None Honda CB

Revised: 02/04/2003

Introduction:

I wanted to install the Honda CB on my Silver 2002 GL1800, but there were several factors that made me look for an alterative.

  1. The Honda CB and antenna are way over priced, in my humble opinion. I know that price is relevant and what is expensive to me could be a bargain, to someone else. I have a small wallet and need to make every dollar count. I did not want to spend over $700.00 for a CB. ($595.00 for the CB and $109.00 for the antenna)
  2. I read on several Gold Wing bulletin boards, of numerous problems with the Honda CB. Some people were on their third CB, in less than 2 years.
  3. I do not want to drill any more holes on my Wing, if it can be avoided.
I knew that, if I installed a None Honda CB, I would not be able to use some of the Gold Wings controls. I wanted the None Honda CB to be able to:
  1. Work with my headset and boom mike.
  2. Be able to use the intercom system and the CB.
  3. Use the Gold Wing’s built in PTT, on the left grip, to transmit.

Materials:

Maxon

Model: HCB-10C, Hand Held CB radio

$44.96

Kennedy Technology

PTT Interface for GL1800, (95107). This harness allows me to use the bike’s built-in PTT switch, on the left hand grip.

$49.95

Kennedy Technology

FRSet HLC/1800-MWA (95007) harness. This harness is used to connect the Hand Held CB to the bike’s intercom system.

$99.95

Hardware store

Two stainless steel 6mm bolts with washers

$4.10

My closet

A piece of 1/8” thick aluminum plate

$0

The CB

I decided on the Maxon Hand Held CB for several reasons.

  1. The only time I plan to use the CB is when I’m riding with the GWRRA group.
  2. I don’t need any extra bells and whistles.
  3. It was the least expensive Hand Held CB that I could buy locally. I bought the Maxon CB at Wal-Mart.

 

NOTE: I almost bought the Radio Shack Handheld CB # 21-1679, for $99.99

Connecting the Kennedy PTT Harness

  1. Remove the bike’s seat.
  2. Follow the passenger’s intercom connector, to the bike’s wire harness, that has a black boot cover. It is located by the cross bar under the seat.
  3. The Kennedy PTT harness has 3 connectors and 1 power lead.

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Connecting the Kennedy FRSet Harness.

1.      Remove the fairing's left side glove box.

2.      Follow the diver’s intercom connector; to the bike’s wire harness that is under the left side glove box.

3.      The Kennedy FRSet harness has 5 connectors.

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Mounting the Handheld CB radio

I figured that I had only two options where to place the Hand Held CB.

Option 1:  Use the bike's left fairing glove box.

Option 2:  Mount the CB on the handlebar

 

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I choose to mount the CB on the handle bar. I searched the internet and found several mounts that I could have used that ranged from $29.00 to $65.00, but I wanted to keep my costs down so I made my own CB mount.

I used a piece of aluminum plate 1/8” thick. I cut the plate to make the CB mount. The CB has a belt-clip so I cut a slot at the top of the plate the width of the belt-clip to keep the CB from moving side to side. To secure the CB I used a Velcro strap.

  1. I removed the black plastic cover that hides the two 6mm bolts that hold the clutch lever assembly bracket.
  2. Next I unscrewed the two bolts and used the clamp as a template to draw the holes on the bracket.
  3. I used two new longer 6mm screws and the spacers to install the bracket.
  4. I plugged in the speaker and microphone plug from the FRSet harness into the CB radio’s Speaker/Microphone jacks.

 

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I did not want to use batteries to power the CB. The CB came with a cigarette power cord adapter. I cut off the cigarette adapter plug and added 22-ga wire and ran the positive end to the Auxiliary Fuse Block, and connected the ground to the Master Ground Block.

Additional Comments:

I have never used a CB on a motorcycle, so I have nothing to compare too. I have to rely on others to provide feedback. My initial test-run was very positive. My friend rides a 1500 Wing and he said the reception at his end was loud and clear. I also could hear his transmissions clear through my Chatterbox headset. I was very satisfied with the transmission/reception of the CB's rubber buck antenna. In the future if I feel that I need greater transmission/reception range I might look into Sierra Electronics' FM/CB combo antenna. I have read positive reviews on the antenna.

 

Health and family problems have prevented me from giving the CB setup an extensive workout; I do plan to up-date this write-up when I have given the CB a good test.

Update: 02/04/2003

I used up a set of batteries very quickly because I kept forgetting to power off the CB. I decided not to use batteries and use the 12v power plug cord that came with the CB. I did not want to plug it into my power port because some times I have my Cell phone charging. I decided to cut off the plug, splice 22ga wire, and connect the ends, to the auxiliary fuse block that I have on my bike. This way the CB has power when the key is set to On or ACC.  I also installed an inline noise filter. I remember in the old days when I used to install stereos in my cars that sometimes I could hear through the speakers the whine of the alternator when the engine would rev up. I honestly do not know if installing the inline noise filter was necessary. I decided to do it, just in case.

 

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Overall I am very happy with the CB/Setup. I’m able to talk to my riding buddies when we are riding in a group and listen to all the chatter that goes on. The handheld CB has a 7” rubber buck antenna and now that I have used the CB for a while I might consider installing a Sierra Electronics’ FM/CB combo antenna, to get the additional transmission range.

If I install the Sierra Electronics’ FM/CB combo antenna, I plan to add the information to this write-up.

Update: 03/12/2003

I decided to install a Sierra Electronics combo CB/FM antenna.