that's not pre-wired for it can get a bit pricey, but as in many things, you pretty much get what you pay for. I'd recommend some research reading here: http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-intercoms/ Lots of info there about the various systems available.

I think either the autocom or the starcom can be set up for portable CB - Ham - GMRS radio, but it can get even more expensive than the J&M. Lots of people have complained about communication results from CB radio on a motorcycle. Lots of potential interference issues, from injectors, ignition, and other unshielded noise sources. FM radio's, such as GMRS (or Bluetooth) tend to pretty much ignore such noise, although it can reduce the useable communication range.

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Re: K1600 GTL - CB Radio

Thank you all for the feedback. While I agree that CB is old technology - most of my riding buddies use it for bike-to-bike communication and we often take long multi-day trips as a group. I have also seen many K12 with CB's (had one in my K12). The chatter frequently has to do with road conditions and safety, so I would like to at least be able to "hear" what's going on. I am actually thinking about buying a portable CB radio with a bluetooth interface which I can either pair to the bike's AUX channel or directly to my headset.

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Corporate BMW is full of it that CB being old technology in CB's, They work as Goldwings have them and use them well. Now if you're a BMW groupie only meaning that you only ride with BMW's then that's fine. After having two K1200's with my first being a 2003 LT with J&M intercom it worked the best. The 2006 with the German intercom doesn't work well with the J&M/BMW CB and my thought on this is BWM failed. Yes one can talk the talk that it's old Technology but it works best when riding with the bikes that have them and last time I checked the number one touring bike in America is the Goldwing. Yes I have a problem with my CB that came from BMW. Some day when I get the time I will rework that interface and make it work.
So you're best shot is the J&M handlebar mount unit and you can jack it in to the AUX port and use a shorty antenna placed best on the bike where you'd like it.
If I had my way I'd tear out the piss poor German intercom and install the J&M version.
Oh just in case those of you out there that read this think I'm hard on German's, I'm first gen American, full blooded German and German's don't do piss poor work and if by chance they do they will make it right. I'm thinking at the time the american's had that feature added for American use only as it's not available in Germany.
Okay said my two cents worth.
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Re: K1600 GTL - CB Radio

Hi I have also wanted a cb radio for places where there is no cell coverage.
It would be helpful to communicate with another motorist / truck driver.
Checkout the Midland 75-822 40 channel.It is a inexpensive solution.

In my opinion I would trade the satellite radio for a CB radio in a heartbeat.
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