1. Fitted unit to underside of Givi Topbox with Velcro tape
2. Fed cables through the bottom of the Top Box
3. Fitted wrapping around the cables and cable tie into place to tidy things up
4. Bolted a cradle to the underside of the topbox to hold the CB radio with Velcro.
5. Connected UHF antenna cable and remote PTT cabling to CB.
1. Fed cables through the bike.
2. Added an inline fuse and cigarette lighter socket for powering appliances.
3. Added a 5amp noise supressor from Jaycar ( this made a big difference on my previous Autocom ).
4. All cable tied into place to keep it all neat and tidy.
Fitting up the unit itself was fairly easy. I had tested everything first before setting the unit and cables into place including the CB radio.
The most challenging thing I had to do was fit three headset looms into different helments ( AGV, HJC and Shoei ) . The Shoei proved to be the more difficult.
Once completed, my pillion and I took the bike for a test ride and after a bit of tweaking of the microphone distance and pillion / rider volume contols and it works brilliantly.
ANTENNAS :- they will make or break your bike to bike conversations .... Read hear.
With Stereo Earplugs
With Foam Earplugs
I have an Autocom fitted into the bike. It serves a few functions:-
1. Allows me to listen to music on long trips by allowing me to plug an MP3 player into it.
2. Allows me to talk to my pillion.
3. Allows me to talk to other riders fitted with a UHF ( Ultra high Frequency ) Radio.
Communicating pillion to pillion, at metropolitan speed limits is excellent, however at high speed the the VOX system may need to be adjusted to make it less sensitive to wind noise.
Rider to Rider, relies on the use of a UHF radio,unless you choose to use a PTT switch ( Push To Talk ) then you will need a radio that supports VOX. I have used a 1/2 watt radio with inbuilt antenna in the past and found it has a range of maybe a hundred feed.... pretty useless. I since have purchased a switchable .5 / 1 / 5 watt radio and have fitted an external antenna for better range.
[update ... I have since fitted a PTT ( Push To Talk ) switch and found it to be much better.]
[update 28/07/2010 .... I have recieved comments that other riders can hear alternator whine when I transmit. I have purchased the 5amp noise suppressor from Jaycar ( about $15.00 ) and am now told that I come in as clear as a bell ]
The antenna for talking rider to rider is a ground independant type.
Mobile Phone, I have used this option a couple of times but find talking and riding too distracting.
Music, sounds good, although once again I find it a distraction unless slabbing it along the highway.