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    What's the reason for having a cb today? talking to guys you ride with or to truckers on the road? Do you guys prefer the cb over BT headsets?

    The GW old GWers wish Honda would make.

  • #2
    The majority of my club have CBs. Very few have Bluetooth headsets so Bluetooth mesh is not an option. I'll occasionally talk to truckers when commuting mainly for traffic updates.
    Martin

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    • Drgsin
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      why is that? is the cb better or your club is too set in its way?

  • #3
    I threw my CB out years ago i am a truck driver just way to much crap to deal with anymore. Never used one on a motorcycle don't think i a am missing out on anything just to many other way to communicate these days.
    2018 DCT non tour, Pearl Stallion Brown, Double Darksider #856, Live To Ride, Love my Wing, IBA Member# 63744 Yellowbird Alias Coppertone

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    • #4
      i assume the majority of truckers use cb, no?

      The GW old GWers wish Honda would make.

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      • kwthom
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        Um, not around here - or, if they do, the predominate language used in Spanish.

      • Drgsin
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        hahahahahaha

    • #5
      Not near as much chatter on the CB as there used to be. If I go to an unfamiliar area I put a portable CB in the saddle bag. No cell service in some remote areas. CB may not help but it increases your chance.

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      • #6
        Harley-Davidson calls their CB Radio a "Bike to Bike Communication" system and that's pretty much how I use mine. It's also about all it's good for.

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        • #7
          Originally posted by trewm View Post
          The majority of my club have CBs. Very few have Bluetooth headsets so Bluetooth mesh is not an option. I'll occasionally talk to truckers when commuting mainly for traffic updates.
          My club also uses CB's. We don't chat a lot but use it for communication between the Road Captain and Tail gunner. It is also use if something happens with in the group. Although I have both a CB and Bluetooth most of my chapter had their CB's before Bluetooth became viable as a communication medium. So if it ain't broke don't fix it. Also since Bluetooth is a retaliative new technology some of our members shy away from it.

          I never did get the installed CB so I use a handheld connected to the antenna and connected to my helmet through Bluetooth (SR10). If I ever decide to put a new radio in I have a freewire as well.
          2003 Red GL1800 with CSC Cobra Trike kit. Hwy pegs,
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          • #8
            Honda (Japan) was focused on BT as the future of bike-to-bike communications, but added a CB to the 2018+ at the last minute. If you ride with a few buddies with BT in their helmets, BT may be the right choice. I often lead rides with several riders ... sometimes splitting into 2 groups of 6-7 bikes. If something happens to one of the bikes/riders, the tail gunner communicates with me (& others) to advise. Distance usually dictates CB is necessary. It's also true that most that ride in our groups have CB only. That said, however, the CB on the 2018+ was a design afterthought ... and it shows. Audio output volume remains an issue ... one that Honda could address with a software update.

            So, each technology has pro's & con's... Determine your comm needs based upon your ride environment.
            2018 red GL1800 DCT Tour w/ 2019 CSC Encore
            2003 red GL1800A w/ 2013 CSC Cobra XL

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            • #9
              I lead rides and use the CB to communicate with my Tail Gunner. I also use the CB when I am on an interstate trip to talk to the truckers who sometimes give me a "heads up" if there are any problems on the road I am traveling on.
              2001 Goldwing-2013 Ninja 300-1996 Pacific Coast-1994 Magna 750
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              • #10
                I use my CB to communicate with my buddies in my riding group. No muss, no fuss, just works every time.
                Not a lot of chatter on the road now-a-days on the CB but I do get updates on traffic ahead from truckers.

                I have a 2013 Goldwing setup with BT with the Senna Freewire. I use BT to listen to my audio, CB, Garmin, and intercom with my pillion. This has worked very well for me.

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                • #11
                  Originally posted by travellingtenor View Post
                  I lead rides and use the CB to communicate with my Tail Gunner. I also use the CB when I am on an interstate trip to talk to the truckers who sometimes give me a "heads up" if there are any problems on the road I am traveling on.
                  Same here. And what LoneStarWing said, too.
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                  • #12
                    Solo rider here, no group rides. I did have a CB on my '94 GL1500 and used it once on a trip from CA to AR on the boring I40. After listening to the idiotic chatter of the truckers for about 1 hr I turned it off and never used it again. Don't miss not having a CB.
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                    • #13
                      My personal CB use:

                      Depending on who & how many I'm riding with?.

                      1. I will either laugh my arse off at the chatter?

                      Or.
                      2. Turn the dam thing OFF, because the chatter is interupting my Music.

                      That's my policy!


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                      "Rocky Tree & Comfort Risers".
                      Current bikes.
                      1981 CB900C 10 speed (Restored)
                      1986 GL1200 SEi
                      2004 GL1800

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                      • #14
                        i was wondering about the use of it on the highway for long distance trips. i only have one buddy that has it and i only ride with him every couple of years. ive been trying WAZE and its actually pretty good at singling out police traps, traffic, broken down cars and road debris. i guess bottom line is it wouldnt benefit me that much so ill stick to what im using. thanks for the input fellas.

                        The GW old GWers wish Honda would make.

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                        • kwthom
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                          Waze is good - until you get waay out in the boonies. Then, it's worthless. It's also next-to-useless when you're up really, really early in the morning - again, there's no other users feeding information to be displayed.

                      • #15
                        Originally posted by Drgsin View Post
                        i was wondering about the use of it on the highway for long distance trips. i only have one buddy that has it and i only ride with him every couple of years. ive been trying WAZE and its actually pretty good at singling out police traps, traffic, broken down cars and road debris. i guess bottom line is it wouldnt benefit me that much so ill stick to what im using. thanks for the input fellas.
                        I'd go with your plan.

                        I have a Laser Jammer & 360 Escort for counter measures.

                        I don't bother with my Garmin 2720, since WAZE provides more detailed info. (Like what you pointed out)

                        If I'm traveling my co-pilot takes care of directions.
                        If I'm solo. I enjoy getting lost-its part of why I got involved in motorcycling in the first place.

                        KISS.
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                        "Rocky Tree & Comfort Risers".
                        Current bikes.
                        1981 CB900C 10 speed (Restored)
                        1986 GL1200 SEi
                        2004 GL1800

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                        • #16
                          We use the CB to communicate stops and upcoming turns. Sometimes the chatter in large groups in the valley of death can be quite entertaining. "Bravo Foxtrot". Other times I just want to listen to my music. I don't mind getting lost if I'm on my own, but in a group I like to at least know when the next stop/turn might be.
                          Costa Mesa, CA
                          2012 RED GL1800

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                          • kwthom
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                            Free entertainment on those little excursions is totally worth the price you pay for it.


                            Oh, wait - that happens in that corner of the bar, now doesn't it?

                        • #17
                          I think that there are a lot of different riding situations. In my area you can ride all day and only have cell service a fraction of the time. Thus the usefulness of the CB. Also guys that use a cell phone for GPS , if you don't have cell service you don't have GPS. It depends on the area you ride in.

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                          • kwthom
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                            "Also guys that use a cell phone for GPS , if you don't have cell service you don't have GPS."

                            Incorrect. The GPS function is a receive-only item. The maps that are used may -or- may not be obtained 'over the air'.

                            I have maps of a few states along with an app called OSM on my phone. Needs no data to fully operate.

                          • ShooterF6B
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                            It can't create directions without data connectivity. So what good is it??

                        • #18
                          Traveling tomorrow with the wife in her car and me on the bike. I put a handheld CB in her car so we can coordinate gas/pit stops. It's one of those things that comes in handy when you have it.
                          2008 Red GW1800 -- NRA Life Member - American Legion PUFL, American Legion Riders
                          USMC 21 YRS/9 MO and when dead, a dead Marine.
                          US Four Corner Ride https://clayusmcret.blogspot.com/
                          2014 Mid-States Ride https://mid-states.blogspot.com/
                          2015 NC to UT/NV Ride https://2015nvride.blogspot.com/

                          50th State ridden on 19 Aug, 2016 DS #1584

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