A Guide to Motorcycle CB Radios

Although CB radio has become the domain of truckers and die-hard hobbyists, motorcycle CB radios also make a great bike-to-bike communication alternative. If you ride as a pair or in a group, or if you'd like to listen in on truck traffic, consider a motorcycle CB radio.

Mounting Options
There are a number of ways to mount a motorcycle CB radio:

  • Handlebar. Several companies make CB radios that can be mounted on your bike's handlebars. These mounts can be permanent (using plastic or metal straps) or temporary (using Velcro or another quick release mount).
  • Dash mount. Designed to replace dash mounted radios or to be added on to existing dash systems. The Honda Gullwing and several Harley Davidson bikes are supported with these types of motorcycle CB radios.
  • Saddlebag/Glove compartment. Consider an enclosed mounting system if you take long rides. Your CB radio will be better protected from the elements if it's kept in a saddlebag or glove compartment.
  • Handheld. Offering the ultimate in portability, handheld CB radios can be hung on a belt loop or stuck in a jacket pocket, yet still provide adequate communications.

Microphone Control
As you can imagine, it can be hard to drive and control your CB radio communications at the same time. There are two types of microphone control for motorcycle CB radios:

Push to Talk (PTT). These microphones use a button mounted on the handlebar and work like a traditional CB microphone. PTT microphones require you to hold the button down to talk and release the button to listen.
Voice operated (VOX). VOX microphones are great for totally hands free operation. They can be problematic, however, at highway speeds or with open helmet designs.

Battle Of The Bands
When you're shopping for a motorcycle CB radio, be sure to find out if the radio you're looking at supports other radio bands. Many motorcycle CB radios support NOAA weather, rider-to-rider intercom and FM radio reception.

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