Thanks for everyone getting back to me. I have a couple of Yaesus (the FT-60 and a VX-5) both of which are good radios. As others have pointed out the problem is that relatively few other riders are ham operators. I will probably go with a business/commercial radio programmed for the GMRS frequencies, mostly because that is what the few people who ride and have communications use. The advantage of the commercial grade radio is the ability to put a separate (read better) antenna on the rear of the bike. At the GMRS frequencies, this antenna will only be a little over a foot tall. A portable radio like this can be mounted in a tank bag, in a tank pannier, or on a RAM mount (inside of a waterproof bag). With some of the newer battery pack, operating life should be 10+ hours, unless one does a lot of transmitting.
I'll let everyone know what I end up with.
Ed Foltyn, KQ1R
2009 Suzuki DL650A