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Does anyone have more detail on planned accessories? Will a CB be available? FRS/GMRS??

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CB and other radio types are not built in. I use a Bluetooth communicator to communicate with my passenger and my riding buddy on his bike who's also got a bluetooth communicator. BT does not have the range of CB or FRS radios, but it's also contained within your helmet.

I'm sure J&M will have an adapter mount for their CB radio.

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Does anyone have more detail on planned accessories? Will a CB be available? FRS/GMRS??
What the heck is a CB, Wind Jammer?


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What the heck is a CB, Wind Jammer?
Cloak Box. I thought everyone knew that....

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What the heck is a CB, Wind Jammer?
Wasn't that some kind of AM radio that used tubes?
You know 1/4 wave antenna was 10' long.

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Did a long distance trip to Florida over Thanksgiving, so I decided to install a portable CB. Hadn't used one since the 80's. Well that was worthless. Since the advent of the cell phone, I guess truckers don't bother. 1500 miles down and 1000 miles back up and never heard a conversation worth listening to or joining.

Next trip I probably won't even bring it.
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The only place that a CB is worth while is when riding with a large group.


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The only place that a CB is worth while is when riding with a large group.
I have to agree. That is the main reason I added a CB to my LT. If it weren't for the annual group ride my wife and I participate in, I probably wouldn't have bothered given the clunkiness of the handlebar mounted BMW/J&M unit.

I don't know why that can't make modular devices with a backplane so you could easily plug in different types of radios, etc. This isn't rocket science.

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The only place that a CB is worth while is when riding with a large group.
I have to agree. That is the main reason I added a CB to my LT. If it weren't for the annual group ride my wife and I participate in, I probably wouldn't have bothered given the clunkiness of the handlebar mounted BMW/J&M unit.

I don't know why that can't make modular devices with a backplane so you could easily plug in different types of radios, etc. This isn't rocket science.

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I have to agree. That is the main reason I added a CB to my LT. If it weren't for the annual group ride my wife and I participate in, I probably wouldn't have bothered given the clunkiness of the handlebar mounted BMW/J&M unit.

I don't know why that can't make modular devices with a backplane so you could easily plug in different types of radios, etc. This isn't rocket science.
I currently have the J&M CB that partialy blocks the mirrors. Very poor exicution. I will forgo a CB on this bike and may not even get a radar detector.


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I currently have the J&M CB that partialy blocks the mirrors. Very poor exicution. I will forgo a CB on this bike and may not even get a radar detector.
The LT mirrors are a stupid design to start with and hard to use and the CB just adds insult to injury. However, it sure is nice having the CB when trying to keep 7-15 bikes coordinated on a group ride. Often traffic precludes keeping the group together and having 4 CB equipped bikes sprinkled through the group really helps when you get separated due to traffic, stop signals, etc.

So, I don't regret having installed my CB, but for riding solo there is no way I would have invested either the time or money or sacrificed the mirror visibility.

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With CMA we ride 10 to 12 bikes and with Patriot Gaurd Riders we can have 50 to 100.
The CB is nice at that time.


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Did a long distance trip to Florida over Thanksgiving, so I decided to install a portable CB. Hadn't used one since the 80's. Well that was worthless. Since the advent of the cell phone, I guess truckers don't bother. 1500 miles down and 1000 miles back up and never heard a conversation worth listening to or joining.

Next trip I probably won't even bring it.
As a Driver for 23/years now I have used the (CB) No it is not dead! I know a lot of riders have gone to FRS but I travel all over Ontario, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, and would not leave home with out it!
I use the J&M/ BMW cb. And it works very good on a bike.
Just my two cents from a long time trucker……


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XM Weather would be a nice option

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As a Driver for 23/years now I have used the (CB) No it is not dead! I know a lot of riders have gone to FRS but I travel all over Ontario, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, and would not leave home with out it!
I use the J&M/ BMW cb. And it works very good on a bike.
Just my two cents from a long time trucker……
Thanks for the input. I was surprised by the lack of chatter. For longer distance trips I'll probably carry it as a just in case.
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how about the $150.00 cup holder!?? I hope it will fit the GTL- It would suck to have to buy another one

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What the heck is a CB, Wind Jammer?
I was at my dealer check in hand this week and found out the 1600 left off reverse which I've found handy in the 1200lt! Guess I'll not be buying a 1600 until they make a LT!!


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No reverse and no hydro-electric center stand?

No reverse and no hydro-electric center stand? One step forward two sidewards and slightly backwards. It's still a big heavy bike even if the seat height is lower.

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I was at my dealer check in hand this week and found out the 1600 left off reverse which I've found handy in the 1200lt! Guess I'll not be buying a 1600 until they make a LT!!


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You should hang out here more often. That topic has been beat to death here for what seems like a year now. :-)

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Did a long distance trip to Florida over Thanksgiving, so I decided to install a portable CB. Hadn't used one since the 80's. Well that was worthless. Since the advent of the cell phone, I guess truckers don't bother. 1500 miles down and 1000 miles back up and never heard a conversation worth listening to or joining.

Next trip I probably won't even bring it.
Did you turn your squelch up? I have no trouble finding professional drivers to exchange information with via CB. When I pass a herd of Goldwings I turn my radio off to avoid hearing about Dairy Queen locations, discussions of plastic chrome doo dads, stuffed animals and why Goldwings are superior. <g>
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Has anyone had any contact from their dealer regarding the ETA of the 1600GT/GTL they have on order? I got a call from BMW Motorad late one night a few weeks ago confirming the info my dealer sent in. But that been it? I half expected my dealer to be pounding on me about money and financing by now? I realize it will be here when BMW is good and ready, but I would like to know if everyone is in the dark like me.

Shouldn't all this CB talk be restricted to those riding CB750's and K75's? Man, CB's were out by the 90's. I haven't seen anyone with once since FRS came into voge. I dumped my FRS when I dicovered just how gabby some of my LT friends were.

Remember when riding was working on your canyon carving techniques and enjoying the solitude of you and your M/C? I live for riding. It's my escape from all the electronic distractions of life. Guess, this attitude is what happens when the hair turns grey?

Anyway, I'd appreciate hearing any notification input from others who have a deposit on a K1600GT/GTL.
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CB's still have there place when group riding. It is still up in the air if I will get one for the GTL since I only use mine sparingly on the LT.


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Just got my Jane call, asked about the pillion arm rests. She said they will be available but not at the initial launch.

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I do not ride in herds and disagree. A CB radio is (still) the best way to share hwy information with strangers while enroute, IMO. I do not turn mine on except when I want to ask a question of or alert others to hazards.

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