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One of my wonderful neighbours has snapped the top off my antenna. Part of the reason is the antenna tends to stick out and catch passers by.
Does anyone know of a short version of the antenna. Otherwise can the rod (long upright piece be bought seperately). Replacing with same will probably lead to a re-occurrence.


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One of my wonderful neighbours has snapped the top off my antenna. Part of the reason is the antenna tends to stick out and catch passers by.
Does anyone know of a short version of the antenna. Otherwise can the rod (long upright piece be bought seperately). Replacing with same will probably lead to a re-occurrence.
Sorry to hear of that. I despise scumbags who do that sort of thing.

Have you tried Motorworks for a second hand one? It is listed as a seperate part but I bet it will not be cheap. One good point though is that the connection will be better, so you could just unclip the aerial from its base when parked. A shorter aerial will be a mismatch to the radio impedance wise, so will not work so well.

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I notice motorworks seem to be listing a replacement used one at £10. But if I just replace it and neighbours get pissed off they may do something else to bike. Can't be doing with removing it all the time. If a short one is fitted will I be able to use an FM modulator with good results?


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But if I just replace it and neighbours get pissed off they may do something else to bike.
Get a VERY large friend to inform your neighbors that he will be VERY pissed if anything happens to your bike. It may help if the friend appears to be mentally un-balanced
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I wonder if they have ever had their windshield wipers superglued?
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I notice motorworks seem to be listing a replacement used one at £10. But if I just replace it and neighbours get pissed off they may do something else to bike. Can't be doing with removing it all the time. If a short one is fitted will I be able to use an FM modulator with good results?
It will only affect reception, not the modulator, assuming the modulator is hard wired inline. All I can say is suck it and see. With your new aerial, how about tying it back or putting a piece of hosepipe over it?

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One of my wonderful neighbours has snapped the top off my antenna. Part of the reason is the antenna tends to stick out and catch passers by.
Does anyone know of a short version of the antenna. Otherwise can the rod (long upright piece be bought seperately). Replacing with same will probably lead to a re-occurrence.
I would suggest wiring 110V (make that 220 since you are, UK, right?) to the antenna next time you park your LT. I'm guessing after a few hits your neighbor will leave it alone!

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I used to have a neighbor's dog that pissed on my Yamaha. Then I put a rubber pad under the kick stand and hooked a weed-burner electric fence charger to the wheel. I was lucky enough to see the result. It only happened once.


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Part of the reason is the antenna tends to stick out and catch passers by.


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I wonder if they have ever had their windshield wipers superglued?
Forget the wipers...superglue in the door locks is a real B__ch!
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One of my wonderful neighbours has snapped the top off my antenna. Part of the reason is the antenna tends to stick out and catch passers by.
Does anyone know of a short version of the antenna. Otherwise can the rod (long upright piece be bought seperately). Replacing with same will probably lead to a re-occurrence.
What am I missing here? Where are these passers by that they are getting caught? I want to avoid this situation in my neck of the woods. This is the first I have heard of this. Do you mean while it is parked or going down the road?

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I used to have a neighbor's dog that pissed on my Yamaha. Then I put a rubber pad under the kick stand and hooked a weed-burner electric fence charger to the wheel. I was lucky enough to see the result. It only happened once.
Not trying to hijack here, but I did the same thing to my neighbors dog, only I used 110 right out of the wall. Steven King would have paid big bucks for the sounds that dog made.
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Shorter antenna will give you weaker reception - but you may not care, depends where you ride. Worth trying.

There are no impedance mismatch issues on a receiver; a coathanger works as well. You only worry about reflections (impedance mismatch) on a transmitter.

Just get anything that fits mechanically.

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I wonder if they have ever had their windshield wipers superglued?
Now that's a good one!

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There are no impedance mismatch issues on a receiver; a coathanger works as well. You only worry about reflections (impedance mismatch) on a transmitter.
There may be no damage issues, but the impedance mismatch is WHY a shorter (mismatched) aerial will have poorer performance, ignoring the effective aperture issue.

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What am I missing here? Where are these passers by that they are getting caught? I want to avoid this situation in my neck of the woods. This is the first I have heard of this. Do you mean while it is parked or going down the road?

Bike is parked at about 60 degrees to the kerb, (back tyre against kerb) in a narrow street with a steep camber. Therefore the angle has to be chosen carefully. The bike needs to be parked tyre against the kerb. The Topcase and rear of the panniers overhangs the footpath (also narrow, about 4ft wide) and the antenna sticks out even further at approximately head height.


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like the idea about the windshield wipers.


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Here's a thought, why not swap the antenna to the other side? There is a CB antenna bracket that fits on the other side of the top case. You could use that base bracket but fit the standard radio antenna to it. Then the long antenna would hang out above the bike, not out over the sidewalk.

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Here's a thought, why not swap the antenna to the other side? There is a CB antenna bracket that fits on the other side of the top case. You could use that base bracket but fit the standard radio antenna to it. Then the long antenna would hang out above the bike, not out over the sidewalk.
It is possible to cut and modify the standard bracket to fit the other side, but I think the angle of dangle might need altering too. I used mine for a comms aerial so the problem didn't arise.

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Never looked into it myself when I had my LT but, is there a "Wing-like" antenna that folds down out of the way?
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Why not just bend it out of the way? Hook into the luggage rack, or remove it?

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I'm blind in one eye so I'm very conscience of things at eye level. I have a flag on the end of my antenna. If you have the rack you can do this.
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Never looked into it myself when I had my LT but, is there a "Wing-like" antenna that folds down out of the way?
This is a great idea! Would also make for easier bike covering. Anybody know of one?

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Bike is parked at about 60 degrees to the kerb, (back tyre against kerb) in a narrow street with a steep camber. Therefore the angle has to be chosen carefully. The bike needs to be parked tyre against the kerb. The Topcase and rear of the panniers overhangs the footpath (also narrow, about 4ft wide) and the antenna sticks out even further at approximately head height.
NOW I get it!

I subscribe to the KISS principle - Keep It Simple Stupid.

Soooooo.... when you get off why not attach a small string to near the top of the antenna - and somewhere on the opposite side of the bike - and temporarily bend it over to vertical? And if you're concerned about the luggage cases intruding into the footpath a small scrap of wood left on the street should take care of that issue by changing the "lean" angle when parked on the side stand.

Someone is going to get an eye poked out.


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I tried tucking it into the rack but the antenna was starting to split at the bend. Might have a look at the CB bracket though. Also want to look into the crutchfield aerial.


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I used a quick disconnect like this one my Jeep...mainly for low parking garages. http://www.bellscb.com/products/ante...sconnect.htmon


I switched over to a different kind of mount that lays the antenna down at 90 Deg (in any one direction of your choice).

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If you look in the Hall of Wisdom under Customization:
(m) Radio and Optional Extras you will find a sub heading of Antenna.

There are a couple of recommendations. The one I installed a couple of years ago was the one that Grif posted. The short flexible antenna. It has worked very well for me.
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