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Radio setups - CB, HAM, etc.

Does anyone ride with a CB, HAM radio, or other radio (FRS/GMRS?) on their Strom? Could we some pics and a description of your setup? I'm interested in adding some form of radio comm system to my Strom down the road and would love to see what others have done.
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When riding with friends than have radios I use a Kenwood FRS/GMRS Raido hooked up to my Autocom setup. It works very well. If you go the route of FRS/GMRS use channel 7 sub 14.

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When riding with friends than have radios I use a Kenwood FRS/GMRS Raido hooked up to my Autocom setup. It works very well. If you go the route of FRS/GMRS use channel 7 sub 14.

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Same setup here, motorola frs/gmrs radio, and the autocom will also work with my Kenwood HT on 2meters/440MHz.

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I have a RKA tank bag with Starcom1 Advace and use a Motorla FRS radio cilpped to the handle of the bag. I have a mini USB power cord running from the bag to the radio.
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I used a Midland (75-822) CB setup with a JM Integrator IV (mounted under the seat). The Midland is mounted in a small PDA bag on a RAM mount in the center of the handlebars. I have the push to talk button on the right side. I purchased the push to talk button from Airrider (as theirs is much nicer and heavy duty). This provides me with Intercom with the Wife, GPS and Music as well as two way radio with my riding group.

If I had it to do over again, I would use a bluetooth setup using SENA SR10 and either the new Midland Next headsets or the updated SENA SHM10 Headsets (Now supporting Bluetooth 3.0), and still connect the Midland CB.

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Thanks guys... whew I never realized how expensive some of these electronics integrators are.
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I have a RKA tank bag with Starcom1 Advace and use a Motorla FRS radio cilpped to the handle of the bag. I have a mini USB power cord running from the bag to the radio.

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I used a Midland (75-822) CB setup with a JM Integrator IV (mounted under the seat). The Midland[snip]



If I had it to do over again, I would use a bluetooth setup using SENA SR10 and either the new Midland Next headsets or the updated SENA SHM10 Headsets (Now supporting Bluetooth 3.0), and still connect the Midland CB.

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I'm exploring my options now to replace my Autocom

I have to say, I can no longer recommend Autocom, it worked great, sound quality etc is the best, at any speed as advertized

my problem, service, no way to get one repaired or conveniently get parts if you do something stupid like let the rider lead come in contact with hot exaust. I'm still using it off the pillon lead, but now have no way to connect a pillon

not sure if I want bluetooth yet, I don't have a problem with a cable connected to my helmet

I know that Starcom now has Autocom technology, I'm not sold on availability of cables and service yet

from some of my research I may be happy with J&M

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2 way radio being able to use Motorola GMRS/FRS and Midland CB, not necessarily at the same time

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...my problem, service, no way to get one repaired or conveniently get parts if you do something stupid like let the rider lead come in contact with hot exaust. I'm still using it off the pillon lead, but now have no way to connect a pillon
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I have had good service and support in the past from RocketMoto.

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I have had good service and support in the past from RocketMoto.

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thanks, just sent them an email, hope they can take care of me, they are even local



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I have to say, I can no longer recommend Autocom, it worked great, sound quality etc is the best, at any speed as advertized

my problem, service, no way to get one repaired or conveniently get parts if you do something stupid like let the rider lead come in contact with hot exaust. I'm still using it off the pillon lead, but now have no way to connect a pillon
I used to feel the same way about my Autocom unit. The U.S. "importer" (Top Gear) was/is terrible. However, I emailed the people at Autocom UK and learned that Autocom went out of business a couple years ago and has since been re-formed and is back in business. The old lines (like my Active-Plus Duo) are no longer made and have been surpassed by newer models, but many of the accessories are still compatible with the older units because they use the same types of connectors.

Check out this vendor - http://www.sporttourshop.com/collections/autocom.

You can easily replace the lead that you burned on your exhaust. Just buy one of the #1592 "Rider Downleads" and plug it into the circuit board of your control box. No soldering required.

Any of the accessory leads for the current models will work on your unit still. I've been thinking about adding an FRS radio to mine, in fact...

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